BPCC CEO Paweł Siwecki welcomed guests and introduced James Hughes, minister-counsellor for economic affairs at the British Embassy in Warsaw, who gave a short speech about the historical significance of the trading relationship between Poland and the UK. Marc Burrage, managing director of Hays Poland spoke about how recruitment, a bellwether sector of the economy, has bounced back from a near-standstill at the start of the pandemic. Hays has just enjoyed the best two quarters it has ever recorded in Poland. Andrzej Szumowski, vice-president of Wyborowa Pernord Ricard, gave a witty speech presenting some of the finest Scotch whiskys in Pernod Ricard's spirits portfolio, available for members to sample. BPCC board member Martyn O'Reilly, Scotland's trade envoy to Poland, was on hand to explain the subtle differences that exist between the great single malts from different Scottish regions.
The food, atmosphere, rare whiskys and animated conversation, continued throughout the night, BPCC members happy to have been able to mingle once again.