1st British-Polish
Construction Forum

31 March 2017


About The Construction Forum

Poles in the UK have shown a marked propensity to set up their own businesses compared to other foreigners or native Britons. The main sector that Polish-owned businesses specialise in the UK is construction.

Over the years, Polish builders in Britain have established an enviable reputation for quality and value for money; solid workmanship, a timely delivery of projects and a ‘can-do’ attitude. Now, PBLINK, the premier networking organisation for Polish and diverse entrepreneurs in the UK, will be holding its first sector-based event, focused on construction.

Who should attend?

The Forum is aimed at anyone interested in this sector – architects and engineers, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and importers of building materials. This event will provide inspirational case studies and business insights into the construction industry. It will also offer an unrivalled opportunity for networking between British and Polish businesses in this sector.

 Business owners will have the chance to:

  • Share views on the state of the industry
  • Discuss how order-books are shaping up?
  • Find out whether skills shortages are hitting the labour market?
  • See what’s happening to prices of building materials?
  • Find out how new technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) are taking hold across the sector? Future trends in building, such as technological, technical, environmental or social, will be discussed, as well as the effect of Brexit in this industry.

“If you are the owner of a company doing business in construction in the UK, you cannot afford to miss this one-day event; you’ll learn much and meet many interesting and potentially useful contacts.”
Michael Dembinski, Chief Adviser, BPCC

Forum Partners

NatWest logo
sami swoi logo
kotrak we do IT better logo
simpkins solicitors logo

Honorary Patronage

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London logo
STP logo


bestfoods logo
BC Printing logo
Buildeo logo
neadoo don't be invisible logo

Media Patrons

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Cooltura logo
londynek.net logo
emito.net logo
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Construction Forum Agenda

09:00 Registration

09:30 Introduction

  • Michael Dembinski, BPCC
  • Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, PBLINK

09:35 Official Opening and Welcoming

  • Nick Howe, NatWest Business Banking
  • Pawel Mes, One Money Mail Ltd t/a Sami Swoi

09:40 How building subcontractors can expand in the UK? Peter Krawczyk, Smart Space Group

10:10 Is off-site construction answer for skills shortage and quality of UK construction industry? Kasia Constable, Sketch Design Limited

10:40 UK Construction safety in constant change, Maciej Klinowski, PractiPol

11:10 BIM in Poland – continuous fight and market creation, Szymon Dorna, Maciej Iwaszko

12:30 Process improvement thanks to dedicated software for construction company, Natalia Tomas, Kotrak Ltd

13:00 How to ensure you get paid whilst avoiding disputes with your clients and workers? Agnieszka Bania, Simpkins & Co Solicitors

13:30 Heat Storage in Domestic properties, Joan Pisanek, Sunamp Limited

14:00 Golden Houses - Polish success story in UK- how to run business differently, Monika Slowikowska, Golden Houses Developments Ltd

14:45 – 15:30 Discussion Panel

  • Grace Lachowicz, Dekko Interiors Ltd
  • Piotr Jaworowski, STP
  • Lloyd Hinton, Insolve Plus
  • Robert Golebiewski, ANT BM Mrowka London
  • Piotr Adamczyk, Frontline Architects

17:00 Close

Forum Venue

NatWest (RBS Building) |250 Bishopsgate|London | EC2M 4AA

Forum Speakers

Michael Dembinski, BPCC (Forum 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.

Bartlomiej Kowalczyk (Forum 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.

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.

Maciej Klinowski, PractiPol

Using his Health & Safety expertise, Maciej supports Polish entrepreneurs in the UK by offering affordable, tailor-made solutions: consultancy, risk management systems, training, audits and safety campaigns. Over the past decade he’s been gaining experience by working for some of the biggest names in British business. His work ethos is built around the concept that safety management should be practical, approachable and understandable on all levels of the organisation. He is an active member of IOSH, and also the only person accredited to represent the Polish Health & Safety at Work Association in the United Kingdom. Maciej is engaged in British-Polish projects on Health & Safety, and regularly publishes articles in Polish community press.

