The theme for this year's congress was "Maximizing Business Opportunities in the UK: Expert Strategies for Business Growth."
The event adopted a roundtable format, where guests were allocated to one of ten tables, each of which hosted a matchmaking session later in the day. These tables covered a diverse range of business sectors, including construction, import-export, e-commerce, services, and professional industries.
Bart Kowalczyk, the CEO of PBLINK, opened the event by welcoming all the attendees and emphasizing PBLINK's unwavering commitment to supporting SMEs during challenging times.
Leonard Mergulhao, Deputy Regional Director at HSBC, took the stage, expressing his pride in hosting such a gathering of entrepreneurs in the HSBC headquarters.
The panel included distinguished members from various fields:
Kate Boguslawska Partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, Commercial Solicitor.
Karl Konicz, Chief Operations Officer at Circle UK Group Ltd.
Tanya Popeau, International Director at Live Synthesis Ltd.
Alex Landowski, Managing Director at Medical Logistics & Medical Laboratories,
Roy Johnson, Sandler Training Franchisee of the Year.
David Payne, Experienced accountant, auditor & tax advisor. Partner at Turpin Barker Armstrong.
Seonad Cook, Founder & CEO at Follow The Formula.
Yola Filipek, Chartered MCSI.
The panelists shared their expertise on various topics, including sustainability, audits, financial planning, mindset, sales strategies, and employment contracts. They provided valuable insights and advice on how businesses can navigate and thrive in the UK market.
Leonard Mergulhao discussed the importance of integrating sustainability into business strategies.
Kate Boguslawska explored the legal landscape and how to navigate business law in today's competitive environment.
David Payne demystified the audit process.
Roy Johnson shared insights on effective business strategies.
David Payne-Partner at Turpin Barker Armstrong.
HSBC's Sustainability Tracker
The congress concluded with a luncheon provided by HSBC, fostering further networking and informal discussions among attendees. The day continued with drinks at a nearby pub at Pergola on the Wharf, offering an ideal setting for further interaction.
In its 10th year, the congress by PBLINK and hosted by HSBC once again provided a platform for entrepreneurs to exchange knowledge, forge partnerships, and gain valuable insights. As the business landscape continues to evolve, this event remains a vital resource for SMEs looking to thrive in the UK market. With a decade of success behind them, PBLINK and its partners are well-positioned to continue supporting and empowering entrepreneurs for years to come.