Teleconference on the investment and industrial opportunities in the Kaluga Region of Russia

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KalugaInvestPortallogoRussian Trade Delegation in the UK inviting you and your colleagues to participate in «Teleconference on the investment and industrial opportunities in the Kaluga Region of Russia – RELIABILITY–INNOVATIONS–PARTNERSHIP», a unique project, bringing together senior representatives of both British and Kaluga Region businesses.

The Teleconference will assess investment and industrial opportunities in the Kaluga Region of Russia and identify areas of mutual interest. The «RELIABILITY–INNOVATIONS–PARTNERSHIP» will take place at the Russian Trade Delegation office in the UK (32-33 Highgate West Hill, London, N6 6NL)  on 11th of May and will gather senior Russian & British officials, businesses and investment companies.

The event is organised by the Russian Trade Delegation in the UK and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC).

The Event will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a welcoming speech of the Governor of the Kaluga Region – Mr. Anatoly Artamonov, whose personal responsibility is to attract investments to the region and to facilitate strategic partnerships. His presentation will provide a unique and clear insight into extraordinary new business opportunities for the UK in the Kaluga Region.

«RELIABILITY–INNOVATIONS–PARTNERSHIP» provides a perfect opportunity to discuss all types of projects, investments and trade cooperation in Russia and the UK including projects in construction, energy and energy efficiency, pharmaceutical, food industry, production of glass, automotive industry, agribusiness, wood processing and air freight logistics.
We do hope that this event could be of interest to you.

To register for the event please send an email to kaluga@rustrade.org.uk
or visit Event Registration page.

Please download the provisional agenda of the Conference.

 

Diesel vehicles important for UK economy, says industry

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_95772924_smmtThe industry’s trade body has warned people not to ignore the “essential role” diesel commercial vehicles play in keeping the UK economy moving.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders also pointed out that emergency vehicles are overwhelmingly diesel.
But “green” groups said it was clear all diesel engines must be phased out.
Diesel vehicles have been under attack since revelations that carmakers falsified emissions data. It has prompted calls for vehicle bans, tax penalties, and scrappage schemes.
The SMMT’s defence of the commercial vehicle sector comes at the start of a three-day event that will promote new and cleaner diesel technology.
In a report published to mark the start of the Commercial Vehicle Show, in Birmingham, the SMMT claimed that there are 1.8 million owner-operators dependent on vans for their livelihood.
The report also estimated that UK commercial vehicles contribute £27.5bn to the economy by moving freight alone.
The SMMT said that, on average, modern diesel vans use around 50% less fuel than petrols, which means lower fuel bills for operators and a knock-on benefit for consumers and taxpayers.
Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s chief executive, said, “Commercial vehicles play an essential but often overlooked role in keeping Britain functioning, performing jobs and transporting vital goods and services that we all rely on every day.
“This sector has never been so important to the UK economy – and to British jobs – and diesel’s role in powering these vital vehicles should not be downplayed. Nearly all our commercial vehicles are driven by diesel.”
But the latest Euro VI standards meant that new diesel vehicles were the cleanest and safest yet, he said.
Mr Hawes also pointed out that diesel was essential for keeping tens of thousands of ambulances, fire engines and police vans on the road.
But his defence of the sector got short shrift from environmental groups, which said it was time to get rid of all internal combustion engines for the benefit of health and quality of life.
Jenny Bates, air pollution campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said: “The motor industry knows that the writing is on the wall.
“Technology is moving so fast that using alternative power for vans should not be a problem,” she said, citing efforts made by the bus industry to become cleaner.
“Obviously, we need to ensure emergency services are maintained. But in the end, all vehicle types need to be addressed, even if it doesn’t all happen at the same time. It just needs commitment and investment.”
More information at: www.bbc.co.uk

