The inflow of new companies, both foreign and domestic, and their constant expansion are important factors that contribute to the growth of the economy. Investors create jobs, edu-cate workers, introduce the newest trends, foster urban, business and industrial development, increase economic and social competitiveness and the attractiveness of the entire country. Knowledge of corporate investment plans is important for assessing the state of the country’s economy and business owner sentiment. This report paints a relatively positive image of the Polish business environment, with hopes of maintaining growth and shrugging off possible economic crises.
Kraków’s higher education score (8.8) has undoubtedly had an impact on business development decisions in the region over the last several years. The Kraków metropolitan region, with its high growth potential and renowned educational institutions, has always been a destination of choice for high-tech investors. It comes as no surprise that Kraków has not only been Poland’s IT leader for the last several years, but also is the destination of choice for manufacturing research and development (R&D) centres. It should be noted that Kraków has a long list of achievements to its name, not necessarily related to new technology. Thanks to its positive image and international recognition, Kraków draws in young people from both Poland and abroad, which provides a steady stream of candidates with foreign language skills. That, in turn, has secured Kraków’s place as the nationwide SSC/BPO leader.
The ongoing growth of these sectors and the ready availability of professionals and graduates with the right competency sets have allowed Kraków to develop a strong base of middle and senior managers. Access to cutting-edge technologies, the attractiveness of the city and its surrounding region as well as the ongoing trend towards providing balanced work-life conditions are the leading reasons that encourage professionals and managers from across Poland to settle in Kraków.
THE INVESTMENT POTENTIAL
The Business Environment Overview made with the use of the Antal Investment Index showed that: