In May this 2013, the British Croatian Business Club was launched to coincide with the accession of Croatia into the European Union. A gala event and products & services fair was held in the Battersea Arts Centre to promote and celebrate the Croatian milestone and the beginning of the independent non-commercial business club funded by membership and sponsorship, known as the BCBC. Frank Cetinich is one of the founding members and the first Chairman of the BCBC. In between site visits and technical troubleshooting for CEFRANK UK, Frank is currently working hard to promote business and opportunities between Great Britain and Croatia. With such a wealth of experience doing business and networking on an international level, Frank is ideal as the driving force behind the new business club.
“There are two key aims behind BCBC: one is to represent the interests of businesses in the United Kingdom and Croatia; and the second is to help businesses grow and connect, both nationally and internationally.”BCBC Website
The President of the Republic of Croatia, Dr. Ivo Josipovic expressed his sincere congratulations at the Club’s effort to promote Croatia within the United Kingdom. The effort of the Club was also recognized by the British Government and the Worshipful the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councilor Angela Graham, who visited the Fair and met representatives of Croatian companies. The Croatian Ambassador to London His Excellency dr.sc. Ivan Grdesic and British Ambassador to Croatia His Excellency David Slinn evaluated the Fair as a unique opportunity to create a long lasting relationship between British and Croatian companies within the European market.
Since the inception of the club, there have already been several events that the BCBC has been involved in including, the Olympic Games at Croatia House in London, live music events, Croatia at the Crossroads conference, the Zadar City Council presentation on business investment opportunities, Henley Royal Regatta VIP luncheon, Guards Polo Club Windsor VIP lunch, presentation on tourism development projects in Croatia, Members visit Alka, a knights’ tournament in Sinj and there are many more events planned for the remainder of 2013.
“As we embark on the first year of the British Croatian Business Club, I envisage a network of business people with a common goal to centralise, fortify and mobilise the Croatian Diaspora not only within Britain, but globally. As a hub of international business support, we will provide a forum for discussion and negotiation to facilitate business growth for Croatians all over the world. With the ascension of Croatia into the EU, a wealth of opportunities will emerge, unprecedented in their potential. The BCBC will be here to support business that will flourish from this opportunity. We will be here to strengthen relations and build understanding between the business networks of Britain and Croatia across a broad scope of important factors including protocol and regulations.” Frank Cetinich
For more information, visit www.bcbc.org.uk