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.
TUESDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY, 2023 – THE SECOND ANNUAL IBF HOTEL AND HOSPITALITY SEMINAR
The second IBF Hotel and Hospitality half-day seminar will take place on Tuesday, 21st February, 2023 in the Hotel Fitzgerald, Vitkova 151/26, Karlin, Prague 8, starting at 08.30 am and running through until lunchtime.
The IBF will host a full programme of expert speakers who will give an update on the hotel and hospitality sectors in both the Czech Republic and globally following on from the Covid Pandemic and the ongoing economic situation. Already confirmed to speak are Michael Specking, the General Manager of Hilton Hotels in Prague, David Nath, Partner of Cushman & Wakefield and Head of Hospitality for CEE & SEE, Richard Jones, Head of Real Estate at PwC in the Czech Republic, and Jan Adamek, Managing Director of Jan Hospitality.
Doors will open at 08.30 and a light breakfast will be served. We will take our seats at 09.15 and the programme will run through until approximately 12.30, with a coffee break and plenty of opportunities for networking.
Please book your place on firstname.lastname@example.org.
IBF Members: Kc 400
Non-Members: Kc 600
IBF Members’ Lunch
Monday, 16th January, 2023
On Monday, 16th January, 2023, the IBF held its first event of the new year, a Members’ Lunch in Zatisi Restaurant. As usual we were treated to wonderful food and a great ambience, as well as a very lively discussion that run throughout the lunch.
A great group of IBF members and friends discussed the events planned for the year and offered their own suggestions for new activities and speakers, some of which we hope to implement as we go through the year.
Our next IBF Members’ Lunch is planned for March. Keep your eye on the website for further information.
IBF Members’ Lunch
Wednesday, 9th November, 2022
On Wednesday, 9th November, the IBF hosted yet another of its popular members’ lunches in our partner, Zatisi Catering’s, lovely Zatisi Restaurant where, once again, the food, ambience and general good spirit of everyone attending made it a really great event.
A large group of both IBF members and friends enjoyed many different lively discussions and for sure these members’ lunches will be part of our diary of events for 2023. We will look forward to seeing everyone again then.
7th Annual IBF Residential Real Estate Seminar
The 7th Annual IBF Residential Real Estate Seminar took place on Wednesday, 12th October, 2022 in the offices of KPMG, as usual.
More than 30 IBF members and friends turned out to listen to our panel of experts discussing whether the residential real estate sector in the Czech Republic is really going to continue to boom or is it, finally, on the verge of busting. Unsurprisingly, the overall tone of the presentations and Q&A discussion was fairly bleak, especially in regard to the sale of residential property in view of the ongoing energy crisis and the resulting cost of borrowing. But it was not all gloom and doom since not only are many developers finding ways of supporting potential buyers through reduced interest rate financing and other benefits, but the rental market is now becoming extremely strong and is becoming the focus for many existing and new developers and investors.
Huge thanks go to our speakers for their great presentations and for staying the whole morning to take part in a really interesting Q&A session at the end:
Pavel Kliment, Partner at KPMG
Peter Visnovsky, Director, Lexxus
Jan Adamek, Managing Director, Jan reality
Diana James, Business Development Manager at Daramis
Lars Klett – Managing Partner, UEPA
Also to KPMG for hosting us again, and our board member, Ian Bryan, for moderating. We are looking forward to seeing what we will be discussing next year!
IBF Members’ Lunch
Monday, 5th September, 2022
On Monday, 5th September, the IBF hosted yet another of its popular Member
Lunches, this time in the Crystal Room of our favourite Zatisi Restaurant.
18 of our members and a couple of our friends turned out for what was, as
usual, a good opportunity for all of us to talk more about the ongoing
crises that we are living through right now, as well as chat generally about
our own work and what we are all up to in these difficult times.
Interestingly, amongst stories of closures and redundancies, many of our
members are also involved in some interesting new projects, which just goes
to show how necessary it is to ‘duck and dive’ when things get tough. Find
out more at the next Members’ Lunch, which will be announced on the website
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.