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Send Print Download added: Dorota Kazimierczak | 2015-04-01 17:08:00
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Institutions representing the business environment in the Podlaskie Voivodeship are a major factor of its attractiveness for investors.

Entities which support entrepreneurship, investment promotion solutions, commercialisation of scientific research and innovativeness of companies, play a key role here.

These include chambers of commerce, of which the most important is the Chamber of Craftsmanship and Enterprise in Białystok, which affiliates 17 guilds, three craftsmanship cooperatives and nearly three thousand craft enterprises in the region.

The main objectives of the Chamber are representing its affiliated entities before state and local administration authorities, organising and carrying out qualification exams for the title of journeyman and master, conducting and developing social and economic activity promoting craftsmanship, providing affiliated organisations and enterprises with instructions and counselling on organisational, legal, economic and financial matters, as well as creating conditions that foster marketing activities and the promotion of regional craft.

Among the entities operating in the voivodeship are also the Polish Chamber of Car Transport and Shipment – the Podlasie Branch, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Białystok, the Podlasie Business Club in Białystok, the Eastern Economic Society in Białystok, the Podlasie Employers’ Association in Białystok, the Association of Merchants, Producers and Service Providers in Białystok, the “Nasz Produkt – Nasz Handel” (“Our Product – Our Trade”) Regional Employers’ Association in Białystok, the “Kawaleryjska” Białystok Merchants’ Association, the Podlasie Guild of Crafts and Entrepreneurship in Białystok and the Łomża Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Associations can also be seen among business-support institutions. Among these are The Podlasie Regional Development Foundation (PFRR) in Białystok and the Entrepreneurship Development Foundation in Suwałki. The former provides services associated with starting or operating a business (within the framework of the Business Support Network). Furthermore, the Podlasie Regional Development Foundation administers a network of buildings, so-called Centres of Entrepreneurship, which are let out to a variety of business entities to serve as offices, business, production and service premises.

As part of the Loan Fund of the Podlasie Regional Development Foundation, loans are granted to small, medium-sized and large enterprises and to individuals starting business activities from the Podlaskie Voivodeship. Moreover, loan guarantees are granted as part of the Podlasie Loan Guarantee Fund. In addition, there is the possibility to acquire capital for the development of a venture-capital investment fund enterprise.

Entrepreneurship incubators and technology parks also have a significant influence on the development of the region. Of note here is the Technology Incubator at the Eastern Poland Research and Technology Park in Suwałki, which offers investment plots in fully developed areas.

The Park’s services are targeted especially at innovative companies operating in the sector of advanced technologies – primarily, to investors representing technologies of IT systems and ICT networks, electronics, material engineering, healthcare technologies and medical engineering, environmental protection technologies, renewable and unconventional energy technologies, automatics, measuring and laboratory equipment and precision mechanics. The Park

offers office space and a production process floor. Furthermore, a Conference and Exhibition Centre functions as part of the Park (services in the area of organising conferences, training courses, business presentations and exhibition events).

The Park also operates a Technology Incubator targeted mainly at enterprises that use innovative solutions and state-of-the-art technologies. The following entities can apply to be included in the incubation programme: entities planning to start their own business, enterprises and individuals (including spin-offs and spin-outs), as well as micro and small enterprises.

The facilities offered by the Incubator include preferential rental conditions for office, research and production areas, access to the laboratories and training rooms of the Park, the possibility to have consultations with specialists, access to a variety of services, such as IT, office and legal services, tax interpretation, and support in acquiring EU funding. There is also a possibility to take in brainstorming sessions in order to exchange ideas, experiences and integration of companies, as well as workshops developing managerial skills.

The Białystok Science and Technology Park is crucial for the development of entrepreneurship in the Podlasie region. This is a project carried out in the years 2008-2014, by the Białystok City, and co-financed from the EU funds.

The Białystok Science and Technology Park is located in the south part of the city, within the “Doilidy” housing estate, in the immediate neighbourhood of real properties designed for services, and the Suwałki Special Economic Zone – the Białystok Subzone.

The intent of the Białystok Science and Technology Park is to support technology companies at each stage of their development, along with the stimulation of the formation of such businesses. The activities in the field of fostering of entrepreneurial mindset among students and research workers, and in terms of incubation, will be conducted in partnership with schools of higher education and academic entrepreneurship incubators.

