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."

Stable Hungarian-British business relation

Budapest, HU: Due to the stable economic environment, balanced legislation and a major consumer market, the UK is extremely attractive to small and medium-sized enterprises. The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and the British Business Centre and their co-organising partner, the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised the Hungarian - British Business Forum on Thursday, 29 September 2016. The event was a success, with a high participation number. For the full press release in Hungarian, please click here.

BCCH 25th-anniversary Gala Event - We have turned 25!

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary celebrated its 25th-anniversary on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 with Guest Speakers Dr Petra Pana, Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Economic Affairs, HE Mr Iain Lindsay OBE, British Ambassador to Hungary, BCCH Chairman Mr Vazul Tóth, a big thank you goes to each and every one of them for making time in their schedules. Thank you to everyone who joined us on this very special occasion. For photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page.
For the full press release in Hungarian, please click here.

British Business Centre Success Story

IKR, the official distributor of Claydon Drills in Hungary held a press conference in Bábolna during the Bábolna Farming Days. The event served as a platform for practical demonstration and formal introduction of the new technology in Hungary.

The British Business Centre contributed to the market entry by providing professional guidance; linking the British company with the most appropriate and best potential partner in Hungary.

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