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About the report

The Business Environment Assessment Study (BEAS) is a series of eight reports detailing the investment potential of Polish cities and their business environments. Seven crucial factors were analyzed: infrastructure, office space, public administration support, educational potential, employment potential, business potential and quality of living. The reports were supplemented with relevant market data: costs of living, apartment prices (in the primary and secondary markets), office rents, salaries, public transport fares and availability of child care facilities.

Find out what Poland's biggest cities have to offer to investors and see how they compare!


We surveyed 588 respondents, including chairmen, board members and department directors of companies that decided to expand into Poland in the last two years. Poland's educational potential, understood as the future supply of future employees, received the highest scores, whereas public administration support was the lowest-scoring category.

Our partners provided extensive support and expert knowledge in all areas of research. Antal served as the labor market expert, Cushman & Wakefield advised on infrastructure and Vastint provided insights into the factors that may influence future investment decisions.

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Expert comments

With a total workforce of approximately 250 000, Poland has become one of Europe’s most attractive destinations for the BSS industry. Foreign companies more and more frequently decide to delegate very advanced functions to Polish services centres which, in turn, increases tenant needs. The office sector has to innovate and grow in order to accommodate increasing demand and expectations.
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Krzysztof Misiak Mrics, Partner, Head of Office Agency | Cushman & Wakefield
The business services industry is among the fastest growing in Poland - our country is rated as the most attractive European destination for such investments, and experts claim that it is the world’s third-most-attractive shared services market.
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Michał Bielawski Partner & CFO Adaptive Solutions & Advisory Group | Adaptive
Poland derives its competitive advantage over other CEE economies (from the as relates to direct foreign investment perspective) from providing a balanced supply of blue collar and well-educated white collar employees who speak foreign languages and specialize in selected areas of expertise.
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Iwo Paliszewski CEE Marketing & Employer Branding Manager | Antal
Warsaw boasts a robust business infrastructure with almost 5.5 million square metres of modern office space. The city also hosts some of the country’s biggest and most important academic and business events. Over 9 000 events took place in the city in 2017.
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Jan Szulborski Consultant in the Research and Consulting Department | Cushman & Wakefield
It is said that the condition of a country’s office market reflects its economic potential, and thus Poland is increasingly often termed as a ‚regional tiger’ due to its large population, attractive labor market and fast-growing economy (5.1% in 2018). As the nation’s capital, Warsaw benefits from such opinions and enjoys enormous office demand which is further boosted by Brexit and the capital inflow into the CEE region.
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Paulina Misiak Partner, Office Space Department | Cushman & Wakefield
Warsaw institutions face very big challenges. It is estimated that there are about 16 000 enterprises in the city employing over 10 people, representing all sectors of the economy.
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Agnieszka Wójcik Market Research Manager | Antal
In Poland, regional cities will play an increasing role. Warsaw will remain the main focus of BSS investors due to the size of the city, availability of human resources, availability of office space and logistics apects. But we cannot ignore the important role played by Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Łódź, Lublin, Bydgoszcz or Szczecin on the Polish BSS map. A large city can do more, but smaller agglomerations have the potential for exponential growth in the BSS sector.
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Wiktor Doktór President of the Foundation I Pro Progressio
The capital works like a magnet – more than 55% of Poles would consider occupational relocation to Warsaw if they received an attractive job offer. The capacity and efficiency of Warsaw’s professional structures seem to be inexhaustible. Thanks to very good transport connections with the whole world, the city attracts foreigners from every corner of the globe, appreciating the inexhaustible cultural and business potential.
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Karolina Korzeniewska Account Executive Europe | Antal

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