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Publicis One Hungary Appoints Vazul Tóth as Chief Operating Officer

Publicis One has today announced the appointment of Vazul Tóth as Chief Operating Officer of Publicis One in Hungary, effective 8th January 2018. Following 12 years with the agency, Kinga Mészáros, Chief Executive Officer of Publicis One and the leader of Saatchi & Saatchi in Hungary, has decided to leave, in pursuit of new challenges. Vazul brings years of valuable expertise and experience that we seek for Publicis One Hungary’s next stage growth and development. Looking ahead, 2018 will be a dynamic year. In his new role as Chief Operating Officer, Tóth has been tasked with leading the Hungarian operation –which includes Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, Publicis, Zenith and Starcom - and continue the transformation process based on the Publicis One model.

Tóth spent the bulk of his career in Deloitte, one of the world’s leading management consulting firms, where he worked in markets including Australia, Netherlands, Hungary locally and across Central Europe delivering enterprise-wide performance improvements in the Telecommunications, Shared Services, Pharma and Banking industries among others, which have delivered tangible benefits to leading organisations. In 2014, he made a switch to the other side of the business, joining Vodafone as Head of Business Transformation before his most recent role with Budapest Bank as Head of Quality Management. In both of these roles, Tóth has designed and lead operational and product transformations achieving 30%+ sales increase and 20%+ customer satisfaction improvements. Since 2013, Tóth has also been serving as the Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, successfully transforming the business of the organisation through a revamp of its strategy and operating model.

To read the full press release, please click here.

The British Business Centre Success Story: The Centre has assisted Sertec, a British automotive engineering firm acquiring a manufacturing site in Hungary

The Centre has been assisting Sertec for the past year and in that time the group have also become foundation members of the BCCH so, in turn, taking full advantage of the unique professional service the network has on offer, to achieve an emblematic British brand presence.

The company is a huge British automotive engineering firm, manufacturing components of all shapes and sizes within the automotive sector, supplying made to order products to all the leading car manufacturers, top of the list being JLR.

Within the group they have entities dotted all over the globe with their HQ being Birmingham where they have several sites dealing with anything from components to logistics, providing both semi-manufactured and final components to either customer direct or other Sertec sites.The company diversified into several locations putting the group collective at well over 2300 employees. 

The sale of Wild Automotive to Sertec Group alone created a 250 million GBP automotive engineering powerhouse back in 2016.

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BP to create 500 new jobs by 2020 in Szeged, Hungary

BP confirmed its commitment to creating 500 new jobs by 2020 (subject to consultation), at the opening of its new shared services office in Szeged, Hungary. BP confirmed its commitment to creating 500 new jobs by 2020 (subject to consultation), at the opening of its new shared services office in Szeged, Hungary. BCCH Executive Director Csilla Csurgai visited alongside HMA Iain Lindsay OBE, they had a wonderful time and found the visit extremely useful; the BCCH will welcome BP as its new member in the near future.

Global Business Services, BP’s award-winning shared services organization, is opening the new office following the success of its other service centres across the world, which includes a major centre in Budapest. BP elected to grow its European operations in this location because of the city’s excellent infrastructure, its proximity to Budapest, and the city’s University, which produces high-calibre graduates, many of whom BP expects to recruit. 

At the opening, a number of international BP representatives were joined by Levente Magyar, deputy to the minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Dr László Botka, the mayor of Szeged. The ongoing co-operation and support of local and national government bodies were highlighted in an opening speech by Vice-President of Global Business Services, Brian Puffer, who also commented on the welcoming nature of the city. 

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COBCOE Brexit - the Voices of European Business Report

New research gives European businesses a voice on Brexit concerns

The Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) has published research that gives new perspectives on Brexit from businesses operating in Continental Europe. The report, Brexit – the voices of European business, identifies key areas of common interest and also sets out priorities for a Brexit that secures prosperity for Europe.

