Jonathan Knott » Ambassador to Hungary, Budapest

With love, Jane: a documentary about Jane Haining (Scottish Holocaust martyr)

Probably the last photo of Jane Haining from January 1944

Guest blog by Lídia Bánóczi, producer of IKON Stúdió Egyesület. The film, recently finished with the support of the British Embassy in Budapest, pays tribute to Jane Haining (1897 Dunscore, Scotland  – 1944 Auschwitz), the martyr matron of the Girls’ Home of the Scottish Mission in Budapest. The documentary was filmed in Budapest and Scotland, with the help of letters and photos recently found in bequest, various documents from archives, … Read more »With love, Jane: a documentary about Jane Haining (Scottish Holocaust martyr)

Canalettos and Brueghels, EU climate and energy policy and fantastic people  

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Guest blog by Kriszti Kocsis, Senior Policy Officer (Energy, Climate and Environment) at the British Embassy.    I spent two days in the beautiful Prague Castle on 22-23 October. As part of the GREAT Energy Summit in Prague, among Brueghel and Canaletto paintings in the lovely Lobkowitz Palace, energy industry leaders from the UK and Central Europe met to discuss current issues and explore business opportunities. You can see the lovely surroundings … Read more »Canalettos and Brueghels, EU climate and energy policy and fantastic people  

British Bobbies on the beat at Sziget Festival

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Guest blog by Police Sergeant Natalie RANAHAN and Police Constable Steve WARDLE, British Bobbies visiting the Sziget Festival, organised by the Hungarian Police and the British Embassy. As police officers, both of us have a number of years experience within the Operations Department and in particular Support Group. This involves a variety of duties including the policing of large scale festivals in England. In July of 2014, we were kindly invited by … Read more »British Bobbies on the beat at Sziget Festival

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?