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Does Britain need public law status Chambers of Commerce?

Grahame Fallon (Grahame Fallon is Lecturer in International Business at Nene‐University College Northampton, UK.)
Reva Berman Brown (Reva Berman Brown is Reader in Management, Nene‐University College Northampton, UK.)

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



There have recently been considerable changes in the UK Chamber of Commerce system, leading to the creation of a network of Approved Chambers and of Chambers of Commerce, Training and Enterprise (CCTEs). However, debate continues in academic and practitioner circles concerning whether UK Chambers of Commerce should move further towards the dominant Chamber model of mainland Europe, based on public law status. This paper assesses the case for and against such a move, in order to contribute to the understanding of the likely impact of recent changes and possible future reforms to the UK Chamber system. Various aspects of UK, French and German Chambers are discussed, compared and contrasted in order to consider whether a move to public law status on the part of UK Chambers would be in the UK’s best interests.



Fallon, G. and Berman Brown, R. (2000), "Does Britain need public law status Chambers of Commerce?", European Business Review, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 19-27.




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