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British Croatian Business Club

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

Life Cycle Calculator

Environmental accountability is becoming an essential facet of every business. Huge corporations in every industry and across every trade are trying to find ways to reduce waste, reduce carbon footprint, reduce paper usage, reduce water usage, reduce handling, reduce environmental impact and the list goes on.CEFRANK is no different, we are also constantly trying to reduce our own carbon footprint.

The International Organisation for Standardisation even joined the party back in 1996 by introducing the ISO 14000 series. This new, voluntary standard was designed to help companies develop and comply with environmental management systems and later other standards and guidelines that would address specific environmental aspects, including: labeling, performance evaluation, life cycle analysis, communication and auditing.

Not only has environmental awareness and eco-friendly business practice become good for the planet, it has become good for business. Many companies market their product and brand on the premise that they are eco-friendly. However, many business also choose not to broadcast this side of their business. For example, many companies have recycling programmes where consumers can return goods at the end of the product’s life, or systems where superseded products and ranges are being recycled or upcycled to form new products. This sort of practice is used by manufacturers of anything from shoes to mobile phones to photo copiers and of course down to valuable raw materials. A new economy is forming in the face of environmental accountability.

This is of course great news. The fact that business can benefit is a valuable byproduct of general environmental philosophy, and of course a necessary one. It’s a win win for business and consumer and the planet.We are fortunate that we’re able to boast that our range is in fact very eco-friendly. Almost 100% recyclable, our bolted gas equipment range of manifolded cylinder packs and cylinder pallets are made up of galvanized steel, brass and stainless steel. The very generous 1% we allow for non-recyclables, accounts for any incidental plastics or synthetics that might be used in components (like locknuts or ratchet belts for example).

Another feature of our product is that the modular design allows for handling and transport that can reduce costs by up to 80%. The reduction in cost is due the reduction in space needed to store and ship and the human and fuel based energy needed to move it. From the manufacture right down to the transport of the final product our modular range can ship 75% more effectively than traditional welded designs. For example:

  • Traditional welded,12 cylinder Manifolded Cylinder Packs will fit 14 units per 20-foot container.
  • CEFRANK’s bolted,12 cylinder Manifolded Cylinder Packs will fit 60 units per 20-foot container.

What’s more, we encourage our customers to assemble the product on their premises or the premises of the cylinder supplier or end user to reduce the amount of handling, as seen in this diagram.

While the environmental benefits are a wonderful aspect of CEFRANK gas equipment, and our product life-cycle has little impact,  it is not our main selling point. That particular honour goes to the simplicity and strength of design, which can be explored a little more closely on our website. Reducing carbon footprint is something everyone should be interested in industrially, commercially and personally. To find out how your business or lifestyle, product or range measures up, why not visit one of many free online life cycle calculators.

Here’s a good one, LCA Calculator .

CEFRANK measured up nicely, and the LCA calculator revealed the biggest area of impact for us was the transport. We’re doing everything we can to reduce the cost of transporting our product. This task, as with many environmental endeavours, not only benefits the environment, it also means big savings for our clients.