"Despite current differences, there are a significant number of issues that unite Moscow and London. The two countries have a variety of well-established cultural, scientific, and trade and investment ties. Roscongress supports the Russian–British Business Forum because the Foundation acts as the initiator of similar international discussion formats for leading forums such as SPIEF, EEF, and the IBC. Forums have a cumulative effect on business and society and help bring us back to the formats of dialogue, collaboration, and cooperation. I am convinced that we must avoid highlighting differences and making arguments 'for' and 'against' direct contact between Russian and British entrepreneurs and instead make use of our common sense and good will, lest, as once was once said by Winston Churchill, we 'open a quarrel between the past and the present [and] find that we have lost the future'," remarked Roscongress Foundation CEO Alexander Stuglev.
Trade Representative of the Russian Federation in the United Kingdom Boris Abramov noted: "It's currently favourable for Russia to purchase a wide range of goods and services. We aim to make trade cooperation familiar and easy to understand for Russian companies as well as British ones. As a platform for establishing dialogues between companies in various industries and discussing real examples of successful business interactions and challenges in today's Russian and British market, RBBF serves as a positive indicator of the real nature of business relations."
This year, RBBF has focused on Russia's export potential in the high-tech sector, creative industries, and the service industry. At the exhibition's Made in Russia stand, the Russian Export Centre and Skolkovo presented high-tech products from Russian companies working in banking services, client services, corporate IT solutions, and tourism. SeventeenRussian companies, including Heedbook, VidiGuide, SwitchSales and BoardMaps, presented their products at the stand.
RBBF 2018 saw speeches from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, FIDE President and Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation Council Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Minister of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation Maxim Parshin, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights Boris Titov, President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, ASI General Director Svetlana Chupsheva, Chairman of the Management Board of Soyuzmultfilm Yuliana Slashcheva, as well as executives and representatives of the UK Department for International Trade, the UK National Health Service, Aeroflot – Russian Airlines, Sberbank of Russia, PhosAgro, Tatneft, the London Stock Exchange, IBM, Sony Pictures Television, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Synergy University, VEB Innovations, Petropavlovsk PLC, Animation Future Film, Polyplastic Group, IXCellerate, and other organizations.