History

Britcham Shanghai

The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai extends back to 1915. As the First World War was escalating, 10 British firms met at the British Consulate-General in May, 1915, to discuss how to protect British interests and prevent trade between China and Britain's WWI opponents. One week later, the British Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai was established with a total of 60 members. By the end of 1916, its membership had grown to 250.

Though originally thought to be a temporary wartime measure, the Chamber continued to operate through till the late 1930s when the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese and Second World War necessitated its closure.

In the early 1990s, the Association of British Companies in China (ABCC) was established in Shanghai to represent British business interests, which evolved into the current British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai in 1995. Since then, the Chamber has steadfastly supported British commerce in Shanghai and the East China region. The Chamber's exclusive 1915 Club continues to celebrate the long heritage of The British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.

The Chamber is now an official international affiliate of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Global Business Network comprising 53 accredited Chambers in the UK and 60 Chambers worldwide). The Chamber is also part of a network of British Chambers of Commerce in China (BCCC) including chambers in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.