The British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, also known as BUCC, held its Back-to-Business August Networking Reception on 29 August 2018 at the XWYZ Bar of the new Aloft Hotel Kyiv. The evening featured a presentation by Artem Dekhtiarenko, deputy head of the Unit for Cooperation with Executive Bodies at the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, who spoke on the origins of the “Ukraine Now” brand, that recently won the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for 2018. In addition, the 150 members and guests attending had a chance to enjoy an inspiring DJ-set after the presentation with a lottery draw featuring great prizes from Aloft Hotel Kyiv and Olerom Forum 1.
On 12 September, 40 Ukrainian Connoisseurs Club members gathered at Veranda restaurant for a ‘Super TUCC’ event – one of the largest attendances yet. The exquisite cuisine and specially-selected paired wines in combination with the great service made for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the club’s 16-year history. This level is sure to achieve Veranda a TUCC 5* rating.
On August 30, a presentation of the Association of Mentoring for Children and Youth – a group created for the systematic support of children in boarding schools and those who have faced difficult living conditions, was held in Vatra restaurant.
Mentorship offers a great opportunity to connect with children who are away from their homes to let them know that they are not alone and they have support on the outside. The organisers themselves are no less impressive: leading Ukrainian and international experts – Kidsave (USA), One Hope (UA), My Home (UA), along with Mykola Kuleba, ombudsman of the President of Ukraine for Children.
Together we can help to reform the system and find permanent families for orphans and life-long mentors for at-risk children and youth.
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On September 6, Switzerland celebrated Swiss Night in honour of the national day of Switzerland! More than 1 000 guests enjoyed music by popular Ukrainian artist Khrystyna Soloviy as well as sounds of Swiss saxophonist Roland Graf at the National Sanctuary Complex St Sophia. Two honourable guests – Nataliia Popovych, co-founder of UCMC, and Andrej Lushnycky, president of the Ukrainian Society in Switzerland/Honourary Consul of Ukraine in Switzerland – were awarded a Tell Award, created by UA sculptor Oleh Pinchuk. It was a grand evening!
The new business season opened with a splash on 6 September thanks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. ACC gathered the business community for the traditional September Welcome Back cocktail at Normal Kiev, where chamber members came to welcome each other after the hot summer break, discuss upcoming business priorities, and enjoy a little networking. Special themed cocktails, delicious snacks, and an exciting draw for two round trip tickets to Malta was part of the fun and proved a great start to the active business months ahead.