Emerging Europe is honoured to have been joined, on individual or repeated occasions, by respected organisations and institutions, as our partners, to promote discussion about the economic, political and societal aspects of Central and Eastern Europe.
The Agency for Investments and Competitiveness is part of the Croatian Government. Its main task is to promote Croatia as a desirable investment destination, proactive attracting and implementation of investment projects of large companies as well as enhancement of the competitiveness of the Croatian economy on the global level. The Agency provides all necessary help and assistance to foreign and domestic investors, facilitating the implementation of investments and enabling these projects to achieve their maximum business potential in the Republic of Croatia.
The main objectives of the Albanian Investment Development Agency (AIDA) are attracting foreign investment, increasing competitiveness of the Albanian economy through the support for small and medium sized enterprises, as well as innovation. AIDA offers to foreign and domestic investors, comprehensive support for their investment projects. Its qualified staff assists not only with market analysis, potential sectors for investment, but also with advice on finding suitable properties and locations (greenfield and brownfield), as well as helping to identify new and existing projects to collaborate.
ASPIRE is among the leading business associations in Central Eastern Europe and the driving force behind Kraków’s emergence as a world class technology and business services hub. For nearly a decade now, they’ve been providing critical know-how, data analysis and powerful knowledge-sharing platforms to our members, the leading multinationals with technology and service centres in the city and the growing array of companies that provide services to them. Their membership now exceeds 150 companies and continues to grow. Although focussed on Kraków, ASPIRE supports a city centric approach to the development of the industry across Central & Eastern Europe, sharing our experience and expertise with sister organisations and cities across the region.
The Association of European Business (AEB) is a Belarusian independent non-governmental association uniting leading European companies, which plan to do or do business in Belarus. The AEB seeks to boost the competitiveness of Belarusian business climate by promoting mutually beneficial cooperation between European and domestic businesses. Their goals are to help European companies adapt to the Belarusian market and promoting their joint interests; create a common platform for mutually beneficial partnerships of European and national companies and improve business climate in Belarus by building a dialogue between European.
The Bermuda Development Agency (BDA) is an independent, public-private partnership funded by both the Bermuda Government and the private sector. The agency is governed by an experienced Board of Directors comprised of senior industry professionals representing the diversity of Bermuda’s financial services sector. The BDA carries out pro-active, targeted marketing and business development strategies to stimulate growth in the Bermuda economy and create and maintain jobs. The BDA acts as a partner for existing Bermuda-based companies, and assists entities that are considering establishing operations in the domicile.
The mission of the British Embassy to Minsk is to develop and sustain bilateral relations between the UK and Belarus in a range of areas. This includes supporting human rights and democracy, encouraging economic, social and political reform, and developing cooperation in the fields of trade and investment. The Embassy’s aim is to support Britain’s prosperity by delivering direct support for British businesses by addressing, advising on, market access and business risk issues, and identifying and pursuing business opportunities.
The Centre for International Relations is an independent, non-governmental think-tank, dedicated to the study of international relations and those foreign policy issues, which are of crucial importance to Poland, Europe and transatlantic relations. CIR carries out its own research projects, publishes reports and analyses and participates in international projects in cooperation with similar institutions in several countries.
The Centre for Social and Economic Research is an independent non-profit economic and public policy research institution founded in 1991 in Warsaw on the idea that evidence-based policy making is vital to the economic welfare of societies. CASE scholars and researchers assisted policy-makers during the early years of transition, before turning their attention to the challenges inherent in the European Union enlargement process and then EU key policy challenges in the globalised world.
CMS provides clients with specialist, business- focused advice in law and tax matters. Their 3,000 legal professionals across the world, working in sector-based teams and trained in project management, are focused on their clients. CMS lawyers operate in 60 offices worldwide, offering real-world advice to clients operating in a challenging business climate and a fast-changing regulatory environment. Their corporate lawyers provide advice across all types of commercial law; banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment & pensions, environment, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.
Colliers International Group is a global leader in commercial real estate services with 16,000 professionals operating from 554 offices in 66 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant insider ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include brokerage, global corporate solutions, investment sales and capital markets, project management and workplace strategies, property and asset management, consulting, valuation and appraisal services, and customised research and thought leadership.
The Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation representing British chambers of commerce and business associations throughout Europe. COBCOE was founded, and continues to operate, with a clear aim: to protect and promote the collective interests of our members, and their business members, through united representation, cooperation and trade stimulation. Their core membership of around 40 chambers of commerce and business associations in Europe represents around 8,000 business members. A further 50 chambers of commerce and similar organisations based in the UK and around the world are affiliates.
