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Commerce and
Industry
Lille, France
 
 
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Welcome to the web site of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lille, France.
The principal aim of the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) in Lille is to promote and facilitate business and trade relations between the United Kingdom and France.
It seeks to cover the 5 northern départements (or counties) of Northern France, being the Nord (59), the Pas de Calais (62), the Aisne (02), the Ardennes (08) and the Somme (80).

From the available historical information, it would appear that the British Chamber of Commerce was originally founded in 1868 by members of the British business community in Northern France; at that time mainly linked to the textile industry.

During the course of its nearly one hundred and forty year history, it has enjoyed good relationships (if at times varying in their closeness) with other similar bodies in France, including the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce in Paris.

The British Chamber of Commerce and Industry today maintains its autonomous status* and is now headquartered in the centre of France’s 4th largest city, Lille, which has a population of circa 1.5 million (viz. the Greater Lille area).
Its Board of Administration is made up of British and French business people based in Northern France who voluntarily give their time to assisting the Chamber to achieve its aims.
   
 

 

 

 

*The British Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Lille is registered with the Prefecture in Lille as a French non-profit association (Loi 1901) under the name of ‘Centre de commerce et d’industrie britannique”