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Chairman Note

Chairman’s and CEO’s note

by Antoni F. Reczek, chairman of the board, and Paweł Siwecki, CEO, BPCC
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Dear members and readers,

Welcome back after the summer. For the BPCC, the 14 weeks between the beginning of September and the middle of December has always been the busiest period of the year.

However, this year, the busy period started earlier, since our presidency of the International Group of Chambers of Commerce (IGCC) began on 1 July. On 27 August, during the group’s board meeting presided over by the BPCC, we accepted the Israeli-Polish Chamber of Commerce as the IGCC’s 16th member. The very next day we gathered for our traditional summer BBQ mixer at Warsaw’s La Regina hotel, heralding the ‘back to school, back to work’ time after a wonderful summer holiday season.

Our intensely busy business period started on 4 September with the launch of Economic Relations Between Poland and the United Kingdom – an Exceptional and Enduring Partnership at the Krynica Economic Forum. A project led by the British Embassy, the BPCC and a number of large British investors, the report was very well received by the Krynica audience.

We are pleased that Poland is well perceived by prospective investors on account of the size of its economy and its growing integration with the global economy and the EU market, as well as the availability of local suppliers of goods and services. And we are particularly happy with the fact that British companies have plans to further expand their footholds on the Polish market: the report shows that three-quarters of them want to increase staffing and investment levels.

The report can be accessed here. We would like to thank all our members who have contributed to the research that formed the basis of the report.

More good news came on 20 September when we were been notified by the Registry Court of Warsaw that our motion to register the BPCC as an employers’ organisation was approved and the British Polish Chamber of Commerce has been entered into the register of associations and professional organisations. This the legacy of the members voting unanimously to restructure the BPCC from an English Company Limited by Guarantee to a Polish employer’s organisation at the Annual General Meeting, held on 29 May 2019. We are looking to fully complete the process by the end of this year, and to start operating as an employers’ organisation on 1 January 2020. This is a formal process and will not change the way the BPCC works with its members. BPCC members will be informed about developments throughout the process until its completion.

These are key developments from the HQ perspective; meanwhile our staff has been busy delivering a variety of regional events including the Oktoberfest in Wrocław on 13 September, an investor briefing at the Polish Embassy in London on 17 September and the launch of our HR Review roadshow in Kraków on 24 September to name just a few. Please stay informed and view all activities on line and through events newsletter.

Our calendar is busy for the rest of the year with number of policy groups initiatives, IGCC events, networking activities across Warsaw, Wrocław, Poznań, Kraków and the UK. The last issue of Contact Magazine Online will be distributed in December with a focus on financial services, so please get involved if you’re working in the sector! Contact Dorota at Dorota.Kierbiedz@bpcc.org.pl 

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