After more than 22 years service to the British Chambers of Commerce, Steve Baker retired in September 2011 to establish his own Business Consultancy.
Steve joined the BCC in 1989 following a career in export sales and marketing in the Earthmoving and Construction Machinery field. He is a Chartered Marketer and Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
During his time with BCC, Steve successfully managed several different projects all designed to assist UK exporters and all delivered through the UK Chamber network.
In 1998, Steve was appointed Secretary of the Certification & International Trade Committee and Manager of the vital Certificate of Origin Service. Since then, Steve has striven to establish and sustain the highest levels of service delivery for certification work through the Chamber network.
During recent years, he has overseen rigorous improvements to the service in areas such as staff training, inspection, working procedures, electronic processing and network development.
Resulting from the high regard in which the UK Certification Service is held internationally, Steve has been a key speaker on Certification Practice and Rules of Origin for the ICC/WCF (World Chambers Federation) at recent World Chambers Congresses. In addition, he has been a regular seminar presenter and workshop leader for Eurochambres at their annual International Trade Academy.
In 2004, Steve successfully negotiated with UK Customs to allow Chambers to act as Customs Agents in the issuing and authentication of Preferential Certificates of Origin. This was the first time any Customs Authority worldwide had agreed to entrust their stamps and authorization powers to a network of Chambers.
Based on the UK example, other countries have since followed this trend and Steve has become a regular contributor on this subject at WCO (World Customs Organisation) conferences and training seminars.
Steve was also co-writer of the ICC World Chambers Federation “International Certificate of Origin Guidelines” first published in 2006 and now translated into six languages.