Supporting business - how government wants to help the BCCJ help you

Oct. 20, 2014 12:00 - 14:00


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Join us to hear from two speakers who will discuss the future of UK business in Japan from two key angles. Firstly we will hear about important upcoming changes in support for UK business in Japan, and secondly we will learn lessons from London 2012 to help maximise British opportunities in Tokyo 2020.

The UK government is launching a new initiative to boost British exports - and UK exporters across all industries have a unique chance to shape this new approach in Japan.

The Government aims to double exports to GBP1 trillion and increase the number of exporters to 100,000 by 2020. To do this it is enlisting British Chambers of Commerce overseas, including the BCCJ. The Overseas Business Networks Initiative (OBNI), in which the BCCJ is actively involved, working closely alongside UKTI, will see Chambers, Government and Business work together in new and innovative ways.

These changes will impact across all industry sectors, not only manufacturing. Elsewhere in Asia, British Chamber members are already seeing new business opportunities arising.

Our first speaker today, John Longworth, is the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK - a nationwide network of 52 local Accredited Chambers of Commerce, serving tens of thousands of business members across the UK, and which styles itself the "national voice of local business."

He will explain the vision and the practical implications of the OBNI project.

We will be asking for your views on the opportunities in Japan for UK exporters, the barriers they face, and the help they need.

Our second speaker today, Peter Bishop, Deputy Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, will help us look towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020. Conversations around how to boost UK trade with Japan must surely have this in mind.

During the London 2012 procurement process - when contracts totalling GBP9 billion were up for grabs - the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry was called upon to manage the information flow between business and games organisers. Peter will tell us how the process worked, including liaising with LOCOG and the Olympic Delivery Authority, and explain what to expect from Tokyo 2020 and how to use what was learnt in London.

This is an important opportunity to get export support right ahead of 2020. Don't miss it.


John Longworth is Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in the UK.

John originally trained as a scientist. Over the course of his career, he has served as an Executive Main Board Director of Asda Group Ltd and Asda Financial Services Ltd, and held senior director positions at Tesco Stores Ltd and the CWS Ltd.

His public roles have included the board of a Healthcare Trust and the British Retail Consortium. He was economic spokesman for the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of its Distributive Trades Panel and Chairman of the Brussels based CIES International Product Standards and Trade Body.

A former Health and Safety Commissioner and Chairman of the HSE Audit Committee, John also sat on the original Deregulation Task Force. He assisted a leading Healthcare Trust to establish a commercial and marketing operation, and currently has a portfolio career as chair and founder of a venture capital-backed science and professional services business, SVA Ltd; non-executive director at the Co-operative Group Food Ltd; non-executive director of Nichols plc; and trustee of the social enterprise P3.

About the BCC:

John will visit Japan in October to attend World Chambers Federation Council meeting and take the opportunity to speak with the British Ambassador and British Chambers of Commerce in Japan. 

Peter Bishop is Deputy Chief Executive at the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce/World Chambers Federation ATA Carnet Council and ATA Administrative Committee.

At the London Chamber of Commerce he is responsible for its international trade activities including Enterprise Europe Network office, export documents and international trade events and missions.  In a typical year the London Chamber issues over 130,000 export and import documents, answers 5,000 trade enquiries, and organises 40 export seminars and trade missions.  He also has responsibility for the Chamber’s Chinese and India business associations and information service and is the editor of London Business Matters magazine.

Peter has been the elected Chairman of the World ATA Carnet Council and ATA Carnet Committee since 2004 and chairs the work of these groups to manage and develop the temporary import and export regime for professional equipment, samples and goods for trade fairs and exhibitions in 73 countries worldwide.

He holds an MSc in International Business from London University and is a writer and consultant on the mechanics of international trade including procedures and regulations.  His books include the Export Handbook and the International Trade Manual (co-author).



Cancellation policy:

Paid reservation by  October 14 17:00, after which there can be no refunds on cancellations. No-shows will be charged. 

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Venue Information

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo 27F Conway Room
Marunouchi Trust Tower Main Building
1-8-3 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo

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Member Cost: ¥6,000

Non-Members Cost: ¥8,500