About Congress

Despite the continued uncertainty over the Brexit trade agreements and the single market, the UK marketplace is still very attractive to EU Entrepreneurs. Thus is the message being relayed at the 4th annual Polish Business Link Congress.

Running a business alone a long way from the familiar environment of your native country for many Polish and other diverse entrepreneurs is challenging. On the 10th November Polish Business Link is organising its annual Congress event in London focusing on helping diverse business owners grow in the UK and prepare for the coming changes.

The focus of the day will be on “Futureproofing your Business” and will not only focus on Brexit but also on what future challenges and developments lie ahead. Who would have thought, just ten years ago, that today there’d be thousands of newly set-up small businesses across the UK making money by writing apps for smartphones, engaging on behalf of their clients on social media or delivering all manner of goods bought online?

Ten years from now, where will the new businesses be coming from?  Internet giants such as Uber and Airbnb continue to disrupt traditional business models and we are seeing virtual and augmented reality glasses replacing TV screens while vitrual currencies may eventually replace hard cash. Is health tech the next boom area….will small businesses be able to get involved in this or will the largest corporates dominate? Will consumers in the West prefer to spend money on experiences rather than things?

The event will give entrepreneurs the chance to get away from the day-to-day grind of running their business and think about how it could look in 2027 in a world of rapidly evolving technologies. Time to think what they will mean for you, your employees and your customers. We need to face up to several grand visions of the future, and consider how likely they are to come true.

This event will be also a chance for British SMEs to tap into the thriving network of Polish businesses, opening up the potential of Polish markets, including lucrative export opportunities. Equally British firms will benefit greatly from identifying UK-based Polish contractors, for example in the construction sector

Business clinic sessions will give delegates the chance to discuss issues and challenges with seasoned, successful figures from the world of business.

Book your place now and give yourself the opportunity to expand your business network!

 

Bartlomiej (Bart) KowaBarteklczyk
Founder & Director
PBLINK
Diverse Business Network
@pb_link

 

 

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Congress Partners

        Carter Lemon Camerons Solicitors

Honorary Patronage

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Supporters

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Media Patrons

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Agenda

09:00 Registration

09:30 Introduction, Michael Dembinski, BPCC

09:35 Official Opening and Welcoming

  • Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland
  • Nick Howe, NatWest Business Banking

09:45 Grow through Collaboration, Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, Polish Business Link

09:50 Future Proof your Business – The leadership Angle, Stuart Lotherington, Senior Partner, SBR Consulting

10:20 Making Tax Digital, Clare Sheehan, Deputy Director, HM Revenue & Customs

10:50 Raising Seed and Growth Capital, Dagmara Lacka, Boldmind

11:20 How to avoid breaking the laws governing electronic direct marketing? Chris Corney, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

13:00 Ransomware can be stopped – how to protect your business from cyber attacks, Jakub Kosiec, FX7 Solutions Ltd

13:30 Grow your business through High Performance Live Face-to-Face Marketing, Lee Ali & John Blaskey, Expo Stars Interactive

14:00 How to take your business to the next level? Strategies for growth, Sanjiv Dodhia, ActionCoach

14:30 Entrepreneurs Success Story: How to take control of your business and your life, James Circus

16:30 Closing Remarks, Natalia Glabik-Stankiewicz, One Money Mail Ltd t/a Sami Swoi

Congress Venue

NatWest (RBS Building) |280 Bishopsgate|London | EC2M 4RB

Our Speakers

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Michael Dembinski, BPCC (Congress Moderator)

Michael Dembinski was born in London in 1957. He studied at Warwick University and The City University, and worked at the Confederation of British Industry – for nine years as editor of CBI News – the monthly magazine of the employers’ organisation. Michael moved to Poland with his family in 1997 to take up the job of communications director of Polska Telewizja Kablowa – now part of UPC Polska, then worked as managing director of Trader.Com Polska – now a part of Agora SA. He has worked with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce since 2002.

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Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, Polish Business Link (Congress Organiser)

Entrepreneur, marketer, professional media planner, event manager. Passionate about, and consistently exceeding at enabling and nurturing business connections that lead to professional growth and development of companies and organisations. Bartek’s PBLink and its’ operations have had a significant impact on the Polish-British business connections that lead to new business opportunities.

Qualified to the university degree in Economics, holds CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.

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Nick Howe, NatWest Business Banking

Nick has worked for NatWest Business in various roles for the last 20 years having been inspired by the very first business customer that he met. As Enterprise manager Nick’s work sees him travelling across London & South East and working in partnership with numerous business support organisations and educational establishments who are all focussing on the area of enterprise.

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Katarzyna (Kate) Boguslawska, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

Katarzyna (Kate) Boguslawska is a Partner in our corporate and commercial department.

Kate’s clients range from start-up owners through to SMEs and some global main-players who need advice on business-related matters. These range from advice on employment and company matters to contract drafting and disputes. Kate understands her clients, their needs and goals. Her clients often praise her pragmatic approach and tailored practical advice.

