18th Burns Night in Vilnius raised 8770 Eur for the Charities
On Saturday, January 28th, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania held its 18th Annual, Traditional Burns Night, Charity Event to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), which was also raising funds for two selected local charities. The most popular event in January this year was held in a prestigious venue – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and attracted 292 guests. 17th Burns Night raised 8.770 EUR, which is a record amount raised since 2000 and will be shared by NGO “Vaiko labui” – part of the British Charity Partnership for Children and Child line.
Child line will start the implementation of a new ‘chat-tool’ for live counseling. It will let children connect one-on-one, in real time with a Child Line counsellor via the web or from a smartphone. The children and teenagers who prefer to write about their difficulties could receive emotional support without waiting, at the time when they need it most.
Vaiko labui will use raised funds to publish materials “Programme Zippy’s Friends. Special Needs Supplement.” It is aimed at children with special learning needs so they can participate in the “Zippy’s Friends” programme. One hundred copies of the publication will be handed out to teachers across Lithuania. Last year BCC Burns Night charity raffle fund supported the first phase of this project, developing the programme from British to Lithuanian standards.
Since 2000, Burns Night in Vilnius raised over 70000 EUR shared by 21 different children and youth organizations in Lithuania.
New year of 2017 with the new BCC look
We are glad to share that BCCL starts the new year with the new logo. It was created by gifted team of DADADA studio. Furthermore, the BCC Board was actively involved in the fascinating and inspiring process and the most innovative and bravest option got selected. The inspiration of the new logo came from stylized UK flag together with the Double Cross (an integral part of the Lithuanian national coat of arms). It reminds a flower – the symbol of openness and collaboration - the key to successful business dialogue.
Burns’ Night ’17 Charity beneficiaries
We are pleased to inform that two Burns’ Night ’17 Charity beneficiaries have been selected and approved by the BCC Board. Charity raffle tickets will be available to purchase for everybody a week before the event at the office and to all the guests during the supper.
Vaiko labui – a part of the British Charity Partnership for Children. Their principal activities are two programmes called Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends, which are running in kindergartens and Primary Schools across Lithuania. The programmes promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the children aged 3-6 and 7-9 years. The funds donated at the Burn‘s Night 17 charity event will be used to publish the methodical material “Programme Zippy’s Friends. Special Needs Supplement.” It is aimed at children with special learning needs to participate in the programme “Zippy‘s Friends.” 100 copies of publication will be handed out to teachers across Lithuania.
Vaikų linija (“Child Line”) – established in 1997 provides free and anonymous emotional support to the children and teenagers by phone and e-mails. 200 trained volunteers counselors listen to the children’s stories and try to find ways together how to solve their difficulties, encourage children to share their worries with the people they trust. If necessary children are referred to other institutions. The money raised will help to start the implementation of chat – new tool for children live counseling. It would let children connect one-on-one, real time with „Child Line‘s“ counsellor on the web or from smartphone. The teenagers who prefer to write about their difficulties could receive emotional support without waiting – in time when they need it most. Vaikų Linija is part of President Dalia Grybauskaitė’s nationwide social campaign “For A Safe Lithuania”
Charity supported by BCC Family Christmas Carols
BCC Family Christmas Carols supported BCC Board member Ben Harvey with his team who participated in the Nepal International Marathon “Running For Change” on 26 November. They are raising money to help get schools up after the 2015 earthquake destroyed
During BCC Family Christmas Carols we sold 55 tickets and raised 550€! There are 15 charity raffle tickets left at BCC office for those who forgot to buy a ticket or did not have cash at the event. Please feel free to drop by or contact us directly. Furthermore, you can donate online via aukok.lt (in LT).
We are pleased to remind that by purchasing the ticket you have a chance to win 2 business class return tickets with Turkish Airlines to a free choice destination in the world where TA is having their flights! The lucky winner will be announced on 12th January as a special event organized by Running For Change 2016.
Recent changes in BCC Board
On December 14th BCC Board Member Milda Dargužaitė has resigned from the BCC Board.
The Chamber thanks for all her support as the Board member and wishes Milda all the best for her future.
