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[LONDON] RBCC BUSINESS FORUM 2017: 'Russo-British business- Dawn of a new age?'

25 May 17
from 08:15 to 15:00
BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9JP

Russo-British business - Dawn of a new age?

Thursday 25 May

BMA House, Central London


Lunch included.

08:15 – 09:00

Registration, Tea, Coffee and Pastries

09:00 – 09:10

Welcome Speech by His Excellency Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom

09:10 – 09:50

Keynote Speeches

  • Jonathan Brenton, Minister Counsellor – Prosperity, British Embassy Moscow
  • Dr Boris Abramov, UK Trade Representative for the Russian Federation
  • Charles Hendry, President of the Advisory Council, RBCC
  • Roger Munnings, Chairman, RBCC

09:50 – 10:15

A success story in Russia: in conversation with David Moore, International Retail & Development Director,  SPAR International and a Member of the SPAR International Board

The worldwide SPAR organisation comprises more than 12,150 stores in 42 countries on 4 continents and meets the needs of over 13 million consumers every day.

In 2016, SPAR Russia's combined sales in roubles have shown 7.7 % year-on-year growth. Over the last 4 years the SPAR business in Russia grew more than twice from 45.2 to 95 billion RUB, and the number of SPAR licencees increased from 6 partners located in the central Russia to 9 partners now operating from Kaliningrad to Irkutsk. 


Coffee Break



Session 1: Russo-British cooperation: lessons to learn

Panel Discussion topics:

  • Partnerships and trading opportunities between Russia and the UK
  • The changing face of energy and commodities
  • Protecting your company – insurance in the context of UK-Russia relationships
  • Is the UK still attractive for Russian companies and entrepreneurs?

Panellists will include:

·         Peter Charow, Vice President for Russia, BP

·         Rupert Gather, Executive Chairman, InvestUK

·         Peter Hambro, Chairman, Petropavlovsk PLC

·         Igor Zharinov, President, Novorossiysk Chamber of Commerce

·         Leonid Zubarev, Senior Partner, CMS Legal

Moderator: Stuart Lawson, Management Board Representative, RBCC Russia



Session 2: What does the future hold for Russo-British business? - From SMEs to multinationals

Panel Discussion topics include:

·         New industries for growth between Russia and Britain

·         Doing business in the age of digitalisation

·         The future of traditional commodities and renewable energies

·         Exporting/importing goods - what to consider and how to be successful in the current climate

·         The rise of the tech industry

Panellists will include:

·         Alina Bezuglova, Co-Founder, Rutech Ventures

·         Dr Sergei Grigoriev, Deputy CEO, PR & Communications Director, Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

·         Stuart Maclennan, Director, Cows & Co

·         Pavel Titov, Owner, Abrau-Durso

·         Guy Willner,Founder,  IXcellerate  

Moderator: Charles Hendry, President of the Advisory Council, RBCC

Former Minister of State, Department of Energy & Climate Change; Commissioner – UK Pavilion, Expo 2017 Astana

12:40 – 12:45

Closing Address

12:45 – 14:30

Networking Buffet Lunch

What does 2017 and beyond hold for Russo-British business relations?RBCC Business Forum Flyer 25 May 2017 THIS ONE.jpg

Join the RBCC and experts from our network of Russia-facing business communities, British exporters and Russian companies in the UK to discuss challenges and opportunities for trade, investment and business development between our two nations.

This Forum will comprise a series of keynote speeches, conversations and panel discussions, and Q&A sessions so you are able to voice any queries or concerns you have regarding your company's operations in Russia or in the UK. There will also be ample time for networking and building your contact base in the Russo-British community.

Save the date - Thursday 25 May - and do register your interest now!

If you or your company wish to share your industry experience and are interested in participating in this event, please do not hesitate to contact Isabella Craft to discuss the range of possibilities on offer.

Conference topics
Russo-British business - dawn of a new age?
Investment & trading opportunities into the UK/into Russia
Doing business in the age of digitalisation
Exporting/importing goods – what to consider
The changing face of energy and commodities
Russia’s macro-economic outlook – diversification/ import substitution?
Sanctions ... Brexit ... Trump...
Corporate governance