First workshop of professional ham cutting

On December 2nd, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, in collaboration with The Cortador Academy – the first school in Benelux to learn professionally how to cut ham -, organized the first workshop of professional ham cutting. The training was carried out under the direction of Maestro Cortador José Cristóbal Álvarez García, who obtained his renowned diploma in the Spanish school “Escuela Internacional de Cortadores de Jamón”.

The course was aimed at professionals in the HORECA sector who wish to deepen their interest in the art of cutting and Iberian ham. During the workshop attendees were able to study the existing different types of ham and their characteristics, the regulations concerning this sector and they learned in a theoretical and practical way the main techniques to professionally cut ham starting from the outside until reaching the bone.

 

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Workshop on “Preparation of technical offers for European tenders”

On November 21st and 22nd, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg held a workshop on “Preparation of technical offers for European tenders”, which aimed to train the staff of the participating companies to allow them to have the knowledge to start preparing tenders in accordance with the procedures of the European Union. The course was held by Karine Brück, founding partner of Karine Brück International (Ecosolve SL).

During the first day of the training, the participants had the opportunity to prepare a technical offer, analyse and understand the tender conditions and terms of reference or learn about work plans and the strategic approach common to all offers, as well as, good practices and recommendations in the writing of the technical offer.

The second day of the course was focused on the preparation of an economic offer and the analysis of its strategic context, as well as the preparation of different types of economic offers. The participants also received recommendations for the preparation phase of the economic offer.

During these two days, all attendees had the opportunity to learn about different tools, which will help companies to detect opportunities and improve the preparation of technical offers. At the end of the course, Brück answered questions and clarified the doubts of the participants. The workshop was developed in a participative and dynamic environment in which attendees could understand the necessary knowledge to winning offers.

12/11-12 Fourth edition of the workshop on “EU Funding – Project Management”

Next December 11th and 12th, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg will host the fourth edition of the workshop on “EU Funding – Project Management”. The course will be held once again in collaboration with our member Swan Consulting and it will be run by the EU affairs consultant, Jorge Cisneros.

For two days, attendees will be able to get to know the new EU funding policies, as well as the procedures for the participation and budget elaboration for project proposals. In the same way, the course will deal with topics related to the identification of project calls and the management of approved projects.

You can check out the complete program here and fill out the following form to sign up for the event.

Fifteen Spanish enterprises and sectorial associations take part in the first workshop on public advisory strategies and dialogue with the European institutions organized in Brussels

On October 2nd and 3rd, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized in Brussels the first edition of the workshop on “Public advisory strategies and dialogue with the European institutions”, aimed exclusively at Spanish companies and associations.

Fifteen Spanish enterprises and sectorial associations participated in this course, looking forward to learning about the tools that will allow them to establish an effective dialogue with the European institutions and help them anticipate both the risks and opportunities for their companies that can be originated from the political and legislative action in Brussels.

The workshop was held by prestigious professionals from multinationals, business organizations and Spanish institutions as well as by European officials.

The first day began with an introduction by Pablo López Álvarez, Vice-President of the Chamber and Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, who offered a global view on lobbying and the European action. Following this, Ignasi Guardans, a European affairs consultant, spoke about the institutional structure of the EU and its adjacent ecosystem.

Afterwards, several sessions followed, held by the officials of the European Commission Mikel Landabaso, Communication Director, and Félix Fernandez Shaw, International Cooperation and Development Director.

Patricia Cirez, Permanent Representative at CEOE in Brussels presented the ways to tracking European policies/legislation and how to contribute to their definition and contents.

The day closed with Carlos Rodríguez Cocina, Europeans affairs Director at Telefónica, who spoke about the role of the Publics affairs Director and Bert Dehandschutter, lawyer at Racine Advocaten, who explained the legal process to follow in order to open a representative office in Brussels.

In the evening, the assistants attended a networking dinner with the Spanish professionals and European officials.

The second day started with a visit to the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, where Juan Aristegui, adjacent Ambassador, welcomed the enterprises and associations and spoke about the role of the Council and the Permanent Representation in Brussels.

Later on, Ignacio Sánchez-Recarte, secretary-general of the European Committee of Wine Companies (CEEV), spoke about the role of the sectorial and regional associations, as well as their purpose in the European legal process.

Attendees then visited the European Parliament and had a lunch organized by the MEP Pablo Arias. Other MEPs participated, such as Juan Ignacio Zoido, José Manuel García Margallo and Isabel Benjumea. Throughout this meeting, the MEPs explained the tasks of the European Parliament and how important it is that the interests of the companies reach Brussels.

Following this, the Elcano Royal Institute office Director, Luis Simón, spoke about the projects that this institution develops from Brussels and the role of the Think Tanks.

To finish, Ruth Estrada, Partner of Schuman Associates, explained the funding opportunities that the EU offers to enterprises and Xavier Quer Pietx, Manager at Everis, talked about the keys to the public contracts in the EU.

The workshop was closed by María Catalán, Secretary general of the Chamber, who explained the services of the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg as a support entity for the Spanish companies interested in defending their interest in Europe.

Workshop on Visual storytelling for any kind of presentations

The past 17 and 18 September, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized the first edition of the “Workshop on Visual Thinking for everyone”. The course was given by the visual facilitator Alejandro Gil (Ale Listens and Draws), member of the EmprendeBeLux program. The objective of the workshop was to make the bases of visual language known and to learn how to prepare better presentations.

During the first day, Gil explained how to improve basic elements of visual language such as shapes, objects and colors. Everything was developed through a “learn by doing” methodology, which consists of putting the content shown during the session into practice.