Deloitte is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related services to select clients. These firms are members of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee. Deloitte has more than 220,000 professionals at member firms delivering services in audit, tax, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and related services in more than 150 countries and territories.
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with iconic brands in spirits, beer and wine. They produce their brands from more than 200 sites in over 30 countries. They are committed to efficient, sustainable production to the highest quality standards. Their export-led International Supply Centre (ISC) employs over 4,000 people across more than 55 sites in Scotland, England, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. Diageo is still a relatively young company – they have only existed in their current form since 1997; but their brands and their business have a rich heritage.
The Estonian Investment Agency (EIA), a part of Enterprise Estonia, is a government agency promoting foreign investments in Estonia and assisting international companies in finding business opportunities in Estonia. EIA offers comprehensive, one-stop investment consultancy services, free of charge, which are always tailored to meet potential and existing investors’ precise needs. Their goal is to increase the awareness of business opportunities in Estonia and the image of Estonia as an attractive country for investments in order to help investors to be more successful in their global markets.
The Enterprise Europe Network is the world’s largest support network for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) with international ambitions. It has 3,000 experts across 600 member organisations in more than 60 countries. Member organisations include chambers of commerce and industry, technology centres, and research institutes. The Network helps ambitious SMEs innovate and grow internationally. It provides international business expertise with local knowledge across a range of targeted services: partnership, advisory and innovation support. The Network also offers specialised industry expertise across 17 sectors.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was founded in 1991 to create a new post-Cold War era in central and eastern Europe, furthering progress towards ‘market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative’. The EBRD is owned by 65 countries, the European Union and the European Investment Bank. Each shareholder is represented on the Board of Governors, which has overall authority over the EBRD.
FocusEconomics is a research firm specialising in economic research. The firm offers economic analysis and forecasts of 127 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as price forecasts of 33 commodities in the energy, base metals, precious metals and agricultural sectors. It conducts consensus forecasts and polls of leading economists, banks, think tanks and consultancies for their macro-economic forecasts. The firm analyses macroeconomic indicators for a country for the real, monetary and financial and external sectors.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. FCO is a ministerial department, supported by 11 agencies and public bodies. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. They work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.
The Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies, the organiser of the Economic Forum in Krynica, has since its inception in 1992 been active in the field of co-operation among European countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe. Various projects conducted at different levels have been adding to creation and development of political, economic, cultural and scientific ties among states in the region. The Economic Forum has become an important and recognised event in this part of Europe and it has been the modern and required debate platform for guests representing civil society, local and regional community circles, political representatives, business world and groups of experts.
The aim of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) is to connect, support and grow local businesses. Accredited by the British Chambers, they have acted as the voice of local businesses since 1813.GBCC is headquartered in Edgbaston, Birmingham, and covers six geographic divisions and three themed Chambers: Birmingham, Burton and District, Chase, Lichfield and Tamworth, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.
The task of the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) is to support the implementation of the Government’s key investment promotion targets and to foster bilateral and multilateral international economic relations. To this end, HIPA seeks and maintains contacts with potential foreign investors, helping them to prepare and implement strategic investment decisions, as well as providing post-decision support and encouraging their intention to re-invest. HIPA also offers company and sector-specific consultancy, attends professional events, recommends locations, and organises site visits.
International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. They utilise and leverage our products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions in the World Bank Group—to provide development solutions customised to meet clients’ needs. They apply our financial resources, technical expertise, global experience, and innovative thinking to help our partners overcome financial, operational, and political challenges.
Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency, which works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. With a strong business focus, the agency drives growth by working with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. To do this, they work to determine which science and technology developments will drive future economic growth, meet UK innovators with great ideas in the fields they’re focused on, fund the strongest opportunities, connect innovators with the right partners they need to succeed, help our innovators launch, build and grow successful businesses.
The InvestBulgaria Agency (IBA) is a government organisation, established to attract investment to Bulgaria, to assist project set-up and to ensure successful project development resulting in new jobs, exports and know-how transfer for the Bulgarian economy. The Agency helps potential and existing investors explore the investment opportunities in Bulgaria and carry out greenfield investment projects in the country. It reports directly to the Bulgarian Ministry of Economy and, as a government institution, has direct access to the entire Bulgarian government and local institutions, facilitating the entry and development of foreign business in the country.
The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital’s largest independent networking and business support organisation. Representing the interests of thousands of companies, we connect thousands of business people every year and offer our members a wide range of practical and professional services. In addition to hosting over 200 B2B events each year, LCCI provides member-to-member marketing opportunities, unlimited access to legal and HR advice, access to our exclusive central London meeting space and the opportunity to be part of an extensive international trade mission programme. LCCI also represents the interests of its members to key business stakeholders and influencers in London and further afield across all business sectors.
