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MATTEO ANGOLINI – "Elettrostandard Polska", 1.5 year in Poland

Before I came to Poland, I did not know much about business in Kraków and Małopolska. I had some knowledge about Kraków, Auschwitz and Wieliczka, but it was a common knowledge of an average tourist. Moving to the capital of Małopolska with my family, I was quite worried about weather, language and organization of everyday life, as we needed a nursery for our baby girl. Luckily everything turned out to be fine - the city had everything we needed. We knew the potential tax benefits (underlined by our CEO) offered to investors in Niepołomicka Investment Zone. I am convinced that the Polish government uses European funds in a good way to attract foreign investors. That is why the Polish market is growing rapidly in all respects, and we may also observe this growth in the energy sector. Elettrostandard Polska develops very fast - we already have plans to expand the factory and we hope to complete these plans as soon as possible. I think that in terms of industry and volume of investments Poland will soon become one of the most important countries in Europe. And what needs to be changed to make foreign investors feel better in Małopolska? Currently - probably nothing - we just hope that the new access road from the highway to Niepołomice will be opened soon - we know that the works are already under way.

ANDREW HALLAM – Aspire, 19 years in Poland

In the last years, the most visible and important change in Kraków is the fact that people started again to believe in the city - they are more optimistic about its future and residents. I think that our industry - advanced business services and technology - has significantly contributed to this change. We have something important to communicate, something that we all can be proud of. In terms of economy, we are one of the top cities in Europe. Our sector is also a gateway to the global economy for Kraków, as we provide services to customers from all over the world. What's more, our employees are paid well and start to build promising careers here in Kraków. This is a clear change. Good work and good prospects for young people. We see the increasing number of young people, who decide to stay in Kraków, but the city itself also attracts people from other places - they come to work and live here. In this sense, we are witnessing a mental change comparable to the collapse of Berlin Wall. Kraków has an incredibly rich history and this heritage gives us the energy to keep going. By gaining confidence, we become more open and we build mutual trust through dialogue. I think people see that collaboration creates more options and opportunities for all of us. We aspire to become a stronger global player, so it is important to collaboratively respond to challenges and difficulties. Our achievements in recent years, should make us proud and confident about the future.

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RICHARD LUCAS – "HCL", 23 years in Poland

I moved to Kraków in 1991. It was a different world. Nothing worked as it should. Banking sector was very poor, telecommunications infrastructure was bad, bureaucracy complicated everything and work efficiency in government offices was way below standards. Moreover, it wasn't easy to find a good place at a reasonable price. It is the private sector that finally improved the banking sector, telecommunications industry and most of the services. The European Union has done a great job by limiting the possibility of formulating bad laws by the government. But what next? The efficiency of government activities must improve. Poland and Małopolska should follow the best practices from other countries, such as Estonia, Switzerland and Singapore, which have lower taxes and much more efficient state services. We need significant cuts in the number of state employees. We should stop inventing new and expensive initiatives to "help business" and start to demand results from those who are paid for managing the existing programs. All formalities in state agencies should be managed faster and cheaper than anywhere in the world. Ronald Reagan said that the most terrifying words in English language are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help".

ANGELA SALIBA – Sheraton Kraków Hotel, 1 year in PolandI did not know what to expect, but I imagined a rather old and uninteresting city. I was positively surprised - in the city centre I found very nice hotels and buildings of many global corporations. Warsaw - with its shops, bars and restaurants and rich social life - proved to be a very cosmopolitan city. My impressions were very positive. Moving to Kraków was even a greater surprise. It was more than I expected - both in professional and personal terms. It is a great city: flourishing, open for business, with employees that are dynamic, energetic, highly skilled and willing to work hard with the focus on providing exceptional service. I am impressed by the investments of global companies that contribute to the development of Kraków - they make the city the best business base. This demonstrates their trust in the city and in Polish employees. After one year in Kraków, I am still very optimistic and confident in the bright future and business opportunities for the city. And what should be changed? From my experience, probably one of the biggest challenges for foreign business representatives is Polish language. It would be great to see more English information throughout the city. This would help many long-term visitors to integrate with the city and the country.