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Straight talking: Prospects for your business in Central Europe

Central Europe



Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth
Wed 19th Oct 2011, 17:00 to 19:00

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If you’re thinking about expanding your business into or within Central Europe this panel discussion is for you. With a focus on the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, this is an excellent opportunity to get your questions answered and to gain practical advice on entering the markets.


Our panellists for the evening include market experts and regional companies that have first hand experience of trading in Central Europe:


  • Colin Houlihan, Managing Director, Cool Milk EU Developments

Colin joined Cool Milk to develop the European market supplying milk to school children. Starting in Hungary, the company has seen the growth in this market of 687% and following this success they established a new company in Slovakia in May 2011.


  • Max Fortis, European Business Co-ordinator, Clarendon Engineering

Further to a meeting at the Professional Motorsport World Tradeshow in Cologne, Clarendon Engineering won a contract to supply Czech Republic based firm Skoda with components from their product range and have recently received an order from the international car manufacturer.


  • Hajnalka Polonyi, Trade Adviser, British Embassy in Budapest

Hajnalka has worked as an Adviser for over 9 years and is responsible for the education and training and the defence and security sectors. She has strong knowledge of setting up business and operating in Hungary, the local business environment and overall opportunities in the market.


  • Michal Mravinač, Director UK and Ireland Operations, CzechInvest

Michal has a wealth of experience in advising decision makers on international investments and business development in the Czech Republic. His remit includes facilitating M&A, finding suitable suppliers and partners for joint ventures.


Our internationally experienced facilitator, John Harrison, will raise key topics during the discussion including the pros and cons of trading in each market, getting paid, shipping and logistics and cultural issues. However, this really is a chance for you to tailor the content of the evening to your requirements as we will be asking all registered delegates to let us know in advance with issues they are interested in covering.


Don’t miss the chance to tap into our panellists’ knowledge and book a place today!  





17h00           Registration and light refreshments


17h30           Welcome and introduction


17h35           Introduction to the panelists


17h45           Panel discussion and questions from the audience


19h00           Close and networking buffet




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