Dear BCCH Members, Partners and Friends,

I would like to let you know that the Chamber is currently open, however, we are not holding any events throughout the summer. We very much look forward to seeing you at our autumn events starting from September! Congratulations to all Hungarian and British athletes for collecting 20 medals at the 17th FINA World Championship, Team GB 11 medals and the HUNbelieviable Team 9 medals, achieving 5th and 9th place respectively!

I am honoured to have been reelected as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary for my third term and also delighted that Ms Judit Iglódi-Csató and Mr Árpád Balázs have agreed to become Vice Chair and Treasurer for the next two years. We, together with the newly-elected Council, look forward to serving you in our roles. 

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. At the beginning, Council members, each an expert in a specific field, have teamed up in work groups so they can focus on different sectors with joint efforts over the next period, so more and more emphasis will be placed on strengthening bilateral synergies and thus we can transform our strategy and some of our events.  The Council is determined to play a key role in redefining and facilitating the new relationship between the UK and Hungary.

The active presence and unwavering support of the British Embassy and Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary, His Excellency Iain Lindsay OBE has proven to be invaluable in delivering our mission. The new Council has been invited to an exclusive working lunch, at the British Ambassador’s Residence, where we focussed on actions the new Council will take to deliver new business opportunities in Hungary, provide higher value add services to our members and steps we will take to promote trade and investment flow even better between the UK and Hungary.

One of our key actions is to seek feedback from you, our members, For this we are conducting a membership survey so our members can help give us feedback. I would like to encourage you to use the above link and have your say in how we shape the BCCH in the coming years.  

The Chamber continues to provide a superior platform for knowledge sharing, cooperation, trade and investment for more than 110 members of British, Hungarian and international business people and corporations, as well as a network of over 3000 contacts from approximately 20 sectors. The British Business Centre, launched two years ago, has provided professional support for approximately 500 British SMEs in various sectors and the total number of signed export contracts add up to approximately half a million pounds. Similarly, investing in youth is another area where we are actively engaged; the exciting uSchool programme was introduced this year, intending to teach high school students a ‘Startup mentality’ they can harness during their university years and careers.

We will carry on the implementation of our award-winning CSR strategy this year, too; once again, the BCCH will team 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 different institutions.

Also, uSchool and the BCCH have entered a strategic partnership once more, 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 throughout the coming year. The exciting uSchool programme, the joint Entrepreneur Club intends to teach high school students a ‘Startup mentality’, they can harness during their university years and careers. Soon, you can learn more about the teams and their results who we helped set off and who competed in the Slovenian finals. Watch this space as videos, photos and reports are coming shortly!

The Chamber is an organisation run for the benefit of our members. It has never been in a better shape to deliver value to its members but, it is important to note beside the Council, vital contributions are made by many others, on a voluntary basis. This engagement is a key to the Chamber’s success, and I would like to encourage every member to get more involved, whether as an individual or as an organisation, in order to support the Chamber’s further growth and development as being the Chamber of Choice in Hungary.

Have a fantastic and relaxing summer holiday!



Vazul Tóth

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