Thursday, 31 July 2014


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Good news for food and drink producers in the Lincolnshire area wishing to increase their exporting footprint into Central Europe.

Representatives from the British Chambers of Commerce in Poland and Romania and in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and “Select Lincolnshire for Food” are holding an export seminar on this sector on the morning of the 10th September at the Bentley Hotel, Newark Road, South Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9NH.

Why come along to this event.., well according to HMRC, Poland for instance is the 2nd fastest export market for food and drink in the EU with general exports increasing by 10% year on year. It is the largest Central and Eastern Europe country population wise with 39 million people followed by Romania with 22 million and, for the CEE as a whole, a combined population of 100 million.

Rising middle classes, an increasing disposable income and a strong taste for UK products makes this a regional market that cannot be ignored.

There will be overviews of the two countries, the opportunities there for the sector, the best way to enter the markets, advice on the do’s and don’ts,  and an opportunity to get a real feel for the markets with one to one meetings with the Polish and Romanian  Chambers’ personnel.

The chambers will also advise on the help they can afford in country with their access to customers, distributors and agents, logistics, access to translation and other services plus any legal requirements.

This is an excellent opportunity to see whether these markets are right for you now, or in the near future.

Presenter Marek Schejbal
Mark has lived and worked in Poland for many years and has developed and successfully managed the “Taste of Britain” Spring 2014 edition.

He set up and managed “One Agenda” a consultancy providing Research, Market Entry, Supply Chain and
Management services for companies developing business in CEE - from Poland to Turkey.

Some top-line results include:
  • Market entry process for over 200 companies from numerous countries
  • Approx. 50% from UK across various sectors from SMEs to large corporations
  • Managed group projects for inbound Trade Missions to Poland from: Turkey, Greece, UK, Korea and Brazil. And outbound to UK, Russia and Ukraine.
  • Introduced and acted as agent for Sharwoods product range of sauces in Poland.
  • Set up and managed supply chains in CEE for Asda, Walmart, Kingfisher (B&Q, Castorama).

Former CEO of international advertising networks in Poland: Ogilvy & Mather Group, GGK Direct (Lowe Group).

Presenter Richard Reese
Richard Reese is a successful entrepreneur in professional services. Richard set up and built out one of the leading management training companies in Romania, as well as a sales development company oriented towards sustainable results and a coaching company.

Now he is leading the professional business centre at the British‐Romanian Chamber of Commerce to actively attract and help British businesses find their way to Romanian markets. Richard is currently CEO at the British‐Romanian Chamber of Commerce,where he runs a project on increasing British investments in and export to Romania, financed by the UK government.

He selected a team of professionals to make solid information available about opportunities in Romania, draft business intelligence reports, provide entry support and sustain existing British business all over Romania. His aim is to make the service centre fully self‐sustainable in maximum 3 years.

08.30 -09.15 Registration and refreshments.

09.15 -09.25 Prompt start .Welcome and introduction. Louis Balestrini Regional Coordinator East Midlands’ Chambers of Commerce.

09.25 – 11.00 Poland. Food and beverage opportunities. Marek Schejbal, Senior consultant British Polish chamber of Commerce.

11.00 -11.15 Break

11.15 -12.00 Romania. Food and beverage opportunities. Richard Reese CEO British Romanian Chamber of Commerce.
12.00 – onwards Buffet lunch networking, and one to one opportunity to meet the Chamber representatives.

The event will be open to producers of food and drink and associated industries.

Small samples and/or literature can be brought, be sure to bring your business cards.

Video link to the British Polish Business Centre in Warsaw. 

To book your place please follow this link. 

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