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About The Construction Forum

Polish construction firms have an enviable reputation in the UK for quality and value for money. Within the entire construction supply chain, it’s a similar story – Polish architects, BIM designers, engineers, consultants, subcontractors and developers – are highly regarded within the industry. Polish building materials and interior fittings have a similar reputation. This event brings together business owners from across Britain’s construction sector who happen to be Poles – who are keen to learn from one another and extend their network of business contacts. It also offers those wanting to work with Polish firms to get in touch with them directly at the biggest annual get-together for Poles in the UK construction sector.

The day is planned around two goals – one is to disseminate the latest insights into developments in UK construction, regulatory, technological and macroeconomic – and the second is to provide high-quality networking leading to new business. Practical workshops, case studies and open-forum discussions encourage maximum interchange of ideas and business cards.

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“PBLINKS’ events are second to none for meeting high-powered Polish businesses. I unreservedly recommend the Construction Forum to you, whoever you are, if you do business in this sector in the UK.”
Bartlomiej Kowalczyk,Organiser, PBLINK

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Construction Forum Agenda

9:30 Registration

10:00 Introduction, Michael Dembinski, British Polish Chamber of Commerce

10:20 PBLINK role to support Construction Business in the UK, Bartlomiej Kowalczyk

10:30 - 12:30 Expert Presentations - Part I

10:30 How can the construction industry in Britain navigate Brexit? Rico Wojtulewicz, Senior Policy Advisor, National Federation of Builders

11:00 Bigger isn’t always better – and I should know! Peter Queen, Geisel Consulting Limited

11:30 Drone Technology, Present and Future, Rufus Ballaster and Andrew Firman, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

Current drone uses in Construction
Pace of growth
Comparison of Construction and other Uses
A Glimpse into the Future
Legal Barriers to making that Future a Reality

12:00 Improving your Pitching to maximise opportunity, Nick Howe, Enterprise Manager, London & South East, NatWest Business Banking

13:30 - 15:30 Expert Presentations - Part II

13:30 Pathways to market, Patrick Nicholson, Supply Chain Expert, Get Ready to Supply Programme, Newable Group

Engage with Buyers
Receive New Tender Alerts
Meet Compliance Standards

14:00 The future of construction: five ways the building industry will achieve greatness. Andrzej Manka, UK Construction Week

14:30 Finding the right project - the key to beat a low bid game. Joanna Palinski, JP Project Management

15:00 How to work with your solicitor to achieve success for your construction business? Katarzyna Boguslawska, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

15:45 - 16:30 Discussion Panel

Forum Venue

NatWest (RBS Building) |250 Bishopsgate 3rd Floor (Conservatory) |London | EC2M 4AA

Forum Speakers

Rico Wojtulewicz, Senior Policy Advisor, National Federation of Builders

Rico is policy advisor for the House Builders Association (HBA), the housebuilding division of the National Federation of Builders (NFB). Having worked in politics, residential service delivery, employment, education, policy and regeneration, Rico believes that house building and construction are intertwined economic and social forces that need continued recognition, especially in the SME sector.

Sitting on various construction industry boards and working groups, his passion is policy in practice and delivering realistic outcomes for both clients and industry alike.

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.

Patrick Nicholson, Supply Chain Expert, Get Ready to Supply Programme, Newable Group

Business intermediary with over 25 years’ experience of supporting small businesses to scale up and join supply chains. Specialising in working with the construction sector SMEs and Buyers across a wide range of supply chain projects funded by European, national and regional programmes.

Key Areas of Expertise

Supply Chain and Diversity in the Economy

Engaging with small and medium sized businesses.

Working with tier one Construction Buyers on social purpose agendas

Projects and Programmes

  • Get Ready to Supply – Operations lead in supply chain project focusing on construction across east London A J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation funded supply chain initiative supporting construction businesses in east London. Supplying new contract opportunities to construction and allied trades businesses
  • Supply Cross River– Procurement expert in an initiative developed by Cross River Partnership, Promoting supplier diversity and sustainable procurement to buyers, stimulating local economic growth.
  • Ready to Supply the City – Procurement expert in the City of London’s programme supporting City fringe small and medium enterprises to sell into City-based firms.
  • Diversity in the Economy and Local Integration-lead adviser on project aimed at fostering more efficient local policies in support of migrant-owned SMEs and migrant entrepreneurship as part of wider diversity and inclusion policies
Andrew Firman, Carter Lemon Camerons

Andrew Firman is a partner in our corporate & commercial team. His employment practice covers both contentious and non-contentious work for both employers and employees. His corporate and banking practice concentrates on contractual and advice work given mainly to SMEs and charities.