UK prime minister calls general election for 8 June

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tmay1Theresa May has stunned Westminster by demanding a snap general election on 8 June that she hopes will turn her party’s clear lead in the opinion polls into a healthy parliamentary majority and secure her Conservative vision for Brexit.
The prime minister made an unscheduled statement on Tuesday morning from behind a lectern outside 10 Downing Street, in which she recanted her repeated promise not to go to the polls before 2020.
She accused opposition parties of trying to jeopardise her government’s preparations for exiting the EU as she called for what would be a third nationwide poll in three years – while the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, responded by saying he would welcome the opportunity to fight an election opposing Tory austerity.
May said: “We need a general election and we need one now because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.”
Supporters of the prime minister said she would use the election to crush dissent over Brexit, with one projection by the election expert Michael Thrasher suggesting she could secure a majority of 140 on the basis of current polls. His estimate suggests the number of Tory MPs could rise from 331 to 395, with Labour potentially slumping from 229 to 164.
The election caused nerves among Labour MPs, with some bemoaning the possible loss of colleagues and two of the party’s politicians, Tom Blenkinsop and Alan Johnson, saying they would not contest their seats. Tony Blair has called on voters to consider maintaining politicians of any party determined to maintain an open mind on Brexit. “The damage to the country will be huge if we end up with an unrestrained ‘Brexit at any cost’ majority,” he wrote, claiming May was trying to take advantage of Labour’s difficulties.
“The state of the Labour leadership offers such an obvious target that it would be an extraordinary act of political self-denial to refuse to put the opposition to the test,” said Blair, arguing that the prime minister also wanted a mandate for Brexit before the talks ran into inevitable difficulties.
Conservatives were largely supportive of the decision with Steve Baker, a key backbencher who chairs the European research group, claiming that Labour and the Lib Dems were trying to scupper Brexit.
More information at: www.theguardian.com

The Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK took part in the «Natural & Organic Products Europe 2017»

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NatPro_Day-1-0132-3 April 2017 The Trade Delegation of Russia in the United Kingdom took part in the largest international exhibition of natural and organic products – «Natural & Organic Products Europe 2017».
«Natural & Organic Products Europe» is Europe’s biggest trade show for natural products – making it the ‘must attend’ event for buyers of everything from natural healthcare products, natural and organic foods, through to natural personal care and eco-household products.
Alongside with the exhibition The Russian Trade Delegation in collaboration with Russian Embassy organised the trade mission of Russian companies «Natura Siberika», «SPLAT Global UK Ltd» «Dr.Korner» and «EcoLaboratoria» to promote cosmetics products to the UK market.
Natura Siberika produces natural and organic cosmetics which benefits from the highest quality and the latest achievements in the beauty industry. Most of the products are certified by Ecocert, Soil Association, BDIH, Cosmos organic or ICEA. Today one can find Natura Siberica, Organic Shop, Oma Gertrude, and other brands sold in more than 40 countries at Wholefoods Market, DM, Rossmann, Druni, Monoprix, Tesco and many others.
SPLAT Global UK Ltd is international developer and manufacturer of innovative oral hygiene products with natural active ingredients, selling to 55+ countries. Products include: Biomed (natural toothpastes with COCONUT, Propolis, Red Grape Extract and Herbs), Blackwood toothpaste with Birch CHARCOAL, Zero Balance hypoallergenic toothpaste for those allergic to mint or using Homeopathy.
Ecological Organic Laboratory is the Russian brand of natural cosmetics, which is already a favorite for both Russian domestic and European consumers. EOL creates natural cosmetic products with unique formulation based on high-quality natural and organic ingredients from the best manufacturers around the world. More then 95% ingredients of natural origin.
Dr.Körner product range is a healthy alternative for traditional bread, crisps or sweets for people maintaining healthy lifestyle. Free from yeast, preservatives, flavor enhancers, artificial colorants and flavors. With high content of fiber, variety of naturally delicious tastes and quality guaranteed by International Quality and Safety certificates.
All of the visitors which had an opportunity to taste Russian goods noted a very high quality of Russian-made organic food and beauty products displayed at the exhibition.

Amazon expands into UK’s £96bn business-to-business market

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3500Amazon is targeting the multibillion-pound UK business-to-business market by launching a new service that sells office supplies, industrial tools and laboratory kits to companies.
The service, called Amazon Business, is the latest example of the US company’s dramatic expansion beyond its traditional consumer retail business. Amazon already offers cloud computing services to businesses through Amazon Web Services.
The UK online market for business-to-business sales was valued at £96.5bn for 2015 by the Office for National Statistics.
Amazon Business will sell more than 100m products and is targeted at small, medium, and large firms. It includes features that are tailored for the business community including free one-day delivery on orders over £30, VAT-exclusive pricing and in-depth analytics that allow purchasing managers to track how much they are spending on their account.
The service has already been launched in the US, where it is generating more than $1bn (£800m) in annual sales and works with more than 400,000 businesses.
The products the service will sell range from laptops to thermal imaging cameras and cleaning products.
Bill Burkland, head of Amazon Business UK, said: “Whether you are a sole trader, a buyer in a mid-size company or a chief procurement officer in a large multinational organisation, Amazon Business has the products and capabilities to serve your needs.
“Amazon Business combines more than 100m business products with a new set of unique business features – from reporting and analytics to spending limits and purchasing workflow approvals.”
More information at: www.theguardian.com

