Welwyn Hatfield was well represented in a recent trade mission to Poland, which was aimed at building contracts and exploring new markets.

SMEs TEMAG Pharma and Geyser Thermal Energy Ltd, from BioPark, Broadwater Road, and two from Hatfield joined the East of England trade mission to the capital Warsaw and the western city of Wroclaw.It was organised by the Enterprise Europe Network, an EU funded business support organisation. 

Lolli Olafsson, chief executive of Geyser Thermal Energy Ltd, said: “This was my first visit to Poland and also my first experience of attending a trade mission. I found it an exceptional opportunity to meet with a number of vetted potential partners with the support of the organisers Enterprise Europe Network. I think entering the market through a high profile trade mission visit is a great marketing boost for Geyser Thermal Energy. We experienced the kudos of being part of an approved delegation and the contacts we made will hopefully allow us to realise our potential in a market with massive untapped opportunity.”

The trip included more than 100 meetings, a briefing on cultural, legal, economic and financial issues and a reception with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce.

Organiser Mark Hoffman said: "Poland is a country I know well having visited regularly over many years and observing the magnificent transformation into a modern, revitalised and vibrant country, still buzzing with opportunity. This was our third visit to Poland in recent years and I am delight to hear all of the delegates have identified demand for their products and services in market and are well on their way to establishing partnerships with Polish companies they met over the three days."

The delegation included businesses in several sectors, including energy, cosmetics, agriculture, sustainable construction, pharmaceuticals and transport.