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Chairman’s Note

By Antoni F. Reczek, OBE


As I write, the UK is potentially four days away from what may be its biggest mistake since the Suez Crisis in 1956. I refer of course to Brexit.

Editorial Note

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Editorial Note

Editorial note by Michael Dembinski and Dorota Kierbiedź


Whatever the outcome of the UK’s Brexit-related turmoil, trade and investment between Poland and the UK will continue to flow.

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Making the most of the first mover advantage

Adam Uszpolewicz, CEO of Aviva in Poland talks to Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor.


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Shell Business Operations Kraków: dynamic development in the heart of Europe

Agnieszka Pocztowska, general manager of Shell Business Operations in Kraków, talks to Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor.


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Open, connected, dependable in today’s world

Michał H. Mrożek, CEO of HSBC Bank Polska S.A. talks to Michael Dembinski, the BPCC’s chief advisor, about the bank’s changing role in Poland – impact of the technological revolution and the changing patterns of Polish trade in the global economy.

British investments beyond Brexit

Looking for talent in an employee’s market

by Charles Carnall, managing director, Hays Poland


In the face of the recruitment challenges and the candidate driven market observed in Poland, employers turn to HR experts for support.

British investments beyond Brexit

Lloyd’s in Poland – from syndicates to Lloyd’s Insurance Company

By Paweł Sukiennik, compliance officer, Lloyd’s Polska Sp. z o. o.


Over the past three centuries, Lloyd’s insurance market was recognised as the only worldwide marine risks insurer to cover perils at the sea.

British investments beyond Brexit

Are Brexit preparations necessity or best practice is enough?

Gleeds Polska is part of Gleeds Group - one of the world’s leading management and construction consultants with over 130 years of experience in the construction industry and offices worldwide.

British investments beyond Brexit

Imperial Tobacco. A place where great business meets great people

Two modern factories in Poland, nearly 1,800 employees, a significant position in the tobacco industry in the domestic market and a multiple winner of the prestigious Top Employer award – this is Imperial Tobacco and the 17-year presence of the British concern in Poland.

British investments beyond Brexit

Flowcrete – CEE’s leading resin floor producer

by Barbara Radziwon, managing director, Flowcrete Central & Eastern Europe


Flowcrete Poland today is a leading manufacturer and provider of resin floors in Central and Eastern Europe.

British investments beyond Brexit

Bibby: British business attitude applied to Polish firms’ financial needs

By Jerzy Dąbrowski, director general of Bibby Financial Services Sp. z o.o.


The Polish branch of Bibby Financial Services is part of the Bibby Line Group, a diverse, £1 billion global business, operating in 16 countries, employing around 4,000 people in sectors including retail, financial services, distribution, shipping, marine and construction equipment hire.

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RSK: Environmental experts ready for Brexit

By Aleksander Śpiewak, operations director, Poland and Łukasz Warzec, Central and Eastern Europe director


Since its formation in Aberdeen in 1989, RSK has evolved into the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy and is one the fastest growing companies of its kind in Europe.

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Broadway Malyan’s Warsaw studio come of age

First launched in 2001, the studio has been steadily building its portfolio across a number of sectors and as it celebrates 18 years in the Polish capital, it is embarking on some of its most exciting projects to date.

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GlaxoSmithKline’s European Finance Hub – further commitment to Poznań

On 15 March 2019, GSK announced it would be setting up its European Finance Hub in Poznań, employing between 200 and 300 experienced financial experts to carry out high-value added financial work for the company.

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RICS in Poland

By Joanna Plaisant, country manager, RICS


For 150 years – and for 21 years now in Poland – chartered surveyors have helped drive economic growth by building towns and cities, managing land, fostering communities and generally ensuring that the world is a more interconnected place.

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Beyond Brexit – Poeton’s Commitment to Poland

By Craig Silsby, marketing coordinator, Poeton


Whilst the uncertainty surrounding Brexit had been far from ideal, Poeton’s commitment to Poland will continue into the future.

British investments beyond Brexit

Brexit Update – The Implications for the Economy and Real Estate

By Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist, RICS


Any judgment about the impact of Brexit on the UK economy and its real estate markets needs to be heavily caveated at this point for obvious reasons.

British investments beyond Brexit

BBC Studios – bringing the best of British to Polish televisions

April 2019 marks the first anniversary of BBC Studios, a commercial subsidiary of the BBC, formed through the merger of BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide.

British investments beyond Brexit

Responsibility and responsiveness

By Bogdan Kucharski, Head of Country, BP Poland


BP has been contributing to Poland’s growth and development for over 25 years.

British investments beyond Brexit

20 years in Poland

By Aleksandra Zentile-Miller MA Dip Arch, ARB SARP, director, Chapman Taylor


Chapman Taylor is an international practice of architects, master-planners and designers, established in UK in 1959.

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Cognifide - world leaders in experience technology

“Cognifide started as a New Year’s resolution in 2005”, says Miro Walker, co-founder and CEO of Cognifide.

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BAE Systems presence in Poland


At BAE Systems, we help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information.

Events coverage

Scotland’s trade minister boosts Scottish-Polish relations at Burns supper

The BPCC celebrated the life and works of Scotland’s national poet on 23 January 2019 in the presence of Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee, and British Ambassador, Jonathan Knott.

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The Future of Tax – 19 February 2019, British Embassy, Warsaw

A fascinating exchange of best practice between the UK’s tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and the Polish Ministry of Finance, centred around the way in which tax offices communicate with tax payers, and the role of digital technologies in making taxpaying simpler.

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Tax and finance – important for manufacturers too!

The BPCC’s Manufacturing Industries group met in Rzeszów at McBraida factory on 12 March 2019, for a meeting aimed at CFOs and finance directors of manufacturers. The aim was to look at tax and finance issues facing manufacturers in Poland.

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Construction & Real Estate Breakfast, Westin Hotel Warsaw, 22 February 2019

BPCC members from the construction and real estate sectors got together with their opposite numbers from the Scandinavian Polish Chamber of Commerce to discuss prospects for Poland’s built environment in the short- and medium term.

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BPCC advises Silesian automotive sector as to Brexit

With a month to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, the uncertainty regarding the terms of the departure is causing great concern to Polish exporters.

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Export to Great Britain in the context of upcoming Brexit: Exchange rate, logistics, opportunities and threats

According to the current arrangements on March 29, 2019 UK will leave the European Union.