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.

BCCH participation in the Bud:Runway Charity Run

We did it! The BCCH team once again participated in the charity bud:runway run, which took place on Saturday, 3 September 2016 at Liszt Ferenc Airport Runway 1, courtesy of Budapest Airport. In spite of the 30 degrees Celsius heat, about a thousand runners completed the run. For the full press release in Hungarian, please click here.

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary awarded COBCOE Quality Standard

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH) has been recognised as a COBCOE Quality Standard certified chamber.

To achieve this recognition, the Chamber has successfully met the COBCOE Quality Standard requirements in key areas of its operations. These include governance, staff development, financial management, membership development, partner engagement, events programme, trade development, corporate social responsibility and communications.

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Conference of Professional Women's Association and Award Ceremony Gala Dinner of Investors in People Hungary and PWA Press Release

The Professional Women's Association (PWA), Investors in People Hungary and the BCCH organised their joint event entitled "The Thousand Faces of Performance Conference at the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on 5 May 2016.

Her Majesty's Ambassador HE Iain Lindsay OBE stressed that "It is great to see that PWA and IIP work hard together to introduce successful, responsible and sustainable business values and share the most excellent organisational knowledge and practices in Hungary."

For the full press release in Hungarian, please click here. 


Register to vote


Lots of UK nationals who live overseas don’t know they might be able to take part in the UK’s Referendum on EU membership on 23 June.


For British expats, if you want to vote by post then the deadline of 16 May is approaching fast. If you haven’t yet had time to register, then visit bit.ly/reg-to-vote


To register to vote you must have been registered in the UK in the last 15 years, and all you need to know is your National Insurance number and passport. (You can still register if you don’t have a National Insurance number but you might have to supply more information to confirm your identity). And it only takes a few minutes.


Once you’ve registered, you can choose to vote by post, by proxy or in person. But a lesson learnt from previous polls is that the sooner you register to vote, the more time you have to arrange an absent vote. You can find more information on the Electoral Commission’s website:

AHK‐Investment Climate Survey Central and Eastern Europe 2016

The German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AHK) in 16 countries across Central and Eastern Europe in 2006 joined to establish a common survey on economic and investment conditions in the region. The aim of the survey is to provide unbiased, reliable, comparable and up‐to‐date information on these markets by asking managers of international companies operating in these countries.  The detailed results of the 11th joint survey can be found here in Hungarian.

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