Britain files Article 50 letter to formally leave European Union

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may_signBrexit has begun, with Britain formally filing Article 50, a letter to the European Union giving notice of the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU.
Nine months after Britain voted to leave the EU, there are no regrets in the coastal town of Leigh-On-Sea.
The letter was delivered to EU Council President Donald Tusk by Tim Barrow, Britain’s permanent representative to the EU.
Mr Tusk confirmed on Twitter he had received the notification letter, saying “After nine months the UK has delivered Brexit”.
He also tweeted a photograph of himself receiving the small, business-style white document from Mr Barrow.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May signed Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, nine months after the June 2016 referendum that voted to leave the EU.
After the filing of the papers, Ms May told Parliament Britain was on a “momentous journey” and there was no going back.
“When I sit around the negotiating table in the months ahead, I will represent every person in the whole United Kingdom — young and old, rich and poor, city, town, country and all the villages and hamlets in between,” she said.
“And yes, those EU nationals who have made this country their home.
Ms May — an initial opponent of Brexit who won the top job in the political turmoil that followed the referendum vote — will have two years to settle the terms of the divorce before it comes into effect in late March 2019.
“It is our aim to deliver a smooth and orderly Brexit, reaching an agreement about our future partnership by the time the two-year Article 50 process has concluded,” Ms May said.
She said she hoped there would then be a “phased process of implementation” in which both sides prepare for the new arrangements.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear there would be no negotiations on Britain’s future ties with the EU until the terms of Brexit were finalised.
“Britain and the EU, including Germany, have become closely entwined over years of membership,” Ms Merkel said.
“In the talks we must clarify how these close ties can be untangled.
“We must deal with many rights and obligations that have been linked to membership. Only then, later, can we talk about our future relationship.”
Mr Tusk, the EU’s top official, said “we already miss you” moments after he received the official Brexit letter.
But Mr Tusk said that the withdrawal also “has made us, the community of 27 [European nations], more determined and more united than before to make the difficult negotiations ahead a success”.
“Our goal is clear: to minimise the cost for the EU citizens, businesses and member states.
“We have all the tools to achieve this.”

The «Russian Investment Summit 2017»

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The «Russian Investment Summit 2017» was organised in London on the 23th of March by the NewSpartaEvents company in cooperation with the Trade Delegation of the Russian Federation in the UK and the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC).

The Summit was focused on the current and future outlook for investments into the Russian market, risk mitigation strategies dictated by the present geopolitical environment, currency and oil price fluctuations, the level of investor protection as well as asset allocation strategies. Along with that, the format of the event allowed attendees to join a specific break out discussion in relation to investment classes either in stock market, fixed income, private equity and real estate investments.

The event was opened by Dr. Boris Abramov, the Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom. Within four panel sessions of the Summit the participants discussed the most important issues on the Russian-British investment and economic relations, including business climate and challenges for strengthening the bilateral relations.

Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston

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toyotaauris_gettyToyota is to invest £240m in upgrading its UK factory that makes the Auris and Avensis models.
The Japanese carmaker’s investment in the Burnaston plant near Derby will allow production of vehicles using its new global manufacturing system.
The factory employs about 2,500 people, while another 590 work at Toyota’s engine plant at Deeside, North Wales.
Burnaston made about 180,000 vehicles last year, most of which are exported to Europe and other markets.
Johan van Zyl, chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe, said the investment showed that the company was doing all it could to make Burnaston more competitive.
However, he warned: “Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success.”
Industry trade body the SMMT said in January that uncertainty around Brexit and the UK’s future trading arrangements had hit investment in the car sector.
Investment commitments in the UK automotive sector last year totalled £1.66bn, down from £2.5bn in 2015.
The government is providing £21.3m in funding for training, research and development and improving the Burnaston plant’s environmental performance.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said the investment “underlines the company’s faith in its employees and will help ensure the plant is well positioned for future Toyota models to be made in the UK”.
Toyota has been making cars in the UK since 1992.
More information at: www.bbc.co.uk

UK climate targets ‘will raise household energy bills by £100 in a decade’

