MAABN New Year Message 2014


The MAABN in 2014


The beginning of the year is always a good time to reflect on the MAABN’s future.

It’s now 10 years since the association came into being and we have seen it grow into a thriving community of people who share an interest in Anglo-American professional, business and cultural activities here in the Marseille-Provence area.

William Peterson has been President of the association for many years  and now shares the position with Richard Bower, long-time member and former Vice-President. We are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers whose enthusiasm and hard work ensure the success of the MAABN.

Sponsors and members are the heart and soul of the MAABN and we are determined that our actions should bring them satisfaction. Our events in 2014 will bring greater visibility for our sponsors, better service and information for our members and provide more opportunities for fruitful networking.

To this end, we are organizing a series of “Networking Tuesdays” (Aix) and “Networking Thursdays” (Marseille) with our sponsors at new venues. We are also producing a directory of members’ services to help everyone in our network both locate service providers and promote their own businesses.

The MAABN is always keen to contribute to and highlight the attractiveness of Marseille-Provence to Anglo-American businesses. We have campaigned for and supported initiatives to develop bilingual education and to establish new air links with the English-speaking world. In 2014, we will continue to support existing and new initiatives to enhance our region’s attractiveness.

Over the years,  MAABN events have attracted many participants and we now have a virtual community of well over 1500 individuals and businesses consulting our website ( and Facebook page and receiving our bi-monthly e-newsletter. We hope that, in 2014, many of these will be active in contributing new ideas to the MAABN, thus helping us to build a stronger organization for the Anglo-American community over the next 10 years.

We hope to see you all on Thursday January 30th at the first Networking Thursday event of the year hosted by the British Council at their premises at 521 avenue du Prado,13008 Marseille. During the evening, British Consul Simon Taylor will be presenting his New Year Wishes.

We wish a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all our members and sponsors and to all those who have shown an interest in the MAABN’s activities!


Richard Bower and William Peterson