2017 Polish & Diverse Business Forum in Scotland

23 November 2017, Edinburgh

Grow Through Collaboration

Attend our Business Expo during Networking



About Forum

Join Business Forum event in Scotland to explore how our Business Community can help you to grow.

I believe that business networking is the best way to move your business forward. Meeting the right people at the right time can be a life-changing opportunity. Together we can do more!

Running a business alone can be very stressful: day-to-day management, problems with unpaid invoices, employees and subcontractors. I am sure you have experienced any number of these challenges. Diverse Business Forum is the place for us to talk to each other, exchange best business practice and move onwards and up.

Since 2015 PBLINK became the facilitator of the Business Forum event in Edinburgh attracting nearly 100 business people each year. The all-day event is attended by some of the most successful diverse entrepreneurs operating in Scotland who want to share their experience with the participants. Forum is made up of 2 presentation sessions: Morning and Afternoon. Guest speakers have 30 minutes to deliver presentations and they are available to speak to delegates during break-out sessions. There is also a discussion panel, networking and lunch during the all-day event.

Hosted by Royal Bank of Scotland at Gogarburn HQ in Edinburgh once again this full day event brings a fantastic opportunity for entrepreneurs and business owners from diverse backgrounds and sectors to grow their networks, meet new business partners and clients.

See you in November in Edinburgh!






Honorary Patronage

Forum Partners

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Media Patrons

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Fantastic opportunity to present your products or service during Business Forum


This year we are expanding the Business Expo to feature more products and services, inviting exciting speakers to share expertise and introducing the ‘Inspire me’ session to showcase businesses that made it in the wild world of business.

Early Bird £75 + vat (only 10 available) or Standard £95 +vat30% off for PBLink members

Download Exhibition Package


If you are intrested in taking active part in forum event, feel free to contact Ania: anna.d@pblink.co.uk or 07895 266 243

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09:30 Registration

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

10:10 Official Opening and Welcoming

  • Ireneusz Truszkowski, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh
  • Pawel Mes, One Money Mail Ltd t/a Sami Swoi

10:25 Grow through Collaboration, Bartlomiej Kowalczyk, Polish Business Link

10:30 Boost your business through RBS Business Growth Enabler, Evan Dunn

10:55 PR Success Secrets Revealed, Mike Reynolds, Integris Communications

11:20 How to Think About and Prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation, Annie Carr, Gillespie Macandrew LLP

11:50 From Unknown to Expert – How to Position Yourself as an Expert in your field? Karen Yates, Entrepreneur and Business Coach

13:20 LinkedIn for Business Development and Marketing, Miles Duncan, LinkedIn Success Systems

13:40 Professional Collaborative Selling, Tim Hiller, SBR Consulting

14:00 The future of trade between Poland and Scotland/UK in the light of Brexit, Jonathan Knott, HM Ambassador to Poland

14:20 “Sometimes the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.”, Peter Queen, Geisel Consulting

14:40 Buying and selling businesses – not just for the big fish? Ian Hogg, RitchieHogg M&A Consulting

18:00 Close

The Organisers reserve the right to alter the content of the programme and change event’s details. 

Forum Venue

RBS Conference Centre Gogarburn |175 Glasgow Road | Edinburgh | EH12 9BH

Business Forum Speakers

Michael Dembinski, BPCC

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.

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.

Ian Hogg, RitchieHogg M&A Consulting

Ian Hogg runs RitchieHogg Merger and Acquisition Consulting. RitchieHogg advises mid-market companies on the process of acquisitions – buying another business – and selling their business.

Ian has twenty years’ experience in management consultancy, mergers and acquisitions and business change.  This experience was gained working for IBM, both in the Global Business Services consultancy division and within the Corporate Development M&A group.

He has worked with both local UK businesses and global corporations in a variety of industries.  These include banking, life and pensions, general insurance, car rental, private equity, and pharmaceuticals.

RitchieHogg was established to address the challenges of M&A in the SME environment. We have identified the best practices for M&A processes and Post-Merger Integration projects. You gain from our experience working on complex deals with frequent acquirers and leading consultancies.

Miles Duncan, LinkedIn Success Systems

Miles’s experience spans 30 years and has been built up in business development, marketing and digital roles, with a record of delivering profit and growth in corporates, professional services and SME’s.

This background has provided the perfect foundation to understanding how LinkedIn can be used as a very powerful business development and marketing tool, and how it should be integrated in daily activities.

Most people approach LinkedIn form a social media perspective and often miss its business development potential. If you engage with LinkedIn as a social media platform you will have little success. However, if you think it of a dynamic database of contacts, cloud based that you can cut and slice in many and different engaging ways, you will be well in your way to success.

Miles worked his way up through companies in many challenging sectors, learning how to work and thrive in challenging environments with no money, nurture relationships and be disciplined in applying processes and systems.

This is the essence of the LinkedIn Success Systems.

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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.

