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CEO’s note

By Paweł Siwecki, CEO, BPCC

Dear Members and Readers,

Six months of our thirtieth anniversary year have passed. The beginning and the end of this half-year period couldn’t be any different: in January this year everyone was still working remotely and monitoring the Covid-19 infection rates. Then, from the morning of 24 February, images of war suddenly came to shock the civilized world – yet they also powered a massive and largely unseen humanitarian effort to help and care for millions of refugees escaping from Ukraine. Our collective response has been fantastic and BPCC members stood at the forefront of the response. As a token of admiration for that help, our previous edition of Contact Magazine Online was entirely focused on CSR and the humanitarian help generously provided by the BPCC members. The topic of helping refugees from Ukraine continues to be seen in our events, with a special focus on legal, financial and operational aspects of that help. The BPCC team will stay committed to the cause.

Editorial note

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Editorial note, with Michael Dembinski and Dorota Kierbiedź

Some of us are old enough to remember corporate life before computers – the process of digitalising business began in the 1980s and has been ongoing ever since. At first, the costs of implementation were horrific and the productivity gains hard to see for all the effort. Clattering typewriters were replaced by word processors and soon after by local networks of desktop PCs; then in the early 1990s along came the internet. Replacing local servers with cloud computing, the ubiquity of wi-fi, mobile devices, apps and remote work allowed the world of business to survive the pandemic.

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What do businesses and students need from higher education? IT comes first

Coventry University's Wrocław campus, opened in 2020, represents the first British higher education institution established in Poland. John Dishman, pro-vice chancellor at Coventry University, talks to the BPCC's Michael Dembinski about the British approach to university education, and how it is suited to a global economy driven by digital change and constantly improving skills.


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Focus on the job to deliver the value

Tom Soroka, the founder of Leaware, talks to the BPCC’s Michael Dembinski about how the process of digitalising business process must have users’ needs at its heart.


Digitalising business so as to work faster and better

By Daria Erkier, BPower2

Today’s business is a complex matter, especially if we compare it to business as we knew it a decade ago. Of course, profit, as was the case in the past, remains the main point of focus, but the idea of how to get it has changed drastically.


As digitalisation unfolds, demand for tech talent grows

By Alicja Malok, executive manager, regional IT permanent recruitment leader at Hays Poland

Digitalisation is gradually reaching all departments in organisations in nearly all sectors. Companies are increasingly aware that without a defined and planned strategy it will be extremely difficult to remain competitive. This also applies to the talent needed to implement the digital transformation and carry organisations forward. Meanwhile, in today's labour market, hiring tech talent remains a challenge.


Learning for the Digital Age

By Dr Allan Lawrence, Projects Beyond Borders Ltd

The process of digitalisation is driving all areas of industry and commerce; this article will consider the impact on training in the broadest sense. It will consider the strategic focus of this rapid change and use as exemplars different projects, two of which are funded through the programmes of the European Commission.


The future of online language learning

By Berlitz

Digitalisation is the future of language learning. Just as e-commerce stores have changed how we shop, online courses and virtual classes are revolutionising how we learn languages. Soon, what we expect from language schools, courses, and platforms will be diametrically different from how we used to learn foreign languages in the past.


New technologies in HR – what do employers need to be ready for?

By Michał Bodziony, prawnik, and Kinga Ciosk, asystent prawny, PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter Stępień | Littler Global

The impact of new technologies on employment is increasingly widespread and visible. It is expressed in the automation and algorithmisation of work, as well as in the streamlining of its administrative and organisational levels. Below we discuss some of the increasingly popular applications of innovative solutions in HR.


Tokenisation – an old concept given new life

By Tomasz Zalewski, partner, Bird & Bird

Tokenisation is one of those terms often heard in the same breath alongside such concepts as web 3.0, metaverse or blockchain. However, tokenisation is not just part of a vague concept, but is already being used in real business projects. Companies such as Taco Bell, Adidas and Polish Tenczynska Okowita are now experimenting with tokens.


Next wave of digital transformation will be driven by artificial intelligence

By Monika Gaczkowska, senior associate, and Norbert Lutowski, junior associate, Osborne Clarke

The fast-changing economic landscape just a few years ago only spoke of digital transformation as a curiosity or a prospect of the distant future. However, the rapid development of technology, feeding the public with revolution after revolution, boosted by two years of Covid-19, has made digitalisation a reality which every business must embrace.


Prospects for a global reform of the international taxation system

By Agnieszka Wnuk, partner, tax adviser, MDDP

Conducting business activity within digital economy is subject to many specific regulations such as data protection or consumer protection. The necessity to adjust legal regulations to a dynamically changing business environment has also been observed in the tax world.


