Reduced market entry thresholds, a simplified qualitative assessment of investment projects, and a higher level of support in selected locations are the major changes in the government's grant programme that could attract more business services investors to Poland.
According to JLL experts. the uncertainty caused by the pandemic has directed investors' attention to strategies based on nearshoring. The beneficiary of this trend, just as a decade ago, may be Poland.
Companies from the BPO/SSC industry in Kraków and the Tri-City recorded the highest share for demand in the office sector. JLL summarized the activities of companies from the business services sector on the major office markets in Poland.
BPO/SSC take-up totalled over 60% of all-sector office take-up in 4 key BPO cities (Wroclaw, Lodz, Krakow and Sofia) in H1 2017. Vacant stock is diminishing, due to this demand impulse and strong general economic conditions. Labour availability and employee tech knowhow uplift are significant factors which influence the demand for space, according to a report by Colliers International. The key findings of the report include:
An expanding BPO/SSC sector does not just boost the economy but the construction market as well. Investment funds and real estate agencies point out that in CEE there is still a need for prime offices, shopping centers and logistics infrastructure. Skanska, JLL and Dentons, in cooperation with ABSL have published their latest CEE Investment Report 2016: Mission to Outperform.
Empik has joined the tenants of Agora Bytom. The nearly 210 sqm space offers books, magazines, as well as accessories and toys for children. The contract has been signed for five years.
Galeria Jurajska in Częstochowa is strengthening its offer in the sports segment. Salewa, which operates in the mountaineering equipment market, has made its debut in the shopping centre. The brand has leased 146 sqm of the retail space.
A new iSpot Apple Premium Reseller store has opened in Galeria MM in Poznań. This is the fourth iSpot location in this cty. The sales floor of the newest store is approximately 100 sqm.
In September, Michal Berski took up the position of head of the warehouse sector at CBRE Poland. He has been with the company for over 10 years. In his new role, he manages strategy and the development of all business lines within the warehouse and industrial sector.
Slawomir Czarnecki is the new president of Grupa Muszkieterów and ITM Poland. He has replaced David de Bosschère. The new CEO is the owner of the Bricomarché shop in Świecie and has many years of experience in trade, as well as in the Group's internal structures.
LCP Properties, a developer in the Polish retail park market, is continuing to strengthen its organisational structure. Andrzej Plit has been appointed as the new Finance Director. Meanwhile, for the LCP-owned EMKA shopping centre in Koszalin, Daria Kokowska became the new Shopping Center Director.
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