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 140 locations in 92 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 Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (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.
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.
|Patron||Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany|
|President||Sir Michael Arthur KCMG |
|Vicepresidents||Robert A Bischof |
Franz W Smet
ACI Group Ltd
Prof Barry Stickings CBE
|Chair||Patricia Godfrey |
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
|Company Secretary||Chris Putt |
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
|Councillors||Heiner Böhmer |
Helaba, London Branch
Richard John Carter
Lidl Great Britain Ltd
Dr Stefan Georg
DZ BANK AG, London Branch
Dr Steffen Hoffmann
Robert Bosch UK Holdings Ltd
Dr Ulrich Hoppe
German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce
Prof Jürgen Maier CBE
Dr John M Neill CBE
Clemens M Richter
CMR Controls Ltd
Dr Johannes Rosenthal
Dr. Oetker (UK)
Elisabeth Lady Stheeman
Aareal Bank AG
Wacker Chemicals Ltd
The Wilkes Partnership LLP
Bayern LB, London Branch
Regional Committee - UK
Nigel R Wood
The Wilkes Partnership LLP
|Northern England||Secretary |
Siemens Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives
Regional Committee - Germany
Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
Dr. Tim H. Kannewurf
Schnellecke Group AG & Co KG
|Eastern Germany||Chair |
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Naumann
Niles-Simmons Industrieanlagen GmbH