Digital version of Autumn BCC Paper issue is available to download!
NEW issue of BCC Paper no. 55 is already available to download. The newspaper covers regional focus on
Kaunas, Brexit updates, BCC events and many more useful information.
Hard copy will be ready next week and distributed to BCC members and other distribution spots immediately.
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FINTECH ROADSHOW – Beyond Brexit: the perfect passporting solution for your fintech in London
Our chamber was a partner of fintech roadshow in London “Beyond Brexit: the perfect passporting solution for your fintech” held on 5th December, Level39, Canary Wharf, London. The main objective of this event was to promote the advantages of Lithuania for the UK based fintech companies and encourage them to set up in Lithuania.
The Level39 at the Canary Wharf tower was full of fintech representatives from the UK who came to hear why Lithuania might be a good solution to expand their business. BCC Member Sorainen did an excellent presentation and strongly encouraged UK fintech companies.
The Informal Meeting at the British Embassy Vilnius
BCC Sponsors and Board members met with the British Ambassador Claire Lawrence. During the informal lunch guests discussed the business environment in Lithuania, new Lithuanian Parliamentary elections and of course Brexit. The informal lunch was hosted by the British Ambassador and took place at the British Embassy Vilnius
BCC MEMBERSHIP REFERRAL CAMPAIGN 2016 PRIZE
BCC MEMBERSHIP REFERRAL CAMPAIGN 2016 has come to the end. During this campaign we were calling on our existing members to help us strengthen and grow BCC business network community in high quality contacts, by inviting their partners, clients or friends to join the Chamber. Next Wednesday on the New Members’ Evening (November 16) we will draw the winner. The prize is A WEEKEND TRIP TO LONDON WITH Lufthansa AND Carlson Wagonlit Travel!
Have YOUR say on BREXIT possible impact for your business
We are strongly supporting our umbrella organisationCOBCOE (Council of the British Chambers of Commerce in Europe) on their initiative to collect the views of Europe wide business and make sure these views are included and represented in their final Brexit Response report for key stakeholders in the Brexit negotiations by the UK Government. We believe that it will be an important data in the negotiations regarding single market issues and not only.
BCC Lithuania is calling our members, partner organisations or any Lithuanian, British or Interntional Businesses, trading within the UK and EU to participate in the survey on the matter. It’s available in 8 different languages.
Click here to complete the survey.
The survey is open until Monday 21st November and will be widely promoted and carried out across our British Chambers network in Europe.
BCC Chairman takes part in a meeting with the Chairman of Lithuanian Parliament on the subject of the Labour Code
On September 6th BCC Chairman Chris Butler participated in a meeting with the Chairman of Parliament Loreta Grauziniene on the subject of the Labour Code. The delegation, led by Investors Forum and also joined by the Chairmen of the AmCham and the Norwegian Chambers of Commerce in Lithuania, was organized to draw attention to the great need to reform labour legislation in Lithuania in order for the country to maintain its attractiveness to foreign investors.
On September 10th the Seimas will consider the President’s veto to the new Labour code law. Chris Butler said: “It is unfortunate that the President felt the need to veto a law that was the result of long and hard negotiations. It was already a compromise and would have been a solid step forward for Lithuania in this difficult area of regulation. Some of the changes suggested by the President in her veto will really not help businesses to create more jobs or, in the longer run, increase wages.”
Now the parliament has to decide from a number of alternatives – whether to reject the veto and pass the law as originally passed in parliament; to accept the veto and pass the law as amended by the president; to pass the amended law but then attempt to amend it further; or to reject the veto and leave the law as it stands today.
BCC paper summer issue “Regional focus: Klaipeda” has been published
The British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania has published a new BCC Paper summer issue themed ’Regional Focus: KLAIPEDA’. The online version is available here.
