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FSB leads way on Anglo-Polish business integration

A large audience of UK and Polish business leaders gathered in Sheffield when the FSB hosted the 2017 National Anglo-Polish Business Conference at the Cutlers’ Hall on 23 June.

In hosting this important National Conference, the FSB found itself once more in the vanguard of developing international business relations. The event set out to assist the integration of the dynamic, enterprising Polish business community within the resurgent UK economy and opened up the potential for innovative inter-trading opportunities.

Guests included Master Cutler Richard Edwards, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester Leszek Rowicki, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, Chairman of the International Trade Forum William Beckett and Head of Aviation Development at Sheffield-Doncaster Airport Chris Harcombe.

The event was the brainchild of FSB Committee Member Marek Niedzwiedz, Director of Rotherham-based Mar-Pro Invest Holding, who commented: “There are many benefits for the UK economy in embracing enterprising foreign nationals wishing to establish businesses in the UK. Polish entrepreneurs have rapidly established themselves across the country and Poles rank high amongst all the nationalities that have set up businesses in the UK.

"More than 25,000 companies have been set up in the UK by Polish nationals, while another 80,000 Poles are self-employed. This represents a massive addition to the UK business population and opens extensive new marketing opportunities for adventurous entrepreneurs to exploit.

“This event focused not on a diminishing role for UK companies in post-Brexit European trading arrangements, but on the realities of cementing our ongoing trading opportunities with Polish businesses both in the UK and in Poland. But the real triumph lay in the qualities and demographic of the Polish business community guests, the vast majority of whom were young, enthusiastic, motivated, successful and want their businesses to play a part in British society.