One of the key tasks of the Białystok Science and Technology Park is to generate new enterprises. The Park offers its assistance to newly formed businesses, as well as to existing companies which plan to implement and develop new innovative products and services with the support of the Park. This aid includes mainly providing the office, service, technological and laboratory space in the Park on favourable terms.

The key task of the Park is to stimulate the cooperation between enterprises and the scientific and research community. It also offers services consisting of providing modern ICT infrastructure, rental of conference rooms and showrooms, consultancy and entrepreneur’s training, promotion of companies operating within the area of the Park, and other business-related services.

The remaining incubators and technology parks in Podlaskie Voivodeship are the Academic Entrepreneurship Incubator at the University of Białystok and University of Finance and Management, the Podlasie Incubator of Social Entrepreneurship, the Eastern Poland Science and Technology Park in Suwałki, the Podlasie Industrial Park, the Municipal Office in Czarna Białostocka, and the Industrial Park in Zambrów.

Guarantee funds which operate in the Voivodeship include the Loan Fund of the Podlasie Regional Development Foundation based in Białystok and Podlaski Fundusz Poręczeniowy Sp. z o.o. (the Podlasie Loan Guarantee Fund Ltd.) in Białystok.

The Business Support Institutions Cluster is focused on the development of new forms of business. Its services include, i.a., advisory and training, EU-related advisory services, and consulting in the field of finance, law. Moreover, it offers advisory services connected with HR and the application of marketing methods and techniques. The Cluster’s actions also focus on the delivery of IT solutions for companies, and organising conferences and seminars.

The Centre for Assistance and Development of Clusters takes actions to stimulate the economic activity in the Eastern Poland region (the purpose of these is to identify the needs, prepare the strategy of development, incubate the cluster initiatives, support the creation and functioning of initiatives at each stage of development, support the cluster coordination, obtain funds and assist and supervise the implementation and settlement of the project).


Special Economic Zones


Two Special Economic Zones function in the Podlaskie Voivodeship, namely Suwałki and Tarnobrzeg. Their range covers real properties located in three cities and two communes.


The Suwałki Special Economic Zone consists of seven allocated areas in the south-western Poland that have a total area of 375.6334 ha:

  • Suwałki Subzone – 118.4384 ha
  • Ełk Subzone – 127.4053 ha
  • Gołdap Subzone – 57.3341 ha
  • Białystok Subzone – 29.9129 ha
  • Łomża Subzone – 7.6884 ha
  • Małkinia Górna Subzone – 23.92 ha
  • Grajewo Subzone – 10.9343 ha.


Grajewo and Małkinia Górna, where innovative plants were opened by Pfleiderer MF and Rockwool Polska, respectively, are closed subzones. Currently, approx. 91 ha of professionally prepared investment area remains available for investors:

  • Suwałki Subzone – approx. 27 ha
  • Ełk Subzone – approx. 46 ha
  • Gołdap Subzone – approx. 8 ha
  • Białystok Subzone – approx. 3 ha
  • Łomża Subzone – approx. 7 ha.


The areas on offered to investors that belongs to the zone are equipped with complete technical infrastructure, and have the local plans for spatial development.

80 entrepreneurs with Polish and foreign capital, have located their businesses in the Suwałki Special Economic Zone. They have created more than 6 thousand new jobs and the value of investments reaches PLN 2 billion. Foreign capital in the zone is represented by companies from Germany, Denmark, Ukraine, Switzerland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Sweden, Belarus and Russia.


Main investors in the Special Economic Zone:


Country of origin


Pfleiderer MDF Sp. z o.o.



Rockwool Polska Sp. z o.o.



Porta KMI Poland Sp. z o.o., Sp. k.



Impress Decor Polska Sp. z o.o.



Malow Sp. z o.o.



PADMA ART Sp. z o.o., Sp. k.



Iryd Sp. z o.o.


metalworking, wood

Aquael Sp. z o.o.


precision mechanics

Cezar D. Niewiński



Salag Sp. z o.o., Sp.k.



BIANOR Sp. z o.o.







