Chamber Events


East of England Chapter: Informal Networking 11:00am, Thu, 13th May, 2021



Come and join the East of England tribe for a cup of coffee and some real South African straight talking! A place where everyone will know what a robot, a bakkie and "just now" means.

It is a safe space where everyone is welcome. No set agenda, just a chance to connect, laugh, talk about your business, and just getting to know one another a little bit better. All of these events are completely effortless and so much fun - it contains that magical South African flavour.

Hosted by: Zoom

Post Brexit UK: Re-imagining the UK's Trading Environment 3:30pm, Thu, 13th May, 2021



VAT is a business risk and an accounting nightmare, often too complex for smaller enterprises to handle internally.  In this webinar we will receive answers that we would otherwise have to hunt from HMRC, and possibly still not receive the full picture.

One of the major consequences of Brexit for European companies selling goods directly into the UK is that now they are required to register with HMRC so that they can charge VAT on sales, in line with other foreign sellers who sell directly from their own websites (rather than through a platform like Amazon).

This quite burdensome requirement on smaller companies has attracted a lot of recent attention, making this a great time to explore this issue in more depth. For this reason, the Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the UK is organising a webinar with VAT IT, a leading provider of tax reclaim and compliance services worldwide, to untangle this confusing web of rules and regulations.

VAT.IT are a South African founded company, now global, who find savings that you can legally use and be assured that your VAT claims are compliant.

In this webinar, our panel will unpack the following opportunities:

• VAT solutions that can boost business cash flow
• The new trading environment offered by the UK
• Opportunities of Brexit in relation to VAT
• Import VAT recovery
• Future trading opportunities
• Navigating the new European processes
• Trade for the UK outside of Europe

Come along and learn how to save money!

About VAT IT

VAT IT has earned a reputation as the world’s leading RegTech and service provider in tax reclaim and compliance, with over 38 wholly-owned branches worldwide servicing clients in 117 countries.
re:TRADE, powered by VAT IT, was recently launched as a one-stop solution to assist UK businesses with trade continuity post-Brexit.

Hosted by: Zoom

“Becoming a Powerhouse” with Dr Catherine Van Heerden 5:30pm, Thu, 20th May, 2021



Inaugural event of the Women's Chapter.

“Becoming a Powerhouse” by Dr Catherine Van Heerden is a talk that provides insights into what she believes are some critical elements that can elevate us into becoming and being more powerful – in our personal and work life.

After 27 years in her profession as psychologist, also working as a business consultant, executive coach, facilitator in strategy and as an author, Dr Van Heerden has constructed what she believes are the ingredients to Powerhouse Leadership.

The talk is aimed at any audience but in this prestigious event, will be delivered with professional women in mind and the realities that women face in the office, the boardroom and life in general.

Dr Catherine Van Heerden is driven by her passion for people and her obsession with adding real value to business, corporates, entrepreneurs and individuals.  She holds a doctorate in psychology, having submitted a dissertation on the Science of Human Transformation: Getting Unstuck, through the Open Commonwealth University in the UK. 

She founded a training and development business 25 years ago, called Thinking Dynamics which offers a wide variety of training programmes in the areas of business strategy, facilitation, leadership development and improved team performance and relationships.

Catherine is an internationally accredited master trainer for Dr. Edward de Bono in South Africa – one of only 20 in the world.  Dr. de Bono is an internationally renowned teacher and author in the areas of thinking and innovation.

She has worked with various prestigious corporations such as the JSE, Coca Cola, The Foschini Group, South African Reserve Bank, Nedbank Ltd. Standard Bank, Sasol, to name just a few.

The value Catherine brings to her clients is evident in the long-term relationships she has formed over the years.  She is also highly sought after as an Executive Coach to various CEOs and other senior leaders in this country.

This event is free but booking is essential. Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours prior to the event.

Hosted by: Channel Islands & Zoom

The Global Citizen: ‘Courageous Conversations’ on COVID 19 as a disruptor and reimagining ourselves in the world 1:00pm, Wed, 26th May, 2021



Francis Petersen, Vice Chancellor of the University of Free State, South Africa, invites us to rethink our relationship with the world in his series of ‘Courageous Conversations’ on the theme of ‘The Global Citizen’.
Professor Petersen argues that Covid has been a powerful ‘disruptor’ - it has given us a stark reminder of the need to rethink our identity, of where we belong, our ‘normative’ view of citizenship – if we want to secure long-term survival of our civilisation and the environments which support it.

Powerful voices from public life, intellectuals, public interest and business leaders, academics, naturalists, religious leaders, astrophysicists, economists, and ecologists, and others, will be invited to share and debate their views.

We invite you to join us as we look at ‘The Global Citizen’ through different lenses and how it plays out in the full spectrum of life and human endeavour, our societies, and our economies.

In partnership with the South African Chamber of Commerce, the series launches on May 26th at 1300 GMT, in a discussion with Professor Petersen on the concept and context of his thinking and how the series will roll out.
This will be followed on June 17th with a discussion led by the Chancellor of the University of Free State, Professor Bonang Francis Mohale, a published author and respected business leader who has held chairmanships and directorships at some of South Africa’s top companies, on how we educate for Global Citizenship.

This event is free but booking is essential. Zoom links will be sent out in the 24 hours before the event.

Hosted by: Zoom

Third Party Events


Tips, Pitfalls and Solutions for Foreign Exchange Management 1:00pm, Thu, 13th May, 2021



Chamber members are invited to take part in a webinar hosted by Valufin, with Sharon Constançon, Chairman of the South African Chamber of Commerce on the subject "Tips, Pitfalls and Solutions for Foreign Exchange Management" at 13:00pm, Thursday, 13th May.

The webinar, an hour long, will cover "Knowledge for finance directors and managers whose companies are trading internationally - What you need to know to look after your company's foreign exchange exposures, due to trading across borders."

Hosted by: Zoom

Mellon Educate UK Golf Day At Sunningdale 9:00am, Thu, 14th Oct, 2021


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Join us and a host of sporting talent for a fantastic day's golf, where you and your guests will play with an international sports icon to compete as a team of 4 on Sunningdale's historic Old Course. The day includes a relaxed champagne breakfast, complimentary use of practice facilities, followed by a 9am shotgun start. On course team and individual skills prizes to be won, to support the inevitable competitive spirit that will no doubt be settled at the 19th hole!

A traditional Club lunch will be served, during which some of our sports stars will keep you entertained with amusing and inspiring tales of winning, losing and learning in professional sport. An auction offering the chance to win some really special prizes and one-off experiences will follow.

Hosted by: Sunningdale Golf Club
Ridgemount Rd
Ascot, SL5 9RR