Introduction from David McCredie, CEO of the Australian British Chamber of Commerce
I am pleased to welcome readers to this guide on doing business with Australia. It provides a strong and supportive document that will help you to understand and engage effectively with the Australian market. The Australian British Chamber of Commerce is delighted to support this guide as the Australian and United Kingdom’s relationship embarks on a new paradigm. The Chamber has long held the position as the most significant bilateral business organisation between the two countries. In 2020 we are celebrating our 110th year. The Chamber maintains the objective set out at that time to “promote trade and investment between Australia and the United Kingdom”.
Today the Chamber’s network extends across the country, with events and activities in six cities and an international programme between Australia and the United Kingdom. Our network of over 25,000 people across almost every industry sector gives us the strength and reach to help businesses connect with potential customers, distributors and with the local supply chains, as well as professional and support services to improve productivity and increase the returns for your business.
Ever since the UK voted to exit the European Union, the Chamber has been gathering information on what our Members’ priorities would be in the AU-UK Free Trade Agreement. This has been in the form of private consultation, Brexit Briefing feedback, submissions, case study forms and the FTA Survey. With this information, the Chamber continues to make representations on behalf of our Members in order to deliver an ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement. Our connections through all levels of government enable those messages to be heard clearly. For those of you with your sights set further afield, Australia’s connections to Asia, in particular through the free trade arrangements with Japan, South Korea and China, are significant considerations as you look to grow your business. I look forward to welcoming you to Australia and invite you to be in touch with the Chamber as you look to enter the market.
David McCredie OBE
Chief Executive Officer, Australian British Chamber of Commerce
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