Summer Break for BCC Lithuania!
What does it mean for our Members and Friends? Friday e-News will be released once in two weeks, no events in July and August, also less staff at the office. Discussions on the upcoming BCC Season Programme and the various internal preparations will be carried on.
Please welcome new BCC Sponsor Member – DFDS A/S (Branch Office)
Congratulate 4th BCC Curry Cook-Off winners
1st Best Indian Curry and “Audience choice” went to “Bright Ginger Olive” by Barclays Group Operations Lithuania. The team will enjoy “Indian Curry Break in Riga” including bus tickets Vilnius – Riga – Vilnius on Lux Express, 1 night in Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga and Dinner at Indian Raja.
2nd Best Indian Curry won Stuart Kemp and Darren Coltman who will improve their cooking skills with Gaspar Fernandes at his Indian cooking course.
3rd Best Indian Curry prize received girls from Strategic Staffing Solutions International, Sandra Mazilevskytė and Rūta Pladaitė, who might become masters of all possible Curry recipes!
ONCE AGAIN HIP HIP HOORAY to all participants and winners!
New tool for BCC Members ONLY – the APP “Pulse for Associations”
Starting from May 25th all BCC Members are able to follow BCC Updates on their phones and tablets.
The new digital solution for BCC members to save their TIME but stay tuned with the chamber activities was launched on May 25th at the BCC New Members Evening. It’s the APP “Pulse for Associations” created by 5 entrepreneurs: Adomas Nosalis, Giedrius Šlikas, Tadas Blantaitis, Olegas Gončarovas and Paulius Čegis, who are dedicated in bringing their idea to life. Idea, which could change the way we understand communication within enterprises or associations.
Pulse for Associations is an Internal communication tool meant to build or enhance already living culture and more active engagement with BCC. Culture important as it defines who we are, how we behave amongst each other, make decisions and do business within our community. In Order for culture to flourish engagement is needed from the members involved in it. Vital role in this process is played by an effective communication, which requires tools that gather information flow and distributes the relevant content for the end user in an simple and engaging way.
DOWNLOAD THE APP NOW
*you can create your account with your corporate email ONLY. Detailed app’s manual
In case you have issues to login, please contact Karolina via email@example.com or +37068613889
BCC Board strategy meeting was held on May 23rd
On May 23rd the, its mission statement and current value proposition to its members. The meeting was held in Vilnius Rise and moderated by Anne-Marie Martin, the COBCOE Chief Executive from London. During the meeting the BCC Board developed an updated draft vision and mission for the Chamber. This will be followed by a questionnaire to all BCC members asking them to evaluate the current services and activities of the Chamber. The next BCC Strategy meeting will decide on the key strategic areas for the Chamber to focus on during the next 2-3 years. BCC Members are strongly encouraged to support this process by engaging and expressing your business needs accordingly.
BCC APP will be introduced at the New Members’ Evening!
Starting on May 25th all BCC Members will be able to follow BCC Updates from their phones or other devices.
Pulse team consists of 5 entrepreneurs: Adomas Nosalis, Giedrius Šlikas, Tadas Blantaitis, Olegas Gončarovas and Paulius Čegis, who are dedicated in bringing their idea to life. Idea, which could change the way we understand communication within enterprises or associations.
Pulse is an Internal communication tool meant to build or enhance already living culture within enterprises or associations. Why is Culture important? Because it defines who we are, how we behave among each other, make decisions and do business within our community. In Order for culture to flourish engagement is needed from the members involved in it. Vital role in this process is played by effective communication, which requires tools that are able to gather whole information flow, sort it and provided relevant content for the end user in an simple and engaging way.
COBCOE Connects activating procedure for BCC Members starts after 1st May
One person (company director or contact person for the Chamber) will receive an email invitation from COBCOE Connects to activate company’s account in the platform after 1st May. The person who receives the email will be the only one able to join the platform at the beginning.
Later on there is a possibility to change the contact details and appoint another person from the company. Please make sure you activate your account and fill in your company’s profile in details
The more active you are on the COBCOE Connects, the more you will get out of it. Your level of activity affects your ranking – how close to the top of the list your company appears for matchmaking.
Please be reminded that no additional cost is required for BCC Members in 2017.
If you have any further questions, please contact Karolina, COBCOE platform moderator in Lithuania, via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. +37068613889
BCC Events Packages available from 1st of May
A brand new benefit for your convenience: BCC Events Package.
3 types of packages – MINI, MIDI and MAXI – will be available from 1st May, 2017.
- MINI cost 130€ includes 3 Business Breakfast Briefings, 2 New Members‘ Evenings, 1 Social Event, 1 Workshop and 1 Annual General Meeting.
- MIDI cost 190€ includes 6 Business Breakfast Briefings, 2 New Members‘ Evenings, 2 Social Events, 1 Workshop and 1 Annual General Meeting.
- MAXI cost 320€ which covers all BCC organized events during your current membership year.
*Please note that Burn‘s Night and events with personal invitations are NOT covered in ANY package.
Terms and Conditions:
- The packages are addtional BCC Membership benefit and they are not obligatory to choose;
- Package is valid for the member/company, but different colleagues may use it. 1 person per 1 event;
- The package is valid as long as you are member;
- The package is not refundable.
Why to choose BCC Events Package?
- It is an excellent tool for your company‘s employees to be involved more into BCC activities;
- Easy to structure your participation and engagement for the year;
- Easy to follow your cash flow instead of paying for every event separately;
- 1 invoice per year will be issued together with your annual membership fee;
- It will be available for all BCC members from 1st May, 2017.
