With the government encouraging UK businesses to expand their horizons and look to overseas markets to grow their businesses, Britannia Training recently joined a group of Norfolk businesses on an exploratory trip to Warsaw to look at providing services via recruitment agencies and training providers with UK interests.
Poland is one of nine emerging European Countries and identified by UKTI as a good target for UK companies looking to trade globally. Poland is one of several with strong Norfolk links, with Poland supplying a high proportion of workers into the agricultural sector in the county. It is also easily accessible with daily flights from Stansted.
A reception was held at the British Embassy in Warsaw. The local Polish Chamber of Commerce presented facts and figures on the country’s food industry and offered support to the group moving forward. The UKTI staff at the Embassy arranged an afternoon session of “meet the buyers” where retailers, growers, processors, recruitment companies and others attended to learn more about the UK products and services available from the Norfolk firms. A reception late afternoon presented a networking event with local chamber members.
Ewa van Veenendaal-Rawicz, Deputy Director, UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy, Poland. “Poland is an exciting market with a wealth of opportunities across all the sectors. Food and drink has a strong manufacturing base in Poland and there are numerous opportunities around food health and safety, technologically advanced equipment and supply change management. Whilst this was just an initial visit, the companies found out how easy it is to get to Poland and arrange another visit to follow up on the contacts they made”.
Colin Wright, MD at Britannia was part of the expedition. Providing training and consultancy services to companies overseas is viewed as an essential part of Britannia’s growth. Attendees to the “meet the buyer” event included local and national recruitment agencies and training providers with potential opportunities servicing the Polish market and focusing on training and safety to meet UK guidelines.
“Thousands of Polish people live and work in the UK with a high concentration of agricultural workers in the Eastern counties. Whilst to date we have delivered food hygiene, first aid and other training requirements solely into the UK food sector, we believe there is an opportunity to work with recruitment companies and others in Poland to ensure migrant workers heading for the UK have the relevant safety accreditations to start work immediately on arrival. Making the recruitment and training process much simpler for UK companies employing overseas staff. The trip was useful with recruitment connections made as well as meeting several members of the local Chamber and Embassy willing to assist my business”. Colin Wright, MD, Britannia Training.
The city provides quick and easy links to Norfolk. With the support of the Embassy and the local Chamber of Commerce who recently opened a British Business Centre in the heart of the city with training and meeting room facilities for UK companies to use. Colin anticipates that training could commence by the end of the year.
The Norfolk group of businesses will look to work closer together exploring other potential overseas opportunities, sharing thoughts and other information closer to home.
To find out more about Britannia’s overseas offerings contact Colin on 0808 115 6300 for more information about Britannia’s training services visit britanniaits.com