East of England international trade organisations Enterprise Europe Network and UK Trade & Investment are organising a business visit to Poland for local companies interested in tapping into Poland’s growing economy.

The Central European country has experienced constant economic growth for the last two decades, expanding at twice the rate of Western Europe as an increasingly affluent middle class have driven domestic demand.

Delegates are being encouraged to register for the trade mission in order to take advantage of pre – arranged business – to – business meetings with Polish companies in Poznan from 7 – 9 October.

European Trade Adviser, Mark Hofman, who is coordinating the visit said: “Over the last decade I have seen the economic, social and political transformation in Poland with my own eyes.

“Poland is an open, accessible market and a lot easier to export to than what many people would assume. English is widely spoken and in some regions wages are now on a par with the UK.”

Local businesses will also have the opportunity to visit POLEKO International Trade Fair, attend an in – market briefing with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce, UKTI Poland and networking events with local companies.

One of Poland’s largest international trade fairs, Poznan’s POLEKO covers practically all areas of the construction industry, energy and renewables, municipal technology and services, control and measurement equipment, water and waste management sectors and flood protection systems.

Fast - track economic growth is forecast to continue in Poland with Brussels awarding Europe's 6th most populous country a further €105.8 bn for the next strategic period, 2014 - 2020, as well as billions more in unspent structural funds to be carried over from the 2007 - 2013 period.

According to a HSBC forecast, the Polish economy will grow by an average 3.9% a year every year until 2050. In 2012 UK exports to the democratic republic reached £3.4 billion.

A grant may be available to eligible East of England companies, towards the cost of travel and accommodation.

Any interested businesses should contact Mark Hofman by emailing m.hofman@eeneast.org.uk  or call 01707 398069 for more information.