chapter  11
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Translocal Lives: Polish Migrant Entrepreneurs in the Cities of the West Midlands, the United Kingdom

ByCATHERINE HARRIS

Marc owns a mortgage advice service in Lichfi eld, West Midlands, which was established in 2004. The business has grown dramatically since its beginnings as a small premises to now include two premises. From running the business with only three members of staff, Marc now employs more than 20 members of staff and is looking to further expand this business and to increase the number of businesses in his portfolio. This story of entrepreneurship has another interesting aspect-Marc is Polish. He arrived in the United Kingdom in May 2004, intending to establish a business in response to the U.K. government’s announcement that it would allow immediate free movement into the United Kingdom of A8 1 country workers following European Union (EU) accession. A second phase of accession took place in 2007, when Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU. As a result, EU accession prompted a wave of migration, and the arrival in the United Kingdom of Polish migrant entrepreneurs, such as Marc.