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January 19, 10am-1pm

January 11, 2011, London. Press Dispensary. A new London-based African and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise will launch at the House of Commons on Wednesday January 19th, 2011.

The occasion will unite Ambassadors and High Commissioners from more than 40 African and Caribbean countries with MPs, business leaders, economists and journalists at the Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, SW1 0AA from 10am until 1pm.

Working closely with Government and developmental agencies internationally, the African and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise, London, (ACCCE  London) will support and empower black and minority–led businesses in the London and South East region.

Based upon the successful African and Caribbean Chamber launched in Bristol/South West in 2009, ACCCE London will facilitate trading between the UK and African and Caribbean countries and pay a key part in strengthening the economy worldwide. Members will benefit from regular networking opportunities, business advice, and a range of training and mentoring programmes.

ACCCE Executive Chairman, Fola Kudehinbu says:  
“Since we launched the first Chamber in Bristol in 2009, we have forged powerful partnerships nationally and internationally. Of particular importance is our relationship with African & Caribbean Embassies and High Commissions in the UK. Many Ambassadors and High Commissioners from African and Caribbean countries will be joining us in the House of Commons.

“We have recently completed a number of successful export visits to Nigeria, South Africa and Jamaica with UKTI and through ACCCE London we will continue to strengthen and improve our trading links with African and Caribbean countries.            

“We are constantly looking to form mutually beneficial partnerships with global businesses and enterprise support organisations and naturally, our members will be the first to benefit from these unique and timely business opportunities.                              

“The ACCCE networking events and skills workshops are very popular and we have an exciting range of monthly business breakfasts, networking events and skills workshops for members in London and the South East”.

The ACCCE board directors and members recognise the importance of working together to create prosperous and socially responsible businesses.  Their shared commitment to UK’s economic recovery is impressive, and ACCCE London will ensure that members receive the best business support and are kept informed of the latest legislation, opportunities and initiatives.

The African & Caribbean Young Enterprise (ACYE) is the platform by which  future business leaders (under 30 years old) are being encouraged and developed in business and enterprise creation. Over 100 members have so far joined ACYE Bristol and this successful model will also be implemented in London/South East over the coming years.  

Mr. Kudehinbu continues:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all individuals and organisations who have been instrumental in the success of the Chamber so far. We look forward to continuing to support the business requirements of our unique and diverse business community nationally and internationally in the coming year and leading by example.”

Press Call and Photo Opportunity:

Wednesday 19th January 2011 from 10am until 1pm. Atlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, London SW1 OAA
Contact: Angie McDonald, Roaring Success Communications, 07768 736003

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Notes for editors
Members of ACCCE include more than 250 businesses from a wide range of sectors including: law; retail; accountancy; entertainment; marketing; ICT; journalism; public relations and design. Membership is open to anyone who supports the aims and ethos of ACCCE.

At the ACCCE Bristol and South West launch event in 2009, the Chamber received a personal message of support from Dragon’s Den star, entrepreneur James Caan, co-chair of the Ethnic Minority Task Force.

Mr. Caan said: “It is important to recognise the contribution that ethnic minority – led businesses make to the UK economy and to support the wealth of emerging talent, especially in our inner-cities. I wish the African and Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise all the very best with this important initiative”.

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