This English language newspaper is one of the services the chamber has offered to its membership for a number of years. The publication covers different business sectors and is engaging members via editorial and advertising. Business travellers can pick it up at Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga airports and become acquainted with some local market issues from the eyes of the British and International business community. The next publication will be published in mid November. For advertising rates, please click here or contact the chamber office by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BCC issues the Statement on the results of the UK EU referendum
Statement by the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania on the results of the UK EU referendum follow the link http://app.mailerlite.lt/y7x9k0
BCC Lithuania team attends COBCOE events in the UK
On June 12th – 15th 2016, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania was represented at COBCOE Annual Events in London and Liverpool – once-a-year opportunity to share working experience between the British Chambers of Commerce in Europe and the national British Chambers of Commerce in the UK. BCC team attended International Festival for Business and the conference “Make Europe work” at the Exhibition center in Liverpool.
BCC welcomes a new team member
Irma has been developing her carrier in tourism sector over ten years and has got an experience in Business Strategy, Strategic Planning, Sales & Marketing. Irma admits that she always seeks new opportunities and her personal motto is: “Nothing Is Impossible”.
Irma has been selected after a couple rounds of interviews and will be replacing Jurga, who has left the chamber in the beginning of April. Irma will take a position as BCC Membership services manager and will take care of BCC members and membership services.
BCC Lithuania launches a new membership category for Start-ups
The BCC Lithuania is delighted to launch a new type of Start – up company membership aiming to support the start ups in Lithuania and promote business links with the UK in this field.
The Start-up company membership attributes:
- Potential member has innovative product/business model;
- Potential member has a working prototype/ minimum viable product (MVP)
- Potential member is a hightech company (fintech, biotech, gaming, mobile, software, hardware, robotics, lasers etc);
- Potential member is an early stage company (company that operates less than 5 years since incorporation and has not attracted external funding above EUR 1 million)
- Start-up membership status is granted not longer than for 2 years, afterwards the member migrates to other membership types
The joining fee is EUR 150 and the yearly subscription of Start-up Company Membership is EUR 300.
To see the full list of BCC Membership types please click here.
The BCC helps to celebrate William Shakespeare’s life & work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016 in Lithuania
In 2016 organisations from all over the world will be celebrating William Shakespeare’s works and his influence on culture, education and society on the 400th anniversary of his death. On this special occasion the British Council has announced Shakespeare Lives global programme of events and activities and will join forces together with different partners and supporters across the world to make this year trully memorable!
In Lithuania, the Shakespeare anniversary will be marked through the cinema with an exceptional Shakespeare films programme to be presented at Vilnius Film Festival ‘KINO PAVASARIS’ to take part on March 31st – April 14th.
The BCC Lithuania is strongly supporting this initiative and therefore on this special occasion the BCC’s 17th Annual General Meeting will be held in an unusual venue – Forum Cinemas Vingis. Moreover, on the same day after AGM, the BCC Members will be invited to an official launch of Shakespeare’s film programme and a Reception by Vilnius Film Festival ‘Kino pavasaris’ hosting media, cinema, experts, British Council and British Embassy contacts. After the official launch and Reception all will be invited to watch a selected Shakespeare film from the programme.
17th Burns Night in Vilnius moves to a new venue and raises a record amount for the charities
On Saturday, January 23rd, the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania held its 17th Annual, Traditional Burns Night, Charity Event to celebrate the birthday of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), which was also raising funds for two selected local charities. The most popular event in January this year was held in a new prestigious venue – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and attracted 285 guests. 17th Burns Night raised 8.080 EUR, which is a record amount raised since 2000 and will be shared by NGO “Vaiko labui” – part of the British Charity Partnership for Children and “SOS Vaikų Kaimai“. The money raised will be used to develop a special programme for children with special needs in Lithuania and will support the programme “My future” engaging teenagers from high risk families in Vinius and Varėna.
To see the full coverage, please click here.
Kempinski Hotel Cathedra Square upgrades to BCC Sponsor Member
BCC Member Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, a true five-star luxury hotel in a prime location of Vilnius, upgrades its membership to BCC Sponsor Member.
Chris Butler, Chairman of the BCC Lithuania receives the ‘Global Friend of Lithuania’ award
On December 29th, Global Lithuanian Awards took place at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius. For the fourth successive year GLL | Global Lithuanian Leaders stood out with the initiative to notice, ackowledge and reward the outstanding Global professionals of Lithuanian descent and their achievements for the benefit of Lithuanian economy, science and culture.