VAT IT – Finance and VAT Process Digitalisation

By Kamila Sanders, key account manager, Cash Back Polska

When we understand digital transformation at a conceptual level, we can start asking questions about how new technologies might apply to our own businesses. After all, the most important point for any leader is ‘how do these changes affect my organisation?’


Get ready for e-invoices – they’re coming!

By Malwina Myers, tax advisor, Supervisor and Krzysztof Gołabek, Senior Consultant, Tax Advisory Department, Mazars Poland

KSeF (Krajowy System e-Faktur or national system of e-invoices) is an ICT platform for issuing, receiving and storing structured electronic invoices (e-invoices). From the beginning of January 2022, taxpayers can use KSeF voluntarily. However, it is planned to introduce the obligatory use of e-invoices in Q1 2024.


Digitalising the work of property managers

By Michał Bryszewski, head of Property & Asset Management, Savills

The ongoing digital transformation has become a given across industries, including the real estate sector, which has to keep pace with the rapidly evolving business landscape. The pace of change is so fast that it is hard to foresee how this sector will be reshaped over the next ten to 15 years.


Is it possible to digitise construction without BIM?

By Dr Bartosz Zamara, development manager, Trebbi Polska, and Digital Construction Navigator, and Rafał Bałdys Rembowski, co-owner of Riskovery LegalTech solution and Digital Construction Navigator

The digitalisation of construction is usually identified with Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is a consequence of the successful evangelisation by preachers of BIM technology. Construction is a series of processes of information exchange between people who often have nothing or very little to do with the description of the building. Although the information processed by these people is a derivative of information about the building, these people do not care where it came from.


How can AI help those with diabetes?

By Erling Hesselberg, vice-president at Crayon

Globally, over 400 million people have diabetes but as many as 46% remain completely undiagnosed and untreated. In fact, diabetes accounts for 12% of the world’s health expenditure, through the vast amount of research, analysis, and treatments, conducted and required today. Artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications such as machine learning (ML) are promising significant breakthroughs in diabetes care. AI advances are   relevant to those with diabetes, those who remain undiagnosed, their families, and their caregivers.


Accelerated digitalisation

By Kazimierz Piekarz, partner, Binaria Upgrade Marketing

As a result of the pandemic, the digital revolution has accelerated. This acceleration is evident in the extremely dynamic rate of growth in advertising investment, which has not been seen for a long time. Global digital ad spending was expected to grow by as much as 29.1% in 2021 to reach $491.7 billion1 , which already represents a 63% share of total global ad spending.


Personalised service is the most important driver of customer satisfaction

By Alek Pruziński, partner, Customer Service Excellence leader at Deloitte Digital CE.

Half of service centres will invest in the development of chatbots and a third in mobile applications.


BBC Player to launch in Poland

BBC Studios launches video-on-demand (VoD) service with Canal+ Poland, continuing its long-term partnership

Events Coverage

Doing Business in 2022 in Warsaw

Following a successful series of regional conferences and business networking mixers, the time has come for Warsaw. And so the BPCC held its Doing Business in 2022 conference at the offices of CBRE on 22 June, attracting a good audience of senior business leaders. The aim – as with the events in Poznań, Wrocław and Katowice – was to present the key macroeconomic and market trends that will shape the business environment in the short term.

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Business Ferryboat Cruise & Party

On Thursday 9 June 2022, after a two-year break caused by the pandemic, the EY &BPCC ferry once again set sail for a leasure cruise on the Odra river in Wrocław, navigating between the city’s most spectacular monuments and further on into the lush green banks and solitude of the city’s rural fringes.

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Real Estate & Construction group considers future trends

The latest meeting of the BPCC’s Real Estate & Construction policy group took place on 8 June 2022 at the new Warsaw offices of CBRE.

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Katowice conference and mixer celebrates BPCC’s 30th Anniversary in Silesia

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.

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Wrocław conference and mixer inaugurates BPCC’s 30th Anniversary celebrations

The second of the 2022 season of regional conferences and business mixers celebrating the BPCC’s 30th anniversary took place on 26 May 2022 in in the capital of Lower Silesia, on the campus of Coventry University Wrocław. The conference theme was Investment, Development and Management at a Time of Dynamic Change.

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Poznań conference and mixer inaugurates BPCC’s 30th Anniversary celebrations

The first of the 2022 season of regional conferences and business mixers celebrating the BPCC’s 30th anniversary kicked off on 18 May 2022 in Poznań, at the offices of the city’s Technology and Industry Park. The conference theme was Investment, Development and Management at a Time of Dynamic Change.