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Doing business in Poland. How to be successful?
August 26, 2010   
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Swedish and Danish entrepreneurs heard answers to this question during a conference marking the appointment of a representative of the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce (SPCC) for the Öresund region. The conference took place Aug. 23 in Malmö.

The Polish economy is regarded as very competitive compared to others across the world. The fact that Poland was the only EU country to report positive growth in 2009 (GDP grew 1.7 percent) confirms this and Poland’s positive image is encouraging many companies to invest and look for new opportunities on the Polish market.

The biggest companies, such as IKEA and Ericsson, have been active in Poland for years. After 1989, many new significant investors from Nordic countries appeared in Poland, but there are still plenty of untapped opportunities, especially in the small and medium enterprises (SME) sector.

Aware of this potential, the SPCC board decided to have a representative in the Öresund region (Malmö/Copenhagen).

“Big companies will find their way to Poland themselves using own analysis departments or external consulting companies,” said Lars Svensson, the SPCC’s representative in the Öresund region.

“Meanwhile, we aim to support small and medium-sized entrepreneurs looking for further opportunities for development,” he added. “For them, working with Polish partners may also be a very promising option.”

Lars Svensson worked for years in Poland as the president of Ericsson Polska and is willing to share his broad experience with Swedish companies.

During the conference entitled Doing business in Poland. How to be successful? speakers representing SPCC member companies presented their firms’ strategies for success on the Polish market. Participants were able to learn about the challenges such companies faced and the experience they gained as well as about the potential of the Polish market.
“To take an active part in building ‘cooperation bridges’ between Baltic Sea states is a priority for our organization. The SPCC is directly connected to most of those countries through its members,” said Peter T. Nielsen, chairman of the Scandinavian-Polish Chamber of Commerce.
Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, former Danish foreign minister and co-founder of the Council of Baltic Sea States, was a special guest at the conference.

As chairman of Baltic Development Forum, a non-profit networking organization that aims to foster the economic development of the Baltic Sea region, Ellemann-Jensen strongly supports cooperation between states in the Baltic Sea region.

The conference was organized in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Southern Sweden and the Baltic Development Forum.
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