Chamber of Commerce Corner, June 2, 2023


This regular section of the Budapest Business Journal features news and events from various international business chambers. For further information and to register for specific events, visit the website of the organizing chamber. If you have information for inclusion on this page, send an email in English to Annamária Bálint at

British Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (BCCH)

The BCCH held its annual meeting on May 24. The exciting new board, a superb conversation with Rolls Royce Hungary’s managing director Gergely Balázs, plus the excellent facilities of the host venue the Kozmo Hotel Suites & Spa, and the wines of Eklézsia Pincészet made for a recipe for success. The chamber extends its thanks to everyone who made the AGM possible, British Ambassador to Hungary Paul Fox, who attended as honorary president, Gergely Balázs and Petra Polgár, of Randstad, for the truly interesting “fireside chat,” Szilvia Kabács from CMS Budapest who acted as master of ceremonies and all who attended.

The new board saw Duncan Graham (G&G Wealth) reelected as chairman, with new council members Cynthia Gáspár (Raiffeisen Bank), Enikő Erhardt-Tomor (Tomor Properties) and Paul Fegan (Ecosse World Logistics) joining the reelected eturning council members András Módos (EY), Tamás Simonyi (KPMG), Douglas Arnott (EDMF Language Services) and Károly Oelberg (AACM Central Europe). The supervisory board is comprised of Matty Ryan (Vistra), Miklós Andorka (Mapi), and Árpád Földi (Santa Fe Relocation)

Multi-chamber Event

The Netherlands-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Dutcham), the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hungary and Swisscham will hold a joint event called “How to Attract and Engage Different Generations.” What are the benefits of a mixed team? Listen to keynote presentations about various aspects of different generations’ expectations and behaviors from Erika Némethi, Randstad, and Ipsos. Learn from companies from various sectors like Electrolux and Ikea and participate in best practice discussions.

• When: June 15, 9-11 a.m. • Where: Electrolux Showroom, Váci út 80, Budapest 1133. • Cost: Members free; non-members HUF 9,000/person.

German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DUIHK)

The DUIHK celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The highlight will be a gala evening on June 2 at the Hotel Mariott. Guests, including President of the Republic of Hungary Katalin Novák, will enjoy an unforgettable evening of culture and entertainment, dancing, excellent food and drink specialties, and, of course, many personal meetings and discussions.

• When: Friday, June 2, 7-11 p.m. • Where: Budapest Marriott Hotel, Apáczai Csere János utca 4, Budapest 1052. • Cost:Members EUR 150 per person; non-members EUR 280 per person; company table EUR 2,000.

American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (AmCham)

AmCham Hungary organized a five-part interactive HR Masterclass between April 13 and May 11 focusing on a people-first approach and how it can contribute to building a thriving workplace culture as well as motivating and retaining talented workforce.

Across the five weeks, the masterclass was attended by more than 60 HR professionals and featured 12 experts, who shared their strategies and experiences related to building a people-first work culture.

At the first masterclass, participants could get a global view on the people-first approach and learn how it can contribute to a successful business strategy. The second event provided insights on how to ensure a positive employee journey, from recruitment till retirement or offboarding. Next came a session dedicated to the Hybrid Work Paradox and the question of how to effectively balance in-person collaboration and flexible remote work. The fourth week featured a highly informative discussion on compensation and retention. The closing session was dedicated to a workshop where participants were given the opportunity to apply the lessons covered at the previous four masterclasses in practice. They also learned how to design and manage cultural change based on behavioral science and apply it to a relevant situation in their team or organization.

Swiss-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce (Swisscham)

An event called “Management Competence Development Using Business Self-Defense” is a special business training designed to discover the less conscious dimensions of communication, to develop adaptability, and to accept mistakes for the sake of development. The training method is based on actual experience, with easy-to-learn self-defense situations reworked into a business, meta-communication context. The trainer, Balázs Vaszkun, a Swisscham member, will call on his 15 years of competence development experience during the session.

• When: June 7, 2023, 9-11:30 a.m. • Where: La Place Stúdió, Szépvölgyi út 44, Budapest 1025. • Cost: Members free; non-members HUF 10,000/person (0% VAT).

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary (CCCH)

Join the CCCH for an informal celebration of its annual Canada Day in Budapest. A delicious Canadian dinner will be held at the MÁK terrace by SHO beach at Kopaszi-gát. The picturesque venue will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening filled with laughter, delicious food, and great company. Whether you are a Canadian expatriate, a business professional with ties to Canada, or simply an enthusiast of Canadian culture, this event is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Canada and the enduring friendship between it and Hungary.

• When: Tuesday, June 27, 6-10 p.m.

• Where: MÁK terrace, SHO beach, Bíró László József körút 4, Budapest 1117.

French-Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFH)

The CCIFH HR Club will deal with a vital employment issue at a Hungarian language event which covers called “Inhumane Resource Management or When can an HR Employee Burn Out?”

Organizational psychologist, Júlia Füredi, the founder of sparQ tech will give the presentation.

• When: Tuesday, June 6, noon-2 p.m. • Where: Well Point event venue, Europa Design, Törökvész út 71-75, Budapest 1025. • Cost: Members: HUF 9,900 + VAT; non-members HUF 14,900 + VAT.

The chamber will host its first corporate tennis tournament, a day-long event later this month. As well as the tennis competitors, family and friends are invited to attend and for them the founders of the Hungarian national amateur running club iRunMoreTeam will hold a skill-based, running-based sports session.

• When: Saturday, June 17, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. • Where: MLTC tenisz klub Mátyásföld Bökényföldi út 27, Budapest 1165. • Cost: Members: competitors HUF 9,900 + VAT, companions HUF 5,500 + VAT; non-members: competitors HUF 13,000 + VAT, companions HUF 7,500 + VAT. Includes unlimited water, juice and coffee, as well as a cold buffet lunch during the event.

The last remaining tickets are available for the CCIFH event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the unification of Budapest with large-scale garden party inspired by the last century.

• When: Friday, June 23 from 4-10 p.m. • Where: City Park Ice Rink and Boating Lake, Olof Palme Sétány 5, Budapest 1146. • Cost: Members HUF 32,000 + VAT; non-members HUF 45,000 + VAT.

This article was first published in the Budapest Business Journal print issue of June 2, 2023.

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