Annual General Meeting 2017 - BCCH members elected the new Council and Chairperson for the Chamber

BCCH members elect new Council and Chairperson for the Chamber for the 2017-2019 Council period at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 24 May 2017. Left to right: Zsolt Bella, BT Global Services, Christopher Noblet, Partos & Noblet in co-operation with Hogan Lovells, Dennis A. Diokno, FirstMed, Judit Iglódi-Csató, GSK Hungary, Vazul Tóth, Budapest Bank, Kinga Kalocsai, GE Lighting & Current EMEA, Andrea Tóth, British Automotive, Kam Jandu, Budapest Airport, Árpád Balázs, PwC Hungary

Vazul Tóth said: "It is an honour to be re-elected and given the opportunity to continue to serve our members. I am delighted that now, as the UK redefines its relationships with the EU, our members have elected representatives of significant British companies operating in Hungary to our new council. Over the next period, more and more emphasis will be placed on strengthening bilateral synergies.  The council is determined to play a key role in redefining and facilitating the new relationship between the UK and Hungary."

HE Iain Lindsay OBE, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary said: “I welcome an even more dynamic Chamber that is even more prepared to provide direct support to British business in Hungary. I and my team at the Embassy will work more closely with you to achieve our common goals.  We want to deepen our relationship with the Chamber and work together with you for British economic and business interests and for the UK`s success and prosperity.”


Magyarország Legkiválóbb Vállalatai 2017


Soha nem látott munkaerő-piaci verseny zajlik a legjobb munkavállalók megszerzéséért és megtartásáért. Mit tehet azért egy vállalat, hogy kiváló szervezetként, vonzó munkahelyként tekintsenek rá a munkavállalók?


Május 9-én az Investors in People Hungary és a Magyarországi Brit Kereskedelmi Kamara (BCCH) második alkalommal adta át a Magyarország Legkiválóbb Vállalatai díjakat. A programot a két szervezet 2016-ban indította. A nemzetközi viszonylatban is legfigyelemreméltóbb szervezeti megoldások díjazásával a szervezők célja az, hogy követendő példaképeket állítsanak a hazai gazdaság szereplői elé, és olyan közösséget hozzanak létre, amely segíti a legkiválóbb gyakorlatok megismertetését, terjesztését.

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The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary wins COBCOE awards for Corporate Social Responsibility

We are thrilled to announce that the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary is the proud winner of the award for excellence for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at the COBCOE Awards Dinner 2017.

The explanation during the award ceremony why our Chamber was chosen as the award winner this year was: "This chamber interconnects its CSR focus with all chamber activities, particularly events. Its CSR work is very much people-oriented, with a focus on youth and children, and has given 25% of the money raised at its CEO dinners to charity."

We feel incredibly honoured, we have worked really hard on our CSR strategy; this year, the BCCH teamed up with the Social and Guardianship Bureau (Szociális és Gyámhivatal) to engage in several charitable undertakings through which we would like to help children under the care of three institutions. The implementation of the work at these children’s home member companies could choose of (Bokréta Lakásotthon és Gyermekotthoni Központ, Bolyai Gyermekotthoni Központ and Cseppkő Gyermekotthon) has already started to take shape.

uSchool and the BCCH have entered a strategic partnership, by which the two parties organise entrepreneurial clubs to provide a basis for secondary school students to realise ideas, as well as promoting business thinking. The exciting uSchool programme, the joint Entrepreneur Club, was introduced this year, intending to teach high school students a ‘Startup mentality’, they can harness during their university years and careers.

In the past three years, 25% of our CEO Dinners series' participation fees has been donated annually to the National Ambulance Service Foundation.

We truly hope that we will be able to celebrate this great success with all of you at our upcoming Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at the renowned Budapest Marriott Hotel.

Photos of the awards ceremony can be found by clicking here, with the password london.

Women in the COBCOE chamber network

Why are so many of the teams running chambers of commerce led by or comprised mainly of women? To mark International Women’s Day, Anne-Marie Martin, Chief Executive of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) had a chat with Csilla Csurgai, BCCH Executive Director.