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4287The cost of supporting new windfarms and nuclear power stations to meet the UK’s carbon targets will add nearly £100 to the average household energy bill by the end of the next decade, according to a government adviser.
But the Committee on Climate Change said it expected the increase to be more than offset by savings as people switched to more efficient fridge freezers, LED bulbs and better boilers.
The committee, a body of experts set up under the Climate Change Act to advise the government, found that a rise of £105, or 9%, to the average £1,160 dual fuel bill in 2016 was down to green policies. These included subsidies for windfarms and solar power through schemes such as the Renewables Obligation. A report by the committee predicts that meeting the UK’s carbon targets would see the cost of the subsidies rise to £200 of an average bill of £1,350 by 2030.
However, other factors were involved in the net increase. The committee also calculated that rising wholesale energy costs and other issues will add more than £200 a year to bills, while an ongoing switch to more energy-efficient appliances and gadgets is expected to save £150.
Matthew Bell, chief executive of the committee, told the Guardian that he thought it was worth spending the money on climate policies. “The reason we’re acting to reduce our emissions is climate change poses real risks, real risks to the UK as well as round the world.”
The cost was relatively modest, he said, adding: “What our analysis says quite clearly is that as a proportion of total energy costs, climate costs are a small minority portion. The vast majority of your energy bill is accounted by other things, like wholesale costs and transmission costs.”
Five of the big six energy suppliers have announced price hikes over the winter, sparking calls for a cap on bills.
Three energy companies outside of the major supplier group, including Bristol-based Ovo, which has 680,000 customers, and smaller suppliers Octopus and Utility Warehouse, signalled their support on Thursday for a relative price cap. The cap has been proposed by the Conservative MP John Penrose and would limit the gap between the best and worst deals on the market. About 50 MPs have backed a motion to be debated in parliament on Thursday, on the need to protect consumers on standard variable tariffs, which are the most common deal for British households.
Some of the energy companies, such as German-owned E.ON, laid the blame for their rises partly on the cost of supporting green policies. But the Committee on Climate Change said that such policies had in fact shaved £290 a year off the average household energy bill between 2008 and 2016, because they had encouraged a shift to A-rated fridge freezers, condensing boilers and a swing away from incandescent lightbulbs to energy-saving ones.
Bell said that future progress on more energy-efficient appliances was slowing slightly, but there was still potential for huge savings. “We’re still seeing only 1% of lighting being LEDs. And what we’ve not factored in at all is what IT will do for how we manage energy in our homes.”
The committee said British households’ energy costs are not high compared to the rest of Europe. Residential electricity prices are below average, and gas prices the third lowest among 15 EU countries.
Despite the government recently announcing a review into energy costs for businesses, the committee said climate policies were adding relatively little to companies’ bills and had not affected UK plc’s competitiveness.
Rebecca Williams, energy specialist at WWF, said: “This report shows that energy companies are wrong to blame the increase in energy bills solely on UK government policies. It is clear that the main driver here is rising fossil fuel costs.”
More information at: www.theguardian.com

Brexit bill to trigger Article 50 gets royal assent from Queen

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BrexitThe Queen grants the Brexit bill royal assent paving the way for the PM to trigger Article 50 in a “defining moment” for the UK.
The Prime Minister is free to officially notify the EU that the UK intends to leave after the Queen granted the Brexit bill royal assent.
Following a turbulent passage through both houses and a drawn out court battle, Theresa May is expected to take the historic step of starting the process of leaving the 40-year union.
Speaking in the House of Commons at the beginning of the week, Mrs May said she would trigger Article 50 “before the end of the month” and it is expected she will do so in the last week of March.
The Prime Minister has described it as a “defining moment” for the country but the negotiations that will take place with the EU over the next two years promise to be bitter and bloody.
Key players on both sides will now need to set to work thrashing out a Brexit deal alongside a free trade deal that will govern the UK’s future relationship with the remaining 27 members of the EU.
One of the first things expected to be brought to the negotiating table is the bill the UK will have to pay to get out of the exit door – put at €60bn by the European Commission but unlikely to be agreed by the Government.
Talks between the two sides are not likely to begin in earnest until June. The EU must issue a formal response to Mrs May’s formal Article 50 notification and then will need around eight weeks to draw up the full guidelines.
The remaining EU 27 members will then need to formally issue a list of negotiating topics and red lines – the earliest they are expected to decide this is at an extraordinary summit in early May.
The bill’s passing into law follows a difficult day for the Government on Wednesday in which ministers were accused of “driving towards a cliff-edge with a blindfold on”.
Brexit Secretary David Davis was forced to admit his department has not made an assessment of the economic implications of failure to secure an agreement with the rest of the EU.
His admission was despite the Prime Minister repeatedly saying she thinks no deal is better than a bad deal.
More information at: news.sky.com