Your partner in British Dutch Business

On 20 November 2020 the NBCC SME Virtual Lunch was held. We were pleased to have so many inspirational companies. The purpose of this event was to celebrate the contribution of small and medium size entreprises to the private sector both in the UK and the Netherlands on the occasion of “Entrepreneurs Day” SMEs are important for both the UK & NL economy as they create growth, jobs and prosperity. 

Every November, for one week, with 10 million people involved, in 170+ countries, to celebrate entrepreneurship. MKB - Nederlandand, NLinBusiness are part of the GEW network and proclaimed the third Friday of November as the “Day of the Entrepreneur”.

Following the opening remarks of NBCC Board member, Andrew Wood, a short introduction was given by Hans de Rooij, Partner at BDO.


During the virtual lunch, inspiring and inspirational speeches were given by Alex Pharaoh, Country Head Legal of ABN AMRO UK, Penny Grivea, Managing Director of Ritual and Karel Jennissen, CEO at N+P Recycling. Moreover, Madelon van Breemen, Legal Counsel at LVHadvocaten gave some top “Tips & Tricks” on amending contracts in the UK and Ireland.

The following short listed companies were determined on the basis of research from twenty candidates: 

  • Anker Stuy
  • Blue Ninja
  • Boska Food Tools
  • Clusius Craft Distillers
  • Deal Room
  • Double Dutch
  • Elho 
  • Kelly’s Expat Shop 
  • SkyNRG
  • Superflora BV
  • Tony’s Chocoloney

Given their inspiring contribution to bringing the economy to a higher level, the NBCC SME Award 2020 went to: Double Dutch Drinks.

Raised in the Netherlands, Double Dutch’s twin founders, Joyce and Raissa, have a natural affinity with superlative drinks and excellent blendings. After all, they come from the birthplace of gin!

But their love affair turned to frustration. While the world’s choice of spirits has continued to grow, mixers and sodas have remained bland … less of a twin, more of a shadow.

Double Dutch is the result of this love affair – uniting great spirits with complementary mixers that enliven and enhance. Richard Branson supported the Double Dutch vision by giving the twins a Foodpreneur Award for their innovative Food and Beverage brand.

From the world’s best mixologists through to those who prefer their G&T on the sofa at home, the Double Dutch twins have created revolutionary mixers to intensify enjoyment of spirits, or to be drunk solo.

Double Dutch is much more than double the taste sensation, it’s a whole new world of soft drinks. From our heart to your glasses.