Kate has strong links in the Polish community and is recommended by the Polish Embassy in London, having co-written a Guide for Polish Investors in the UK that was published by the Embassy. She has a broad network of international connections and has been instructed by law firms in Poland to assist their clients in matters involving English jurisdiction.

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Jakub Kosiec, FX7 Solutions Ltd

With over 15 years’ experience in IT industry, Jakub is bringing a lot of knowledge and solutions to business owners on how to streamline the technology in their business. FX7 Solutions Ltd, the company that Jakub founded in 2008, is acting as an outsourced IT support department for small and medium businesses in West London and Middlesex area.

Jakub has been always keen on improving the operations of his clients’ businesses. “Computers in business are not only about daily tasks that computers allow you to do, but it is also about getting your operations improved by implementing new solutions and technologies to improve profitability, efficiency and security” he says.

Due to the fact that all staff at FX7 Solutions Ltd speaks polish, they are able to provide their services more efficiently to the Polish community in the UK.

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Sanjiv Dodhia, ActionCoach

Award-winning Business Growth Specialist with ActionCoach, Sanjiv Dodhia brings 30+ years’ experience developing businesses at every stage of growth, having built a successful London property business which now operates without him. His first business, where he joined as a graduate trainee and left 8 years later as a General Manager, grew from £250K to £20m. His last role was a Business Development Director in a global firm now employing 190,000 people.

ActionCoach is the world’s largest and most successful business coaching firm specialising in the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) market, with over 1000 certified coaches in almost 50 countries coaching and mentoring 15,000 businesses worldwide.

Sanjiv is also a leading practitioner with Engage & Grow, the world’s leading Employee Engagement movement helping hundreds of organisations create highly engaged workforces to improve productivity and profitability.

Sanjiv helps businesses get breakthrough results by helping owners of both emerging and established businesses to work ON the business and not just in the daily fire-fighting IN their business. This he does by working with the owners on their mindset, vision, plans and mastery of all elements of the business from financial management to sales and marketing through to systemisation, team building and structuring to scale.

His mission is to help good businesses to become great businesses, aligned to ActionCoach’s vision of creating world abundance through business re-education.

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James Circus

Six Years ago Multi Award Winning Entrepreneur James Circus decided that working for others was not going to give him the future he had mapped out for himself. He persuaded his wife they should sell their family home and put the proceeds in to starting their first business.

Fast Forward six years James has now sold the first business to Chinese Investors and is the owner of three other businesses, one of which is currently being primed for his next sale.

James was awarded the title of Essex Business Person of the year in 2015 and the UK Business Excellence Forum CEO of the Year in 2014 and is now a part time Business Coach with the worlds number 1 Business Coaching Company ActionCOACH where he helps other Entrepreneurs climb the ladder to success.

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Clare Sheehan, Deputy Director, HM Revenue & Customs

Clare leads the Customer Readiness and External Stakeholder team for HMRC’s Making Tax Digital for Business programme.  She started her career in the private sector but has spent the last ten years in various roles in HMRC, HM Treasury and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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Andrew Poradzisz, Archdesk

Director of Archdesk, a cloud-based (Available everywhere, no installation required) software, specifically designed & developed for the construction industry in mind.

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Pawel Mes, One Money Mail Ltd T/A Sami Swoi

Paweł Mes is the Founder and CEO of One Money Mail Ltd T/As Sami Swoi since 2004. Sami Swoi PrzekazyPieniezne.com is the biggest Polish FinTech in the United Kingdom with over a quarter of a million customers. The Company is mission driven and alive to social issues affecting the Polish community. The experience of creating own business inspired Paweł Mes to develop services for entrepreneurs in the UK. One Money Mail Ltd is the winner of many prestigious awards, such “Company of the year 2007” and “Best Money Transfer Company for Eastern Europe 2011.

Dagmara Lacka, Boldmind
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Dagmara passionately exploits new technologies to increase sales and drive growth. In a decade of work across online and offline media in UK and overseas markets, Dagmara has gained extensive expertise in digital brand strategy, product positioning and delivery. She built and delivered digital strategies for start- ups and blue-chip companies with emphasis on running internal and external innovation teams.

At Boldmind she oversees development of AI-based solutions for Smart Cities, with emphasis on retail environment.

The flagship product Flow.City – the first surge marketing platform, has last year earned recognition as Bloomberg Innovator 2016. The platform currently accesses 53% of all screens in around London, including shopping malls, airports and office buildings. Boldmind live footfall engine is used in flow.city to intelligently distribute content and can be viewed in real-time on the flow.city website.

Kasia Madera, BBC World News Journalist And Presenter (Discussion Panel Moderator)
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Since 2002 Kasia has worked across most BBC News output, specialising in international news, especially European affairs.

Kasia has worked on many big news stories. A particular highlight was presenting on the night of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Kasia’s programme was simulcast on BBC One and attracted some of the BBC News Channel’s highest audience figures.

