Jonathan Knott » Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

GB United – Ferencváros Back Office Team Friendly Football Match

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Guest blog by Gábor Imeli, Trade Adviser UK Trade & Investment at the British Embassy in Budapest.   The signs were not good. On a dark and rainy Saturday the players of the Embassy’s amateur football team, GB United, were about to face the toughest opponents they’ve met so far, the back office team of Hungary’s record champion Ferencváros (FTC). Nevertheless, we were optimistic. You never know what will happen … Read more »GB United – Ferencváros Back Office Team Friendly Football Match

Going South

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Every 2 or 3 months I try to visit one of Hungary’s regions.  It’s important to get out of Budapest, get to know the whole country and make and keep good contacts in the other big cities.  This week I went South and visited Pécs with the head of the British Business Centre, Oliver Strommer. It’s a beautiful, almost Mediterranean style city.  And one where, I hope, there’s good potential … Read more »Going South

Adventures on Sziget – Day 3 (and 4 and 5)

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Guest blog by Ben Luckock, Head of Policy Team at the British Embassy in Budapest.   Having read Theresa’s account of her two days at Sziget (Day1 and Day2), it was with great enthusiasm that I headed down to the Island of Freedom on Friday afternoon. Much of the mud had dried up and the organisers were using a bulldozer to level out the main stage area and soak up … Read more »Adventures on Sziget – Day 3 (and 4 and 5)

Adventures on Sziget – Day 2

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Guest blog by Theresa Bubbear, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest. On Thursday the team and I headed back to Sziget for day 2 of our Embassy engagement. Budapest thoughtfully provided some British festival weather for us – it poured almost all day, and the mud came up as the rain came down. But spirits remained high in the Embassy team and among the festival goers, who … Read more »Adventures on Sziget – Day 2

Sziget Adventures – Day 1

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Guest blog by Theresa Bubbear, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Budapest.   In 2012 I blogged about my first experience of Sziget.  Yesterday I went back to see what was happening and what had changed. This year’s festival is bigger and better than ever, with 400,000 visitors expected and some top bands playing.  The organisation is slick, with helpful multilingual staff all over the island and … Read more »Sziget Adventures – Day 1

“Innovation is GREAT: Regional Automotive and Aerospace Workshop” – Exploring the business potential in Central and Eastern Europe

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One of my main professional targets as the Business Champion of Emerging Europe is to help increase the flow of trade between the UK and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Our economists reckon that there’s a potential of 20 billion Euros of business to be done if we could just get Central and Eastern European businessmen to consider the UK offer more often – and if we could get UK companies … Read more »“Innovation is GREAT: Regional Automotive and Aerospace Workshop” – Exploring the business potential in Central and Eastern Europe

How ‘smart’ do you think the UK is?

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Guest blog by Kriszti Kocsis, Senior Policy Officer (Energy, Climate and Environment) at the British Embassy.    Much more than most know. So I was glad to be able to publicise the UK’s smart credentials recently. But what are the smart grid and smart cities?   Smart grids are the electricity transmission network enabled by digital technology for two-way communication between the utility and its customers, and the sensing along the transmission lines. … Read more »How ‘smart’ do you think the UK is?

Out of Office

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We had our annual Away Day last week.  It’s a day for staying out of your office and meeting with the whole Embassy team to chat about how to improve what we do (and how we do it) in the following year.  And then to have some fun relaxing together. This year we had  really good morning sessions on how to build on the impact we have here in Hungary … Read more »Out of Office

Elections again – this time it is about Europe

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Guest blog by Zsolt Maróti, Senior Domestic Policy Officer at the British Embassy in Budapest.   The first EP elections were held in 1979 with the participation of nine member states. This time between 22 and 25 May some 400 million Europeans from 28 countries are eligible to cast their votes and elect a new European Parliament. In the United Kingdom the EP elections took place on 22 May. And … Read more »Elections again – this time it is about Europe

The Last Train to Budapest: a movie about Britain and Hungary in 1956

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Guest blog by Richard Pekár, author of the book The Last Train to Budapest, relating the story of his father, who took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, escaping to the UK in 1957. In order for the book to be turned into a movie, the filmmakers are now looking for sponsors, whose contributions would help bring the story to life.   In two years’ time we are celebrating the … Read more »The Last Train to Budapest: a movie about Britain and Hungary in 1956