AHK United Kingdom - Your First Port of Call

The AHK United Kingdom is officially registered as the 'German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce'. It was founded in 1971 and is a business to business organisation of some 750 British and German member firms. The Chamber's commercial services help around 10,000 companies each year start or expand their export activities through providing business contacts, information and advice.

AHK - Well Connected Worldwide

In over 150 locations in 93 countries around the world, the members of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) offer their experience, connections and services to German and foreign companies. AHKs are located in all countries which are of special interest for German companies.

Focus of the AHKs

AHKs fulfill three main tasks in their locations. They are:

  • Official Representative of German Companies
    AHKs are the key player of German foreign business development on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. They represent German business interests in their countries and they publicise and promote Germany as a business location. 
  • Membership Organisation
    AHKs are membership organisations for companies actively involved in bilateral business relations. These members give them the authority needed when interacting with politics, business and government in terms of promoting bilateral business relations. 
  • Service Provider
    Under the brand "DEInternational", AHKs provide some services to companies both from Germany and their host countries in order to support their foreign business activities.

A Close Connection to Germany

AHKs are closely connected to the Chambers of Industry and Commerce (IHKs) in Germany. Together, they support German companies with establishing and extending their business relations to foreign countries.

The umbrella organisation of the IHKs is the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), which also coordinates and supports the AHKs. Furthermore, co-operation with various German trade associations strengthens the link between AHKs and business and markets.

The German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy in accordance with a Resolution of the German Parliament.

Our Values

The Ethics Code of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce outlines the values to be applied when conducting business or interacting with stakeholders.

It is the belief of the organisation that adhering to a common set of generally accepted values is critical for future success in all its endeavours.

  • Honorary Officers
  • Council
  • Regional Committee - UK
  • Regional Committee - Germany

Honorary Officers

Patron HE Miguel Berger
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
President Sir Michael Arthur KCMG
Vice Presidents

Robert A Bischof 

Lord Chris Fox
Member of the House of Lords

Simon Jonsson

Elisabeth Lady Stheeman
M&G plc

Prof Barry Stickings CBE


Chair Patricia Godfrey
German British Roundtable
Company Secretary  Chris Putt
CH Putt & Co LLP

Thomas Birk
BASF plc

Heiner Böhmer
Helaba, London Branch

Marcus Breitschwerdt
Mercedes-Benz Group AG

David Clapham
Commerzbank AG

Carl Ennis
Siemens plc 

Johannes Haas
DZ BANK AG, London Branch

Dr Ulrich Hoppe
German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce 

Vani Manja
Boehringer Ingelheim UK & Ireland

Dr John M Neill CBE
Unipart Group

Dr Antonio Payano
Bayer UK/Ireland

Vonjy Rajakoba
Robert Bosch UK

Clemens M Richter
CMR Controls Ltd

Markus Seifermann
Seifermann Ltd

Christoph Weaver
Bayern LB, London Branch

Markus Wild
EnBW Generation UK Ltd

Regional Committee - UK

Midlands Chair

Gareth O’Hara
Wilkes LLP

Northern England Secretary
Robin Phillips
Siemens Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives
Scotland Chair
Max Scharbert
Anderson Strathern LLP

Regional Committee - Germany

Reinhold Kopp
Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Jürgen Beil

Northern GermanyChair
Dr. Tim H. Kannewurf
Schnellecke Group AG & Co KG 

Eastern GermanyChair 
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Naumann
Niles-Simmons Industrieanlagen GmbH