Katowice conference and mixer celebrates BPCC’s 30th Anniversary in Silesia
British Polish Chamber of Commerce | Jun 27, 2022, 19:56
The third of the 2022 season of regional conferences and business mixers celebrating the BPCC’s 30th anniversary took place on 2 June in Katowice, in the newly completed Wełnowiec DL Tower office complex. The conference theme was Investment, Development and Management at a Time of Dynamic Change.
The entire BPCC team will be delighted to meet you and to catch up with everyone. We want to see you, talk with you, shake hands at long last, and discuss new business opportunities.
The event was opened by the BPCC’s CEO, Paweł Siwecki, Dr Janusz Michałek, president of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and Dominik Leszczyński, CEO of DL Invest, the host of the event.
The first presentation, covering Brexit and the changes to Polish-UK trade, was made by Michael Dembinski, chief advisor of the BPCC. Dawid Świątek, manager of the foreign trade team at Santander Bank Polska talked about the current disturbances in the global supply chain and dealing with inflation in a time of war. He also, presented tools that help firms find new business partners in export markets.
Polish businesses will soon have to adapt to electronic invoicing – preparing for the change will be a massive challenge, said Ewa Ogłozińska, capital markets expert from TMF Group. Imprecise wording of the law and a continually shifting regulatory environment will make it difficult for firms – especially SMEs – to have their internal systems working properly in time, she said.
The real estate market in Silesia and Poland is booming, with strong growth in the warehouse sector, said Tomasz Chojnacki, head of CBRE Poland’s Silesia Region, showed the main trends when it comes to new commercial property, availability, rental prices and vacancy rates, as they affect offices, warehouses and factories. However, building-material price inflation and the war in Ukraine, which has depleted Poland’s construction sector of many builders, cast clouds on the horizon, he said.
The speakers then took part in a panel session, moderated by Michael Dembinski, in which they were joined by Dominik Leszczyński, Dr Janusz Michałek, Krzysztof Tuszyński from Michael Page, and Mariusz Jankowski, head of the investor support department at the City of Katowice.
Questions dealt with inflation and what firms can do to mitigate its impact on the bottom line, green building and ESG, and implementation of electronic invoicing.
After the conference, the Nice to See You Again! business mixer took place in the mall section of the DL Tower complex; Dominik Leszczyński and Dr Janusz Michałek joined the BPCC’s Paweł Siwecki in welcoming the guests. Supported by Wyborowa Pernod Ricard, mixing exquisite cocktails, and sponsored by CBRE, TMF Group, Michael Page and Santander, BPCC members and their guests had the chance to swap business cards and talk business until late into the evening.