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What Is SPIBA

The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is a non-profit, independent organization which unites foreign and Russian companies that share SPIBA's views and principles.

The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is here to be a strong voice of business in the North-West region of Russia and to facilitate business development for its members. SPIBA's strategy is to provide a platform for
     •      The exchange of information and knowledge
     •      Open dialogue and collaboration with the authorities
     •      Networking

All in a friendly and informal atmosphere.

The film SPIBA "20 years of success"  is here.
The short version of the film is here

Our members about us

Each professional always tends to extend and strengthen his competences. And this applies both to his specific professional area and to business skills in general. In contemporary world the greater importance is given not only to the quality of goods and services but to the way they are communicated to public and to the degree of efficiency and strength of the team which offers these goods and services.>>>>

Irina Koshelkova, BD Manager BC Communications about Workshop in the UK Consulate

News

SPIBA

Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

SPIBA announces candidates for the co-chair positions of the Finance Committee

Please see the attached profile of the candidates who have been nominated for the elections of Co-Ch...
Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

SPIBA announces elections of a co-chairpersons of the Finance Committee!

Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by other members. Please send your candidate prof...
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0300

Review competition dedicated to the up-coming Year of Ecology in Russia

We invite you to participate in the review competition dedicated to the up-coming Year of Ecology i...
Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0300

SPIBA White Nights Boat Cruise

The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) will hold its traditional White Night...

Members' News

Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

The Backstage of AdVITA charity fund

Dear friends! We publish series of interview with the employees of our fund. Join us over social media https://vk.com/a...
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

"Vedomosti" newspaper Conference "Business in crisis: optimizing operational processes"

Vedomosti business newspaper invites you to participate in Conference "Business in crisis: optimizing operational proce...
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

Program: PPPs in the Transportation Sector: Lessons for Developing Economies

New professional training program has been developed by the Center in close cooperation with the United Nations Internat...
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

Conference "Business Practice in 2016: effective management of finances"

Kommersant in St. Petersburg invites to discuss topical questions of the financial situation of the Russian economy wit...
Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

Become a volunteer for AdVITA charity fund

AdVITA is looking for volunteers . If you are ready to help people, we are waiting for you on the 17 th and 30 th of Ma...
Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

Charity gala concert with the participation of opera and ballet stars of St.Petersburg

On June 3, 2016 all those who love opera and ballet will have an opportunity not only to enjoy the performance of the t...
Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300

DLA Piper recognised as a top legal practice of Russia and St Petersburg

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Regional News

Events Calendar

Wed, 25 May 2016 18:00:00 +0300

SPIBA General Meeting - 5/25/2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the SPIBA General Meeting on the topic: “Transport development of territories”

Date: Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Time: 18:00 – 21:00

Registration starts at 17:30

Venue: Rossi Ballroom, The State Hermitage Museum Official Hotel in St Petersburg, 10, Pravda St. (see location)

Speaker:

Nikolay A. Asaul, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation

Event will be held in Russian and English. Translation will be provided.

Participation conditions: only top management representatives of the companies are invited for participation.

The detailed information about the event and registration conditions are in the flyer attached.

Thu, 26 May 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Registration closed! Verifying compliance with labor legislation and legislation on personal data - 5/26/2016 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

SPIBA HR Committee is pleased to invite you to take part in a round table on the topic "Verifying compliance with labor legislation and legislation on personal data. Recent trends and training experience, passing and appeal the results of audits".

Date: Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Time: 09:30-12:00

Venue changed! Paris-St.Petersburg conference hall, Novotel St.Petersburg Centre, 3A Mayakovskogo str. (see location)

Speakers:

Daria I. Antipina, Head of Department for supervision over labor legislation compliance, State Labor Inspection in St. Petersburg: “What to pay attention while preparing for State labor inspection’s audits in 2016. Key violations detected during audits”

Alexander Korkin, Head of Employment and Migration Law Practice Group in St. Petersburg, Pepeliaev Group: “Recent trends of State Labor Inspection, prosecutors, employment agencies, Roskomnadzor. Key decisions of the courts”

Anastasia Skoblikova, lawer, Baker & McKenzie: State labor inspection’s audit, Vasily Nikitenko, Head of Legal department, Ford Motor Company: “The experience of training, support and appeal”

Julia Petrova, Head of legal service, Neste St. Petersburg: “Scheduled inspection by Roskomnadzor: experience in training and support”.

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by May 23rd by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Fri, 27 May 2016 17:00:00 +0300

“Have time to show…” exhibition at KGallery - 5/27/2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SPIBA Committee on Quality of life continues series of events under the theme SPIBA Cultural Discoveries which are devoted to the cultural heritage of Saint-Petersburg, significant events and outstanding creative personalities, and invites you to visit St. Petersburg art gallery KGallery, get acquainted with its hostess Kristina Berezovskaya and see a unique exhibition - military photos project of 1941-1945 period “Have time to show…”.