As well as anchoring the BBC’s live news programmes, Kasia also fronts feature programmes as part of BBC Global’s Country Direct series. She researched, wrote and presented Working Lives Krakow for BBC World’s Poland Direct series and Working Lives Zagreb as part of the Croatia Direct series.

Kasia is bilingual in Polish and secured an exclusive interview with the new Polish President, Andrzej Duda, his first television interview with an international broadcaster.

Kasia is an active member of London’s Polish Community. Before an audience of thousands she hosted a vigil at Trafalgar Square in memory of the late Polish President and First Lady who died in the Smoleńsk air crash. Kasia was honoured for her work in promoting Polish culture by being given the Maciej Płaźyński International Journalism Award. At the Polish Embassy in London Kasia was named as the Honorary Ambassador of Polish Women in the UK.

Kasia is an experienced conference facilitator and has chaired panel debates as well as taken part in them. She has hosted award ceremonies and is the regular host of the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Awards.
Since 2002 Kasia has worked across most BBC News output, specialising in international news, especially European affairs.

Kasia has worked on many big news stories. A particular highlight was presenting on the night of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Kasia’s programme was simulcast on BBC One and attracted some of the BBC News Channel’s highest audience figures.

As well as anchoring the BBC’s live news programmes, Kasia also fronts feature programmes as part of BBC Global’s Country Direct series. She researched, wrote and presented Working Lives Krakow for BBC World’s Poland Direct series and Working Lives Zagreb as part of the Croatia Direct series.

Kasia is bilingual in Polish and secured an exclusive interview with the new Polish President, Andrzej Duda, his first television interview with an international broadcaster.

Kasia is an active member of London’s Polish Community. Before an audience of thousands she hosted a vigil at Trafalgar Square in memory of the late Polish President and First Lady who died in the Smoleńsk air crash. Kasia was honoured for her work in promoting Polish culture by being given the Maciej Płaźyński International Journalism Award. At the Polish Embassy in London Kasia was named as the Honorary Ambassador of Polish Women in the UK.

Kasia is an experienced conference facilitator and has chaired panel debates as well as taken part in them. She has hosted award ceremonies and is the regular host of the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Awards.

Stuart Lotherington, Senior Partner, SBR Consulting
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Stuart’s twenty years in sales and ten in sales consultancy has seen him build sales teams of 250+ from scratch in both America and the UK. He has trained over 3,500 people in sales and sales leadership, of which many have gone to be great sales leaders or to run their own businesses and still refer to Stuart’s training and tips.

He trains consultants and advises giants in industry such as Google, Dropbox and Expedia as well as helping smaller companies and start-ups, for example, to grow from £1m to £16m in two years.

 

Stuart is the second most experienced consultant on the SBR Consulting team of 120 which is a $15m specialist sales consultancy with offices in London, Nashville, Singapore and Prague. Stuart has trained and delivered in most of the thirty-six countries that SBR has worked in, which includes regions such as the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, South and North America as well as all over Europe. His early career focused on developing knowledge in all aspects of sales, client retention and account development. He is currently studying a degree in psychology, is a certified psychometric evaluator, NLP practitioner and a fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management.

Chris Corney, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP
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Chris is a commercial litigation partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP. He advises a diverse range of enterprises, public authorities and individual clients on their investments and protection of their assets. Chris’s special areas of expertise are commercial disputes, fraud and SMEs as well as cross-jurisdictional matters.

Chris’s work included acting for group of property investors who obtained judgment against fraudsters involved in mis-selling luxury homes in Spain and successful application to Privy Council for re-instatement of appeal relating to frozen bank accounts in Bahamas.

Chris also has significant experience in data protection matters. He regularly advises clients on disputes with Information Commissioner’s Office and represents local public authorities who have been a victim of procurement fraud, tenancy fraud and breach of property rights.

Chris also advises private clients on a variety of other matters, including acting for separating spouses in tracing and securing matrimonial assets, divorce, separation and division of matrimonial assets, including multi-jurisdictional assets.

John Blaskey, Expo Stars Interactive
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John is Business Speaker & Exhibiting Maverick

John’s unique insight – and forty years’ experience – challenge the typical habits of face to face marketing to release accelerated growth for any organisation.

John inspires and persuades any growth hungry organisation to create sustainable live marketing strategies, differentiate themselves, and measure every aspect of their performance.

Lee Ali, Expo Stars Interactive
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Lee is the Founder & Managing Director of Expo Stars Interactive, a global face-to-face engagement company based in Manchester. A Sales & Marketing specialist with over 25 years field experience and with a deep interest in Business Psychology, Lee has worked extensively in the Communications sector including Telecoms, Mobile, Broadcasting, Online and Live Marketing. For the past 8 years, Lee has supported over 400 international exhibitors across the world, to improve visitor engagement at trade shows and achieve measurable results.

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