BCCH News

EY - ELITE - BÉT // Business Breakfast

Date:
October 3, 2019 9:00-11:00
Registration opens at 8:45

Venue:
Budapesti Értéktőzsde
1054 Bp. Szabadság tér 7.

Important note: This event is only open to companies meeting the ELITE program criteria

The language of the event will be Hungarian and no translation will be provided.

You can register via sending an email to elite@bse.hu by 12:00, 25 September, 2019 the latest. Please note that registration is only open to companies that meet the criteria for the ELITE program.

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New General Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group

 

A new General Manager shall lead InterContinental Budapest into an exciting new decade.

After almost 7 years Claus Geisselmann has taken on the General Manager position of the Regent Berlin. In his stead, a Dutch national, an avid traveller and a tourism industry expert, Peter Pottinga was chosen. With over 20 years of experience in the IHG family across many countries and numerous departments, Peter Pottinga is the ideal new leader of the iconic property in the heart of the Hungarian capital.

Mr. Pottinga has held Senior Manager and General Manager positions from the United States, through Europe to China and he and his family has spent over 3 years in the neighbouring Bratislava, during which time, thanks to multiple visits to the city, they fell in love with both our region, our country and the people who make it so unique.

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BIBCA / Budapest International Business Center Conference 2019

 

BIBCA - The voice of the business community
Cordially invites you to the Budapest International Business Center Conference 2019

Conducting business from Budapest to Central and Southeastern Europe (CSEE)

October 7 - Monday, 2019 – in Hotel Budapest in partnership with the Mayor Office of Municipality of Budapest and The Budapest Enterprise Agency with the support of the Ministry of Finance.

The conference focuses on Budapest’s emerging position as a regional business centre in CSEE, discusses the current hot topics of innovation and finances, rationales and strategies of where to locate regional HQs, SSCs of international companies and potentials of local SMEs partnering multinational corporations. A 2013 Survey showed that Budapest plays a key role as Business Center of the CSEE region.

The one-day event is aimed at managers and senior executives of International, Central-European, and Hungarian Companies, as well as SMEs and local business services providers. The event will be of particular interest for businesses looking to expand their presence in CSEE.

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CEO Dinner with Zsolt Partos, Managing Director of TESCO Hungary

Date: September 18, 2019 18:00-20:00 
Venue: Gundel Restaurant - 1146, Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4.

Our very successful CEO dinners series is coming back on the menu in the evening hours of the 18th of September and to celebrate our 20th edition of the event series we are proud to announce the next guest speaker is none other than Mr. Zsolt Partos, Managing Director of Tesco Hungary.

The venue for the event will be the marvellous and highly-esteemed Gundel Restaurant who are providing the Solti Room for the meeting, that features classical music as a leading theme.

Yet that is not all, to raise the profile even further we are also pleased to inform you that HMA Iain Lindsay will be in attendance.

This time, the event is open but being highly exclusive, the number of available seats is low, so if you wish to attend, we recommend you register as soon as possible.

Admission for members: 30,000 HUF (including VAT)
Admission for non-members: 45,000 HUF (including VAT)

You can register via the following link.

Terrace Grill Party at Danubius Hotel Helia

Dear members and friends of the Chamber,

 

Danubius Hotels invites everyone to their Grill Terrace at Danubius Hotel Helia every Wednesday and Thursday. The offer stands for non-hotel guests as well.

 

BKIK / Belt and Road Summit - 8-13 September 2019

Dear members and partners, the BCCH wishes to point you towards the following business opportunity:

 

Business Delegation to China

organized by

the Danube Chambers of Commerce Association

 

September 8-13, 2019

Hong Kong, Macau

  

The mission of the outbound business delegation is to explore the potential for business-to-business collaboration, deepen existing business relationships, and participate in the 4th Belt and Road Summit.

 

target group: Export Oriented and Innovative Company Profile Interested in China, Working in the following Areas:

  • ICT
  • environmental, clean technologies
  • machinery industry
  • agricultural technologies
  • Food industry
  • Water Industry
  • waste management
  • wastewater treatment

 

Planned programs:

  • information consultation with the Hong Kong Consulate General
  • Meeting with Chamber Partners in Hong Kong and Macau
  • Participation in the 4th Belt and Road Summit event in Hong Kong

 

Finding the right amount and quality of business partners is the responsibility of our foreign partners. Chambers will do their best to make the event a success, but we recommend that you invite partners to the business meeting to organize an effective trip.

 

Why participate?

 

Free participation in professional programs (the '4th Belt and Road Summit' is free of charge for the participants of the delegation; an opportunity to learn about the economic and business environment in Hong Kong and Macao, and the opportunities for economic cooperation between China and China Negotiation with potential business partners

 

The 2018 Belt and Road Forum in Numbers:

 

80+ internationally renowned speakers

Nearly 5,000 participants from 55 countries (government, finance, economics, manufacturers, start-up companies, project owners, etc.) from nearly 100 foreign delegations

50 exhibitors from 29 countries participated in the Global Investment Zone investment event

520+ business meetings were organized for project owners

230+ project presented

Main topics of the conference in 2019:

 

Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macao, the Greater Bay Area as the Belt and Road Initiative base

Infrastructure financing

Chinese infrastructure financing and EPM contracts

Geopolitical risks

International dispute resolution

Digital Silk Road / Smart City

Opportunities for SMEs

4th Belt and Road Summit:

 

Organizers

The Danube Chambers of Commerce Association in cooperation with the Hong Kong Trade Development Counselor (HKTDC) and Hungary's Hong Kong Consulate General with the support of local chambers and business partners.

 

What languages ​​are professional programs?

The language of the professional programs is English.

 

Group flight ticket

In the case of air tickets sold by Emirates Airlines, we have limited access to a group ticket if the booking is made at the ConnecTicket Travel Agency, Budapest Hungary.

 

We would like to draw the attention of the prospective applicants to the fact that prices are subject to change and may vary according to free air tickets. We recommend that you book your flight at the ConnecTicket Travel Agency.

 

Expected costs from Budapest, Hungary to Hong Kong:

• air ticket (approx. 204,800 HUF / person is around 641 EUR)

• 3 nights accommodation costs (approx. 140 EUR / room / night)

• non-program meals

• 250 EUR / person contribution for transfers, including:

- airport transfers

- transit through Macao's professional programs through the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

- a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong

- Access to the professional program site in Hong Kong

Group transfer is only available if you are travelling with the group, otherwise the program will be organized on an individual basis and at a cost!

 

Deadline for application: 6th July 2019.

 

For the application, please fill in the Company Profile document attached here, until 6th July and send to the following e-mail address: kovacs.aron@bkik.hu

Annual General Meeting 2019 - Press Release

 

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:

1.     Douglas Arnott, EDMF Language Services

2.     Paul Fegan, Ecosse World Logistics

3.     Péter Gyúrós, Shell Hungary

4.     Judit Iglódi-Csató, GSK Hungary

5.     Kinga Kalocsai, FirstMed

      Károly Oelberg, AACM Central Europe Ltd.

 

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).

 

 

 

 

Information for companies in case of a No Deal Brexit

Dear members and partners,

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."

We are moving!

Dear members and visitors

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.

Best regards,
The BCCH team

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