Godt Nytår/Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a great Christmas break.
For us it is a very exciting time, as we begin the journey for the new Danish-UK Association, formed through the merger of the DUCC and the Danish Club. Above you will see our new logo, which represents the heritage of the organisations, with the Club’s long history, and the trading links between Denmark and the UK. It also represents the craftsmanship and endeavour of our two nations and the human connections we foster and make thrive. We hope you like it! The new merged organisation is already working on this year’s programme, and to develop offers for each category of our membership, through a better resourced organisation supporting our diverse membership.
As we start 2018, I’d like to take a moment to remember what has been a very successful year at the Chamber. On the social side, we held a spectacular annual dinner in the amazing surroundings of the Middle Temple, a wonderful summer reception kindly hosted by Gowling WLG at their offices overlooking the Thames, and of course our famous Christmas lunch at Banking Hall. There was also the continuing success of the monthly Nordic Drinks with our friends from the Norwegian and Finnish Chambers.
For our Premier Membership, we held two special dinners, one at the iconic Fulham Football Club, and one at the House of Lords superbly hosted by Lady Ann McIntosh. The Human Capital and Organisational Development Network for our Premier members went from strength to strength. Our thanks to Lani Bannach for her support on this successful initiative.
Other events of note were Nordic Business Forum on Nation Branding, a special DUCC art event hosted by SEB, our presence at Food Matters Live at ExCeL, and our well attended annual Offshore Wind seminar held together with the Royal Danish Embassy.
In 2017 we said goodbye to a few friends. His Excellency Claus Grube stepped down as ambassador, and we were able to say thank you with a dinner at 1 Lombard Street, together with the Danish Club and the Anglo-Danish Society. In the Chamber Jan Bertelsen, who after supporting us so well with his energy and humour, moved on to become General Manager of the Norwegian-British Chamber of Commerce, and we wish him well. We were lucky enough to have an exceptional intern placed with us for 12 months, Karen Boserup, who performed way beyond her years. Thanks to them both.
Then in September 2017 we were delighted to welcome a new ambassador, His Excellency Lars Thuesen. Within the Chamber Deanne Lintorn arrived as our new Events Manager, and Simon Lundby Pedersen as our intern, both fantastic additions. Along with them, we are delighted to have the support of Lone Mohr Curtis and Nina Ravn from the Danish Club, all to assist Gunnar in the brilliant work he does in leading and managing the Chamber, and now the Danish-UK Association.
Finally, I would like to take a moment to thank the members of the Council for their support and time in guiding the DUCC over recent years. We now move to a transitionary board until the first AGM of the Danish-UK Association.
So, now we look with renewed energy to the year ahead for the Danish-UK Association. As well as social events, we already have planned a Food Network for members interested in that sector, a Round Table meeting kindly requested and hosted by Mark Prisk MP, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade & Investment Envoy to the Nordic and Baltic Countries, and a dinner for our Premier members at the Michelin-starred Nordic restaurant, Aquavit. There will be much more for all of you to enjoy, as well as the one-to-one connections we pride ourselves in making across our membership and extended network.
May I personally wish you all a happy, fun-packed and successful 2018!
Louis De Courcy Wheeler
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