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Chairman & CEO Note

Chairman's and CEO's note

with Antoni F. Reczek OBE and Paweł Siwecki
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Summer has gone quickly but the legacy of the UK's EU referendum held on 23 June has continued to dominate the political and economic debate, with repercussions feeding back to Poland.

The chamber's response remains focused on the practical aspects that can affect our members, as well as the climate for trade and investment between our two countries. We will continue publishing Brexit updates each month prepared by our chief advisor on the BPCC portal.

As HMA Jonathan Knott reminded members, “while the UK is not out of the EU, it is still in”; so existing deals are going ahead, new bilateral business is being done – although an air of uncertainty remains. There are no clear signals from the UK government as to whether Brexit will be hard (the UK leaves the single European market; visas and work permits for EU citizens are introduced) or soft (the UK remains in the single market and somehow reaches a deal on free movement of labour).

In the meanwhile the new UK government under prime minister Theresa May includes two new government departments – one for exiting the EU, and a Department for International Trade (DIT), which has replaced the Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) and its overseas arm, UKTI.

The BPCC is responding to an increase in enquiries regarding inward investment into Poland. Years of uncertainty – at least two – await businesses. But new opportunities will emerge as a new reality begins to take shape.

The future of trade in services, financial services in particular, will depend to a greater extent on what deals are hammered out between the UK's and EU's negotiators.

Over the summer, we have welcomed the new Polish Ambassador to the UK, Arkady Rzegocki and wish  him all the best for the future. We would also like to thank the outgoing ambassador, Witold Sobków for his excellent work in fostering good relations between Poland and the UK, especially on the trade and investment front. We have had four years of excellent cooperation with the Polish Embassy in London.  Ambassador Rzegocki has kindly accepted our invitation to join us for the Annual Gala Dinner, Ambassador Knott will also be present at this high-profile event. Our two guest speakers at the dinner – entrepreneur Lord Bilimoria and chief international and diplomatic correspondent of The Times of London, Roger Boyes, will deliver insightful and inspiring speeches that will long be remembered. Those who have not booked should do so quickly, as the dinner is limited to 130 places, this event will be the social highlight of the year! Please contact Dorota Kierbiedź (dorota.kierbiedz@bpcc.org.pl) who is in charge of ticket reservations.   

The launch of the BPCC App marks another milestone the chamber's continual efforts to keep abreast of the latest digital developments. In the 15 years since the BPCC entered the online age, the www.bpcc.org.pl portal has undergone several iterations; now, for the first time key chamber information becomes readily accessible from our mobile phone. Please make sure you download the app https://archive.bpcc.org.pl/en/bpcc-mobile-application and have your chamber in your pocket! Full details of upcoming events, member contacts, and trade alerts at the touch of a screen.   

This September, the BPCC has co-organised and actively supported two remarkable events in the regions; the International Oktoberfest in Wroclaw and Last Night of the Proms in Kraków; both have become regular fixtures in the business and social calendars of their respective cities.

Export support, policy groups and other regional activities are all steaming ahead, please stay informed and connected through the BPCC App, our portal , www.bpcc.org.pl and our social media – you can follow us on Twitter (@TheBPCC as well as @BPCCTrade) and on Facebook.

The Executive Team is working on the celebrations around BPCC’s 25th Anniversary. A special communication to members is planned for the beginning of January.  

People: The BPCC's Wrocław office (please notice new location) is now fully staffed. Kamila Radomska joined the chamber on 1 August. Meanwhile in Warsaw, the BPCC has greeted Monika Samuś, business consultant in the Trade Team, rejoined us on 1 September after maternity leave. Kamila and Monika – a very warm welcome to you both!

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