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Chairman & CEO Note

Dear Members, 

December is traditionally the time to reflect on significant changes and developments that have happened throughout the year, so we thought that we would look back over the last 11 months and remind you what has been happening at the Chamber as 2015 has been a memorable year for the BPCC.

Editorial note

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Dear Readers,

This issue of Contact Magazine Online looks at the commercial, retail and industrial property sectors in Poland. There are solid investment opportunities here, if you choose your market wisely.

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Quality space prime locations will always make money

Michael Dembinski talks to Mike Strong, Executive Chairman of CBRE for EMEA

These are challenging times for investors. Interest rates are at a historic low, stock markets are underperforming, government bond yield rates are flat and emerging-market growth is evaporating.

Real Estate & Construction

The road to maturity: Poland’s real estate and construction market since 1989

by Marcin Klammer, CEO and Peter Maitland, business advisory director Arcadis


Those who remember the Polish real estate and construction market as communism was ending are aware of just how far it’s come in such a short time.

Real Estate & Construction

How does the office affect your work?

by Aleksandra Krawsz, marketing & PR manager, Kinnarps Polska Sp. z o.o.


Recent changes in the way of thinking about office architecture allow for higher work efficiency in any company. Today, the office is a place that creates opportunities for employees to effectively implement various tasks, develop personally – and rest.

Real Estate & Construction

What’s the future for leisure investment in Poland?

by Christopher Lowe, CEO, Trebbi Polska


Before we ask ourselves about the future for leisure, we need to look to other countries which have developed a comprehensive offer, one that remains successful and profitable and hence can be deemed sustainable over the medium to long term.


New Flavour in Town – Building a Successful Export Strategy for North East coffee company Beanies

Durham based producer of premium freeze dried coffees Beanies Flavour Company has lifted the lid on the Polish market thanks to BPCC Trade, innovative products and a great market entry strategy. 


BPCC helps UK firms buy from Poland

The BPCC has great contacts with exporters across Poland wanting to sell to the UK. Use our service to help you buy directly from them. In response to strong interest from Polish manufacturers wishing to export their products and services to the UK, last year the BPCC launched a support service intended to help businesses from all over Poland by matchmaking them with potential British partners. 

Real Estate & Construction

Destination: Poland. Blazing a trail for e-commerce logistics.

by Paweł Sapek, senior vice president, country manager at Prologis Poland and Jan Zombirt, associate director, research and consulting at JLL


Is the Polish warehouse market ready for a sector boom?

Real Estate & Construction

Looking for the ‘Shopping Experience’

by Bożena Kozłowska, senior consultant, research, Knight Frank

The total modern retail space in Poland amounts to 10.6 million m². Traditional shopping centres constitute majority of this volume. There are also two other formats of retail projects: retail parks and outlet centres.

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Legendary Lech makes BPCC's 23rd Ball an unforgettable night

The BPCC's 23rd Annual Ball, held this year at the Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, was a fantastic event at which over 200 VIP guests enjoyed a memorable evening. Guest speakers included Lech Wałęsa, legendary Solidarity leader and modern Poland's first democratically elected president, who spoke about the new Europe, and the need for reform within the free-market democratic system. Other speakers were the Polish Ambassador to the UK, Witold Sobków and Sarah Tiffin, Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Warsaw.

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Spotting Polish real estate investment opportunities

The BPCC, together with PAIiIZ, the trade and investment section of the Polish Embassy in London, Jones Lang Lasalle and Cushman & Wakefield, held a seminar to outline the main investment opportunities in the real estate sector for foreign investors. The event was held on the evening of 26 November 2015 at the Polish Embassy. The focus was on commercial, retail and industrial properties.

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Wrocław Agglomeration Real Estate Forum - Analysis of business development directions of Wrocław

The second in this year edition Wrocław Agglomeration Real Estate Forum took place on Wednesday  18th November 2015 in Radisson BLU hotel in Wroclaw in cooperation with Wroclaw Agglomeration Development Agency, AD Capital, CBRE, Kinnarps, Knight Frank, Reesco, Smagała Strzelczyk law firm and  Vantage Development SA.

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"Can we be hackers’ target?" is no longer the question. It’s now "When?"

The cyber security landscape is changing rapidly thanks to our greater dependency on the virtual world. One examples of the growing symbiosis between man and the cyber world is the Internet of Things. This increased reliance on the internet and technology has sadly gone hand-in-hand with greater frequency, sophistication and professionalism of hacking.


Business Travel Survey - Kraków Airport

This will be a record year for Kraków Airport. For the first time in history we will exceed 4 million passengers handled throughout a year. This great result is due to the attractiveness of Kraków and the region of Małopolska, but also our efforts to expand our route network, make it more interesting every year and bring in more and more airlines. 


Top Honours for Modry Las Golf Club

Modry Las Golf Club has been named Poland’s best golf course at a prestigious global awards ceremony in Portugal. For the second consecutive year, the West Pomerania Gary Player designed-course picked up Poland’s national prize at the World Golf Awards which aims to benchmark excellence in golf tourism.

Real Estate & Construction

Risk factors in office lease agreements

by Tomasz Dyła, commercial real estate broker and managing partner, Vertigo Property Group.


The lease rent and other payments associated with the lease of a commercial office space constitute a significant part of costs incurred by a company. In the case of lease agreements, they also form long-term liabilities. Concluding a lease agreement therefore, although it undoubtedly offers a company many opportunities for development, may also  pose certain risks.  

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Renovate or relocate? 10 tips that will help you decide.

by Jarosław Pilch, associate director, head of tenant representation at Savills Office Agency


It’s hard to define a good formula for a suitable working space that will please every company. Currently, average leases are signed for around five years. No later than one year before the lease agreement expires, a tenant should consider the future of their office space. 


Paweł Oszczyk announced chef of the year 2016 by "Gault & Millau"

Paweł Oszczyk from La Rotisserie restaurant in Mamaison Le Regina Hotel was announced the Chef of the Year 2016 by the prestigious international culinary guide “Gault & Millau” 2016. On 29 November 2015 at the Służewiec Racetrack the Polish edition of the „Gault & Millau” guide held its ceremony and gala dinner for more than 500 guests and presented 2016 edition of the yellow guide. 


The Visit of BPCC Representatives at the Świętokrzyskie province

At the invitation of the Marshal of the Świętokrzyskie province, Adam Jarubas, the BPCC paid an official visit to Kielce on 20 October. The aim was to establish working links with the province. The meeting, held in the marshal's office, was attended by Urszula Kwaśniewska, director of the BPCC's Kraków office Kraków, Marta Smolarek, the BPCC's export consultant, and Michael Dembinski, the BPCC's chief advisor.