The first national Congress of Polish entrepreneurs will be held in London on 9th October 2014.
It will be an opportunity for the Polish entrepreneurs to learn from one another, inspire one another, to network, and share stories of business success.
Polish entrepreneurs have rapidly established themselves across the UK since Poland joined the EU ten years ago. According to research by Centre for Entrepreneurs, of all nationalities who have set up businesses in the UK, Poles rank number six (behind Ireland, India or USA, but ahead of France, Italy, Australia or Holland).
More than 21,000 Poles have set up nearly 22,000 companies in the UK, while another 65,000 Poles are self-employed.
The Congress, organised by the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and Polish Business Link, will also be a celebration of Polish entrepreneurs' contribution to the UK economy.
Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, founder of Polish Business Link said: “I have witnessed the unexpected side-effect of Britain opening its labour market to Poles in May 2004. Tens of thousands of entrepreneurs from Poland have set up business in the UK. Most are still micro-businesses, though the more dynamic ones are expanding and taking on new employees. Typically, these firms are run by people who are taking responsibility for their own livelihoods rather than seeking work from an employer, and are busy creating new wealth for themselves and for the UK economy.
“The scale of this boom in Polish businesses is evident across the UK. Spalding in Lincolnshire for example has four Polish-owned hairdressing salons. There are many hundreds of Polish grocery shops around the country, plus thousands of Polish-run construction companies, painting and decorating businesses, tax and legal consultancies, IT and media firms, plus active Polish entrepreneurs across many other business sectors.”
Kowalczyk explained that the Congress will address a wide range of issues including “funding for business start-ups and growth, legal, tax and financial issues facing entrepreneurs in the UK, as well as marketing and HR.”
Michael Dembinski, Chief Adviser to the British Polish Chamber of Commerce said: “This event will be a chance for Polish entrepreneurs up and down the country to get together in London and discuss issues of mutual interest. The event is about spreading quality information invaluable to entrepreneurs wishing to grow their businesses in the UK and about networking.”
The First Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs in the UK will be held at the Europe House, 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3EU, London, on 9th October 2014 from 10:00.
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