Save the date July 13, if you want to come with us to watch the Ladies' Wimbledon finals at the terrace of the Budapest Marriott Hotel! To provide an authentic Wimbledon experience, British themed foods will be available at the venue.
We held our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, where the members elected Duncan Graham as new Chairman together with 7 new council members elected for the next two years.
At our Annual General Meeting , Duncan Graham, Managing Director of G&G Wealth Limited, a financial and investment advisory company was elected as Chairman. Mr Graham established G&G Wealth Limited in 2012. Before that he worked for Newton Barr, a financial advisory company and Alliance as Senior Adviser in the United Kingdom. Duncan Graham is the Chairman of St Andrew’s Association in Hungary which promotes Scottish culture and manages charity programmes to support underprivileged and sick children. Duncan Graham will take over the position of Chairman of the BCCH from June 2019.
Our new Chairman has laid out the following general plan for the next two years: “My aim as Chairman is to guide, with the help of the elected Council and our Managing Director, the Chamber through the uncertain times ahead. We have a unique opportunity to show our commitment to the BCCH, demonstrating our ability to showcase the strengths of British Business and Community whilst developing our bonds and connections still further. The support and work undertaken by the Council over the last few years has given us an extremely solid foundation, we will build still further to cement and enhance our relationship with our host country Hungary. We will endeavour to ensure that we support our existing members as well as offering relevant and interesting events to attract new ones.”
Vazul Tóth, outgoing Chairman of the BCCH, who leaves the Chamber after six years, pointed out: “It has been an honour to serve our members for the past six years.I am proud of the achievements the chamber has been able to deliver during these years. As they say: you are only as good as your team and the BCCH team, both our council and our staff, have been extraordinary over the past years.Keep Calm and Carry On the BCCH flag.”
As always, the AGM was held with the attendance of H.E. Iain Lindsay, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Hungary, who added: “Many thanks to Vazul Tóth and Csilla Csurgai for developing and strengthening the bilateral trade and investment relationship between the UK and Hungary. I very much look forward to working with Duncan Graham in his new capacity as Chairman, Oliver Strommer as Executive Director and the newly formed Council.”
The members also elected the Council of BCCH who will contribute to the design and execution of the Chambers’ strategy going forward with:
In addition to the new Council, the BCCH will have new management: after 13 years, Csilla Csurgai, who has been Executive Director since 2009 steps down and is leaving the chamber as of 31 May. Over the past 13 years nearly 600 companies contributed to the work of the Chamber and almost 1000 professionals participated the Chamber’s events on a yearly basis. Under the leadership of Csilla the Chamber has developed with and adapted to the business environment. The conferences and events have prepared the representatives of the companies for the continuous changes and the new opportunities. In the last 13 years Csilla has supported several business contracts to be singed. She participated not only in the development of the Hungarian-British business relations, but she managed citizen initiatives and programmes to support young talents. In the name of all the employees of the Chamber, current or previous, the Council Members of the last decade and the countless interns, Thank you, Csilla! Wish you the best in your future endeavours.
Her successor will be Oliver Strommer who led the British Business Centre in Budapest from 2014 to 2019. Mr Strommer worked as the Managing Director of the local subsidiary of Expomedia Group for nearly ten years, where he was responsible for building multi-functional state of the art exhibition centres across Eastern Europe whilst simultaneously launching new exhibition and conferences within their own centres. Previously to this, he filled the Divisional Director position at ITE Group operating in the UK, which is one of the largest exhibition organisers in the world. He obtained his BSc diploma in Business Studies at Swansea University (Wales).
Amidst all the uncertainty regarding Brexit and the surrounding issues, we all have to be ready for any scenario, including the one if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. Below is the official communication from the British Embassy which we feel is vital information for all British businesses in Hungary.
"If the UK exits the EU without a deal, UK businesses will have to apply customs, excise and VAT procedures to goods traded with the EU, in broadly the same way that already applies for goods traded outside of the EU. The UK intends to establish an independent trade remedies system by the time the UK exits the EU. For more background details please see gov.uk."
The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary is excited to announce that we are moving to a new location!
After a week of packing, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH) team, with the help of Santa Fe Relocation Services are making the move from their office at Bank Center to their new home located at 1051 Budapest, Sas Utca 18. on March 30. Our contacts have not changed.
