The British Business Group in Azerbaijan was established in 1999. It provides a vehicle through which new business people can meet other business people who are familiar with the workings of Azerbaijan, for information and advice on how business is carried out in the country. It’s a chance for valuable networking, and also for companies to present themselves and raise their profile.
The group does this by holding monthly meetings, usually on the last Wednesday of each month.
A BBG meeting is held in venues such as the Hyatt, Flame Towers, Four Seasons, Marriott, Hilton, etc. Each meeting is sponsored by a member company, which may make a presentation to BBG members. The meeting is usually attended by the British Ambassador or an Embassy representative, who provides a useful update on current or topical affairs.
The meeting is followed by dinner, which provides a good opportunity for networking and meeting other members. Non-members and husband / wives of members are extremely welcome to attend as guests of members and are charged 50 AZN per head to cover the cost of the buffet. There is no charge for the participating member representative. Attendance at meetings requires advance booking. Bookings may be confirmed simply by replying to the notification email (you are automatically added to the mailing list when you become a member) or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
The BBG also organises a variety of social events like the monthly Friday social night, the now legendary Christmas party and receptions for visiting British government representatives. Members are given priority when any tickets go on sale. Non-members are welcome to purchase tickets if there are any spare.
On occasion, BBG members are invited to attend meetings held by the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) and/or government bodies if there is a mutually relevant topic or issue to be discussed and actioned.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A BBG MEETING
7pm – Everyone is welcomed by the chairman. Register your attendance (confirmed in advance via email@example.com), then grab a drink and start mingling
7.30pm approx – Head to the dining hall and take your seat. The chairman opens the meeting then circulates the microphone for ‘New Faces’ to introduce themselves
8pm approx – The sponsor gives a presentation, perhaps using PowerPoint or with a ‘pub quiz’, about their company
8.15pm approx – The British Ambassador gives a news update on the situation in Azerbaijan as the embassy sees it. It is a very useful way of keeping British citizens informed of any potential problems or opportunities
8.30pm approx – Buffet dinner begins
9.30pm approx – Carry on mingling to your heart’s content. Once the venue closes this has been known to carry on elsewhere until the early hours
If you’d like to attend a meeting contact Chairman John Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org