On the second day, he provided more information about the different elements necessary to prepare an exposition. In addition, the participants learned how to develop a personal template related to the presentation´s objectives with the “three buckets technique” to structure a presentation; the four main different types of visual narration: report, pitch, drama and explanation. At the end of the day, all participants had the opportunity to draw a presentation and share it with the rest of the participants.

The workshop, which was a complete success, took place in a relaxed atmosphere, and all the attendees had a really participative attitude.

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Workshop on European tenders

The 23rd and 24th of May, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg organized a  workshop on “European tenders: detection of opportunities and preparation of winning offers”, which had the aim of giving the participating companies or individuals the necessary knowledge to start preparing tenders in accordance with the procedures of the EU. The workshop, given by Karine Brück, founding partner of Karine Bruck International (Ecosolve SL) in English, filled all places.

During the first day of the training, the different European institutions, agencies and associations were presented, as well as the types of existing tenders. Also, the descriptions of the different phases of the projects were exposed to explain the opportunities that could arise in each of them for the companies. Secondly, Brück emphasized the strategies for detecting calls and selecting the opportunities that European tenders presented, taking into account the particular characteristics of the business.

Throughout the second day, attendees could deepen their knowledge in European tenders by conducting a practical case, through which they understood how to structure a logical framework correctly. In this second part of the training, concepts related to the preparation and elaboration of the technical and economic reports were explained, as well as tips for the search of experts and the formation of consortiums were provided.

During these two days, all attendees had the opportunity to learn about different tools, which will help companies to detect opportunities and improve the preparation of technical offers. At the end of the course, Brück answered questions and clarified the doubts of the participants. The workshop was developed in a participative and dynamic environment in which attendees could understand the necessary knowledge to winning offers.

10th Edition Workshop on Social Media Management for Business and European Projects

The 14th and 15th of March, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg held the tenth edition of the “Workshop on social media management for business and European projects”, a workshop that aims to increase the knowledge of the participants about the planning, management and analysis of social networks in the field of European projects. The course, given by the community manager and coach Philippe Schiffler, filled all places, as in previous occasions.

During the first day of the training, the attendees could improve their knowledge about social networks and learn to take advantage of them. Also, they discovered new tools that a community managers can use to improve their performance, among which are Canva, Feedly or RSS Feedly. Schiffler also demonstrated to those present how to act on social networks in a crisis situation and the steps that must be taken to face it.

On the second day,  the importance of the GDPR, as well as the different functions of the well-known social networks such as Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram was discussed. As in the previous day, Schiffler talked about other applications such as Adobe Spark, Buffer or Hootsuite.

During these two days, all attendees had the opportunity to learn about different tools, which will help companies to have greater visibility on social networks. At the end of the course, Schiffler answered questions and clarified the doubts of the participants. The workshop was developed in a participative and dynamic environment in which attendees could discover the basis for good management of social networks.

First Edition of “Workshop on Visual Thinking for everyone”

The past 13 and 14 February, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized the first edition of the “Workshop on Visual Thinking for everyone”. The course was given by the visual facilitator Alejandro Gil (Ale Listens and Draws), member of the EmprendeBeLux program. The objective of the workshop was to make the bases of visual language known and to learn how to prepare better presentations.

During the first day, Gil explained how to improve basic elements of visual language such as shapes, objects and colors. Everything was developed through a “learn by doing” methodology, which consists of putting the content shown during the session into practice. At the end of the first day, every attendee had the opportunity to draw a presentation and share it with the rest of the participants.

On the second day, he provided more information about the different elements necessary to prepare an exposition. In addition, the participants learned how to develop a personal template related to the presentation´s objectives, all through practical exercises that enlivened the morning.

The workshop, which was a complete success, took place in a relaxed atmosphere, and all the attendees had a really participative attitude.

 

 

Third edition of the “Workshop on EU projects”

On December 12 and 13, the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg hosted the third edition of the “Workshop on EU projects”. The course was held once again in collaboration with our member Swan Consulting.

For two days, attendees were able to learn about European funding opportunities for SMEs, as well as the procedure for participation and preparation of proposals. In addition to presenting how to identify calls and carry out the management of approved projects; the consultant in European affairs, Jorge Cisneros, encouraged the interaction between the participants who presented their doubts, opinions and experiences in European projects.

Once again the capacity of the workshop was completed, and was attended by numerous stakeholders from very diverse sectors such as cultural industries, fair trade or the sports sector.

Success of the ninth edition of the “Workshop on social media management for business and european projects”

The past 25 and 26 October, the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in Belgium and Luxembourg, organized the ninth edition of the “Workshop on social media management for business and European projects”. The course given by the community manager and coach Philippe Schiffler aims to increase the presence of companies in social networks.

During the first day, Schiffler explained the role played by the community manager in the company and the importance it has acquired in recent years. After that, he explained some very useful strategies to get more benefit of different social networks such as Twitter, Linkedin or Pinterest, among many others.

During the second day, he presented some digital tools that currently help companies to have greater visibility and followers in the network, many of which were unknown to attendees. Evenbrite, Pushbullet or Fiverr were some of the exposed.

He also explained different utilities of social networks and well-known websites such as Facebook, YouTube or Google+. Webs that are known by the majority, but that hide some characteristics unknown by most of us.

Schiffler also wanted to highlight the importance that has been acquired in recent months by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), created last May by the European Parliament and that gives greater transparency to companies on security issues. He also mentioned the fines that may be paid by companies if they do not comply with the regulation, which ranges about 20 million euros.

As in the previous editions, there were many attendees. During these two days all of them had the opportunity to learn about different tools, such as the ones mentioned above, which will undoubtedly help companies to have a better image on the net.

Schiffler was receptive when responding to the questions of the attendees, many of whom carry the social networks of European companies. Some of them even encouraged to express their doubts. In this way, the attendees received advice on how to improve and increase the participation of the public in the social networks of their companies.