UKTI invites first time exporters to Poland

By Anita Jaynes on 24 August, 2015

First time exporters in the South West are invited to attend a short overseas business trip to Warsaw, Poland, between 6 – 8 October dedicated to building connections and learning on how to sell goods and services in the fast growing Central and Eastern Europe marketplace.

The visit, organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West, is one of five Export Insight Visits announced as part of UKTI’s First Time Exporters initiative.  It will help firms with little or no international sales experience to understand how to export from the front line.  The special package for South West businesses includes a full programme of in-market business seminars on trading with Central and Eastern Europe, flights, transfers, accommodation and meals at a cost of only £200 (excl VAT).

With the 8th largest, and fastest growing, economy in Europe (22nd largest  in the world),  Poland offers fantastic opportunities for first time exporters. The UK is the third largest exporter of services to Poland and the visit offers the chance to network with potential customers and colleagues in the market.  The two night stay will be led by one of UKTI’s expert International Trade Advisers and also includes 1-2-1 meetings with trade officers in Poland and the opportunity to meet with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Commenting on the visit, Russell Jones, UKTI Regional Director in the South West, said: “As a small business looking to trade overseas, there is no substitute for getting out there, making connections and finding the best route for your product or service. The visit to Warsaw ticks all these boxes and gives inexperienced firms the chance to find out what exporting is all about.

“For first time exporters, the task can be daunting, but a two night stay in the fastest growing economy in Europe should help to calm these nerves. From site visits to seminars all guided by an International Trade Adviser, the trip to Warsaw puts firms in pole position to tap into markets in Central and Eastern Europe.

“The UK already has strong connections in Poland. With our help, businesses can take advantage of these links and we could see the West Country to Warsaw become a thriving trade route. For businesses knocking on the international door, this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

UKTI is also arranging visits for first time exporters to the Republic of Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands later this year.

To book a place on any of these trips contact our International Market Visits Adviser, Angela Maynard-Smith on

For further information on UKTI’s support services in the South West, call 01275 370 944, email or visit