The event, held in association with Grant Thornton, the Polish trade and investment agency PAIH and Santander bank, was aimed at businesses located in the UK that were seeking a location within the EU from which to expand. The Polish Ambassador, Arkady Rzegocki, welcomed participants and gave a brief overview of how the Polish economy has been developing. Magdalena Crosa, the London head of the Poland and Germany desk at the Santander, looked at the financial aspects of trading with and investing in Poland. Jolanta Jackowiak, partner, Grant Thornton, delivered a presentation entitled Time for Poland – stability, talent and growth,
Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor, showcased members’ activities in Poland, focusing on those high value-added investments in advanced manufacturing or knowledge outsourcing. These included included FTSE 100 companies Twinings Tea (AB Food), Johnson Matthey, GKN Driveline, Standard Chartered, Sage and HLTech, as well as smaller family-owned firms in the aerospace supply chain such as Poeton and McBraida. Conditions of investing in Poland – in particular, how Special Economic Zones function in Poland after the amendment to the law in 2018 – was presented by Monika Grzelak from PAIH.
Panellists included Nick Lakin from Kingfisher Group (Castorama), Leszek Maziarz (Poeton Polska) and Ian Franklin from Jones Lang LaSalle picked up and developed points raised in the presentations from the perspective of businesses active in the Polish market.
Around 40 participants with an interest in investing in Poland as a location secure within the single European market attended, represented including sectors such as automotive, IT, logistics, financial services and construction. Countries represented included Japan and India. Embassy interested in holding a further event along these lines in spring.