Greetings from BritCham! Have a nice St. Nicholas Day. Read over your afternoon coffee what events last October and November brought to BritCham and what our upcoming activities are.
- Oct. 13: Business Ladies' Day 2022 in the Penati Club, Bratislava
- Oct 17: The New Era of Digitalization: Financing Your Digital Transformation - conference
- Nov 3: In cooperation with EISB: Teaching Towards Tomorrow, round-table discussion, 2nd round
- Nov 22: The British Breakfast with Contract Administration Slovakia
- Nov 24: BritCham at the Annual Directors Council of ZAP
- Nov 29: Transfer Pricing - webinar with Crowe Slovensko
- ATTENTION, PLEASE: From CE to UKCA: changes in the goods labelling, extension of the transition period
- December 8: BritCham will participate at the recovery plan conference "Progress in times of crisis" with the participation of the highest representatives of the Slovak Republic - we will bring you more details
- BritCham will participate in the celebration of 15 years of Košice IT Valley
- December 13: We're looking forward to our special Christmas edition of British Breakfast
- Build your success and connections: Become a BritCham event partner. How to do it?
|The 10th anniversary edition of Business Ladies' Day in the Bratislava´s Penati Club in pictures|
There was a lot of interest in participating in the anniversary edition of Business Ladies' Day 2022. The event was initiated by an informal association of several chambers of commerce operating in Slovakia, ChamCham.
The attentive and responsive audience, the majority of which were ladies, consisted of a hundred participants. We are grateful to our member, Crowe Slovakia, for supporting the event as a sponsor.
The Chairwoman of the BritCham Board of Directors, Miroslava Remenárová
(in the photo, the second from the left) as well as Zuzana Rumiz
(in the photo, the third from the right),General Manager of ManpowerGroup
, our member, were participating in the opening panel discussion.
These successful business ladies were their partners in the discussion:
Jitka Logesová, Managing Partner, Wolf Theiss (in the photo, fourth from the left),
Silvia Pastoreková, Director of the Biomedical Center of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (the fourth from the right)
Mária Jendrišáková, Corporate Affairs Manager, Danone (the second from the right), and
Soňa Roventa-Hakszer, East Europe Region & Country Leader, 3M Slovakia (the first from the right).
Moderator Vera Wister (the first from the left) led the discussion with ease and wit.
The panel discussion about the career path of women in business, about their motivation, successes, but also obstacles is in full swing: the Chairwoman of the BritCham Board of Directors, Miroslava Remenárová (on the left), as well as Zuzana Rumiz, General Manager, ManpowerGroup Slovakia (on the right) also shared their experiences and lessons from business.
The conference was enriched by the lectures of engaging speakers: Oliver Jakubík
(on the left), Personal & Brand Growth Consultant, Olívia Hurbanová
(in the middle), positive sceptic, lecturer and author of the Future Skills™ concept, and Andrea Ziegler
(on the right), fashion stylist and consultant.
|We were there: The New Era of Digitalization: Financing Your Digital Transformation - conference|
On October 17, 2022, a conference on financing the digital transformation of companies was held in Bratislava's Lindner Hotel, with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Investments, Regional Development and Informatization of the Slovak Republic (Ján Hargaš, State Secretary, Lucia Martišková, Policy Officer). Other participants in the panel were Anna Brziaková and Mária Bieliková from the European Digital Innovation Hub - HOPERO.
The participants of the conference had the opportunity to consult their specific needs related to the digitalization of their companies, as well as to obtain information about the possibilities of their financial assurance with the most professional experts in digitalization and financing.
The event took place thanks to the partnership of several chambers of commerce operating in the Slovak Republic.
|A round-table discussion Teaching Towards Tomorrow continued with the second round|
On November 3, 2022, the second round of the discussion entitled Teaching Towards Tomorrow
took place in the premises of English International School of Bratislava (EISB)
, our member: this time focused on the future skills. The speakers brought various views on the topic:
- Jamyes Regualos, Director of EISB, led the discussion focusing mainly on the perspective of the school. He presented the activities through which EISB prepares its students for the ever-changing world of work.
- Katarína Nováková, Regional Business Development Manager, Lugera & Maklér identified soft and hard skills that define the future needs of employers and the types of trainings that employers most often provide to their employees in Slovakia.
- Daniela Schweizer, Recruitment HR Manager, Jaguar Land Rover reported on practical experiences and ways in which they upskill their employees right at their plant, via JLR Training Academy.
