Issue 08 | April 2010
Dear Ms. Csúsz,

This is the electronic newsletter of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, where you can find the latest Chamber news. For more information about us, our ongoing projects and activities as well as advertising and membership options, you can always visit our website at www.bcch.com or contact us at +36 1 302-5200 / +36 1 302-5201 and bcch@bcch.com.
 
Best regards,
The BCCH team

Upcoming event

BCCH to celebrate the patron saint of England

Following the success of last year's event, the Chamber has decided to take St. George's Day celebrations to the next level, and organise a reception on 23 April 2010 in the Ballroom of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest in association with the hotel and XpatLoop.com in honour of the patron saint of England. HM Ambassador Greg Dorey has again accepted our invitation to this event, and we are looking forward to welcoming many other prominent guests. We are preparing a unique programme and a special English menu, and we hope to see many of you there.
Mark your calendar
BCCH Annual General Meeting 2010

The 2010 AGM of the BCCH will take place on Wednesday, 19 May 2010 at the Gundel. This year, it will be a bit different from previous years, as there will not be an election of a new Council, given last year's Charter modification, according to which Councillors are elected for a period of two years. The past 12 months, however, will be discussed through the reports of the Chairman, Executive Director and Treasurer, and HMA Greg Dorey will also say a few words as Honorary Chairman of the BCCH. Some awards will also be handed out, so it will definitely be an event you do not want to miss.

Members' Offers
New online service for members

Having received many offers from members that are available not only for fellow members, the Chamber has decided to make a distinction between these and the member-to-member offers, and introduce yet another feature on its website: the Members' offers section. This is to make it possible for member companies to publish their special offers and promotions on the site, helping them make these available to as many contacts as possible. If you are a member and would like to add your offers to this page, please contact the BCCH office at bcch@bcch.com, and let them know what you wish to feature.

EU Presidency
Preparing for the Hungarian EU Presidency 2011

On 22 January 2010, COBCOE President Howard Rosen and COBCOE Executive members Michael Humphreys and Gergely Mikola, BCCH Chairman, accompanied by HMA Greg Dorey and local UKTI representative Jamie Banks, took part in a private meeting in Budapest with top officials at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who, under the auspices of Tibor Kiss, Secretary of State, are preparing Hungary's agenda for its presidency of the EU in 2011.

Spotlight
Best Employer Study by Hewitt Associates

BCCH member Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company has announced the launch of the 2010 Best Employers study in Hungary, the most extensive employee engagement survey in the country. Hewitt conducted the first Hungarian Best Employers Study in 2001, and would like to celebrate the study's 10th anniversary with the highest participant number in its history. At the closing of the survey, in addition to this year's winner, the Best Employer of the Decade will be also announced.

Embassy News
The latest news from the British Embassy in Budapest

On the week commencing 10 May 2010, the Embassy will welcome a multi-sector mission from Northern Ireland arriving to Budapest to explore business co-operation opportunities. In June, UK Trade & Investment will be organising the third Corporate Training networking event in Vienna following the success of such events in the past two years.

Portfolio.hu Analysis
Hungary's imports soar in Feb, balance shows EUR 374 m surplus

Hungary has posted a trade surplus of EUR 373.6 million in February, up from EUR 290 million in January and EUR 296 million in February 2009, the Central Statistics Office (KSH) has reported on Thursday, 8 April 2010. While the size of the monthly surplus is not unusual, the overall picture is a bit different this time.

New Members
New members of the BCCH in 2010

Click here to see who have joined the Chamber since the last newsletter issue. If you are a member and wish to indicate that on your website or anywhere else, contact us for a BCCH logo. If you are not a member but wish to learn about the benefits of becoming a member of the BCCH, please visit the Membership section of the Chamber's website or contact the office for more details.

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