In 2013, the Suwałki Special Economic Zone S.A. issued 10 new permits for production activities within its area ("AGASTYL" Sp. j., D.B.Zrajkowska J.R. Jędrowicz "PRODEKO-EŁK" Sp. z o.o., Przedsębiorstwo ASPI Sp. z o.o., “3E” Sp. z o.o., “ORTIS” Sp.j. Tomasz Janik, Wojciech Janik, “Bianor” Sp. z o.o., “PADMA 3.0” Sp. z o.o. S.K., “Rosti (Poland)” Sp. z o.o., PW “NORD-OST” Sp. z o.o. and “IMPRESS DECOR POLSKA” Sp. z o.o.).

The entrepreneurs plan to create 255 new jobs, and the total investment value exceeds PLN 175.3 mln.

The obtaining of the permit to conduct business activities in the area of the Suwałki Special Economic Zone, and the implementation of a production or service project authorises the entrepreneurs to benefit from income tax relief.


Income tax relief in the zone amounts to:

  • 70% of the incurred investment expenditure for small entrepreneurs;
  • 60% of the incurred investment expenditure for medium-sized entrepreneurs;
  • 50% of the incurred investment costs for large entrepreneurs.


This tax exemption is granted due to:

  • new investment costs,
  • creating new jobs.




Suwalska Specjalna Strefa Ekonomiczna S.A.

ul. Noniewicza 49

16-400 Suwałki

Tel./Fax: +48 87 565 22 17 / +48 87 565 24 49



Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone EURO-PARK WISŁOSAN was established in 1997, and is expected to operate until 2026. The area of the zone is 1677.16 ha. The zone consists of 21 subzones within the area of six voivodeships: Podkarpackie, Świętokrzyskie, Mazowieckie, Lubelskie, Dolnośląskie and Podkarpackie.

The subzone in the Podlaskie Voivodeship is located in the Łapy Commune, and covers the area of 11.95 ha. The total area of available areas in the whole zone currently amounts to 522.63 ha.

Public support in the form of regional aid is offered to entrepreneurs in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone EURO-PARK WISŁOSAN. This public support, which is granted to entrepreneurs in the form of tax exemptions, constitutes regional aid granted for new investment costs or due to creating new jobs.

The maximum amount of aid: 50% of the investment expenditure or 50% of two-year labour costs of newly hired employees (SMEs – 70% or 60% accordingly).

This support is granted provided that the minimum investment value amounts to EUR 100,000. The selection and spatial allocation of new projects in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone lasts a maximum of 8 weeks.

In the first quarter of 2014, the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone issued 39 permits. Total declared investment expenditure by businesses who received the permits amounts to PLN 1.8 billion. Of note is that 869 new jobs are to be created.

For some of the companies, the permit that they obtained in 2014 is their second or even third. The anticipated tendency that these companies, due to their activity in the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone being conducive to their development, would reinvest their profits here has proven to be a steady trend.

So far, the Tarnobrzeg Special Economic Zone EURO-PARK WISŁOSAN has issued 285 permissions to conduct economic activity within the zone, and these entrepreneurs include 46 foreign business entities. All these businesses have created more than 18,706 new jobs to date, and have guaranteed the retention of 7,477 workplaces. The investment expenditure in the Zone has exceeded the amount of PLN 7.72 billion.


The main investors in the Special Economic Zone:


Country of origin


LG Philips LCD Poland Sp. z o.o.


production of TV sets and LCD monitors

ATS Stahlschmidt & Maiworm Sp. z o.o.


Light alloy wheel rims production

Sanfarm Sp. z o.o.


pharmaceuticals production

LG Electronics Wrocław Sp. z o.o.



Heesung Electronics Poland Sp. z o.o.



QUADWinkowski Sp. z o.o.


printing services

Toshiba Television Central Europe Sp. z o.o.



Alumetal Gorzyce Sp. z o.o.



Techmatik S.A.


cobblestone production

Zakłady Metalowe Dezamet S.A.


defence industry


The Zone administrator:

Agencja Rozwoju Przemysłu S.A. branch in Tarnobrzeg

ul. Zakładowa 30,

39-400 Tarnobrzeg,

tel. +48 15 822 99 99,

fax +48 15 823 47 08,




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