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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 - Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146

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

Vodafone Digital Award

Do you have a digital innovation?

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.   

Information on EU Exit for British nationals in Hungary from the British Embassy in Budapest

Dear All,

 

 

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 on the 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

 

Living in Hungary Guide (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-hungary)Official information UK nationals moving to and living in Hungary need to know, including EU Exit guidance, residency, healthcare and driving.

UK Nationals living in the EU page (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-british-nationals-travelling-and-living-in-europe): Information on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union.

UK in Hungary Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ukinhungary)

UK in Hungary Twitter page (https://twitter.com/ukinhungary)

 

With kind regards,

 

 

Zsuzsanna Bacso-Hlavka Vice Consul British Embassy

25th Investment Climate Survey in Hungary

Dear members and partners,

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.

The questionnaire is available here: http://konjunkturumfrage.ahk.de/

Users may freely select one out of the 3 languages (Hungarian, German, English) to answer the questions and data protection is guaranteed according to the guidelines of the DUIHK.

The deadline for submitting answers is March 1, 2019 (Friday).
The results of the survey will be made public in early April.

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