When Marta Krupinska moved to Britain five years ago, she thought she had found her final destination — a place to call home.
Now, however, she’s not so sure.
“When I’m thinking about my future — where shall well live, what will we do, I am wondering — will London be the most welcoming place for us?” says Krupinska. “I very much hope that it will be.”
Originally from Poland, Krupinska is the cofounder and general manager of Azimo, a financial technology startup founded in London in 2012. The company makes an app that lets people easily send money overseas, usually to family or friends.
Azimo has offices in both London, where it employs 35 people, and Poland. Now, in the wake of Brexit, it is setting up a Dublin office to safeguard against any possible regulatory changes. Many other fintech and finance businesses are expected to take similar steps to cope with Brexit.
Krupinska’s personal story highlights that Brexit represents not just a potential operational challenge to UK businesses. Many fast-growing tech firms in Britain are founded or staffed by immigrants, many of them for the EU. Last year’s vote to leave is seen by some as a sign that they are not welcome.
“As we’re all telling the sad tales of Brexit, maybe this is something that’s sometimes forgotten,” Krupinska told Business Insider. “Ultimately very many of us migrants who come to the UK to set up businesses, we don’t only set up businesses, we make homes, we start families and we need to make the two work seamlessly together, business and personal.”