Date changed! Friday, May 27th 2016

Time: 5 pm

Venue: KGallery, 24, Fontanka River Embankment (see location)

The exhibition includes about 150 photos from the famous collection of Lev and Alexander Borodulin – the masterpieces of Soviet photography of the Great Patriotic War. The authors of the works – recognized classic of photography art – Evgeny Haldey, Max Alpert, Dmitry Baltermanz, Anatoly Morozov and others.

The numbers of participants is limited.

Please, confirm your participation by April 26th by registering via email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7(812)3259091

Fri, 27 May 2016 19:00:00 +0300

English Speaking Club with Zoran - 5/27/2016 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


The Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is pleased to announce the continuation of its weekly English Speaking Club.

Date: Every Friday, from 19:00 to 20:30 

Venue: 21 Nevsky Prospekt, Mertens House, Office 506 

Leader: Zoran Panjak (please see attached)

13 May - Emotional intelligence in the work place - Dating back to the Roman Empire, Publilius Syrus said "Rule your feelings, lest your feelings will rule you." The health of an organization depends much on the the degree to which its members can identify and manage the emotions of themselves and of their colleagues. We will explore and discuss the skill of developing emotional intelligence, and the degree to which it is crucial for the success of business development.

20 May - Monopolies - Are monopolies a good thing or a bad thing? How do they affect competition and the development of a given market? How do government monopolies differ from private ones? These questions and others will be explored and discussed.

27 May - Crypto-currency: The future of money? Currencies such as bitcoin and emercoin are rapidly developing in our global financial system, and some may argue are a threat to the banking system as we know it. We will discuss the history of crypto-currency, the degree and manner in which it functions in today's economy, and the potential it has in the near and distant future.

Registration for SPIBA members is not needed.
Participation for SPIBA members is free of charge.

If you have any questions, please, contact SPIBA office by email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7 (812) 3259091


Tue, 31 May 2016 10:00:00 +0300

Brand: the power of personality - 5/31/2016 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

St Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) is pleased to invite you to the event on the topic: “Brand: the power of personality”.

Date: Tuesday, May 31st 2016

Time: 10:00 – 13:30

(09:30 – 10:00 – coffee break)

Venue: Vlerick Business School, 17 Italianskaya ul. (see location)

Moderator: Veronika Voinovian , Chief Operating Officer, Borenius Attorneys Russia Ltd

Participation confirmed:

Alexander Tsypkin, Strategic PR expert, writer

Svetlana Vronskaya, Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, KORUS Consulting

Marina Panfilova, Strategic planning consultant

Anna Izmailova, Sales and Marketing Director of Stockholm School of Economics Russia, SSE EMBA, PhD, business trainer

Grigorii Khazagerov, journalist, external communicatons conslultant

Please, confirm your participation by May 30th by registering via website registration, via email office@spiba.ru, or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Opent event! The measures to ensure the sustainable operation and development of SPB energy complex - 6/1/2016 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

We are pleased to invite you to take part in the round table on the topic: "The stages and practical measures to ensure the sustainable operation and development of engineering and energy complex of St. Petersburg".

Date: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Time: 09:30 – 12:00

(09:30 – 10:00 – coffee break)

Venue: Anna Pavlova Hall, Angleterre Hotel, 24, Malaya Morskaya Ul (see location)

Moderator: Anastasia Fomicheva, Principal Associate, Capital Legal Services

Speakers:

Anastasia Fomicheva, Principal Associate, Capital Legal Services: Legislative preconditions of prospective development of electric power industry of St. Petersburg

Representative of the Committee on Energy and Engineering St. Petersburg: Reduction of terms and simplification of procedures of technological connection to electric grids in St. Petersburg

Snezana Y. Kitaeva, Counsel to the Director General of PJSC "Lenenergo" on customer relations: Lenenergo Interactive Services

Nikolay N. Kozlov, Head of Legal Department, JSC "Energy Service Company Lenenergo": Technological connection to electric grids today: on-going issues and practical solutions

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please, confirm your participation by May 30th by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812) 325 90 91

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0300

The role of business in solving social problems: to the creation of “shared” value - 6/2/2016 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

St. Petersburg State University (GSOM), SPIBA  and ANO “Evolution and Philanthropy” invite you to participate in the open event – the round table on the topic “The role of business in solving social problems: to the creation of “shared” value”.

Date: Tuesday, June 2nd 2016

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

(09:30 – 10:00 – coffee break)

Venue: 3, Volkhovsky pereulok, St.Petersburg University Graduate School of Management (see location)

Moderator: Yuriy Blagov, Director of the PwC Center for Corporate Social Responsibility, GSOM SPBU

Questions for discussion:

Should business take part in solving social problems?