According to the United Nations, International Women’s Day, which is celebrated in many countries around the world, is the one day when women are officially recognised for their achievements “without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.” Well, they certainly don’t come more culturally, nationally, linguistically, politically and professionally diverse then the group of incredible women I have the great pleasure to work with in the COBCOE chambers network. Please don’t misunderstand; my male colleagues are equally deserving, but it is the women I want to concentrate on today.

To read the interview, please click on the link below.

BCCH Mentoring Programme 2.0

Dear Members,

We are launching the second round of our Mentoring Programme in accordance with our mission. There are only a few places available, so please apply as soon as possible in order not to miss out on a brilliant learning opportunity. 

This programme is designed for managers who seek inspiration and find themselves at a stage in their careers where they could benefit from guidance provided by experienced professionals. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your leadership skills, such as persuading and motivating: creating enthusiasm to make things happen, clarifying the problem and making logical decisions, taking the initiative and responding flexibly to changing situations, taking a positive attitude to and learning from failure.

The BCCH wishes to create a new tradition by annually choosing up to 10 young managers from its members to help them become more successful in leadership in the long term, contributing to increasing the success of their organisations (companies and corporations) with the assistance of experienced mentors. Any leader who runs an organisation or company of three people or more can apply to the Mentoring Programme. Our mentors are highly experienced and successful leaders selected by the BCCH from among their members and partners.

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BCCH-uSchool Entrepreneur Club

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH) and the USchool Hungary educational platform have entered a strategic partnership, by which the two parties will organize entrepreneurial clubs to provide a basis for secondary school students to realize ideas, as well as promoting business thinking, according to a press statement sent to the Budapest Business Journal today.

Please click here to read the full press release on Budapest Business Journal's website.

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BCCH Volunteer Programme 2017

The BCCH teamed up with the Social and Guardianship Bureau (Szociális és Gyámhivatal) to engage in several charitable undertakings through which we would like to help children under the care of three institutions. Thanks to such companies as GlaxoSmithKline Hungary, KPMG Hungary, Marks&Spencer Hungary, FirstMed Centers, Santa Fe Relocation and Lineo International Consulting Kft., who were generous enough to sign up and take part in the programme, the implementation of the work at these below-mentioned facilities has already started to take shape. We very much look forward to receiving more company applications for the programme, so with the help of our members, we can truly light up these children’s worlds with some joy and hope.

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Prime Minister Theresa May set out the Plan for Britain, including the 12 priorities that the UK government will use to negotiate Brexit

In her speech on 17 January 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May set out the UK's vision for the future EU-UK relationship and the core objectives for it.

"A little over 6 months ago, the British people voted for change.

They voted to shape a brighter future for our country.

They voted to leave the European Union and embrace the world.

And they did so with their eyes open: accepting that the road ahead will be uncertain at times, but believing that it leads towards a brighter future for their children – and their grandchildren too.

And it is the job of this government to deliver it. That means more than negotiating our new relationship with the EU. It means taking the opportunity of this great moment of national change to step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.

My answer is clear. I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, fairer, more united and more outward-looking than ever before. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country – a magnet for international talent and a home to the pioneers and innovators who will shape the world ahead. I want us to be a truly Global Britain – the best friend and neighbour to our European partners, but a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe too. A country that goes out into the world to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike.

I want Britain to be what we have the potential, talent and ambition to be. A great, global trading nation that is respected around the world and strong, confident and united at home."

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Prime Minister Theresa May hosted a bilateral meeting with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at 10 Downing Street

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

"This afternoon the Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Orbán of Hungary to Downing Street for a bilateral meeting."

"The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March and that we will play a full and active role in the EU until we leave."

"The leaders noted the strength of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Hungary, and that this would continue once the UK had left the EU."

"They discussed the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and the Prime Minister reaffirmed that she wants and expects to protect the status of EU nationals, but that British citizens’ rights in European member states must be protected in return."

"On migration, the Prime Minister laid out her position that we should ensure that refugees are hosted in the first safe country of transit; that we distinguish between refugees and economic migrants; and that all states have the rights and responsibilities to control their borders and accept returned illegal migrants."

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