The move will be completed over the weekend and our services will be up and running by noon on Monday, April 1. Visit the new BCCH office during office hours and see how we can help you grow your business. The BCCH office is open from 9:00 to 17:00.
Applications for the Vodafone Digital Award are accepted in three categories until March 5
The Vodafone Foundation will accept digital innovation ideas till midnight on March 5. The technology application scheme with a total award value of 15 million HUF will allow through those who already have one completed digital development/device, and create something new in one of the three categories of digital child, digital families and digital NGOs.
The Vodafone Foundation has set the objective of dedicating the Vodafone Digital Award to supporting those who serve the good of society through their developments, and wish to help. The idea is that completed digital innovations should support the day-to-day lives and technical integration of the Foundation’s key target groups. Applications for the scheme with a total award value of 15 million HUF have been accepted since mid-December. Thanks to the extended deadline, those whose ready-made solutions require further development and those who wish to present such solution to a wider audience but could not do so until now in the lack of funding, can apply until midnight on March 5.
‘The key global values of Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundations are responsibility-taking and the supporting of projects which serve the good of society with the help of mobile technology. As a digital company, we aim to support creative and innovative solutions that use technology and allow us to bring real change in the lives of families, children and NGOs. With the help of the Vodafone Digital Award, we aim to identify talents we intend to support in order to get closer to a digital world and an exciting future.’ – said Amanda Nelson, CEO of Vodafone Hungary.
The applications submitted will be judged by a 7-member Jury. In the evaluation process, the Jury will consider how much the device, product or development submitted will help the life of the given target group, how much the technological solution in hand is considered new, and how effective the planned project budget is. Feasibility, social usefulness and the promotion of the project will also be important considerations when choosing a winner.
For details of the call to application, please, visit the Vodafone Digital Award website.
We assembled some of the most important links and information in this email regarding EU Exit. Please share with members of the British community living in Hungary in case they turn to you for information. EU Exit may impact the lives of British citizens living, studying and working here in a number of ways, and it is important that they are aware of potential changes.
Information on EU Exit for British nationals in Hungary
If, as we hope and expect, a deal is agreed between the EU and UK, the Hungarian government is committed to implementing the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, including protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 31 December 2020. In a ‘no deal’ scenario, the Hungarian government has committed to protecting the current rights of UK nationals legally resident in Hungary on 29 March 2019, on a broadly reciprocal basis with the UK. That means the Hungarian government will offer broadly the same to UK nationals as the UK Government offers to Hungarian citizens. You can find details of the UK’s commitment to Hungarian and other EU citizens in the UK in a ‘no deal’ scenario here.
The Hungarian government is currently developing the exact legal and practical provisions for both scenarios. Once the Hungarian government has established the practical details, there is likely to be a simplified administrative process to confirm the continuing rights of Brits in Hungary in both a deal and ‘no deal’ scenario.
In the meantime, in order to prepare for all scenarios regarding the UK’s exit from the EU, the Hungarian government advises that Brits apply for a “Registration Certificate for EEA Nationals” at their local Immigration and Asylum Office by 29 March 2019, if they have not already done so. This is a long-standing requirement under Hungarian law for residents of three months or longer. You can find more details onthe website of the Immigration and Asylum Office.
We are pleased to confirm that in order to facilitate the registration process, the Budapest and Pest County Regional Directorate of the Immigration and Asylum Office will provide a separate client service for British nationals resident in Budapest and Pest County every Wednesday from 10.00 until 12.00 at 1117 Budapest, Budafoki street 60. It is not necessary to book appointments in advance. Those resident outside Budapest can register at their local Immigration and Asylum Office.
Please note that those already in possession of a Registration Certificate do not have to do anything more now.They should wait for further information from the Hungarian government about concrete next steps on future arrangements following EU Exit (e.g. how to apply for the new status), which the British Embassy will also communicate on our social media channels and on our ‘Living in Hungary’ page.
Any British nationals are suggested to check the following links regularly
We kindly invite you to participate in an online survey made by the German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, about operating in Central and Eastern European states, including Hungary. BCCH is assisting them to transmit this survey towards more prospective participants.
The poll analyses the economic situation and the business climate in Hungary. Identical surveys are being conducted simultaneously for 15 further countries of the CEE region. The survey is conducted online, it takes about 10 minutes to answer the questions.
