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.

Our Ethics

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

PatronAmbassador of the Federal Republic of Germany
PresidentSir Michael Arthur KCMG
Boeing International
VicepresidentsRobert A Bischof 

Franz W Smet 
ACI Group Ltd 

Prof Barry Stickings CBE


ChairPatricia Godfrey
German British Forum
Company Secretary Chris Putt
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
CouncillorsHeiner Böhmer
Helaba, London Branch

Marcus Breitschwerdt
Daimler AG

Richard John Carter
BASF plc

Ingo Fischer
Lidl Great Britain Ltd

Dr Stefan Georg
Delta Economics

Johannes Haas
DZ BANK AG, London Branch

Dr Steffen Hoffmann
Robert Bosch UK Holdings Ltd

Dr Ulrich Hoppe
German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

Simon Jonsson

Prof Jürgen Maier CBE
Siemens plc

Dr John M Neill CBE
Unipart Group

Clemens M Richter
CMR Controls Ltd

Dr Johannes Rosenthal
Dr. Oetker (UK)

Til Schlummer
Commerzbank AG   

Elisabeth Lady Stheeman
Aareal Bank AG

Gabriele Thye
Wacker Chemicals Ltd

Nigel Wood
The Wilkes Partnership LLP

Christoph Weaver
Bayern LB, London Branch

Regional Committee - UK

Midlands Chair
Nigel R Wood
The Wilkes Partnership LLP

Northern EnglandSecretary
Robin Phillips
Siemens Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives

Max Scharbert

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