Jonathan Knott, HM Ambassador to Poland

Graeme Jonathan Knott has been HM Ambassador to Poland and Director of the UK’s Central European Network since April 2016. Formerly (from 2012-15), he was HM Ambassador to Hungary. He joined the FCO in 1988 when he first worked for the Anti Drugs Cooperation Department. From 1990-91, he worked in the First Gulf War Emergency Unit, and in 1991 he joined the Political/Press and Public Affairs Department in Havana, where he worked as Third and later Second Secretary for four years. After that, he was Deputy European Correspondent in the EU Directorate in London for a year. From 1996-2000 he worked in Mexico, as First Secretary and Head of the Political/Economic/Aid Section. From 2000-05 he was First Secretary in UKDel OECD in Paris, and from 2005-08 he worked as Deputy Finance Director in the FCO. In 2008, he became Deputy Head of Mission and UKTI Director in Seoul, where he worked until becoming HM Ambassador to Hungary in 2012. Jonathan is an MA law graduate of Oxford University and Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He speaks French, Spanish, Hungarian and Polish.

Evan Dunn, Business Growth Enabler

Hi, I’m Evan Dunn and I’m the Business Growth Enabler for Glasgow.

My role is to support the businesses of Glasgow, whether you bank with Royal Bank or not.

I work closely with the local business marketplace to support, develop and add value to SMEs by providing business advice, bringing together local businesses and hosting regular events.

Colin McKeand, Scotland's Mister Networking

Often referred to as ‘Scotland’s Mister Networking’ Colin McKeand is one of Scotland’s leading Business Networking Skills Trainers and Sought after Speaker. For 20 years he has used face-to-face networking as a key business tool in running several successful businesses. Colin is now training, advising, coaching and helping individuals and businesses of all sizes and types in the art of effective networking that delivers real results and returns on investment. He also runs his own networking events, meetings and seminars and gives advice to others in this area. If you want to know what’s happening on the networking circuit in Scotland look no further.

Colin will help you Understand what Networking is and Importantly what it Isn’t Develop a networking strategy that will bring more contacts, referrals and new clients. How to move around a room confidently and speak to strangers. Explain how to create a lasting impression and stand out from the competition Learn to ask the right questions and respond to questions. To “Follow Up” new connections Find the networking groups and events that are right for you.

Tim Hillier, SBR Consulting

Tim’s passion for sales started during a University undergraduate role as a B2B Telemarketing consultant before working his way up to a Team Leader. He has extensive sales experience, at all levels, following a career progression from account manager, to senior sales consultant and sales manager. During these roles he continuously exceeded targets, with his work being rewarded with increasing levels of responsibility.

Tim then went to work in B2B telecommunications sales, starting as a Customer Account Manager before moving up to a Channel Account Manager. After his direct sales role, he went on to spend a number of years managing a team of Account Managers, directly responsible for their performance and development alongside assisting with and coaching to secure the most lucrative opportunities. Tim specialises in transferring this sales and leadership success, working with teams and individuals to elevate sales results through habitual change.

Karen M Yates

Karen is a former NHS Director and Chief Executive and serial entrepreneur – having run her own businesses since the age of 19. With her company Karen Yates Associates Limited over the last 28 years she has built a reputation of being a ‘fixer’ in the Public Sector, bringing her unique approach to organisational development and transformational change programmes.

In 2015 Karen established a new company to share her expertise with start-up businesses and established small businesses wanting to step-up. Karen’s passion is to work side by side with extra-ordinary, ordinary people to build on their strengths; harness the power of the new digital/information age and create sustainable, profitable businesses that they love.

As a Business Growth Coach and Mentor Karen works with clients across the UK and is also an Elite Coach with Shaa Wasmund MBE and a Business Advisor with the Entrepreneurs Academy London.
In 2016 Karen moved to live and work in Scotland, having fallen in love with the beautiful coastal town of North Berwick!
Karen has built a like-minded online community who share her mantra – “Be Yourself with Passion & Skill” and is offering a range of products and services both online and offline to help businesses to find clarity; capitalise on their strengths and gain momentum in order to turn the ideas into action.

Mike Reynolds, Integris Communications

Highly accomplished public relations and marketing professional with 30+ years experience in the technology, B2B and professional services sectors.

Claire Watson, Claire Watson Photography

Claire has been running her photography business in Edinburgh and across Scotland since 2011. She focuses on the visual communication aspect of commercial photography. Communicating who her clients are and what they do to their prospective customers. Since opening her studio in Leith in 2015 she has also been teaching businesses how to take and better use images to gain clients.

Annie Carr, Gillespie Macandrew LLP

Annie trained with the firm and qualified as a solicitor in 2017. She works within the corporate team and manages the firm’s company secretarial service, as well as keeping corporate clients up to date on relevant legislation and regulation. She also regularly advises business owners on pertinent legal issues, particularly in relation to intellectual property and data protection. Annie has worked on a variety of transactions, ranging from equity investments, loan finance, mergers and acquisitions and commercial contracts

Szymon Krolczyk, Arthur & Simon Landscapes

Co Founder & Managing Director at Arthur & Simon Landscapes, ward-winning family-run landscaping business which was established in 2008.

Rafal Moszkowcow, Neadoo Digital Ltd

I’m growth & success orientated specialist. My work is my passion – digital marketing is an environment of dynamic change – so perfect place for me. My vast experience in the field is supported by many success stories of our Clients & Partners. My objectives are to create products & solutions for our Partners that I can be proud of also to keep developing company that is an example of honesty & quality for entire industry.


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