- Tatiana Hargašová, Director, KPMG Business Institute defined the key skills of the 21st century and drew attention to the question if the Slovak companies are ready not only to demand these skills, but also to ensure their development through online or in person training.
- Irene Mandl, European Labor Agency (ELA)analyzed the skills and professions that are currently facing shortage within the EU labor market, and reminded how other factors such as demographic changes, globalization, digitization, and climate change may affect the labour market.
Thank you to the speakers for their professional contribution and to the participants for their valuable reactions and comments. All the inputs brought a positive energy into the discussion.
Our special thanks go to the host of the event, Jaymes Regualos, for his commitment and enthusiasm. We are very glad that we had the opportunity to take part in this inspiring meeting.
|The British Breakfast with CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION|
The speakers of the event (from the left): Alenka Lipovská, Zuzana Melicheríková, and Janka Mrenová. Žaneta Kúdelová, BritCham Executive Director on the right.
In close cooperation, and with the financial support of Contract Administration Slovakia
, HR and payroll outsourcing, which belongs under the Crowe Slovakia
brands, we organized another British breakfast on November 22, this time on the topic of Tips and tricks on how to save a company's labour costs
without the need for layoffs.
The seminar was intended mainly for financial/HR managers, company executives, or chief accountants.
Our thanks go to the great speakers:
who provided interestingly presented and carefully prepared professional content. It encouraged the audience to engage in lively discussion, and informal networking following the presentations as well.
We thank all the participants for creating a friendly atmosphere. We are also grateful to the team of Kubi´s The Nook
restaurant for the excellent food and pleasant environment.
We would like to continue with the business breakfast format combining good cuisine with attractive topics.
|How was it in the annual Directors Council of ZAP?|
As we have already shared with you, Britcham has signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Slovak Automotive Association this summer. The key reason was to explore new business opportunities as well as establish new networking possibilities for our members in the future – and given impact of the automotive industry on the economy it definitely makes sense – just have a look on the key driver of Slovak export to UK in 2022.
ZAP (Slovak Automotive Association) hosted CEOs of car makers and key suppliers in Elesko restaurant near Modra. It was interesting to hear during the opening speeches where are pain points of automotive but also where ZAP team has succeeded. Without doubts, Kurzarbeit law is perceived as the biggest one. Still open challenge is for example waste and packaging legislation. Both – people and environment related topics will be in Britcham focus in 2023 too. We will meet ZAP representatives after Christmas in order to define further cooperation opportunities. If you are interested to join this discussion, please be so kind and send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Transfer Pricing webinar with Crowe Slovakia|
We were very happy to support the professional webinar of our member, Crowe Slovakia
, one of the leading companies operating in the field of accounting, auditing, taxes, HR & payroll and legal consulting. It took place on November 29, 2022.
The webinar was aimed to summarize the experience and knowledge of tax advisers with a focus on transfer pricing and its control implemented by the financial administration, and also to present the novelties entering the legislation on January 1, 2023. We are thankful for the opportunity to work together.
|The obligation to label products with the UKCA mark extended by 2 years|
As part of new measures to support trade and business development, the UK has extended the deadline for UKCA labelling of products destined for the UK market to become mandatory.
The new UKCA marking will become mandatory from 2025, which means that the bridging period, when the current CE marking of products and the new UKCA marking will be valid, will last for the next 2 years.
The CE marking will therefore be recognized as valid until the end of December 2024.
More information on UKCA marking:
|Gala evening: celebrating 15 years of IT Valley Košice|
Our member, Košice IT Valley
celebrates its fifteenth anniversary on December 7, 2022, in the Košice Kunsthalle. BritCham will not be missing; the gala evening will be attended by Eduard Szattle
r from the Vojčík & Partners
law firm, a member of the board of BritCham.
The Košice IT Valley
cluster aims to create good conditions for the development of the IT industry and thus improve the quality of life in eastern Slovakia. They aim their activities at education, innovation and cooperation. It unites and connects more than 60 members: companies, high schools and universities, as well as several self-government bodies.
|We are really looking forward to the BritCham Advent breakfast. The registration is open until December 8.|
|Would you like to become a partner of our British breakfast?|
If your company would also like to present itself through our business breakfast format, or if you are interested in another type of event, with which we can help you organize reaching our other members and a wider audience with your topic, we will be happy to read from you at email@example.com
Thank you for your attention.
Have a good day ;)