Anglo-Polish Conference 2017

Half-day (Free) Nationwide Conference in Sheffield
23rd June 2017, Friday, 10:30-15:00
“Linking British and Polish SMEs”
According to influential sources, as many as 30,000 companies in the UK were established by Poles. Additionally, around 85,000 Polish nationals are self-employed or work as sole traders in the UK. In 2015, out of 650,000 new companies registered in the UK, over a quarter were registered by non-British citizens, and Polish nationals represented the largest proportion of that group. Why not work with them?

On 23rd June 2016, Britain decided to leave the EU. Exactly 12 months later – on 23rd June 2017 – the FSB will stage its National Anglo-Polish Business Conference in Sheffield. This event will focus on Brexit and all that it may mean for our ongoing trading opportunities with Polish businesses both in the UK and in Poland. It will also give a national and international business opportunities as we are expecting business visitors from Poland too.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Please mention us using the hashtag:  #AngloPolConf

Please register here.
Venue: The Cutlers’ Hall, Sheffield
Church Street, S1 1HG, Sheffield, S. Yorkshire
There is disabled access at the venue and off-site car parking is available in nearby public car parks (NCP Carpark, Campo Lane, S1 2EF).

The Cutlers’ Hall is a highly prestigious venue in the heart of Sheffield (opposite the Cathedral). You can see some photos below.


10.30  Registration and networking over coffee

11.00  Opening and welcome Andrew Flower, Chairman at Federation of Small Businesses South Yorkshire Branch; Marek Niedzwiedz, Treasurer at Federation of Small Businesses South Yorkshire Branch

11.05  Welcome speech from Master Cutler Richard Edwards

11.15  Welcome speech from Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester Leszek Rowicki

11.25  Sheffield – a great place to do business – Paul Blomfield MP

11.45  Linking UK and Poland – Chris Harcombe, Head of Aviation Development at Sheffield-Doncaster Airport

12.05  FSB-voice of small business – Helen Walbey, FSB Director of Diversity

12.25  Lunch and business mixer – a chance for informal discussions with participants

13.25  Important role played by Poles in the UK – Marek Niedzwiedz, Treasurer at Federation of Small Businesses South Yorkshire Branch; aeXea Group

13.45  Business and cultural differences between Polish and English – Katarzyna Richter, Deal with Culture (a guest from Poland)

14.05  International perspective, Brexit – William Beckett, International Trade Forum

14.25  Polish tech-startups – the fast growing sector – Mateusz Chlodnicki, (a guest from Poland)

14.45  Closing speechNeville Martin, FSB Development Manager

15.00  Closing the meeting and networking until 15.30

Please register here.

Please mention us using the hashtag:  #AngloPolConf



How was the conference in 2015?

FSB commented:
Rotherham’s Anglo-Polish business conference marks start of a move to benefit European integration. A large audience of UK and Polish business leaders gathered in Rotherham hosted the 2015 National Anglo-Polish Conference.

Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman of the FSB, commented:
In hosting this important National Conference, the FSB has found itself once more in the vanguard of developing international business relations. We are delighted that it took place in Rotherham which, despite some setbacks in recent times, has a fast-developing commercial infrastructure which makes it a great place to do business. With the theme of ‘Linking British and Polish SMEs,’ this event set out to assist the integration of the dynamic, enterprising Polish business community within the resurgent UK economy and open up the potential for innovative inter-trading opportunities. The business community responded in numbers which were beyond all our expectations, with long-established UK entrepreneurs coming from far and wide to meet with their Polish counterparts, many of whom are new to the business world and new to the UK. This presented a prime opportunity to demonstrate to the emerging Anglo-Polish business community that the UK – and Rotherham in particular – is the place to establish a business for the future.

Marek Niedzwiedz, a South Yorkshire Committee Member of the FSB and founder of the Anglo-Polish Business Incubator, 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. This represents a massive addition to the UK business population and, by integrating them fully into the trading community, opens extensive new marketing opportunities for adventurous entrepreneurs to exploit. This is a vital benefit of membership of the EU and a major source of growth in the economy, but there exists a wide range of practical and cultural barriers for Polish nationals wishing to establish their businesses in the UK, particularly in relation to banking. If Britain is to maximise the commercial gains from Polish inward investment it needs to take measures to ease the integration process. Today’s event has explored the means by which the ‘welcome mat’ can be extended to encourage greater levels of investment and speedier integration of the Anglo-Polish community. I am delighted that the FSB has seen the potential of engaging in this process and today’s event will mark the start of a new move to build firmer relations between our two countries for the benefit of the wider European economy.

Martyn Benson, Business Start-up Advisor at RiDO, commented:
We enjoyed being able to join you and to promote RiDO plus Rotherham. Certainly from our perspective the day went well and we appreciated that it was so well organised.”