WYG’s big Poland contract set to give lift to businesses

DESIGN and engineering consultancy WYG said its new 12.8m euro (£11.1m) contract to boost Poland’s economy will help more than 200 businesses recover from the downturn.

The Leeds-based group, which is increasingly branching out abroad, won the contract as part of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development’s (PAED) new Rapid Response Instrument project.

WYG, headed by chief executive Paul Hamer, is focusing on a five-city strategy – Warsaw, Ankara, Moscow, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai – to boost its global growth.

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Under the three-year project, which starts this month, WYG will offer government and European Union-subsidised business consultancy and training services to companies across Poland to help them combat the economic slowdown.

Andrzej Dziurdzik, director of WYG in Poland, said: “The main goal of the Rapid Response Instrument project is to provide training and consulting services to companies and employees at risk of negative effects of the economic slowdown.

“Those benefiting from the aid will be small, medium and large enterprises that are not at risk by definition, but can be affected by the slowdown.

“We have gained our expertise from working on numerous projects in various sectors and our team of experts are proficient in the services being provided on this project.”

Participating companies will initially receive in-depth consulting support, resulting in development plans. These plans will identify areas of weakness and draw up growth strategies. Around 210 firms are expected to benefit.

Michal Bonin, chief specialist at PAED, said: “Nowadays, many Polish companies need support to minimise the negative effects of rapid economic changes and to increase their productivity, innovation and competitiveness.

“From the experience WYG has in providing consulting and outplacement services, we felt that the consultancy was the best choice for this highly demanding project.”

WYG now has eight offices in Poland employing more than 250 staff.