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Marek Grzybowski: An exclusive interview for Blue Economy
The Polish Investment Zone has increased. Entrepreneurs can recover their investment costs by not paying income tax in the maximum amount of 35% for large entrepreneurs, 45% for medium-sized enterprises, and 55% for micro and small ones. An investment worth PLN 10 million, with support of 45 percent. allows the company to recover PLN 4.5 million from income tax
Marek Grzybowski: What are the main tasks of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone?
Przemysław Sztandera: The Pomeranian Special Economic Zone is one of the entities of the Polish Investment Zone, which is to support entrepreneurs in a systemic way. It offers public aid in the form of income tax exemption granted on account of eligible expenses for new investment, research, and development or 2-year labor costs of employees employed under the new investment.
Thanks to such support, entrepreneurs can recover their investment costs by not paying income tax in the maximum amount of 35% for large entrepreneurs, 45% for medium-sized enterprises, and 55% for micro and small ones. In practice, this means that an investment worth PLN 10 million, with support of 45 percent allows the company to recover PLN 4.5 million from income tax.
You can apply for tax relief throughout the country, regardless of the size of the company. The conditions of support are adjusted to the possibilities of both small family businesses and large corporations. Investments that meet quantitative and qualitative criteria are likely to be supported.
The former is the minimum investment outlays, depending on the size of the enterprise and the unemployment rate in a given district. The quality criteria that the investor is obliged to meet concern, for example, exports, creation of permanent jobs, cooperation with vocational education.
In addition to the benefits of tax relief, we also offer investment support ranging from finding a suitable plot to extensive post-investment care. An important pillar of the Company’s operations is also industry education, which the Company tries to adapt to the needs of the labor market.
We support schools, encourage the creation of patron classes, and above all, we coordinate cooperation between science and entrepreneurs. To achieve these goals, we have created, among others, the Industrial Robot Programming Center – a center that enables the improvement of employees’ competencies, and in particular helps students choose a career path related to automation and robotics
Marek Grzybowski: What was the year 2020 at the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone? Has the time of the pandemic slowed down economic activity?
Przemysław Sztandera: The year 2020 was not easy for both the society and the entire economy, although the number of companies that joined the group of investors in the Polish Investment Zone has increased. We issued 48 decisions on support, including 29 for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Moreover, as many as 34 are companies with Polish capital, which undoubtedly proves the strength of our local economy. New investments also mean over 700 new, high-quality jobs that will have a positive impact on the region. We observe that despite the challenges currently facing the global economy, Polish enterprises show great mobilization and potential for further development
Marek Grzybowski: The Baltic Port of New Technologies operates in the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone? What is the economic activity taking place in this area?
Przemysław Sztandera: The Baltic Port of New Technologies is a business project of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone in the revitalized areas of the former Gdynia Shipyard S.A. It provides a base for companies from the shipbuilding, maritime, and logistics industries.
There is also a Constructors Park on the premises of BPNT, offering office space and prototyping facilities for constructors and engineering companies. The zone also manages the Gdańsk Science and Technology Park, where it combines science with business, stimulates innovative entrepreneurship, and supports startups and companies based on a unique idea
Major investors in the Zone:
|Investor||Country of origin||Sector
|Anwil S.A.||Poland||chemical industry|
|Bridgestone Stargard sp. z o.o.||Japan||tire production|
|Cargotec Poland sp. z o.o.||Finland||manufacture of lifting equipment|
|Ciech Soda Polska S.A.||Poland||chemical industry|
|Flextronics International Poland sp. z o.o.||Sweden||electronics industry|
|Iglotex S.A.||Poland||manufacture of grocery products|
|International Paper Cellulose Fibers (Poland) sp. z o.o.||USA||manufacture of hygiene products|
|Jabil Poland sp. z o.o.||USA||electrotechnical industry|
|Lacroix Electronics sp. z o.o.||France||electrotechnical industry|
|Lafarge Cement S.A.||France||manufacture of cement|
|Mondi Świecie S.A.||Netherlands||paper industry|
|MrGarden sp. z o.o.||Poland||wooden furniture|
|Pekabex Pref S.A.||Poland||engineering services|
|Plastica sp. z o.o.||Poland||manufacture of medical, hygienic and cosmetic products|
|Solvay Poland sp. z o.o.||Belgium||chemical industry|
|SPX Flow Technology Poland sp. z o.o.||USA||machine industry|
|Unilever Polska S.A.||Netherlands||ice cream production|
|Zakłady Farmaceutyczne “Polpharma” S.A.||Poland||pharmaceutical industry|