The future belongs to entrepreneurs – not to employees. The workplace of 2030 is expected to have changed so radically that between 30% and 45% of all jobs currently on the labour market will have ceased to exist.
Corporations will no longer be hiring in such numbers – wherever possible, they will be outsourcing tasks to robots and to artificial intelligence (AI). And to start-ups and independent businesses, which are far more flexible and responsive than in-house teams. Young people at school today need to start thinking in terms of a life spent running their own business rather than of a career in a corporation.
Technology is driving the change. Corporations’ thirst for increased scale and efficiency is more likely to be met by tech start-ups than internally. Outsourcing carries less risk. But for the successful business owner, the rewards can be far greater, the sense of satisfaction at being one’s own boss.
Sectors such as retail, financial services, healthcare, media and travel are being revolutionised by technology – and this revolution is just beginning. Even in construction – seen as a conservative sector – tech is making inroads in the form of BIM. Across industry and commerce, it is upstart newcomers that are leading the revolution, and this will intensify.
When the conditions are right technology blossoms. Easy access to talent, capital and clients is all-important. This is particularly true in London – a great place from which entrepreneurs can scale up and springboard their businesses into global markets. Brexit would not hold back the march of tech entrepreneurs. In a no-deal, hard-Brexit scenario, manufacturers as well as exporters and importers of goods would be hard hit. However, interchanges would not be easily restrained. One thorny issue remains, namely data protection. How will the cross-border movement of personal data look after March 2019?
While the global outlook for tech entrepreneurs remains good, the effects of Brexit on businesses located in the UK need to be calculated in advance. It is worth having a good look at your competition to see whether it will be hit harder than you by tariffs, by reduced access to skilled employees and by logistics hold-ups.
The fifth Congress of Polish Entrepreneurs in the UK will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the determined men and women who have chosen Britain as a base for their businesses, which have flourished over the years despite the recent uncertainty caused by Brexit. It will also be an opportunity to learn from one another, from inspiring case studies, from mistakes made by others that should be avoided, from insights exchanged over a glass of wine. And networking – as with all PBLINK events – the Congress has been designed to maximise the interface between individual business owners with a focus on business development.
Workshops, panels and face-to-face discussions will be balanced to ensure that the day will be extremely practical and useful to any busy entrepreneur who takes the day out of their hectic schedule to learn and to network.