On July 4, invited experts, the city authorities, representatives of higher education facilities and enterprises operating in Bydgoszcz participated in a "Kanapa Forebesa" (Forbes' Coach) meeting organized by the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park and Forbes monthly magazine. The central idea of the meeting was "The Perfect Location for an Investment: Industrial Park and Economic Zone as the Key to Investors' Success?" The guests tried to answer the question: "What actions should be taken by investment area managers to make their offer interesting for both national and foreign investors?" In addition, such issues as the role of industrial parks on the investment map of Poland, and the future of special economic zones were discussed.
Moreover, during the evening the winners of the President of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park Awards were announced, and the key point of the event was an interview with a special guest sitting on the Forbes' Coach. The meeting was even more interesting due to the fact that BPPT's invitation was accepted by Robert Gwiazdowski, PhD – the President of the Adam Smith Centre.
Participants of the discussion panel “The Perfect Location for an Investment: Industrial Park and Economic Zone as the Key to Investors' Success?” included:
- Mr Rafał Bruski, the President of Bydgoszcz,
- Ms Joanna Wolff, the Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Development of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.
- Ms Joanna John-Błażyńska, Member of the Board of the National Association of the Forum of Industrial and Technological Parks and the President of the Grudziądz Industry Park,
- Ms Magdalena Szmulewska-Wich, the Director of Deloitte Doradztwo Podatkowe Sp. z o.o. (Doloitte Tax Consulting), a Special Economic Zones expert acting in the whole country,
- Mr Piotr Iwański, the Deputy President of the Management Board of the Hanplast company,
- Mr Łukasz Niedźwiecki, the President of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park.
"If someone wants to invest in Bydgoszcz, such a person is always welcome," says Rafał Bruski, the President of Bydgoszcz. "The city has to help the investor in various official matters."
According to the participants of the discussion, the greatest encouragement for companies to invest in Industrial Parks is the tax relief offered in special zones within parks. Such issues as suitable preparation of the area for starting a business activity, initiating cooperation with the scientific world in order to accelerate innovations and with schools and higher education facilities in order to provide appropriate staff, the distance to the customers, and the price of the land are important as well. "There are also other factors, defined, for example, as "the investor's wife syndrome," for whom it is important, for example, to have access to an English-speaking nursery school," said Joanna Wolff, the Deputy Director of the Department of Regional Development of the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.
In the participants' opinion, to be able to make full use of cooperation between business and higher education facilities state institutions have to be more engaged. "The state can financially encourage students to choose specific studies because it needs such graduates," President Bruski said. "The city, that is the President and the City Council, is responsible for post-primary education, which is important as well, because many high school graduates work in local companies. Maybe we should also think about encouraging school students to choose classes with an extended curriculum in subjects knowledge of which is looked for in the job market. Cooperation with education facilities is also important for technological development." "Currently Polish enterprises buy a lot of technologies, but, unfortunately, they are not Polish technologies," said Łukasz Niedźwiecki, the President of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park. "Supporting innovative enterprises, which develop their own technologies, will be the driving force for the Polish economy."
During the evening, the awards ceremony of the President of the Management Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park Competition also took place.
The group of enterprises which have invested in BPPT becomes larger every year. The companies which decided to locate their business activity in the Park are constantly developing, i.e. they are creating new jobs in the area and carrying out more and more ambitious business ventures.
Presenting the awards, the Management Board of the Park wished to express its appreciation of enterprises which have been operating in the Park for many years, and also to bring attention to those which have recently made the decision to invest in the area. From the point of view of BPPT, it is not only a promotion of specific companies, but also a way to bring attention to the spirit of enterprise and potential of companies operating in the Bydgoszcz Industrial and Technological Park.
The competition jury assessed enterprises' financial expenditures on investments concerning factories located in BPPT and the level of employment in each factory. The criteria taken into account were the level of employment in factories located in BPPT, or the value of the capital expenditure.
The following companies were given awards:
Companies operating in BPPT:
- in the "capital expenditure" category: DSS Interacciai
- in the "level of employment" category: SPX Flow Technology Poland
Companies launching their business activity in BPPT:
- in the "capital expenditure" category: MMP Neupack Polska
- in the "level of employment" category: Metalbark
"Taking into account the whole country, what contributes to the development of the Polish economy and keeps it in good condition is a spirit of enterprise and companies' activities," emphasized the Forbes Coach guest, Robert Gwiazdowski, PhD, the President of the Adam Smith Centre. In his opinion, the problems of the global and European economy are not so dangerous to Poland because Polish people for many years have been learning how to handle such problems, even in unfavourable conditions, and now they are proving it.
Bydgoski Park Przemysłowo-Technologiczny Sp. z o.o., ul. Bogdana Raczkowskiego 11, 85-825 Bydgoszcz (Poland)
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