Andrew has over the years enjoyed advising many owner-managed SMEs on the range of their needs for commercial, employment and dispute related legal advice.  He is delighted that the firm has recently received recognition through the award by Acquisitions International of “UK Most Trusted Law Firm of the Year to SMEs 2013” because it goes to the depth of the relationships the firm has with its clients and its target market in terms of size of business clients.

Andrew was educated at Nailsea School and holds degrees in law from Manchester and Leicester Universities.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1995. He is a co-author of a Practical Guide to Drone Law.

Away from the office Andrew, married to a local GP and of occasional use to his three teenage children, runs and is heavily involved in his local church.

Rufus Ballaster, Carter Lemon Camerons LLP

Rufus Ballaster leads Carter Lemon Camerons LLP’s commercial property team, and is a recognised authority on landlord and tenant issues. His detailed technical legal knowledge and ability to crunch numbers are great assets both transactionally and as Carter Lemon Camerons Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration.

Rufus combines client focused views of legal issues with more holistic ones. This is clearly visible from his writing (having contributed to many journals and been a co-author of the Landlord and Tenant Factbook) and from his lectures, leading seminars on commercial property issues and being on panels with major course providers.

Asked what he likes most in his work, Rufus will talk of his role as a “trouble-shooter”. He enjoys being asked by clients and colleagues what he thinks about something and trying, with them, to work up structures or strategies achieving a desired result at the lowest sensible cost/ tax-hit/ risk.

Rufus was educated at Reading School, Wadham College Oxford and Chester College of Law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1988.

Outside the office Rufus has a full and active life with commitments to two Christian Churches, family (wife and three children), Royal Bank of Scotland Rugby Football Club (for whom he plays as a second row forward).

Joanna Palinski, JP Project Management Ltd

Joanna was born in Poland, where she studied Russian and English at Wroclaw University.

During her studies she had already her dream job at the business consulting company, where she was planning to continue to work after the graduation.

Quitting her dream job scared her more than she thought it would—but’s the best possible career move she has ever made.

She decided to move to London. Poland was not the member of EU at that time and there was not so easy to find a professional job and start your dream career straight away.

Joanna always had passion for interior design.

In her spare time, she completed the interior design course.

To her amusement, the first UK job, as a nanny, opened her path to construction career.

The mum of the little girl, who she was looking after, had a big portfolio of properties and she noticed her passion for interior, after she redesigned her little daughter bedroom create more space.

One day after working out her trust with the family, she was offered a job as a PA and project coordinator to the Mum of a girl, who she was looking after.

It was very challenging role, she worked on so many different projects, she learned a lot in construction. It didn’t take her long from being an employee to open her own building company.

Joanna is managing residential and light commercial projects including interior design, refurbishment, bigger structural project as well as maintenance services.

The idea of the business was to provide woman’s touch to all our project and provide assurance of quality to our clients.

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.

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.

Peter Queen, Geisel Consulting Limited

Pre-Construction and Business Development Consultant specialising in Business Growth, Investment Facilitation, and Global Trade. Delivering positive, productive and profitable business transactions.

From embryonic niche start-ups, to the turnaround of long standing industry institutions, and the shaping of companies for investment, merger, acquisition and MBO. I am evangelical about the strategic importance of people, communication, and professional relationships in the success of businesses – regardless of their sector of operation.

My business portfolio now encapsulates the facilitation of productive and profitable activity both domestically and globally. These include transactions in Construction, Renewable Energies, Real Estate, Development, Product Innovation, Emerging Technologies, Investment, Insurance, and International Trade.

Andrzej Manka, UK Construction Week

I specialise in Sales and Marketing. I am currently working at Media 10 as a Sales Manager of the Timber Expo.

Timber Expo is the UK’s only timber trade show, part of UK Construction Week which is the largest construction event in the UK.

I am also a financial advisor. I am AI and personal finance management specialist. I am passionate about the future of entrepreneurship when artificial intelligence and cognitive and robotic automation will enable people to realise their full potential.


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