Meeting of the leaders of G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance was conducted between 11th and 16th of May in Katowice. The meeting gathered young entrepreneurs from 20 biggest economies of the World. The representatives visited Silesian Voivodeship at the invitation of the YES for Europe the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs from Brussels and Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
Between 11th and 16th May 2018, world business will settle in Silesia. This year, the leaders of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance are going to visit Poland for the first time. The visit of several tens of entrepreneurs from the largest organizations of entrepreneurs from 20 major world’s economies in Katowice, is an event to forecast the European Congress of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises - the largest networking and knowledge-offering meeting of the SME sector in Europe, and one of the largest in the world, to be held between 17th and 19th October 2018, at the International Congress Centre, already for the eighth time.
They generate 50% of GDP and create over 70% of jobs. They co-finance ZUS [the Social Insurance Institution] and they contribute to the “500+” programme. Still, they encounter a number of difficulties - not only the fiscal and legal ones, but also those related to their everyday business activities. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises more frequently command: “Unleash business!”
Celje International Business Forum
From 12th to 13th of September Cejle (Slovakia) will become a place for international business. During these two days will take place “Celje International Business Forum”. The main theme of this year edition is “Innovative Sales&Marketing and Distribution Channels”
During the first day of the Forum participants will take part in business meetings and banquet. The second day will be devoted to discussion panels about sales, marketing and distribution.
More information and programme of the event below:
Last week was very busy for our Chamber. Four days after the meeting with Belarusian entrepreneurs we hosted in Katowice delegation from South Africa. They came to Poland as a part of their business mission to Visegrad Group countries. The delegation was represented by the companies from various branches (e.g., IT, Armaments and Import-Export of Goods), group was leaded by delegates from Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal office.
The delegation took a part in lunch organized in Moodra Restaurant* in Katowice. During the luncheon companies from Silesian Region and South Africa conduct presentations about their enterprises. Future Processing, Netizens and Works 11 was the companies from Silesia where South Africa was represented by i.e. Astel, Olal Engineering and TNI. After the presentation part the companies conduct B2B meetings. Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal Office lead conversations with representative of Silesian Region Mr. Krzysztof Dudziński, and Mr. Łukaszem Ciepłym who represent Katowice Special Economic Zone. Vice-president Mr. Tomasz Zjawiony and International Affairs Director Mr. Jacek Woźnikowski conduct conversations in the name of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
*We recommend Moodra Restaurant as a venue for business meetings and official lunches
On Monday 27th of March our Chamber hosted a delegation of Belarusian entrepreneurs and representatives of higher education from Gomel Region. The delegation was leaded by Mrs. Marina Filonova, Director of the Gomel Branch of Belarusian Chamber Of Commerce and Industry. Meeting in Katowice was a part of the visit of the delegation in Cracow at the III European Congress of Local Governments.
The meeting started with the presentation of Gomel Region and Gomel Branch of Belarusian Chamber Of Commerce and Industry, introduction showed many business opportunities in Gomel. The presentation was leaded by Mrs. Marina Filonova.
After the presentation, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice together with Director of Gomel Branch of The Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry signed the Memorandum of Understanding which is a new road in our cooperation.
Second part of the meeting was B2B session with the representative of JSC "Gomelstroimaterialy", who came to Katowice to speak with the Silesian companies which produces coke from the coal. After the B2B meeting representatives of both Chambers discussed areas of cooperation at the next European Congress of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.
If You are a British entrepreneur and you seek for knowledge about how to start business after arriving to Poland, British-Polish Chamber of Commerce in Poland made a perfect guide.
The “Doing Business in Poland Guide” is a first comprehensive document about starting and conducting business in our country.
The document was prepared together with UK’s Department for International Trade and PWC.
You can read the guide by clicking to this link: http://bpcc.org.pl/uploads/ckeditor/attachments/11465/Doing_Business_in_Poland_guide_reklama.pdf
In 2016 entrepreneurs again choose Silesia as a place for their investments. Till the end of September Katowice Special Economic Zone gave out 16 licenses for activity on the sum of 1,3 bln zlotych, this help to make 1100 new workplaces and keep near 6000. This is more workplaces than in 2015. Entrepreneurs who decided to make investments in Silesia were e.g. : „Brembo Poland”, „TI Poland”, „CERAMO”. 2016 is a good year for our economic zone, KSSE have been placed in “fDi Global Free Zones of the Year 2016” and awarded as the best economic zone in Central-East Europe.
We encourage you to read the “fDi Global Free Zones of the Year 2016” and learn about the best economic zones in the world also we are publishing “Regional Investment Attractiveness of Silesia Voivodship” which was made for The Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency. All the reports are available below.
