Editor’s note: why does Poland not promote its success more?
One of Poland Today’s main aims, since we first started in 2012, has been to bring Poland to the world and the world to Poland. It was in this spirit that we organised our second international media tour last month, inviting leading business and economic journalists from major titles around the globe to Warsaw to meet high level business leaders and politicians from both sides of the spectrum. The idea was for them to hear more about the country’s economic achievements and business opportunities. When Poland makes the news in other countries, it’s often news of a political nature. This is to some extent natural – politics understandably grabs the headlines. What we want to do, however, is to promote a better understanding of the business and economic context in which the country functions. One of the journalists asked if Poland wants to export its ‘model’. On being asked what he meant by this, he explained that – through his country’s eyes – Poland is seen as an economic role model. The ‘Polish economic model’, he said, could be an example for other countries who are in difficult economic circumstances – as Poland was 30 years ago. Why, he wanted to know, does Poland not promote its success more? Good question. sometimes it takes fresh eyes to see what’s right in front of you.
As Poland Today consistently emphasises, the country has a great story, and it needs to get better at telling it. On the subject of economic success, Poland’s numerous sMe’s have been a major force behind this. Many are family owned, and the topic of management succession is in the air as the generation which set up the companies and established them on the marketplace passes on the reins to the next. To thrive, many will need to look for new markets abroad in a way that Polish companies have tended to avoid doing in the past. In this issue, we take a look at some companies which are facing both challenges head on.
Richard Stephens is editor of Poland Today, which he founded in 2012. He also organizes, runs and moderates conferences on a variety of topics in Poland and abroad. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine and founded the Eurobuild Awards Gala event. Richard has a degree in Theology & Religious Studies from Bristol University in England.