The UK and Poland has long had good foreign relations, the two non-eurozone countries often allying to block the strong Franco-German tandem in negotiations in Brussels.
Britain also backed Poland’s entry into the European Union (EU) and was one of just three countries that fully opened it’s doors to workers immediately Poland joined the EU back in 2004.
British exports to Poland have tripled over the last decade and Poland has a larger trade surplus with Britain than with any other country.
So if you’ve an export business, there’s a good chance you’ll be trading with Poland at some point, and if you do you should stay in touch via teleconference, or conference call – the most cost-effective and convenient way to do business.
And here’s how to set up a conference call using nothing more than a landline or mobile phone.
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Poland
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to get your free PIN and then click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template into which you should enter the time, date and subject of the conference call you’re setting up.
Choose UK and Poland dial-in codes, click ‘Copy this invitation’, before pasting it into an email and sending it to up to 100 participants.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 0 250 250
– Poland participants dial 22-1168024
Your conference call can now begin!
Where is Poland?
Poland shares land borders with 7 countries – Belarus, Lithuania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Russia – and offers an ideal gateway to eastern Europe.
What is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on traveling to Poland?
There are no inherent risks involved in travelling to Poland, with no reports of terrorism (although this can never be completely ruled out) and crime against tourists is also very rare, but incidents do occur and in some cases attacks have been racially motivated.
You should also be aware that some unregulated taxi drivers do operate at the Warsaw airports and elsewhere, and commonly overcharge. This is why you should only ever use official taxis, which you will be able to identify easily as they have the name and telephone number of the taxi company on the side of the door and on the top of the taxi. And to help endure you’re not overcharged, official taxis will also show a rate card on the window of the vehicle. Some scammers will try to pass themselves off as official taxis, so be aware that taxis with a crest but no company name are not officially registered.
It’s also worth noting that there is a greater risk of robbery at main rail stations, when you are most at risk while boarding and leaving trains.
You should also be vigilant when buying drinks in bars and nightclubs, as overcharging does take place, and there have been reports of large amounts of money being charged to debit or credit cards.
In the main though, you should just be as vigilant as you would be in any other European country, and feel free to travel to Poland and do business as you would any other country.
For more information, visit GOV.UK
What is the best time to call Poland from the UK?
Budget airlines run numerous flights between London and Krakow and flight times are in the region of two-and-a-half hours. During summer there is a one-hour time difference, this goes to two when UK daylight saving time kicks in, so no need to worry about calling at an unsociable hour.