About us

The Armenian British Business Chamber (ABBC) is an independent and self-sustainable business membership organisation, which promotes economic and business ties between Armenia and UK.

ABBC is the first point of contact for UK companies interested to enter, invest, export or outsource to Armenia, as well as Armenian companies with similar interests in the UK. ABBC works closely with the British Embassy in Yerevan and is honored to have the Deputy Head of Mission of the British Embassy on its Board of Directors. ABBC represents the interests of its members in front of Armenian and UK governments, international financial structures and donor and diplomatic community operating in Armenia. On top of this, ABBC provides networking, promotional and information sharing platforms and opportunities to its members.

The organisation has expertise in various issues pertaining to private sector, such as B2B relations, market entry, investments, import/export, tax and customs, legal and regulatory and much more.

ABBC closely cooperates with other international and local business associations operating in the country, as well as with the wider business community.

Mission and vision

Mission

Our mission is to create value for our members by improving business climate in Armenia and promoting trade and economic ties between Armenia and the UK.

Vision

We are seeking to become one of the leading business associations in the country by a) representing the interests of our members through providing advocacy, networking, business to business and information and knowledge sharing platforms, b) evolving into a sought-after conduit for information for our members, local and foreign investors and Armenian and UK governments, and c) promoting public-private dialogue.

Board OF DIRECTORS

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Zaruhi Furunjyan

2nd Vice President/ Treasurer
KPMG Armenia Director of Consulting
1

Paul Morris

Honorary Board Director
British Embassy Yerevan Deputy Head of Mission
2

Martin Martirosyan

President
4

Lilit Shmavonyan

Board Director
Ingo Armenia Deputy CEO on Corporate Sales
5

Tigran Pinajyan

Board Director
NCI Solutions Law Firm Managing Partner
3

Denis Laus

Board Director
Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan General Manager
7

Jonathan Stark

Board Director
Resolution Insurance Brokers Executive Director
8

Hayk Yeganyan

Board Director
Armenian Securities Exchange, AMX, Chief Executive Officer
6

Kamo Karapetyan

Board Director
EY Partner/Head of Tax Practice

Executive Office

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Irina Chobanyan

Executive Director

Services

Advocacy

We respond to the business concerns of our members by conducting lobbying and advocacy activities and campaigns. Our advocacy agenda is developed by a) collecting issues raised by our members on ABBC platform and b) receiving various legislative initiatives from the partners in the government for comment and opinion. We also conduct regular membership surveys to keep our hand on the pulse of the developments in the business environment and identify issues that can be of concern to our members.

With the purpose of strengthening our advocacy efforts, ABBC closely cooperates with the Armenian government, international and local chambers, as well as international community in Armenia. We are honored to have close relations with the British Embassy in Yerevan and conduct regular consultations with them around challenges and opportunities faced by UK, local and international companies operating in the country.

Networking and promotion

We help British, Armenian and international companies connect, cooperate, grow and prosper by providing various internal and external platforms. Our extensive network of members and partners help businesses grow, expand, export, and import.

Our members have the opportunity to meet, exchange contacts and establish cooperation during many formal and informal events organized by the Chamber. Our bimonthly newsletter, which is distributed among our members and within the wider business community promotes the member companies and tells about important milestones and successes achieved by them.

Business development

ABBC links the companies together by helping them find common cooperation grounds. Being a one-stop-shop for the British companies, which are interested in investing in Armenia and Armenian companies interested in investing in the UK, we help them obtain market access information and important contacts crucial for implementing successful business projects.

We have launched Business to Business Program (B2B), where member companies can provide discounts to each other for the products and services they offer, thus involving more diverse body of companies and realizing their business potential.

The Chamber also organizes essential trainings, as well as helps with the professional legal advice and market studies through our member companies, which are experts in various fields of economic activity.