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Sheffield City Region leads way on Anglo-Polish business integration

FSB Press Release

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Sheffield City Region leads way on Anglo-Polish business integration

A large audience of UK and Polish business leaders will gather in Sheffield when the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) hosts the 2017 National Anglo-Polish Business Conference at the Cutlers’ Hall on 23 June.

In hosting this important National Conference, the FSB finds itself once more in the vanguard of developing international business relations. This event sets out to assist the integration of the dynamic, enterprising Polish business community within the resurgent UK economy and open up the potential for innovative inter-trading opportunities.


The event is the brainchild of FSB Committee Member Marek Niedzwiedz, Director of Rotherham-based Mar-Pro Invest Holding, who commented:

“There are many benefits for the UK economy in embracing enterprising foreign nationals wishing to establish businesses in the UK. Polish entrepreneurs have rapidly established themselves across the country and Poles rank high amongst all the nationalities that have set up businesses in the UK. More than 25,000 companies have been set up in the UK by Polish nationals, while another 80,000 Poles are self-employed. This represents a massive addition to the UK business population and, by integrating them fully into the trading community, opens extensive new marketing opportunities for adventurous entrepreneurs to exploit.”

Guests at the conference will include Master Cutler Richard Edwards, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester Leszek Rowicki, Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, Chairman of the International Trade Forum William Beckett and Head of Aviation Development at Sheffield-Doncaster Airport Chris Harcombe.

FSB South Yorkshire Chairman Andrew Flower commented:

“On 23 June 2016, Britain decided to leave the EU. Exactly 12 months later – on 23 June 2017 – the FSB will host the 2017 National Anglo-Polish Business Conference. This event will focus not on a diminishing role for UK companies in post-Brexit European trading arrangements, but on the realities of cementing our ongoing trading opportunities with Polish businesses both in the UK and in Poland.

“The early bookings indicate that the business community is firmly committed to an improving trading relationship with European countries. Long-established UK entrepreneurs are coming from far and wide to meet with their Polish counterparts, many of whom are new to the business world and new to the UK. But the real triumph lies in the qualities and demographic of the Polish business community guests, the vast majority of whom are young, enthusiastic, motivated, successful and want their businesses not only to be profitable but to play a part in British society as well.

“They share the aims and objectives of the FSB, which presents a prime opportunity to demonstrate to the emerging Anglo-Polish business community that the UK – and the Sheffield City Region in particular – is the place to establish a business for the future.”



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