The First Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs in the UK
Polish entrepreneurs in the UK are exerting a growing influence on the British economy. Their businesses are becoming increasingly successful, and entrepreneurship is starting to be generally recognised by many Poles in the UK as a pathway to stability and prosperity in life. The First Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs in the UK is a major event which promotes the exchange of experience and mutual support among Polish entrepreneurs.
Poland’s accession to the EU brought about large-scale immigration from Poland to the UK. Hundreds of thousands of Poles, tempted by the prospects of better earnings, left their homeland in search of a better life. Over the years, many of the most enterprising ones began realising an ambition to attain something more than just an ordinary job in a British company. They decided to start their own businesses to firstly to service a new market of Polish consumers, but increasingly to fill the gaps they discerned on the British market. What followed was a great number of Polish business start-ups, in particular in the construction, retail, HoReCa, IT and business service sectors. The Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs in the UK is a culmination of several years of work within the Polish entrepreneur community and a natural response to the need to bring Polish businesses together.
This Congress is organised by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and Polish Business Link and takes place on 9 October 2014 at the European Parliament information office and the EC representation in the UK. This Congress – the first of its kind to be held in the UK – is unprecedented in the history of the EU. The organisers are convinced that it will be a great success as they have extensive experience in organising different meetings and seminars for Polish entrepreneurs operating across the UK since 2006. All meetings and seminars organised so far focused on such ideas as business growth, the British business environment, modern marketing or networking; they enjoyed great popularity from the outset. Over the past two years alone, eight business seminar mixers from London to Leeds, from Manchester to Edinburgh attracted almost 600 participants determined to grow their own businesses.
10:30 Introduction, Michael Dembinski, BPCC
10:40 Official opening and welcoming
10:50 Polish Business Link role in supporting entrepreneurs in the UK, Bartlomiej Kowalczyk
11:00 Macroeconomic impacts of migration flows from the EU new member states, Tatiana Fic, NIESR
11:30 Contribution of Polish Entrepreneurs to the UK economy, Scott Craig, Centre for Entrepreneurs
12.00 - 13.30 Business Support Session
12:00 Local and global UK Funds for business development, Chris Farmakis European Enterprise Network London
12:30 Opportunities within the UK Public Sector: how public procurement works in the UK, Siobhan, O’Keeffe, Crown Commercial Service
13:00 Business angels as an alternative way of sourcing funds for business development, Jenny Tooth, London Business Angels - tbc
13:30 - 14.15 Lunch break
14:15 - 16:00 Business Growth Session
14:15 HMRC role in support SMEs in the UK, HMRC - tbc
14:45 Challenges of selling to British Clients - tbc
15:15 How to build a network of business and professional connections in a foreign country, Bob Spence, Asbiro University
15:45 Questions & Answers
16.00 - 17.00 Case Studies Session
- Jacek Ostrowski, Yellow Octopus Ltd
- Monika Wodke, T&W Bakeries Enterprises Ltd
17.00 - 19:00 Networking Session
17:00 Official welcome
17:15 Speed business networking: 30 seconds to introduce your business
18:00 Informal networking, one-to-one discussions
Please note that the following agenda is subject to change.
2014-10-09, 10:00 am
(this event is in the past)
Europe House 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU
British Polish Chamber of Commerce