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Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre Wins Best Employer of the Year Award

Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Employer of the Year’ by Rzeczpospolita Newspaper. read more

Raben Group announces acquisition of German Road Network and operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia from Wincanton

European logistics operator, Raben Group, has today announced the acquisition of Wincanton’s German Road Network activities and businesses in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, subject to conditions. read more

Commercial properties in Poland in the years 1991-2011 and development prospects

This year marks twenty years since the global commercial real estate advisory firm Cushman & Wakefield began its operation in Poland. read more

HSBC conducted the first ever transaction in RMB in Poland

Having widened its offer by solutions enabling trade settlements with Chinese partners in RMB, HSBC bank has conducted the first RMB transaction in the history of Polish bank sector. read more

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Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre Wins Best Employer of the Year Award

Remco Norden, general manager of the Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre, said “We’re delighted to have been awarded the title of ‘Best Employer of the Year’. As well as a positive acknowledgement of what we do for our team members, this has also inspired us to further expand the activities on offer to ensure our team members are happy, proud and satisfied.”

To motivate its valued team members, Hilton Warsaw provides an array of special HR programs including; ‘Team Members of the Month’, ‘Team Members of the Year’ awards as well as monthly team member recognition events to celebrate success. Our strong focus on career development of employees is supported by regular appraisals, complimentary E-learning courses accessible for each employee, English classes and assisting in pursuing both national and international career aspirations. Furthermore a strong focus is put on communication by monthly department meetings, quarterly Team Member Forums and internal newsletters. The “Blue Energy” program encourages team member engagement and ownership for guest satisfaction and “to make it right” for our guests. Additional benefits we provide are the Fit Profit Program, preferential medical insurance, the Hilton Team Member Travel Program as well as organising social events for our Team Members.

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Raben Group announces acquisition of German Road Network and operations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia from Wincanton

European logistics operator, Raben Group, has today announced the acquisition of Wincanton’s German Road Network activities and businesses in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia, subject to conditions.

The acquisition is an important step towards Raben Group’s vision of achieving leadership positions in all of its chosen markets. Wincanton’s operations will build on Raben’s existing customer portfolio with more leading names from the automotive, consumer goods and industrial sectors.

The Wincanton businesses in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia provide both in-country contract logistics solutions and operate regional transport contracts across the Central and Eastern European countries. The biggest part of the transaction - the German Road Network - operates from 16 depots and primarily offers domestic and international groupage services.

In Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Poland and Slovakia Wincanton generated a turnover of approximately €373m for the year ended 31 March 2011 and operates from 56 depots and offices across all these countries. It employs approximately 2 550 people, who will transfer to Raben Group on completion of the sale.

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Commercial properties in Poland in the years 1991-2011 and development prospects

This year marks twenty years since the global commercial real estate advisory firm Cushman & Wakefield began its operation in Poland.

The 1990s

Office market

The beginnings of the modern commercial space market in Poland date back to the 1990s, which were a time of major political and economic transformations. The developing free market economy kindled an increased interest in the Polish market among foreign investors. In the early 1990s there were only a few modern office buildings, including Intraco (built in the 1970s), the Elektrim building and the Silver Tower.

Paulina Misiak, Partner, Office Department, Cushman & Wakefield, says: “Rental rates at those buildings were exorbitant and reached USD 54 per square metre at schemes such as Intraco, for instance. Typical offices were located largely in administration buildings or tenement houses. They were small rooms on each side of a long corridor. The president’s office was the company’s executive suite.”

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HSBC conducted the first ever transaction in RMB in Poland

Having widened its offer by solutions enabling trade settlements with Chinese partners in RMB, HSBC bank has conducted the first RMB transaction in the history of Polish bank sector.

This makes Poland one of over 40 countries from 6 continents where HSBC has become the pioneer in RMB trade settlements. This is another step in pursuing HSBC Group’s strategy in corporate banking – to be the leading bank for international business.

„We now have know-how from Poland and other countries, where HSBC conducted transactions in the Chinese currency. We want to make Polish companies familiar with mechanisms determining the behavior of the Chinese market. We’re ready to support our customers in their cooperation with Chinese partners and in settlements in RMB. We trust our offer will be interesting for companies engaged in trade exchange with China and that the just conducted transaction will be one of many”, says Pawel Kusiak, head of CMB and Global Banking at HSBC Bank Polska SA.

At present around 30% of companies serviced by the bank use trade finance products, out of which every third trades with Asia. “We estimate that the number of our customers trading with China will grow by 40% by the end of 2011, also thanks to the new RMB offer”, adds Pawel Kusiak.

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