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Chairman and CEO Note

Chairman and CEO’s note, from Antoni F. Reczek and Paweł Siwecki

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Welcome back after a beautiful summer. We hope everyone had time to relax and recharge their batteries for the remaining quarter of 2018– the busiest time of year for many of us.

Since June the BPCC board has devoted time to review of our strategy at structural and operational levels  In terms of structure we have announced an extraordinary meeting of members to share our  plan for  changes to our legal structure. The arrangements set up over 25 years ago no longer meet the Chamber’s and members’ needs. The new structure we are proposing will simplify our operations and significantly reduce our costs. More about this at the Extraordinary General Meeting. On the operational side, our brand-new initiative Get connected with Poland will kick off in October – stay tuned and indeed get connected!

Brexit continues to be a key issue for us all. Internal British  governmental wrangling, a finely  balanced political situation in the UK, and EU positioning makes it impossible to foresee the  eventual outcome. The BPCC is actively engaged  in communicating  with members on the Brexit  process by explaining the potential impact of various scenarios on Polish businesses. Our chief advisor, Michael Dembinski has  spoken at two industry summits (airports and automotive manufacturers) and will appear at two more (road transport and automotive supply chain) to share his views. In early September, Paweł Siwecki and Michael Dembinski attended a consultative meeting at the Ministry of Enterprise and Technology  where the impact of a possible  no deal Brexit  on Polish exporters was discussed. Subsequently, a short guidance  manual for Polish firms was published (short manual in Polish).  

Michael also travelled this summer to several of our manufacturing members to learn first-hand about the key issues that our industrial members are facing. Manufacturing matters to our Chamber; we have over 30 members  making a diverse range of products from jet-engine gearboxes to tea; from continuous velocity joints and driveshafts to bin-bags; from e-bicycle batteries to cigarettes and whisky. You can read about how they are doing in this issue of Contact Magazine Online.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Hanna Pieńczykowska  who is  our new Policy Group leader. Hanna has experience working in Brussels, in the Bundestag and in the Sejm. We encourage members to contact Hanna (email) to discuss future proposals for policy group events. We would also like to thank Marta Chmielewska, whom Hanna has replaced, for her four years’ hard work for the BPCC and now pursuing an alternative career.

Last but not least, please pencil in 23 January 2019 in your diaries  for the BPCC Robert Burns supper. This traditional and well-loved event for this year will replace our autumn gala. By the end of November we’ll share with you the list of VIP guests attending and the many attractions of the night.

Kind regards
Tony and Paweł

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