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The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy is renting a centrally located office
(Via Dante, 12) for short or medium lets: office + WIFI 100€ (+VAT) per day.
For longer term rentals, discounts will be applicable.

For further information please call 02 877798 or email

Date: 24 June 2014
Time: 11:00 - 12:00 (UK time)
Price: Free

The late payment situation in Italy: recent and expected improvements

One of the barriers to doing business in Italy is the risk of late payments or bad debt. Payment terms in Italy are longer than in the UK - the average was about 90 days in 2013 for payments business-to-business - and they can  be  longer in certain sectors, especially healthcare, and when creditors are public administration bodies. UKTI Milan have invited two lawyers from NCTM, a leading legal firm with offices in Milan and London, to advise UK-based companies on how to set payment terms when taking orders from Italian customers and  how to protect themselves  from bad debt.

They will also compare the average payment delay by Italian companies with those of other EU and non-EU countries and illustrate recent actions taken by industry associations and Government to encourage prompter payments by both privately owned companies and state-owned bodies.

For more information
>>Please register here<<

Alessandra Macagnino
T: +39 02 72300 216





Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure that the Council of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy announces that three new Honorary Regional Secretaries have been appointed at the Council Meeting on 3rd June 2014.

A warm welcome and congratulations to the new Honorary Regional Secretaries:

  • Ms Kitty Bruce-Gardyne, Honorary Regional Secretary for Scotland
  • Ms Kate Taylor, Honorary Regional Secretary for Tuscany (supported by Mr Jacopo Monaci Naldini)
  • Mr Steven Taylor, Honorary Regional Secretary for London

Dear Members,
We would like to inform you that the Report of the Council 2013 and the financial statements of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy 2013 are available online on the BCCI website, and also available for inspection, during normal working hours, at the offices of the BCCI.

>> Click here to download the PDF <<

We would like to inform you that our offices will be closed for Italian public holiday on Monday 2nd June 2014.

Get ready for the future FOCUS ON ITALY 2015
Valid until June 20, 2014

Focus on Italy

The official Magazine of The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
Il magazine ufficiale della Camera di Commercio Britannica per l'Italia

printed copies
copie stampate

digital edition copies sent to the mailboxes of CEOs and Executives throughout Italy.
edizione digitale inviata nella casella di posta personale di CEO ed Executive mirati in Italia

Advertise in Focus on Italy NOW and benefit from a 15% discount on the Members' advertising price list.
Acquista la pubblicità su Focus On Italy ADESSO e ottieni uno sconto aggiuntivo del 15% sulle tariffe riservate ai Soci.

Focus On Italy Price list/Tariffe

•           Full page/Pagina intera 1,800 €+ Iva (VAT)
•           Half page/Mezza pagina 1,000 € + Iva (VAT)
•           Article/Articolo (2 pages ) 1,200 €+ Iva (VAT)
•           Inside front cover/ Seconda di copertina 2,200 € + Iva (VAT) 
•           Inside back cover/ Terza di copertina 2,200 € + Iva (VAT)
•           Back cover/ Quarta di copertina 2,500 € + Iva (VAT) 
Members of the BCCI are entitled to a discount of 15% on this price list plus a further 15% early bird discount.

BOOK NOW: contact Maria Rosa Allegra +39 02 877798
or Leopard Publishing

Members will be invoiced 50% upon booking and 50% in December 2014 when the magazine is released.


A structure inspired by the unique role of the honeybee will represent the UK on the world stage at the Milan Expo in 2015.

  • Prince Harry announces winner at ceremony in Rome
  • UK building companies win £6 million construction contract to make winning design a reality

An artist's impression of Wolfgang Buttress's winning design for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo in 2015.

At a ceremony in Rome today (Sunday 18 May), Prince Harry announced that Nottingham based artist Wolfgang Buttress has won the competition to design the UK Pavilion for the next Universal Expo. Prince Harry is taking part in the unveiling during an official visit to Italy in support of the British Government.

British companies Stage One and RISE have been awarded the £6 million contract to build the winning design, bringing together their creative construction and construction management capabilities. Together the winners represent Nottingham, York and London, with the contracts bringing new jobs to the 3 regions.

Welcoming the announcement, Trade Minister Lord Livingston said:

"Success in international markets is at the heart of the government’s long-term plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy.

The UK’s participation in the Milan Expo will promote the UK’s world leading expertise in the creative, life sciences, agri-tech, and food and drink sectors to our top trade and investment partners.

Through the UK Pavilion, we will reach millions of visitors and build on the reputation of the UK established at the 2010 Shanghai Expo and the London 2012 Olympic Games."

Winning artist Wolfgang Buttress opened his first studio in Nottingham after graduating in 1987 and now employs 7 people. Over the last 2 years he has won numerous national and international awards, including the International Structural Steel Award for projects under £2 million in 2013. Earlier this year he received the Kajima Gold Award in Japan for his work ‘Space’.

Wolfgang Buttress said:

"I’m happy and honoured that I have been selected for this prestigious commission. My wish is for visitors to engage with the UK Pavilion as a whole and for the hive to be recognised as a barometer for the health of the earth; drawing parallels between a hive and human society.

I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with such a great team, it’s an amazing challenge and one we will rise to together."

Once the UK Pavilion is built, visitors will walk through a fruit orchard and enter a natural wildflower meadow. As they near the centre of the meadow, the focal point of the structure will come into view: a golden orb made of fine steel lattice based on the design of a honeycomb. The ‘Hive’ will pulsate and buzz with the noise of a real bee colony.

The UK Pavilion at the last Universal Expo in Shanghai 2010, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, attracted international acclaim and won gold for best design. In the duration of the 6 month Expo more than 8 million people went inside the ‘Seed Cathedral’, making it the UK’s most visited tourist attraction during that time.

Commenting on the £6 million building contract win, Bob White, Chairman of Rise MC said:

"We are very excited to be involved in the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo. It enables us to sustain our particular interest in temporary structures, and allows us to continue our collaboration with Stage One on these project types.

The design of the Pavilion includes some innovative structural solutions which allied with the focal attraction of the ‘Hive’ will delight the discerning visitor."

Mark Johnson, Managing Director of Stage One said:

"We’re delighted to have been selected to construct the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo. This is a significant project for Stage One and reflects our increasingly strong relationship with architects and designers. It’s a strong validation of our collaborative approach and our ability to deliver creative construction projects successfully."

Dear Members,
Due to unexpected circustamstances, the BCCI Rome Lunch to be held on 5th June is postponed.  
We will be in touch as soon as possible with an alternative date.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause you.
Please feel free to contact us at 02 877798 if you need any further information.



This year's AGM is scheduled for Thursday 26th June from 11am at the Westin Palace Hotel in Milan.

The meeting will be then followed by our monthly Business Lunch at 12.30pm.

We are pleased to inform you that the March/April 2014 issue of our newsletter Britaly has been released.

>> Click here to go to the newsletter <<

Are you thinking of advertising or publishing news, promotions or messages on Britaly?
Please contact Maria Rosa Allegra, Business Development & Commercial Services. She can also help if you would like to discuss any form of sponsorship with BCCI.

The deadline for collection of material is Monday 19th May 2014.

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