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Chairman & ceo note

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Chairman & CEO note

by Antoni F. Reczek, OBE and Paweł Siwecki, BPCC CEO

A very important visit to the Chamber’s took place on Friday (25 September) – the Rt Hon Lord Francis Maude, Britain’s trade minister was in Warsaw and met the Chamber team. The working meeting, also attended by Her Majesty’s Ambassador Robin Barnett and acting head of UKTI in Warsaw, Ewa van Veenendal-Rawicz, focused on the BPCC’s export support activities on behalf of British business. The BPCC has been contracted in 2013 by UKTI to help UK firms enter the Polish market.

Editorial Note

Editorial note

Dear Member,

We're delighted to bring you the latest Contact Online magazine. This issue is dedicated to HR - a subject of interest to all our members.

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Just how good are Polish executives?

Michael Dembinski talks to Prof. Jan Nowak of IBD Business School about demand and supply for executive talent on the Polish labour market.


Training our people all the time

Michael Dembinski talks to Sylwia Gołuchowska, head of HR at Raben Group, about the manpower challenges facing the logistics sector – and how to overcome them.

HR & Professional Training

How many people in your team would have to be hit by a bus to stop a project?

by Kinga Przepiórka, head of human resources at Cognifide

Knowledge is humans’ most powerful tool. But knowledge trapped inside one person’s brain is pretty useless. Its real power lies in it being shared. 

HR & Professional Training

From recruiter’s perspective – trends on the Silesian labour market

by Agnieszka Kolenda, regional manager, Hays Poland

In July 2015, Silesia’s unemployment rate dropped below 9%. 


Communication comes first

by Urszula Podraza, Kraków Airport’s spokesperson

Kraków Airport is the leader among regional airports in Poland, constantly expanding its schedule and charter services. The airport is located seven miles (11 km) from the city centre and serves a catchment area of 11 million inhabitants within a two-hour drive.


Sailing into the unknown

by Agnieszka Schramm-Newth, SAILPRO School of Yachting Principal, Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor

There are very few training areas which can satisfy such a large number of human needs as sailing.

HR & Professional Training

Gamification in recruitment – yes… but bear in mind who are you recruiting!

by Paulina Mazur, employer branding and talent development manager at Bigram Personnel Consulting

Gamification has the potential to become one of the strongest tools in HR and recruitment. It is trendy; it is desired by participants and employers. 

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Open Source Intelligence: productivity hacks for the HR professional

by Andrew de Roy, managing partner at CEE Consulting Group

The huge value of desktop research and social media in the recruitment process does not need explaining to the seasoned HR professional.

Events Coverage

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Which Polish city is best for doing business?

The BPCC’s Tax and Finance Reform policy group met at the Warsaw offices of the World Bank to hear about the World Bank’s first-ever sub-national Doing Business report on Poland.
For many years, the World Bank examines and ranks economies around the world (189 last year) in terms of ease of doing business. Poland ranks 32nd whilst the UK lies in eighth place. However, this global survey looks at 11 indicators (such as time taken to register a company, obtain planning permission, enforce a contract through the courts) in each country’s main business city.

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Lord Francis Maude's visit to Warsaw

Rt Hon Lord Maude of Horsham, Minister for Trade and Investment visited Warsaw on 24-25 September.

HR & Professional Training

Employer branding: a promise we need to keep

by Agnieszka Czarnecka, senior account manager, head of Employer Branding at Grayling Poland

Every year, millions of euros are poured into employer branding campaigns by companies striving to win the war for talent. 

HR & Professional Training

An office which takes the company to the next level

Training programmes are not the only factor that leads to the optimisation of efficiency within a company. The working environment is also of great significance. 


British Council opened its new Warsaw location

On Wednesday 16 September British Council has opened its new location in Warsaw. After almost 70 years of operating in Aleje Jerozolimskie British Council has moved premises to a more customer friendly and modern building at Koszykowa 54.


Innovative entrepreneurs from Poland help boost UK economy

Polish Business Link has announced the date for the 2015 Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs. 

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The self-educating organisation – how the potential and knowledge of a team can develop a company

by Katarzyna Międła deputy HR Director Director of Impel Business Solutions

If change is the only constant, responding to that change is key to survival. But this is not enough in business. 

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Enterprise Leaders – responding to tomorrow’s growing complexity

by Olga Wolińska, consultant, SHL Poland

Have you ever thought about the quality of the leadership in your company? Do you think your leaders are ready to deliver expected results in increasingly complex environment of the 21st century?


Cross-border telemedicine: A distant vision or the immediate future?

by Dr Ewa Butkiewicz, counsel, legal adviser, Life Science and Regulatory Practice at Wardyński & Partners

The rapid development of IT has opened the doors wide to the potential of telemedicine. 


Optimising remuneration of management board members

by Agnieszka Telakowska-Harasiewicz, associate and tax advisor, SSW law firm

Splitting the remuneration of management board members for carrying out their duties for a Polish company is one of Poland’s popular tax schemes.