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is delighted to announce the appointment of
Ms Alexandra Schmidt
Director of Sales and Marketing
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest
Alexandra represents herself as a true Kempinski ambassador having started her career in 2005 as a Conference and Banqueting Sales Coordinator in Budapest. Five years later she joined the Kempinski Gozo team as Director of Sales. During her three years there, she led her team with great passion to achieve outstanding hotel revenue results as well as successfully managing marketing projects of the Hotel.
Returned to Budapest in 2013 as Director of Sales, she was responsible for managing the sales teams and became an established Sales & Marketing expert known as an inspiring leader. In her new position and with her deep knowledge of the Hungarian market, the global market trends and sales conversion strategies, she will be a key player in achieving our Sales goals working closely with the Marketing team to consistently deliver beautiful performances.
A Hungarian national, Alexandra is fluent in Hungarian, German and English. She graduated at the University of West in Hungary with a Master in Economics and Marketing.
Our fellow member, Investors in People has just come out with their latest research about the employee sentiment trends in 2019. Click hereto read this informative, in-depth analysis based on a survey completed by 2000 people.
We kindly invite you to participate in an online survey made by the Association of Adult Educational Enterprises (FVSZ) about the human (mainly educational) needs of companies of domestic and foreign interest operating in Hungary.
We truly believe that the subject – educating and training adults at different organisations in Hungary – is essential regarding the country, the economy and last but not least the future of your business. After a thorough analysis, the summary of the findings supplemented with the professional proposals of FVSZ will be presented to the policy decision makers.
We are aware that answering the questions trustworthily requires quite a little of your precious time but it would have made no sense to shorten this questionnaire otherwise we couldn’t have achieved the desired aims i.e. professionally established results. To simplify your work you can answer the questions online.
Congratulations to Mr Zoltán Gelencsér, the Financial Director of Vodafone Hungary for earning the CFO Master 2018 award. The award is given to those CFOs who achieve extraordinary performance, we are proud to have such a prominent person amongst our Foundation Members!
JAGUAR LAND ROVER CONFIRMS TECHNICAL ENGINEERING OFFICE IN HUNGARY
●Jaguar Land Rover to open a new technical engineering office in Budapest to support the company’s European supply chain management
●100 roles will complement corporate, R&D, engineering and manufacturing functions headquartered in the UK
●Hungary is in close proximity to many key automotive suppliers and has a strong track record of automotive engineering talent
Friday 2 November 2018, Coventry: Jaguar Land Rover confirms plans to create a technical engineering office in Hungary, opening in early 2019.
Engineers in Budapest will work alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s supply chain located in Europe to support the launch of vehicles into the company’s global manufacturing locations.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering, said:
“Hungary has a strong track record in automotive engineering. We have chosen it as the location for a new engineering office to enable close collaboration with our suppliers located in central and Eastern Europe. The team in Budapest will complement the suppliers and supplier technical assistance that we already partner within the region, as well as our teams in the UK.”
The office in Budapest joins Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering network in the UK, Republic of Ireland, China and North America.
Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Hungarysaid:
“Today’s announcement by Jaguar Land Rover marks a new chapter in the Hungarian automotive industry as we welcome a new premium OEM to our country. The decision of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer to open a technical engineering office in Budapest reaffirms our foreign direct investment strategy and in particular our specific focus on high-quality automotive-related growth.”
We would like to thank all of the participants for coming to the Budapest Airport Tour. It was a truly interesting, yet very entertaining event! We would like to say thank you to Budapest Airport for offering us the opportunity, and we are also grateful to the co-workers for the professional organisation. Special thanks to Mihály Hardy, the Communications Director of the Budapest Airport Zrt. for guiding us through the spectacular sites while entertaining us with stories about the institution. It was an unforgettable experience!
The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary would like to thank you for attending the BCCH x FirstMed Family Day on 8 September 2018 at Academy Golf Budapest. We hope you found the event entertaining and that we will soon have the pleasure of welcoming you again.
We would like to thank our organising partner FirstMed for sponsoring the event, for the excellent programmes and for their efforts to make the event a success, as well as our generous sponsors who contributed to the success of this event: Tesco, Budapest British International School, Britannica International School Budapest, PwC Hungary, Lego Serious Play and USchool Hungary for all their help and support and Academy Golf Budapest for providing the venue. Special thanks to Photon and Sára Volom for capturing the best moments of the day.
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