“Three days of inspiration for innovation” is the slogan of this year, VI European Congress of Small and Medium Enterprises in Katowice, which will be held on 10-12 October in Katowice. Among the most important topics next to innovation will be: international cooperation, capital development, law, education of success and cooperation with the local government and science.
Along with the announcement of the program, we started the registration of participants on 4th of July. To participate in selected events you have only to complete the registration form at https://rejestracja.ekmsp.eu/system/en/login/.
Last year we were hosting 6000 guests from 43 countries. Congress has become the biggest event for the SME sector in Europe.
Innovation is - according to the organizers of the Congress - the most important challenge of 2016 year for small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. Every year during the Congress beyond the diagnosis of trends in the SME sector there are also created concrete solutions. The main theme of the sixth edition is "Three days of inspiration for innovation."
- Too often, entrepreneurs associate the competitiveness with lowering operating costs and too rarely they can see it in innovation. In Poland, less than 1% of GDP is spent on the sphere of research + development. The situation is different in Europe. Innovation is one of the priorities of the European Union. In the EU budget for 2014-2020 it was provided 10 billion euros for the research and development projects and innovation in Poland. A large part of these funds is dedicated for companies. This are huge challenges and opportunities, which we will discuss during the Congress - explains Tadeusz Donocik, president of the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice, the organizer of the Congress.
New directions: the Americas, the Visegrad Group, Eastern Europe and Iran
As every year, the Congress will have a unique international dimension. It will be patronged by The High Patronage of European Parliament and the great number of visitors and international delegations will take part in it. For the first time since 1989 Poland has a positive foreign trade. This success would not be achived without meetings of entrepreneurs from different countries. For years one of the most important of these meetings are Katowice.
This year, the main directions of the Congress will be: North and South America, Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine, Belarus and Iran. This international character will be emphasized by the accompanying event: V4 Young Entrepreneurs Summit Katowice, during which young entrepreneurs from the Visegrad Group countries will be debating about startups, (sharing economy, or communication in the framework of the Academy of Marketing and Sales. The second event will be the meeting called Future Entrepreneurs, during which the future entrepreneurs will meet the leaders of political, economic, social and cultural life. They will consider whether the American Dream is still possible.
7 different thematic paths
As every year Congress is composed of several thematic paths in which are organized various sessions and events. In addition to international cooperation and innovation it will include Capital for development. Under this thematic path participants will debate about various aspects of cooperation with financial institutions. Problems with external financing affect not only new businesses of high-risk groups (eg. Start-ups), but also companies with limited resources or lack of the necessary knowledge in this field.
One of the main paths will be Law for every day. The importance of the legal aspects of the business provides data: 66% of entrepreneurs in their business activity as the main barrier indicate the instability of the law. For example in 2015 tax laws were changed up to 55 times, that is an average of once a week! It means tahat the Polish entrepreneur operates weekly in a different tax environment. The more important is the fact that the participants of the Congress for the first time will be able to meet the Ombudsman, who will present the work of the Office in the area of protection of the rights of entrepreneurs.
Education for success path will be dedicated to issues related to the inclusion of entrepreneurs to the process of training new personnel or the creation of the Corps of Experts and a special Fund of the Development for Vocational Education.
The program will have also panels concerning development and motivation of employees. Psychologists, personal trainers, teachers and entrepreneurs will take part in them.
As part of the path of My city, my region will be presented areas of cooperation of local government and business, as well as the most interesting solutions used by local governments in Poland and abroad. Complementation of the debates will be presentations of cities and regions during the Fair Business Expo.
Prospects for the development is a series of sessions dedicated to family businesses, the role of labor offices in preparing workers to meet the needs of companies, water and overland transport, and how companies can effectively communicate with their clients.
It is impossible to describe all of the congressional panels. Some of them promises to be an exceptionally interesting. And so during the panel Towards the stars, participants will debate how business entity from the SME sector can participate in the work of Polish Space Agency. And during the panel Clean air the participants will discuss what benefits, beyond health, can bring eliminating smog and pollution. They will also consider whether it will be a chance for "black area" in the dimension of innovation and economic development?
As part of the VI European Congress of Small and Medium Enterprises will also be accompanying events: Trade Business Expo and Local Government program, which supports SMEs. Pay attention to the program of this year's Fair Business Expo where you will get not only an offer over a hundred exhibitors, but mainly held meetings with experts, business practices and take part in the business meetings and events. The fair is also an opportunity to meet practitioners and authorities of marketing, sales and HR.
We gladly announce that VI European Congress of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises will be held on 10th-12th October 2016 in the International Congress Center in Katowice. We kindly invite You to take part in the biggest SME sector meeting in Europe! Registration will be free of charge. Registration form will be available on July.