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Chairman & CEO note

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Chairman's and CEO's note

with Antoni F. Reczek and Paweł Siwecki


With a firm date for a Brexit referendum, the coming months will be dominated by the debate as to whether Britain should remain in or leave the EU. The BPCC believes it is in the best interest of both the UK and Poland for Britain to remain in. But the debate is likely to be heated, the result too close to call. One way or another, this will be a hectic year for the Chamber. As we advance into 2016, it is clear that it will be busier than ever.

Editorial note

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Innovate or stagnate – the road ahead for Poland

This issue of Contact Magazine Online will again focus on innovation. This really is the subject that needs the widest discussion among business leaders. For Poland can either carry on growing at an ever-slower pace merely making or doing things cheaper for other countries – or take the lead by rolling out truly innovative products and services.

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Creating the right culture for innovation in Poland

Michael Dembinski talks to Beata Cichocka-Tylman, director at PwC Polska, who looks after innovation and R&D, including grants and incentives


Poland’s economy is at a crossroads – it can either continue to grow by making and doing things for other countries at a lower price, or it can make the leap to becoming an economy based on innovation.


Poland leading the way in shared services – GlaxoSmithKline case study

Michael Dembinski talks to Sebastian Drzewiecki, head of GSK's business service centre in Poznań


When GSK came to Poland in the wake of its acquisition of the Polfa Poznań factory in 1998, there was no thought yet of doing anything else other than manufacturing pharmaceutical products.


How innovation will change the shape of global trade

by Stuart Tait, global head of trade and receivables finance, HSBC


A fridge that texts you where to buy the cheapest milk; a washing machine that orders washing powder online when it runs out; and a jet engine that tells engineers when it needs repairing and lists the parts to order. It sounds futuristic, but these intelligent machines already exist.


Innovation: new is not necessarily better!

by Christopher Nicholls, principal, British Primary School of Wilanow


Innovation comes in more than one form. There’s technological innovation, for example. Today, the camera in your phone may have more pixels than a high-spec digital camera had 15 years ago. But there’s also fashion innovation, which gives you a sense of superiority over what came before but without such definable or genuine improvements.


British Lamb at L'Art de la cuisine Martell 2016

British Polish Chamber of Commerce together with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) representing British lamb and beef producers, is pleased to inform you about a special event titled ‘L'Art de la cuisine Martell 2016’. 


BPCC members tell Świętokrzyskie exporters how to sell to the UK

The BPCC Kraków office’s meeting with the Marshal of Świętokrzyskie province resulted in the organisation of a trade seminar for local exporters.


Innovation in logistics: getting ready for e-commerce

by Marta Kunikowska, business development manager, Rhenus Logistics S.A


In traditional sales channels, the logistics process ends in a shop or warehouse, and is limited to  the efficient management of inventories and deliveries.


Scale up for innovation

by Patrycja Gołos, public policy and corporate affairs director, UPC Poland


Differentiate or die – in today's world of digital services these words are more relevant than ever. We are currently witnessing the differences between suppliers from different sectors and industries fading out.

Events coverage

Infrastructure conference initiates public-private dialogue

The BPCC's Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure policy group met at the British Embassy on 19 February 2016 to discuss the current EU-funded programme to roll out a modern network of transport infrastructure across Poland. Around €27.4 billion has been earmarked for spending on infrastructure and environmental protection by 2023.

Events coverage

BPCC Burns Night warms the chill of a late-January Warsaw night

Scotland’s national poet was honoured in Warsaw – much as he is around the whole world – with a Burns Night event organised by the BPCC.

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BPCC in Katowice discusses factors that make countries and regions attractive to investors

Last month, Poland’s inward investment agency PAIiIZ published a report Foreign Business Has Taken Root in Poland. The report presents the results of an investment climate survey carried out in collaboration with Grant Thornton and HSBC Bank Polska.


Why successful exporting is a long-term commitment – the LG Harris story

by Konrad Kubacki, business services manager, BPCC Trade


Over the past two years, BPCC Trade has been working closely with LG Harris & Co Ltd to help this company enter the Polish market.


Time to innovate HR – trends in in-company learning 2016

by Zofia Baranska, director, Blackbird Academy


We live in incredible times. People push the boundaries of human experience on a daily basis. There are ways to print human tissues and organs and to personalise medicine. Communication has never been faster.


Innovation Showcase

by Ben Petter, director of international client services, Grayling, and Marta Paleczna, marketing and communications director, Grayling


Bringing British innovation alive across Central & Eastern Europe


Innovations in each office

by Łukasz Sośniaczyński, implementation director, onPoint.pl


Almost every day, we can witness the emergence of innovative technologies, presented to the public at fairs, exhibitions, or in corporate laboratories. Their main purpose is to facilitate life or to improve the quality of life.


Atmosphere and analytics – the future of innovation in HR

by Robert Leeming, editor hrreview.com.pl


Innovation in HR is crucial. An innovative HR department will help to create an innovative company.  Employers are missing out on a host of innovative ideas by not listening to their staff.


The tech industry – a new work order

by Arkadiusz Matras, CEO and founder, 4-IT Artists in Technology


The modern tech industry environment is undergoing a paradigm shift towards human-oriented thinking. We work differently, we think differently about enterprise, we maintain our work-life balance differently than any generation before us.


A breakthrough year for ‘thinking’ computers

Deloitte, www.Deloitte.com/pl


80 out of 100 leading enterprise software firms set to develop cognitive technologies this year


Polish venture capital - driving innovation to market

by Arkadiusz Kuich, CEO, Erne Ventures S.A.


Erne Ventures is a company that has been listed on NewConnect since 2008 and operates as a venture capital fund concentrating on short- or medium-term investments in products and services with high  development potential on the global market.


Key steps to success: the ‘science’ behind selling

by, Dr Chahid Fourali, Founding Member and Board Member of Polish National Sales Awards


Can selling be taught?
Selling, like many other initiatives in life, require preparation.