MazoviaMed is an aesthetic medicine and medical tourism cluster, with leading institutions from Warsaw and surrounding areas as its members. The cluster consists of clinics operating in various fields of medicine, including dentistry, aesthetic medicine, gynaecology, and in vitro fertilisation. All of them guarantee comprehensive assistance and access to the best specialists, even in emergency. A rich choice of institutions within MazoviaMed cater for common treatments as well as complicated surgery.
The National Agency of Investment and Privatisation (NAIP) is a state organisation established for attracting foreign direct investments in the Republic of Belarus. The aim of the Agency is to improve investment image of Belarus abroad, promote foreign investment projects in the country and encourage potential investors to invest in the enterprises of the pilot privatisation project — which is carried out together with the World Bank. The Agency introduces best international practices of state property privatisation with the assistance of the Bank, whereas the privatisation tenders help to find investors from all over the world who would like to carry out projects on new markets.
The National Outsourcing Association is the leading association serving both the outsourcing professional and the global outsourcing industry. Their vision is to grow the size and positive reputation of the outsourcing industry. Their mission is to be both the home and global ambassador of world class outsourcing. They are a membership organisation, representing the interests of companies and individuals which span the breadth of the outsourcing industry: buyers, suppliers and advisors. The NOA is part of the larger umbrella organisation, the European Outsourcing Association and has affiliate organisations in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Spain.
Phoenix CRetro is a niche specialist reinsurer & ILS Fund manager operating from London and Bermuda. Regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority, they bring international catastrophe market together with institutional investors and insurers from the region of Central & Eastern Europe through the promotion of insurance linked securities (ILS) as an uncorrelated asset class and the only possible way for regional companies to participate in top tier global CAT reinsurance transactions. The company has recently been awarded “the Best New Asset Management Product in Central & Eastern Europe 2016” by Global Banking & Finance Review.
Pro Progressio is an organisation supporting entrepreneurship growth in Poland with a special focus on modern business services sector, including such areas like BPO, SSC, R&D, call contact centres, etc. The organisation cooperates and builds business relations with the public and private sector in Poland as well as with international business organisations. Pro Progressio is a trustful and reliable partner which supports business growth in Poland. Pro Progressio is also the publisher of the Outsourcing Portal and Outsourcing&More Magazine — the only Polish/English outsourcing media outlets in Poland.
The Slovak Investment and Trade Development Agency (SARIO)’s primary objective is to improve the standard of living of Slovak citizens by increasing employment and reducing regional disparities. The mission of the Agency is to design and use all kinds of stimuli to increase the influx of foreign investment while promoting Slovak companies in their effort to transform into high-performance subjects successful in the globalised world market.
Founded in 2011, Solidarity with Belarus Information Office (SBIO), which runs the Belarus in Focus portal, is a Warsaw-based non-profit, non-partisan organisation working closely with Belarusian and international journalists and expert community to overcome Belarus’ isolation by promoting democratic values and transformation. They work to raise awareness among the international community about the political, economical, social, and cultural situation in Belarus; raise awareness inside Belarus about democratic values and E.U. policies in relation to Belarus; and to strengthen ties between Belarusian civil society and the international democratic community.
The SMART Group aims to promote the advancement of the electronics manufacturing industry through the education, training and notification of its members in surface mount and related assembly technologies, and by the promotion of a community of electronics manufacturing professionals. This is to be accomplished by active encouragement of member inter-activity, through meetings, seminars, conferences and publication of technical information.
techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of techUK’s members are small and medium-sized businesses.
The mission of THINKTANK Centre for Dialogue and Analysis, set up in 2009, is to inspire and support Polish decision makers in looking at reality from a multi-level perspective. Strengthening the public debate in Poland, creating new forms of expression and delivering synthetic knowledge to leaders in order to help them make better decisions, are only a few of the many objectives of the Centre. THINKTANK manages a network of ideas, delivers publications and multimedia, carries out and organises research. It also publishes a quarterly, “THINKTANK Magazine”, dedicated to effective management, leadership and public policies. It runs THINKTANK SOCIETY – a group of leaders, managers and experts gathered around THINKTANK and interested in their own self-development.
UK Trade & Investment is an international organisation with headquarters in London and Glasgow in Scotland. Across its network UK Trade & Investment employs around 2,400 staff and advisers, including overseas in British Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates and trade offices, and regional offices in the nine English regions, to support its aim to “enhance the competitiveness of companies in Britain through overseas trade and investments and attract a continuing high level of quality foreign direct investment”.