Grace Lachowicz, Dekko Interiors Ltd

Grace Lachowicz is the founder of Dekko Interiors. She started her adventure with interior design 15 years ago, and it didn’t take long for her to go from being an employee to a garage-based, self- employed contractor. Her passion and devotion for interior design led her to set up Dekko Interiors in 2011. Grace today is still looking to expand her business and conquer new lands. In December 2016 Grace won Everywoman NatWest Award in Woman of The Year Category, which honours not just a business woman who has achieved significant success, but also one who has broken down barriers and overcome tremendous challenges.

Agnieszka Bania, Simpkins & Co Solicitors

Agnieszka was born in Poland and moved to England to study law in 2001. She is now a qualified solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and she specialises in employment law, various types of litigation, including commercial disputes as well as commercial contract drafting. She works at Simpkins & Co Solicitors where she heads up a Polish department alongside her English clients.

Kasia Constable, Sketch Design Ltd

Co-founder of Sketch Design, Kasia leads a team of experienced architects and shares responsibility for the design strategy and management of the practice. She is fully involved in the delivery of all projects overseeing quality and production output. Kasia’s varied international experience strengthens her broad outlook and inspires her open-minded approach to problem solving.
After graduating from Poznan University of Technology, Poland, she worked at practices in London and Warsaw, where she worked with a wide range of clients including universities, further education colleges and private developers. Passionate about design, she co-created a TV mini-series promoting good residential architecture in Poland.

Lloyd Hinton, Insolve Plus

Lloyd is a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner and Director of Insolve Plus.  Lloyd is also a Director of one of the insolvency regulators, the Insolvency Practitioners Association and is the Chairman of the IPA’s Examination & Training Committee.

Lloyd has extensive experience in a wide range of sectors including hospitality and leisure, IT, travel, construction and professional services.

Lloyd was named Insolvency Manager of the Year at the 2009 Insolvency & Rescue awards and was named as one of the UK’s 100 most influential insolvency professionals in Insolvency Today’s Power 100.

Peter Krawczyk, Smart Space Group

Peter co-founded Smart Space Group in 2010 to provide truly customised installations sharing his passion for technology with customers and their families. After graduating from University of Glamorgan and Lodz University of Technology, he started his career as a graduate engineer in Network Rail and left as a Senior Business Planning Engineer, with Chartered Engineer status.

Peter is now the sole owner of Smart Space Group, which provides smart homes installations mainly to high spec apartments and houses in and around London. Specialising in integration of multiple in-house technologies, Smart Space Group recently provided first fully voice controlled apartment.

Robert Golebiewski, ANT BM Mrowka London

Robert Golebiewski, born 1964. Sales Manager in ANT BM Mrowka London. More than 20 years experience in sales. Experienced sales techniques trainer and couch. Experienced PR and image building expert. Created and published number of industry magazines like Automotive Business. Wrote hundreds of articles while running his own PR agency back in Poland. For Mrowka created the company business publication ANT BUILDER for which he used to be an editor in chief and now due to numerous obligations is a contributor writer. Passionate professional photographer with numerous awards. Dedicated chess and board game player and designer. Privately a father of 8 year old Oscar.

Szymon Dorna, BIM Engineers Consultancy

Szymon Dorna is a BIM Director and Partner in BIM Engineers Consultancy which serves Polish, British and Irish markets. Szymon is a Mechanical Engineer and has 7 years of experience in BIM philosophy. He is a member of BIM Task Force at EFCA (European Federation of Engineering Consultancy Associations) and SIDiR (Consulting Engineers and Experts Association SIDiR). Since 2009 Szymon has been running engineering consultancy BIM Manufacture which is now becoming a part of BIM Engineers consultancy. Previously Szymon was working in PM Group as a BIM Manager and as a BIM Trainer. He trained engineers from Revit/ Navisworks software in Poland, Germany, UK, Ireland, India and Singapore.

Maciej Iwaszko, BIM Engineers Consultancy

Maciej Iwaszko is a Managing Director and Partner in BIM Engineers Consultancy which serves Polish, British and Irish markets. Maciej is a Mechanical Engineer and has 11 years of experience in designing of mechanical services. Since 2008 Maciej has been running engineering consultancy MDB Projekt which is becoming a part of BIM Engineers. Previously Maciej was working in Ireland in J.V.Tierney & Co. as a Project Engineer. He has experience in commercial, education, retail, leisure, sustainability and residential sectors.