What determines the choice of a model of social involvement business?

What should be the corporate charity: altruistic or strategic?

How perspective for business and society is the orientation to the creation of “shared” value?

What competencies should have a business to participate effectively in solving social problems?

We invite the representatives of Russian and foreign companies, including heads of departments, managers of corporate social activity, PR-departments, the media, representatives of charities, social entrepreneurs.

THE DETAILED PROGRAM is in the attached file.

Please, confirm your participation by May 31th by registering via website registration, via email office@spiba.ru, or by phone +7(812)3259091  

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0300

Charity musical picnic “FLOWERS IN JUNK” organized by Upsala-Circus - 6/4/2016 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM


SPIBA Committee on Quality of life is pleased to invite you and members of your family to participate in charity musical picnic “FLOWERS IN JUNK” organized by Upsala-Circus.

Date: Saturday, June 4th 2016

Time: 14:00 – 20:00

Venue: Upsala-Park, Sverdlovskaya emb.(see location)

On the 4th of June there is a charity musical picnic “Flowers in junk”. The participants of the event are teams of Ля-Миноръ, Tequilajazzz, Juniper, Nina Karlsson, Dmitry Maximachev и Big Stereophonic orchestra. There are also Upsala-Circus artists – the fellows will show the fragments from  "Boniface" and "The effect of ping-pong ball” directly under the open sky. And set the tone for the holiday will be well-known TV presenter and journalist Alexander Malich.

Instead of paper ticket everyone will get a flower in a peat pot, which can be planted right there in order to contribute in the prosperity of Upsala-Circus. All money gathered will be invested in creation of a new inclusive center “Pesochnitsa” for children with Down syndrome. During the picnic there will be held simultaneously more than 30 workshops, where you can literally with nothing make a variety of flowers with your own hands.

Special offer: for a special participation fee of 500 rubles. /adult and 300 rubles. /children use the codeword «SPIBA» to buy an adult ticket, for the child ticket purchase is necessary to use the code «SPIBAKID».

The tickets can be purchased on the web site or in Upsala-Park directly on the day of the event.

Make a holiday for your children!

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Deoffshorization: theory and practice. Are you ready? - 6/6/2016 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

SPIBA Finance Committee is pleased to invite you to take part in an event on the topic “Deoffshorization: theory and practice. Are you ready?”.

What is important to know about deoffshorization in Russia and do already today to avoid problems tomorrow? How not to lose the tax benefits granted under double taxation treaties? And other equally relevant issues according to current court practice and trends in deoffshorization.

Date: Monday, June 06, 2016

Time: 9.30 – 11.30

Registration, coffee-break: 09:00-09:30

Venue: Vlerick Business School, Italianskaya ul. 17

Speakers:

Anton Kabakov, Partner, Awara Law: “Beneficial owner: find out which way the wind blows”

Julia Naberezhnaya, Associate, DLA Piper: “CFC: What to do next?"

Call for speakers! “Tax amnesty: what are the benefits and risks of getting out of the shadow?” Please send your application to office@spiba.ru until May 27, 2016.

The event will be held in Russian. Please let us know if you need translation into English.

Please confirm your attendance by June 05, 2016 by phone 325-9091, by website registration or by e-mail office@spiba

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Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Social and Emotional Intelligence - 6/7/2016 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

We invite you to take part in a workshop on the topic "Social and Emotional Intelligence".

Date: Tuesday, June 7th 2016

Time: 09:30 – 11:30

Venue: SPIBA office, 21, Nevsky prospect, Business Center “Mertens House”, office 506

Speaker: Zoran Panjak, Certified consultant and business trainer, Western Vision Business Trainings

Emotional Intelligence is increasingly relevant to organizational development and to developing people, because the principles provide a new way to understand and assess people's behaviors, management styles, attitudes, interpersonal skills, and potential. By being able to more clearly identify and manage your emotions, you can do the same in others, and find new ways to motivate colleagues and manage relationships.

The training will be led by Zoran Panjak, a certified business consultant and trainer from the United States who has spent eight years on the Russian market, and who specializes in adapting and training best practices from the West for the Russian business environment.

The meeting will be held in English.  

Please confirm your participation by June 6 by registering on the website, by email office@spiba.ru or by phone +7(812)325 9091

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Breakfast with the Director: Hakan Mandali, BSH Bytowije Pribory - 6/9/2016 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) continues a series of events “Breakfast with the Director”. 

