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

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 Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, Patron, RBCC

09:10 – 09:50

Keynote Speeches

  • His Excellency Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom
  • Dr Boris Abramov, UK Trade Representative for the Russian Federation
  • Roger Munnings, Chairman, RBCC 

09:50 – 10:15

A success story in Russia: in conversation with Sergey Loktev, Managing Director, SPAR Russia

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 at all levels – from SMEs to multinationals: lessons to learn

Panel Discussion topics:

  • Investment & trading opportunities into the UK/into Russia
  • The changing face of energy and commodities
  • Protecting your company – insurance in the context of UK-Russia relationships
  • Exporting/importing goods – what to consider  and how to be successful (sanctions, localisation)
Panellists will include:
·         Peter Charow, Vice President for Russia, BP

·         Leonid Zubarev, Senior Partner, CMS Legal

·         Igor Zharinov, President, Novorossiysk Chamber of Commerce

·         Senior representative from Cows&Co

Moderator: Stuart Lawson, Management Board Representative, RBCC Russia



Session 2: What does the future hold for Russo-British business?

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
  • The tech industry: apps, social media and innovation 
  •  Future trends in corporate communications and investor relations - is the PR environment in Russia changing?

Panellists will include:

·         Guy Willner,Founder,  IXcellerate

·         Pavel Titov, Owner, Abrau-Durso

·         Senior representative from Skolkovo Foundation

·         Senior representative from Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

Moderator: Charles Hendry, President of the Advisory Council, RBCC (Former Minister of State (Department of Energy & Climate Change; Current -Commisioner – UK Pavilion, Expo 2017 Astana)

12:45 – 12:50

Closing Address

12:50 – 14:30

Networking Buffet Lunch

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What does 2017 and beyond hold for Russo-British business relations?

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