Later, there will be a print edition published – the first since 2011 – to commemorate this milestone of the chamber’s history.
We want to focus on the UK and on our UK members – the BPCC is, after all, a bilateral chamber that exists in both countries. Whilst the lion’s share of our members are in Poland – the large majority of which are Warsaw based, there are as many BPCC members in the UK (mostly London) as there are in Kraków or Wrocław.
The BPCC came about as a merger in 1998 between the British Chamber of Commerce in Poland, which was established in 1992 – and the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, set up in London in 1993. The idea was to form an organisation that could truly bridge the two economies.
This issue looks at some of our UK members, showing the successful work of Poles who run their businesses from Britain, as well as British firms based in the UK who do work in Poland. There are some great stories here, of determination, of vision, a desire to solve problems through innovation – all worth reading, to give a different perspective to Contact’s usual Poland-centric articles.
Coming years will see an increase in inward investment into the UK from Poland; the trend is just starting to become visible. Perhaps in another 25 years, the BPCC will have as many members in the UK as in Poland, and that some of Poland’s mid-sized businesses will have grown into international players with significant business interests in the UK. Maybe some of tomorrow’s corporate stars are the companies featured in this issue of Contact Magazine…