AN INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT BUSINESS HUB IN PRAGUE
The International Business Forum (IBF) is an independent, non-profit organisation that was established at the end of 2007 to provide a platform for senior members of international companies to meet, share experiences, and actively look for opportunities to do business together.
Since its formation, the IBF has attracted some of the Czech Republic’s biggest foreign investors to its Patronage, and it includes on its Board and amongst its members, many of the most respected business people in the Czech Republic.
Attendance at IBF events is limited to the named representative(s) of a member company (who must be of senior management level or director), thereby ensuring that everyone attending is a decision-makers or similar – and, of course, topics for seminars and speakers are chosen accordingly. Membership of the IBF is also restricted, with new members having to go through a selection process that starts with the need for them to be put forward by an existing member.
The IBF’s mission statement is ‘actively promoting business to business’ and it aims to do this by giving its members plenty of opportunities to meet with each other to network and look for ways to work together. During its many years of incorporation, the IBF team has seen numerous different opportunities opening up between its member companies, and the development of business relationships between each other continues to be the focus of its activities.
The IBF has very specific aims:
- To promote best working practices
- To cement business relationships
- To encourage all members to follow due legal processes
- To require that all of its members follow a proper ethical practice
- To identify and facilitate business opportunities for and between all of its members.
SAVE THE DATE:
Wednesday, 5th October, 2022.
Save the Date for the Annual IBF Residential Real Estate Seminar in the offices of KPMG. Keep an eye on the website for further information.
POSTPONED UNTIL THE AUTUMN.
Half-day seminar entitled ‘In Times of Crisis, Double-Down on your Sales & Marketing!’
Our next event will be from our popular sales and marketing series in the form of a half-day seminar, this time entitled ‘In Times of Crisis, Double-Down on your Sales & Marketing’. We boast an impressive list of experts, already booked, to discuss how marketing has developed and evolved during the past 10-15 years, and we ask them to give us some new tips and tricks as to what sort of marketing and communication tools are available to us now.
- 08.30 Doors open and breakfast
- 09.10 Seats and welcome from member of the IBF Board, Alex Raiman
- 09.20 Chris Shallow, Chair of the Department of Marketing & Communications at the Anglo American University – Overview of the changes to marketing and communications during the past 10-15 years
- 09.40 Jo Weaver, Managing Director of JWA Prague PR agency – Is PR still a useful tool marketing tool and, if so, when and how to use it, and how to deal with your own internal crisis communications
- 10.00 Krystyna St. James, Marketing Consultant – How to use your existing clients as a revenue base
- 10.20-10.40 Coffee Break
- 10.40-11.00 Leo Alshafei, Vice-President Marketing – Dataddo – which are the best marketing tools to use when your focus is on the global market not local, and which are the best online and social media tools to use for your type of business
- 11.00-11.20 Fares Mechura, Partner and Co-Founder, Saleshero – Podcasting and how to use it as a marketing tool
- 11.20-12.00 Panel discussion
- 12.00 Buffet Lunch
- 13.00 Ends
IBF Members: Kc 850
IBF Guests: Kc 1,250
Register now on email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as numbers will be limited.
Note, too, that whatever Covid restrictions are in place on the date will be enforced.
IBF Members’ Lunch
Wednesday, 20th July, 2022
On Wednesday, 20th July, the IBF hosted one of its popular ‘Member Lunches’, this time in the lovely Mlynec Restaurant overlooking the Charles Bridge. On a boiling hot day, 20 of our members and friends turned out to enjoy a glass of Prosecco at the bar and then three courses from the always delicious Mlynec kitchen. Having originally aimed to finish at 14.00 we were all still going strong one hour later, proving that we all just love to have the opportunity to get together and chat! For sure we will be hosting another of these lunches before the year is out.
The Annual IBF Real Estate and Business Barbeque
Thursday, 23rd June, 2022
IBF Speaker Lunch with General Andor Sandor
Thursday, 24th March, 2022
The second IBF speaker lunch of the year took place on Thursday, 24th March, again in the wonderful Zatisi Restaurant owned by our Partner, Zatisi Catering. Twenty IBF members and friends turned out to listen to our guest, General Andor Sandor, and whilst we all managed to take short breaks in order to enjoy the wonderful food, the discussion was full-on throughout the lunch. General Sandor gave a fascinating insight into the background of the current situation in the Ukraine, as well as what the potential outcome might be, plus a lot of other related issues. In addition to the discussions around the table and between the General and our guests, we were treated to Sanjiv Suri, the owner of the restaurant, joining us halfway through and giving a fascinating perspective as to where India sits in relation to the ongoing crisis.
If we hadn’t asked everyone to leave at 3.00 pm, there was a good chance that the event could have rumbled on well into the evening, and for sure we will be inviting General Sandor back again soon!
IBF Speaker Lunch with Dr. Martin Stransky
FEBRUARY 17, 2022
On Thursday, 17th February, 2022, we held our second event of the year, this time a lunch with a speaker, and we were absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Dr Martin Stransky to come and join us. Before the starter was even served, the group of IBF members and a couple of guests engaged Dr Stransky in a very lively discussion, covering everything from Covid in the Czech Republic viz-a-viz elsewhere, the effect of social media on our brains, and the giant steps that neurology has taken over the past few years, to growing wine and Grappa in the countryside, and the political situation here and in the Ukraine. To quote one of the guests, ‘it is lunches like this that make being a member of the IBF worthwhile; I got my annual fee’s money back in this lunch alone!’
IBF New Year’s Lunch
JANUARY 19, 2022 |
The first IBF event of 2022 was the annual IBF New Year’s Lunch, which we were very happy to go ahead with, bearing in mind that in 2021 the event had to be cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic.
The lunch was held in our Partner, Zatisi Group’s, lovely Zatisi Restaurant at Liliová 1, Prague 1, on Wednesday, 19th January, 2022, and even though we had several cancellations the night before and on the morning itself, we still had a nice group of people around the table. Not only did we enjoy the usual great food, but also a lively discussion on a number of topics (and very little mention of Covid, for a change!).
We plan a number of these informal lunches during the course of 2022. Watch this space.