Consultants’ new European drive

Nigel Tomlinson (left) and Stephen Mitchell of South Yorkshire-based Universal Projects, with the award they received  at the World Chambers Award event in Qatar's capital, Doha.
Nigel Tomlinson (left) and Stephen Mitchell of South Yorkshire-based Universal Projects, with the award they received at the World Chambers Award event in Qatar's capital, Doha.
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Global business innovation consultancy Universal Projects is forging a new alliance to help British Chambers of Commerce in Europe to expand their services.

The award-winning South Yorkshire consultancy, established by former Sheffield Chamber executives Nigel Tomlinson and Stephen Mitchell, has joined forces with the London-based Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe.

The Council, or COBCOE, for short, has member Chambers in 40 countries, stretching from Ireland to Israel, Spain to Slovenia and Austria to Azerbaijan.

COBCOE and UP have launched a strategic business partnership to develop COBCOE’s Training Academy into a centre of excellence providing professional development programmes for chamber executive teams.

They aim to make the Academy the centre for advice on best practice and the key provider of a quality management and competency review systems for Chambers that are COBCOE members.

COBCOE executive director, Anne-Marie Martin, said: “We are delighted to be working with UP in developing and implementing our ideas. UP has already demonstrated its vast experience and expertise in these key areas through their invaluable contribution to our 2013 Training Academy programme earlier this year.”

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