The Benefits of Membership
How Can We Help You?
- Is your company already active in Libya? Or do you have aspirations to do business there in the future?
- Do the changes in Libya mean your business is facing operational problems or financial uncertainties?
- Do you want to ‘hit the ground running’ now that UK-Libyan business relations are returning to normal?
If your answer is ‘YES’ to any of these questions can you really afford not to join the LBBC?
LBBC Membership provides a wide range of benefits including:
- Unique networking opportunities through participation in the LBBC’s programme of events including introductions to high-level decision-makers, industry representatives, government officials, potential partners, clients, suppliers and in-country agents.
- Access to staff expertise and assistance addressing specific business-related problems or cultural issues.
- Negotiation of bureaucratic red-tape and advice meeting regulatory requirements including fast-track applications for business visas.
- Provision of high-level market intelligence, news and analyses in the form of business briefings, published articles, reports and email updates.
Council Membership: Additional Benefits
While all our members benefit from the key services listed above, as an LBBC Council Members you will enjoy a greater level of attention and a higher degree of influence in the following key areas:
Networking Opportunities and Access to Key Business and Political Leaders
Council Members receive prior notification of special networking events or meetings attended by Libyan industry leaders, politicians and other influential figures as well as preferential allocation for attendance at these events. For example, in the past, the LBBC has been advised of senior delegations visiting London from Tripoli, often at very short notice. In these circumstances, when the schedule has precluded the VIPs’ participation in a major event attended by all our members, we have typically been asked to arrange a special lunch or dinner to which our Council Members are invited.
Policy Input and Development of LBBC Events and Activities
Council Members enjoy a closer working relationship with the LBBC Board of Directors. This includes participation in the Council’s decision-making processes with regards to issues and policies which may have a wide-ranging and long-term impact upon the commercial and political relations between Libya and the UK (for more details see What We Do).
Council Membership also means you may be invited to play an active role in developing our programme of events and other networking activities, including opportunities to help devise, host or speak at sector-specific missions, conferences, seminars and workshops.
Marketing Support, Brand Exposure and Sponsorship Opportunities
Council Members benefit from a higher level of marketing support and brand exposure which raises your profile among potential partners and clients in the UK and Libya. For example, your company’s logo, profile and contact details appear more prominently on LBBC literature, publicity material and in the List of Members on this website.
Council Members are also given the first opportunity to sponsor LBBC overseas delegations – a proven way of promoting your company’s products, services and commercial interests to potential clients, customers, partners and suppliers in Libya. It also presents your business in a ‘thought-leadership role’ within your industry and within the international business community as a whole.
The outlook for British business in the New Libya
Throughout the Libyan '17 February' Revolution of 2011, the LBBC kept members informed of developments through a
programme of conferences, some organised with other interested partners, and a
series of Director General newsletters and reports. Our relationships with key
British Government Departments (not least the Foreign & Commonwealth
Office, UK Trade & Investment, the British Embassy in Tripoli and the Asset
Freezing Unit at HM Treasury) and representatives of the National Transitional
Council (NTC), coupled with our long-term, in-depth knowledge of Libya enabled
us to provide members with a privileged insight into events - which the UK
media also drew on through interviews with LBBC representatives.
We further developed our contacts with
official and private sector decision makers in the new Libya during LBBC team
visits to Tripoli, starting even before Qadhafi's overthrow and the NTC's
declaration of 'Liberation' on 23 October 2011. The contacts and judgements we
developed as a result of these visits led us to resume our programme of trade
missions, starting with a multi-sector mission from 14-18 April 2012.
As Libya continues its transition from a revolutionary administration to a more permanent, elected government, the time has come for LBBC members to develop for themselves contacts and familiarity with the ‘New’ Libya and its priorities. The rapid resumption of oil production and the gradual lifting of UN sanctions on the country’s massive financial reserves, coupled with a widespread determination to reconstruct and develop the national economy, means there are now significant business opportunities across the board – a prospect which has not escaped the notice of the UK's international competitors.
During 2013, the LBBC will be taking a series of high-level industry-specific and multi-sector trade and investment delegations to Libya to explore these opportunities, initiate business relationships and discuss prospective contracts and partnerships. Our team’s market knowledge, growing network of contacts and experience of operating in Libya will help members to compete successfully and win business of benefit equally to the UK and Libyan economies. We look forward to you joining us.
|The LBBC welcomes applications for Council and Corporate Membership. To join today, please complete the online application form. Or, if you would like further information, please telephone us without obligation on 020 7152 4051 and ask for Pauline Graham.|
Or you can apply by fax or by post to:
New Member Applications
St James’s Park
London SW1H 0RG
Fax: +44 (0)1306 88 10 46
Council Membership: £1,500 per year (excl VAT)
Corporate Membership: £500 per year (excl VAT)