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CEO's note

CEO Note

By Paweł Siwecki, CEO, BPCC
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Dear Members and Readers,

The summer holidays are long gone; I hope everyone has had a relaxed time with family or friends.

For the BPCC staff, the last days of August meant a busy run-up to events across our regions. Warsaw came first on 2 September with the traditional Back to School, Back to Work networking mixer at the open-air courtyard of Hotel Mamaison Le Regina. A week later on 9 September, the final leg of Nice to See You Again series of regional networking events took part in Krakow with local members gathering for the first since before the pandemic. Several members travelled from Warsaw to re-connect with local members and to make new business connections. The following day in Wrocław we gathered for the long-awaited International Octoberfest, one of the most anticipated events that we organise over the course of the year. This proved to be a true celebration of good times with 400 people pouring in to La Toya Golf course – the maximum allowed by sanitary regulations. A good number of sponsorship bookings for next year’s International Oktoberfest has already been made, which proves the success of this concept for an informal business get-together. Other physical meetings followed in Szczecin, Opole and Poznan, which are starting to resemble pre-pandemic busy calendar of activities. This also triggered a change in our Wednesday newsletters: the title of the Webinar Newsletter has been changed back to Events Newsletter to reflect a shift towards physical and hybrid events that are now filling up our calendar. Please make sure to sign up any new colleagues at work and anyone potentially interested in your regional offices – we are a busy chamber and we offer executives from across organisations a range of relevant events, each one with a practical business goal.

Two of the key events this month will be the Real Estate Forum in Wrocław on 21 October and the Female Leadership Forum on 28 October, so please share these links with your colleagues and business partners.

As a run-up to Glasgow’s COP 26, British chambers across the globe have united for a greener future with their Member in the Spotlight campaign. The BPCC took up the challenge to tell the world about Polish perovskite production (Saule Technologies), and traffic jam-busting, variable-geometry electric cars (Triggo.City) The green agenda makes up a good chunk of our activities for the rest of this year and indeed into the foreseeable future: spring edition of Contact Magazine Online was focused on Green Transformation and in June we signed the Wroclaw Declaration to speed up the process of decarbonisation under the motto: There’s no Planet B. The last edition of Contact magazine this year will be our Green Transformation Vol. 2, where we’ll share the outcomes of COP 26 and highlights of how business is responding to the challenge. As many as possible of our policy group meetings will live up to the agenda of COP 26, as we are currently working on the issues such as the European ESG Reporting Directive, green energy sourcing and green buildings. Please look out for further announcements, and come forward with your ideas to combat climate change, that contribute to the spirit of COP 26.

We will also be looking at other pressing issues facing business in Poland today, including HR and the ongoing skills shortage, and taxation.

On human side I have to inform you that Tony Reczek, BPCC chairman is steadily recovering from his medical condition, while David Buckle, vice chairman, has taken on the leadership role. We are also waiting to welcome new Polish ambassador to the UK to continue our high-level cooperation.  

Enjoy reading this issue of Contact Magazine Online and see you soon at the BPCC events!

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