A key message from the research is that business leaders across Europe feel that governments and Brexit negotiators are not listening to them and that they need clear signals from the EU and UK that will allow them to plan. Uncertainty about the process and outcome of Brexit negotiations, coupled with a potentially short timeframe for change, is already impacting investment and commercial decisions. Managing the risk that this uncertainty presents is also a drag on productivity, while wider policy progress, such as the development of the digital economy, could be delayed by the focus on Brexit.

COBCOE is presenting the report to the UK Government Department for Exiting the European Union and European Commission Taskforce on Article 50 Negotiations with the United Kingdom at meetings scheduled during September 2017. The report will also be launched at an event in London on 25 September.

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British Focus in the newest Diplomacy & Trade Magazin featuring the BCCH and the British Business Centre

The Diplomacy & Trade Magazine has sat down with BCCH Chairman Vazul Tóth, Executive Director Csilla Csurgai, and British Business Centre Manager Oliver Strommer. They have talked about how the Chamber and the Centre operate hand-in-hand, principles and business values, interest in Hungary, a little bit of Brexit and post-Brexit outlook, the division of tasks, and much more.

To read the full interviews, please click here.

 

The BCCH participated in the bud:runway run 5.0

This is the fifth year that Budapest Airport has organised its hugely successful charity running race, the Runway Run, an event unique in the whole of Europe. As every year, the BCCH has participated in the bud:runway run 5.0 once again, and boy oh boy, it was loads of fun! All of the BCCH runners, Council Member Dennis A. Diokno, Executive Director Csilla Csurgai and British Business Centre Manager Oliver Strommer performed excellently. Special thanks go to Kam Jandu from the BCCH Council for helping us complete the registration, it goes without saying that we could not have taken part in such a lovely initiative! Please click here to read the full press release in Hungarian by clicking here.

Britain to seek ambitious new customs arrangements with the EU

Please be informed that the British Government published its proposal on customs as first in a series of position papers focusing on the future of the UK’s relationship with the European Union

The United Kingdom wants to build a new, deep and special partnership with the European Union. This paper is part of a series setting out key issues which form part of the Government’s vision for that partnership, and which will explore how the UK and the EU, working together, can make this a reality. Each paper will reflect the engagement the Government has sought from external parties with expertise in these policy areas and will draw on the very extensive work undertaken across Government since last year’s referendum. Taken together, these papers are an essential step towards building a new partnership to promote our shared interests and values.

Please see the customs proposal by clicking here.

 

 

uSchool International Finals in Slovenia

After the Hungarian final event of the BCCH-uSchool Entrepreneurship Club, the uSchool year has not ended at least for two teams who got the opportunity to travel to Slovenia on the 30th of June and compete with the Slovenian finalists.

The preparation of the two teams – Orient, whose mission is to introduce high schoolers to their education options, thus helping them find their passion, and PhotON, which is an online platform that connects customers with photographers whatever the job they are looking for - continued further on during the summer, both teams developed their products, business models and pitches.

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The Chairman's update

 

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.

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UK Offer on EU citizens rights and information on Brexit negotiations

Prime Minister Theresa May made a statement to Parliament on 26 June on the UK’s offer on EU Citizens’ Rights. Please see below for information on the announcement about the government’s offer for EU citizens in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU on their rights and status after the UK leaves the EU:

The government also published a policy paper setting out the details of the offer.

The Home Office issued this press release about the announcement.

An article by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union was published (in Hungarian) in Magyar Idok. 

You can find the statement of David Davis here.

The UK nationals in the EU gov.uk and EU nationals in the UK gov.uk pages which provide detailed information have also been updated. 

Please share as appropriate.

Please feel free to share any of the above material as appropriate and signpost contacts to them should you get any queries. 

The key pages (also featured on our website) are EU nationals in the UK on gov.uk and UK nationals in the EU on gov.uk.

 

The BCCH Council at the British Ambassador's Residence

The new Council of the BCCH was invited for lunch by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Hungary, HE Iain Lindsay OBE at his residence. They discussed new business opportunities in Hungary and some key strategic points on how to promote trade and investment flow even better between the UK and Hungary.

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