Universal Projects Director Honoured at the COBCOE Awards


Universal Projects Director, Nigel Tomlinson was honoured at the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe Awards on 11th May when he was awarded the 2015 Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence.

The Awards ceremony was held during a gala dinner at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales in London and attended by British Chambers drawn from across Europe with Lord Karan Bilimoria as the keynote speaker for the evening and sponsored by Jaguar Cars.

Nigel is the first British recipient of the award which was given to him for his outstanding service to the development of British trade overseas in a career spanning almost 35 years and his ongoing commitment to the British Chambers of Commerce overseas including the design and implementation of training and development academies.

Since deciding to step down as CEO of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and as a Director of the British Chambers of Commerce at the end of 2010, Nigel has delivered business capacity building programmes around the world on behalf of the European Union, UNIDO and the World Bank and designed business improvement programmes for the World Chambers Federation through Universal Projects which he formed in 2011. In 2013 and with the company barely two years old, Nigel led Universal Projects to the World Chambers Awards Finals in Qatar where they finished as runner up. Previously, Nigel had led Sheffield Chamber to two World Chambers Finals, the British Chamber of the Year Award in 2008 and the British Chambers Award for Excellence in International Trade Services in 2006 for their work in the design and subsequent formation of the UK’s first International Trade Centre.

cobcoe2015-151Nigel said: “This award was completely unexpected and I am deeply honoured. The fact that my efforts have been recognised on an international stage yet again is very gratifying. British Chambers from Dublin to Moscow and Helsinki to Madrid were a part of this and I am proud to have been able to assist them at a crucial time for the future development and role of chambers.” He added “When we set up Universal Projects I knew we would succeed but I have been amazed at what we have achieved so far and this is only the beginning. Together with my associates we are already working on three continents and we will continue to build on our success.”

David Thomas MBE, President of COBCOE said: “Nigel has been instrumental in both designing and driving continuous improvement and training programmes for the network. His work on the COBCOE Academy has been inspirational and his commitment to the development of international trade is exemplary and he is fully deserving of this very special award.”

Nigel was back on the stage later that same evening to present the COBCOE Award for Excellence in Chamber Membership to the British Belgian Chamber of Commerce (see picture of Nigel presenting the award to the BBCC CEO, Glenn Vaughan).


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