The Wielkopolska Region counts among the three most attractive Polish regions in terms of investment prospects. Its status is a result of such factors as transport accessibility, business support organisations, market absorptiveness, industry development level and transformation dynamics. In 2007, Fitch Ratings, an international rating agency, kept the domestic long-term rating in 2011 for Wielkopolska on the level AA+, which makes its long-haul rating outlook stable. Poland’s accession to the European Union increased the region’s financial and investment reliability and is not without significance. Wielkopolska is characterised by large shares of foreign capital in the region’s investment projects – over 80% of entities with foreign capital are located in Poznan and in the Poznan sub-region.
The potential found in Wielkopolska has already been widely appreciated by global concerns. The trust placed in the Region began to bear fruit just in the first six years of its social and economic transition, by which time foreign companies had already invested over USD 8 billion in Wielkopolska. The industry sectors most appealing to investors are food, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as transportation, machines and appliances. The share of the financial sector is significant, as is the growing share of trade. Among the foreign investments, German capital dominates, but the share of British, American, Dutch, Irish and Swedish participation is also sizeable. Among the major foreign investors are Beiersdorf, Volkswagen, MAN – from Germany, Glaxo Smith Kline from Great Britain, Wrigley Company, Exide from the USA, Bridgestone, Matsushita from Japan, Samsung from Korea, Nestle from Switzerland and Philips from the Netherlands.
However, new investors and entrepreneurs still come knocking on Wielkopolska’s door, as the region offers attractive plots of land of different surface areas, located in its various regions. in particular, the communal self-government authorities are interested in acquiring new investors, attracting them by means of favourable real estate purchase conditions, tax breaks and local fee cuts, as well as by offering assistance in clearing the necessary formalities related to starting business activity, and support in disseminating and implementing new technologies and innovations. Wielkopolska offers an exceptionally favourable climate and conditions for safe investment.
More information is available from:
The Association of Wielkopolska Municipalities and Counties
www.sgipw.wlkp.pl and http://en.umww.pl/ and http://www.eboi.umww.pl/index.php?module=site&controller=site&command=registration&lang=en