ORDER YOUR PACKAGE NOW via email email@example.com
Choose the BCC as a donee for your 2 percent personal income tax
We kindly suggest you to use the opportunity to donate 2% from your personal income tax for the British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania.
If you are willing that such sponsorship would be transferred to the British Chamber of Commerce, please fill a special form called FR0512, 3rd amendment, enter the requested data and submit it by the electronic declaration system (internet banking system), by post or by filing it to the Tax Authorities by 1st of May 2017.
Paramos gavėjo pavadinimas: Lietuvos ir Didžiosios Britanijos Asociacija „British Chamber of Commerce“
Imones kodas: 124923634
Buveines adresas: Didžioji g. 5, Vilnius
Atsiskaitomosios saskaitos nr: LT454010051001783901
DNB Bankas; Banko kodas: 40100
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the BCC by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +370 5 269 0084.
Under the Lithuanian Personal Income Tax Law any tax resident of Lithuania may decide to support the selected donee by allocating up to 2 percent of his/her yearly personal income tax that has been withheld/paid throughout the taxable year.
The recipients of such sponsorship may be various organizations that have a right to receive sponsorship under the Lithuanian legislation. They usually are non-profit organizations such as charity and sponsorship foundations, budgetary institutions, associations, public organizations, public institutions, religious communities, etc. The internet site of the Lithuanian Tax Authorities provides for the details of such sponsorship recipients.
Any person willing that such sponsorship would be transferred to a selected organization has to file a special form called FR0512 3rd version to the Tax Authorities until 1st of May 2017. The form may be submitted through the electronic declaration system (internet banking system), by post or by filing it to the Tax Authorities. After the receipt of the form the Tax Authorities will process the payment of the personal income tax allocated to a particular donee.
„Gyventojas, nusprendęs paremti pasirinktą paramos gavėją (vienetą) ir/ar politinę partiją, nuo 2017-01-01 – ir / ar meno kūrėją, turi užpildyti Prašymo pervesti pajamų mokesčio dalį paramos gavėjams ir (arba) politinėms partijoms FR0512 formos 3 versiją ir iki kito mokestinio laikotarpio gegužės 1 d. pateikti ją mokesčių administratoriui.“ (source: Leinonen)
The Brexit Ambition project
On April 12th BCC New Board met with Anne-Marie Martin, Chief Officer at COBCOE, to discuss the issues relating BREXIT as part of The Brexit Ambition project focusing on the priorities of businesses across Europe.
The British chambers in Europe are uniquely positioned to establish what common interests exist between the EU27 and the UK, and to articulate them to their governments, in the hope that a more pragmatic agreement can be reached between the UK and the EU, for the benefit of businesses across the Europe. The results of the similar Roundtable debates across Europe including Lithuania will be combined with the findings of the questionnaires to produce a final Brexit Ambition Report at the end of June 2017.
Those of you who still would like to present your views on Brexit and the expected impact on your business, please fill in the COBCOE’s Brexit Ambition survey as this is very important. >>>
The New BCC Board 2017-2019
On April 11th, the British Chamber of Commerce held its 18th Annual General Meeting at Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva. At the meeting BCC activities, financial reports for 2016 were presented to members and also the projects, which the chamber is planning to implement in 2017.
This year’s AGM elected a new Board for 2017-2019 and was attended by Anne Marie-Martin, COBCOE Chief Executive from London.
Congratulations to the New BCC Board 2017-2019 as in the picture, featuring Anne-Marie Martin, COBCOE in the middle.
Joint Lunch with the Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis
On April 4th, the Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis met with international business representatives in Lithuania. The main topic such as new labour code, tax issues, education and emigration were covered during the lunch.
The event was organised by British Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania together with the AHK German-Baltich Chamber of commerce, Danish Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Lithuania, Norwegian – Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, Finnish-Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce and Chambre de Commerce Franco-Lituanienne
Chris Butler, BCC Chairman of the Board
This week the United Kingdom started the process of withdrawal from the European Union. This is a major event both politically and economically, and one that will no doubt dominate the agenda of the UK government for the foreseeable future.
The progress of negotiations between the UK and the EU will have a significant impact on the bilateral trade relations between the UK and Lithuania. The question of British access to the single market and EU country’s access to the UK market is perhaps the most important one for business, but many other aspects including the status of Lithuanians living in the UK will also have a knock-on impact on business.
Over the course of the next couple of years we at the BCC in Lithuania will do our utmost to keep our members up to date on developments and help you to navigate the potentially difficult road ahead.
The British Ambassador Claire Lawrence on the UK’s new and strong partnership with the EU and LT
COBCOE Response to Article 50
COBCOE Brexit Ambition Initiative underway across EU27 – the only business-led qualitative research focused on the priorities of trade relationships between Europe and the UK >>>
BCC Business Breakfast Briefing on Air Connectivity
On 29th March, BCC Business Breakfast Briefing on Air Connectivity touched upon very important discussion aimed at how to improve the current situation of no direct flights to or from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports in London. This issue influences businesses and Lithuania as a market when attracting the international investors. Based on the above, the BCC took an initiative and brought all the interested groups together to discuss the current situation. Guest speakers and discussants were Jurate Baltrusaityte, Chief Commercial Officer at Lithuanian Airports; Laisvis Makulis, Team Lead for Business Services at Invest Lithuania; Mariano Andrade Gonzalez, CEO at Barclays Group Operations Lithuania. BCC Business Breakfast was held at Vilnius International Airport. >>>
BCC Business Breakfast Briefing on air connectivity and the need of direct flights from/to London Heathrow or Gatwick covered in Verslo žinios (LT).
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.