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Andrew Wrobel

About Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel is the head of content strategy and publishing at Emerging Europe. Trained as a journalist and a filmmaker, he has worked for press and broadcast media for over 15 years, covering business and economy. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications and reports. He specialises in nation branding (PhD candidate). He's a frequent moderator, panellist and commentator. Twitter: @andrew__wrobel

MIPIM 2016 — Exploring Property Investment Opportunities Across Emerging Europe

When asked what is the world’s largest property and location promotion event, anyone who knows about the topic will say it’s MIPIM, or Marché International des Professionnels de l’Immobilier. This is a forum that brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors, as well as local and regional authorities who are looking for potential investors.  Continue reading MIPIM 2016 — Exploring Property Investment Opportunities Across Emerging Europe

JIVR Bike — Aiming to Make Life Better In Big Cities

2016 started well for the inventor of JIVR Bike — he was included in Forbes “30 Under 30 Europe” list. The publication featured 300 young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across Europe who are all under 30 years of age and who are transforming business, technology, finance, media, and culture.

Marcin Piątkowski, the Founder and CEO of Jam Vehicles, one of Europe’s 30 Industry talents, spoke to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial for Emerging Europe, about his start-up’s success and the long and bumpy road that led to it as well as his vision for the company’s future development. Continue reading JIVR Bike — Aiming to Make Life Better In Big Cities

Wizz Air — the Sky’s No Longer the Limit

Wizz Air is a Hungarian low-cost airline that offers over 400 routes across Europe and beyond and which has just been awarded the global Value Airline of the Year award (2016). The company successfully completed an initial public offering, in February 2015, and has since been listed on the London Stock Exchange. After just one year, the company’s shares were given an average rating of “Buy” by the seven research firms that currently cover the stock exchange.

József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, talked to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial of Emerging Europe, about the company’s recent successes, as well as the very beginnings and the plans for the next two decades. Continue reading Wizz Air — the Sky’s No Longer the Limit

Inglot — Colouring the Face Of the World

Wojciech Inglot was a chemist, a cosmetics’ maker and a visionary, who set up his company in Przemyśl, in Cold War Poland near the border with Ukraine. He passed away on 23 February, 2013. Undoubtedly, one of his greatest achievements was creating a healthier nail polish formula. His heritage is Inglot, one of the world’s fastest developing cosmetics’ producers, with stores popping up around the globe.

Zbigniew Inglot, Co-Owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inglot Cosmetics and the founder’s brother, talked to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial of Emerging Europe, about his company’s amazing history and future plans. Continue reading Inglot — Colouring the Face Of the World

My Inebriating Journey Across Emerging Europe

Georgians figured it out pretty well. They won’t let you enter their country in a bad mood. You might have sat next to a grumpy or noisy neighbour on your flight but the moment you reach immigration and the passport control officer hands you a bottle of Georgian Saperavi wine you should consider yourself bought by the people’s never ending hospitality and feel certain you’re going to love the country. That is what happened to me last week. Continue reading My Inebriating Journey Across Emerging Europe

Let’s keep on fighting stereotypes

I honestly had no idea what to expect when I was coming to Minsk for the first time in August 2014. I don’t think I had ever thought I would be taken off the street by the militia or that I would freeze my butt as soon as I go out, as they say the most common stereotypes about Belarus are. But I must admit my curiosity was piqued. What I found when I arrived  were amazingly nice and helpful people, delicious food, a beautiful, modern and very clean city that is not much different, if at all, from any other European capital.

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Recovering GDP Growth In Bulgaria Points To a Thriving Bulgarian Economy

As one of the newest members of the European Union and 15th largest countries in Europe, the potential for economic growth and possibility for doing business in Bulgaria is endless. The country’s population count is at 7.97 million, with the market that comes with it. So investors looking to export to a country, which also happens to offer some of the most competitive business costs in the region, should look to Bulgaria’s lowest tax rates in Europe and generally low labour costs. Continue reading Recovering GDP Growth In Bulgaria Points To a Thriving Bulgarian Economy