Piotr Jaworowski, STP

Piotr an experienced Chartered Quantity Surveyor with proven track of successful projects in both private and public sector. In 2009 Piotr obtained a Bachelor of Science in Building Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University and a Master of Science in Quantity Surveying at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Piotr attained a Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2015. Early career started in Cost and Project Management with a Developer, subsequently worked for a Main Contractor on a major development programme. Five years ago Piotr joined a leading Cost Management Consultancy. Piotr has gained a great deal of experience working with the Contractors and Clients on projects ranging from refurbishments, new build, fit-out and civil engineering in the Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Custodial and Healthcare sectors. Piotr is an active member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Matrics London Committee and the Association of Polish Engineers in Great Britain.

Joan Pisanek, Sunamp Limited

Having spent most of my career in IT and Financial Services, Sunamp was a complete change of career for me. I have always had an interest in climate change, so the opportunity to work in a company like Sunamp was very welcome and I’ve spent the last three years working in the renewable energy sector, focusing on heat in our built environment and how we can make the best use of renewable energy to provide that heat. I’m a member of the Scottish Solar Trade Association working group and the Scottish Parliaments Cross Party Group on renewables and energy efficiency

Monika Slowikowska, Golden Houses Developments Ltd

Monika Slowikowska was born in Poland where she started at the age of 18 her career in advertising and enrolled to Thames Valley University, where she studied Marketing. Following 7 successful year in Advertising, mostly spent in McCann Erickson, where she was the youngest ever Account Manager Worldwide and run the 5th and 7th biggest advertising budgets in the country, she moved to London. Starting from scratch with poor English she changed the life from high-fly advertising executive to administrative role in Structural Engineering firm. This was followed by roles with small and large Contractors, where she had an opportunity to work on large project like Victoria Park Plaza Hotel and Riverbank Hotel as a Procurement Manager and over the years leant how to be Assistant of Project Manager. The next position taking 3 years was with large property developers where in addition to the previously mentioned tasks she assisted with the legal side of property purchase and planning permission obtaining on large building. However the main activity was to Assistant Project Manager various construction jobs from 9 flats to 186 flats projects.

8 years of working in the Construction Industry in London coincided with the relocation to London of her brother, who sold his business in Poland. Being prompted by him, she started working for him in the Construction Company. What meant to be a small activity soon turned to quite a large operation with millions turnover and almost 50 people working for the company in various roles.

5 years of being a Managing Director in her brother’s company has proven to be the most challenging and rewarding activity in her life. Unfortunately the relationship with the brother wasn’t great and the need to leave the company in order to maintain the high standard she wanted to keep became apparent. In May 2012 she started her own company Noble Houses Developments Ltd later renamed to Golden Houses Developments Ltd where the quality and standard were kept.

Piotr Adamczyk, Frontline Architects.

Piotr studied architecture at the University of Westminster and University of East London.

His previous experience ranged from general feasibility studies and development strategies through to a broad spectrum of completed projects covering education, leisure and residential sectors. His experience encompasses both modern approaches to construction and sustainable architecture exemplified by low energy schemes and modular construction as well as more traditional builds, including listed buildings.

Piotr was also an Architecture Tutor at the University of Brighton.

Natalia Tomas , Business Development Manager of Kotrak Ltd

After graduating of Engineer degree in Technical University of Lodz, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Business Engineering and Management at Coventry University Natalia decided to take an opportunity on fast paced IT market. Being involved on Kotrak projects on last 4 years she understood the importance of management software in each company. She runs Kotrak London branch and she always keeps positive and smiling but never loses her professional approach to customers. She is aware that teamwork is crucial while running a business so that she always try to be a link between different departments. Her knowledge of lean management and production planning has a huge impact during consulting with potential clients. She likes to have everything under control therefore her approach is strictly connected with Kotrak’s agile methodology of running projects. Privately she loves to travel and sports, especially playing basketball and fitness classes.


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