On the 22nd of January 2020 over 700 members and friends of the Hellenic Business Council in Bulgaria gathered at Sofia Hotel Balkan's Royal Hall to raise a toast for the 15th Anniversary of the establishment of Hellenic Business Council at its traditional New Year’s Party.
Special guests from Athens were Mr. Konstantinos Bitsios, Vice President of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises – SEV and Mrs. Vicky Makrigianni, SEV Senior Advisor. The occasion for their visit was HBCB invitation for signing a Memorandum of Understanding a few hours earlier.
This year's event featured a festive program with traditional Greek music, Vassilopita cutting and a lot of exciting prizes. The HBCB party provided an excellent opportunity to meet partners and friends and to welcome the New 2020.
The evening began in a casual atmosphere under the accompaniment of guitar and piano melodies, performed by Dino and Daphne who came from Greece especially for the event.
Wishes for success and prosperity for the New Year expressed the Chairman of HBCB Mr. Stamatis Theodoropoulos. He welcomed the guests and thanked them for their commitment to HBCB mission and the continuous support of the Council. Mr. Theodoropoulos also stated at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and HBCB, valuating it as the highest and most honorable recognition the Council has received from the most important business representative organization in Greece.
A congratulatory speech was also made by Mr. Konstantios Bitsios, SEV Vice President, who wished the quests a Happy New Year and stressed at the Memorandum both sides just signed, which will give the opportunity for strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.
In this connection the Ambassador of Greece to Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Dimitris Chronopoulos also underlined the importance of the Memorandum. He emphasized the coincidence this year of the 140-year diplomatic relations between Greece and Bulgaria and wished more new opportunities for strengthening economic and trade relations through the New Year.
The event was also honored by the presence of H.E. Mr. Marios Kountourides, Ambassador of Cyprus in Sofia. He wished everybody a Happy New Year, full of health, joy and happiness and new achievements.
The Master of ceremony, Mrs. Adelina Radeva, thanked all sponsors and companies that kindly provided the gifts for the winners in the festive raffle. According to HBCB annual tradition, the Vassilopita, provided by Alma Libre, was officially cut in hopes of health and prosperity.
Later on, the impressive choreography of Los Pambos Ballet and the traditional Greek music also made a great deal of the excellent mood of the guests, who enjoyed the delicious Greek kitchen and exceptional wines.
HBCB would like to thank its patron companies Postbank, Chipita Bulgaria, Coca Cola HBC, ETEM Bulgaria, Intralot Bulgaria, Globe One and Sigma Bulgaria JSC for their invaluable support.
HBCB would like to thank Postbank for the General Sponsorship of the event.
We would like to thank all its members and friends for their presence as well as the companies’ sponsors of this great evening:
We would like to thank the companies that kindly provided the gifts for the winners in the party raffle, the drinks, the Vassilopita and the musicians for the party as well: ABC Shipping, Alexandris Engineering, Arsov Natchev Ganeva, Baker Tilly Bulgaria, Entersoft, Eurofast Global, Flo café, Force Delta, Go Shipping, ICAP, IKEA, Interion, Lulis Mell, Mava Industrials, Mirkat, Orbit, Penkov, Markov & Partners, Philip Morris, Report.bg, Sofia South Ring Mall and Zlatna Panega Cement.
Aegean Airlines – 2 roundtrip airplane tickets Sofia-Athens and 1 ticket Sofia-Athens-Paris ; Alma Libre - Vassilopita; Coca-Cola HBC Bulgaria - water and non-alcoholic Beverages and a surprise basket with Coca-Cola products; Chipita - 2 baskets with special surprise gifts; Glass Cleaning – special gift; Kеmpinski Hotel Grand Arena – Bansko - 2 overnights stay in a luxurious double deluxe room, including SPA; Plesio - Xiaomi smart skill gadget; Premier Luxury Mountain Resort Bansko - 2 nights' free accommodation and Spa & wellness facilities; Sofia Hotel Balkan - 2 complimentary dinners for two persons in Sofia Hotel Balkan.
We are glad that our event receives more and more attention each year and we hope the tradition will stay alive for years to come. Thank you all so much and see you next year!