Date: Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Time: 09:30 – 11:00

(09:00 – 09:30 – coffee break)

Venue: Domina Hotel, Atelier Hall, 99 Moika River Emb.(see map)

Speaker of the next meeting will be 

Hakan Mandali, General Director, BSH Bytowije Pribory

Topic: Leadership and Management: Work experience in another country — cultural exchange  

Brief resume is here.

The meeting will be held in English. 

Please, confirm your participation by June 8th  by registering via email office@spiba.ru , via website registration or by phone +7(812) 325 90 91

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0300

Innovation of the tax administration of the VAT, the main reasons for these differences in reporting - 6/10/2016 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

SPIBA Finance Committee together with “Tax policy and practice” magazine and “Taxcom” company are pleased to invite you to take part in the business meeting on the topic “Innovation of the tax administration of the VAT, the main reasons for these differences in reporting and how to make an explanation of the data discrepancy”.

Date: Friday, June 10th, 2016

Time: 14.00 – 18.00

Venue: “Property fund – St.Petersburg”, 5, per. Grivtsova (see location)

Speaker: Alexander V. Egorichev, Head of the Russian Federal Tax Service of in-house audit.

Program:

Big data management, VAT control system (ASC VAT-2) and a common federal database of all transactions subject to VAT: the benefits, capabilities, information security, data protection;

Changes in the architecture of in-house audits, the exclusion of "human factor", the automatic sending of the claim, formal explanation of new methods to control unscrupulous companies;

How to create a positive tax history, and reduce the administrative burden on the company;

How to protect yourself from getting into a zone of control and increase confidence in the selection of contractors;

Performance advantages of registry data from documents at zero;

New procedures and algorithms for comparison and validation.

The meeting will be held in Russian. Please, let us know if you need a translation into English.

Please confirm your attendance by e-mail office@spiba.ru, by website registration or by phone 325-9091 by 8 June, 2016.  

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:30:00 +0300

Registration closed! Look@Pulkovo - 6/21/2016 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration closed!

SPIBA continues a series of Look@It tours which focus on success stories of major brands on the market of St. Petersburg. We invite you to participate in  Look@Pulkovo.

Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Time: 09:15 – 13.00

Venue: Business Center of Pulkovo Airport

Program: 

9.15 – Arrival to the business center parking zone

9.20 - 9.30 – Business center, guest registration

9.30 – 10.30 – Introductory part: operational and HR managers of the airport share their experience of Lean production implementation.

10.30-12.00 – Airport tour:

Visit to Airport Operations Control Center

Visit to the terminal baggage handling service

12.00 - 13.00 – Q&A session, Business center, room 1.15

Please, confirm your participation by March 22nd via email office@spiba.ru.

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0300

Business Forum «Business processes optimization on the market: effective measures, taken actions» - 6/23/2016 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

ANCOR Holding and Saint-Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) and Graduate School of Management SPBU are pleased to invite you to Business Forum «Business processes optimization on the market: effective measures, taken actions».

Date: Thursday, June, 23th, 2016

Time: 09.00 – 19.30

Venue: GSOM SPBU, Mikhailovskaya Dacha Campus, Sankt-Peterburgskoye Shosse, 109 (see map)

The event is open, registration through the link: http://www.ancor.ru/businessforum/

Within the framework of the business forum participants together with top managers of key companies will consider real cases of market players, discuss the most effective strategies of business processes optimization and analyze possible ways of further development of the current situation.

Full program of the event is in the attachment.

We kindly ask you to confirm your participation before June 20th, 2016.

The meeting will be held in Russian. 

Please, note that due to the limited amount of places and current access system the registration is mandatory!

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0300

White Nights Boat Cruise - 6/24/2016 7:00 PM - 10:30 PM



The St. Petersburg International Business Association (SPIBA) will hold its traditional White Nights Boat Cruise on June 24, 2016.

Date: Friday, June 24, 2016

Time: 19.00 – 22.30

Venue: Makarova ebm., 20

The White Nights Boat Cruise is an event held every year, which is very popular among members and guests of SPIBA. 

The program includes: cruising the Neva river (Makarova Embankment – Historical St. Petersburg - the Gulf of Finland – Makarova Embankment), fourchette, wine and beer bars, soft drinks, dancing, lottery, and networking.

RSVP by 21 June 2016 via: office@spiba.ru

Cost of participation:

for SPIBA members: 2000 rub.

for non-SPIBA members: 4000 rub.

Payment: by bank transfer or in cash to the SPIBA office.

Please, hurry up! Seats are limited!

We are offering member companies an opportunity to provide sponsorship and support in return for advertising and promotion. 

For more information, please see the attached sponsorship packages.

If you would like to apply for sponsorship and/or have any questions, please contact us via e-mail office@spiba.ru or by phone 325-9091 or 312-5307 by May 29, 2016.

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