London Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) was established on 25 July 1881 at Mansion House in the City of London with 130 members. The London Chamber represented the London Metropolis and not just the City of London. Many of the original 130 members still play a role in London Chamber today. International trade activities continue to play a key role today, in particular the services provided by the Chamber's Export Documents, Customs and Trade Procedures and World Trade Teams.

The London Chamber of Commerce & Industry is one of the Strategic Partners of The Middle East Association[1]


The aim of the newly formed body was to influence public opinion, the legislature and to effect reforms that individual companies would not be powerful enough to bring about. From the beginning, the London Chamber's key role was serving the needs and interests of the trading community and helping members resolve their trading problems. The development of a business information service in 1888, only seven years after the origin of chamber, was a major achievement. In the 1880s the London Chamber was instrumental in obtaining better terms for companies from the Government and the Suez Canal Company with the help of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps. This initiative garnered recognition for the newly formed Chamber.

Recent activities and achievements[edit]

The London Chamber of Commerce had adjusted its mission to continue meeting the needs of London businesses. Renamed the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the membership includes organizations from industry. The Chamber has been involved with the development of the London Enterprise Agency. It formed special interest groups including the Women in Business Group in 1991 and the Asian Business Association in 1995.

LCCI International Qualifications[edit]

The LCCI International Qualification range is designed to deliver the skills essential for success in today’s demanding commercial environment. By matching business skills to employers’ requirements and providing reliable evidence of candidates’ abilities, they receive international recognition from employers, educational institutes and professional bodies worldwide.

LCCI International Qualifications are trusted and valued by universities, employers and professional bodies the world over. Every year around 250,000 candidates choose LCCI International Qualifications to provide evidence of their ability across a variety of fields, and in order to further their academic and professional careers. Over 5000 schools, colleges, universities and private training companies in over 120 countries are approved to deliver LCCI International Qualifications.

LCCI International Qualifications have been offered globally for over 100 years and are awarded by Pearson, the UK's largest awarding body. Pearson is accredited by the British government and works closely with Ministries of Education around the world.

Their flexible qualifications programme includes examinations at various levels, enabling candidates to enter at the most appropriate level for their existing skills. They also offer Diplomas and Group Awards to allow candidates to add to their marketable skills and, in many cases, receive professional status. LCCI’s comprehensive range of qualifications includes:

  • Financial & Quantitative
  • English Language
  • Marketing and Customer Service
  • Business, Administration & IT

Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce[edit]

From 1911-1975, the Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce operated out of the premises of the LCCI. The Federation aimed to increase trade within the Commonwealth. The Federation held triennial congress, which rotated through the Commonwealth.[2]

In 1927, the Davson Baronetcy was created for Edward Rae Davson, then Chairman of the Federation.

Name changes[edit]

The Federation went through numerous name changes, reflecting the political structure of the Commonwealth:[3]

  • British Imperial Council of Commerce 1911-1926
  • Federation of Chambers of Commerce of the British Empire 1926-1955
  • Federation of Commonwealth and British Empire Chambers of Commerce 1955-1961
  • Federation of Commonwealth and Empire Chambers of Commerce 1961-1963
  • Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce 1963-1975 (dissolved)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ - The Middle East Association
  2. ^ "Chamber of Commerce". 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Federation of Commonwealth Chambers of Commerce Records". 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2011.