EY Azerbaijan sponsors the British Business Group (BBG) monthly meeting and presents the 2nd Robin Bennett award for significant contributions to Azerbaijan-UK business relations. The event was held at the Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday, 27 May 2015.
Ilgar Veliyev, EY Country Managing Partner and John Patterson OBE, Chairman of the BBG, presented the award to Ms. Gwen Burchell MBE.
John Patterson OBE, the winner of the first award in May 2014 shared his thoughts: "The winner of the Robin Bennett Pipe Award is selected by the BBG Committee based on the nominations from our members. Gwen Burchell MBE has been selected for the work that she has done in Azerbaijan through her charity United Aid for Azerbaijan and we are very glad that we have been chosen to be the organisation associated with such a prestigious honour."
Ilgar Veliyev added: "Robin played a significant role in encouraging and promoting the British business community in Azerbaijan for many years, and EY continues that support."
"We believe that fostering development of relations between our global and local clients is consistent with our purpose of building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities", concluded Turgay Teymurov, EY Baku Partner and member of the BBG Committee.
Robin Bennett OBE, 1942-2011 was one of the founders of the BBG Azerbaijan. He came to Baku as a Managing Partner of EY and enjoyed long and successful career with the firm.
The British Business Group has been operating in Azerbaijan for 20 years. It provides a vehicle through which new business people can meet other business people who are familiar with the workings in Azerbaijan, for information and advice on how business is carried in the country. It's a chance for valuable networking, and also for companies to present themselves and raise their profile.
The group does this by holding monthly meetings, usually on the last Wednesday of each month. Sometimes it is attended by a visiting UK government minister or similar guest.
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