BCC Chairman Chris Butler was nominated and won in the category as “Global Friend of Lithuania”. The award was presented by Dalia Grybauskaite, the President of the Republic of Lithuania. The BCC community congratulates Chris with this magnificent and very well deserved achievement.
The list of all categories and nominees is available here. The detailed description and photos from the ceremony can be seen in the press coverage, click here.
17th Burns Night to raise for children and youth charities in Lithuania
On 23rd January 2016, the British Chamber of Commerce will be holding it’s 17th annual fundraising event – BURNS NIGHT, to celebrate the birthday of the Scottish national poet, Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) and raise for selected charity projects in Lithuania. This year, the chamber will keep on its charity policy to support the children and youth organisations in Lithuania with a clear focus on educational projects.
The selected Burns Night’16 Charities are:
“Vaiko labui” – a part of the British Charity Partnership for Children. Their principal activity are two programmes called Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends , which are running in kindergartens and Primary Schools across Lithuania. The programmes promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the children age of of 3-6 YO and 7-9 YO. The money raised will be used to adjust a special programme for the children with special needs in Lithuania.
SOS Children’s Villages in Lithuania (SOS Vaiku Kaimai) providing professional, family-based care and support for children deprived of parental care, orphans or children whose families cannot take care of them. This is support for care leavers until they start work and can support themselves.The money raised will support one of their programmes, which is called “My future”. This programme is aimed at 13-17 YO to help them raise their understanding of their personality, skills, talents and variety of professions that are possible to plan their future. We are expecting to be able to fund this programme for 45 teenagers from high risk families in Vilnius and Varena.
BCC starts cooperation with Global Lithuanian Leaders
BCC Lithuanian starts cooperation with Global Lithuanian Leaders – an independent, non-governmental network of elite Lithuanian-connected professionals around the world who have something to contribute to redefining and strengthening Lithuania’s place in a globalized world.
Through it’s partnership the BCC will be supporting GLL‘s new program Talentai Lietuvai aimed at bringing selected Lithuanian graduates of foreign universities for high quality internships with leading Lithuania-based companies.
BCC paper featuring “Financial services” has been published
The British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania has published a new BCC Paper issue themed ’FINANCIAL SERVICES + Real Estate & Tourism’. The online version is available here.
This English language newspaper is one of the services the chamber has offered to its membership for a number of years. The publication covers different business sectors and is engaging members via editorial and advertising. Business travellers can pick it up at Vilnius and Kaunas airports and become acquainted with some local market issues from the eyes of the British and International business community. The next publication will be published in the end of March, 2016. For advertising rates, please click here or contact the chamber office via email@example.com
The British Ambassador Claire Lawrence discusses the issues concerning EU Reform agenda with BCC members at the Panel discussion.
Britain’s proposed referendum on EU membership was the focus of Panel discussion “The need for a Reformed EU – benefits for business” held at the British Embassy and organised by the British Chamber of Commerce on October 15th.
A distinguished panel consisting of Claire Lawrence, the British Ambassador to Lithuania, Prof. Leonidas Donskis, philosopher, former MEP, Prof. Ramūnas Vilpišauskas, Director of Institute of International Relations and Political Sciene, Vilnius University and Osvaldas Čiukšys, Confederation of Industrialists, moderated by Chris Butler, Chairman of the BCC Board, concurred on Britain’s position within the EU and debated the merits of the country’s negotiating position in its deliberations on reforming the organisation and listened to the views from the BCC members attending the discussion. The full coverage visit here.
BCC Members discuss the future of Lithuania’s capital markets with Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy Committee, City of London Corporation and Sir Roger Gifford, CEO, SEB UK at the Breakfast Roundtable.
On September 15th, BCC members representing larger Financial services companies in Lithuania, attended Breakfast Roundtable to discuss the future of Lithuania’s capital markets, drawing on the experience and knowledge of two distinguished guests from the City of London – Mr Mark Boleat, Chairman of the Policy Committee, the City of London Corporation, and Sir Roger Gifford, Head of SEB Bank in the UK, and a former Mayor of the City of London. The event was kindly hosted by Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square. Read more.