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The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers launched a project to help companies from Belarus in cooperation with the city of Łódź



Warsaw, 16th July 2021

 

The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers launched a project to help companies from Belarus in cooperation with the city of Łódź

 

The Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP) has launched a Contact Point for Entrepreneurs from Belarus, the purpose of which is to provide comprehensive organisational assistance to Belarusians interested in investing in Poland, including temporarily relocating their business. The project is a joint venture with the city of Łódź.

Support offered by ZPP includes, among others:

  • providing information on the enterprise registration process and the regulatory environment for business in Poland;
  • consultancy in the field of economic expansion, gaining local contacts and business partners;
  • support in contacts with relevant public authorities;
  • assistance in other areas, allowing investors to efficiently and safely develop their business in Poland.

The Union’s project is co-created with the Łódź City Hall known for creating favourable conditions for Belarusian companies to function normally and scale their business. Entrepreneurs deciding to grow their business in Łódź can count on the support of the Economic Development and International Cooperation Office. The representatives of the City of Łódź are focused on supporting entrepreneurs and overcoming barriers together. Importantly, the City of Łódź has experience in conducting effective onboarding of foreign investors and is characterised by a flexible and pro-entrepreneurial approach.

All entrepreneurs interested in finding more about business development opportunities in Poland are invited by the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers to contact us at belarus@zpp.net.pl.

“We want to shape good standards of cooperation between the world of business and local governments. Communities will only benefit from it. Presently, due to domestic difficulties, Belarusian companies are in part transferring their operations to other countries. At the beginning, we focused on the IT sector as Łódź is a hotbed for companies from this sector, and IT companies from Belarus quite often have an international and global dimension. Three companies have already benefited from our assistance, and approximately 30 more have contacted us,” commented Marcin Nowacki, Vice President of the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers.

During the joint conference inaugurating the project, Hanna Zdanowska, the Mayor of Łódź, welcomed Belarussians to Łódź:

“We invite the people of Belarus to Łódź. We invite Belarusian companies. Join us, work and live with us, be safe. Apart from the ZPP Contact Point, we also opened the Łódź Multicultural Centre in ul. Narutowicza 8/10. Foreigners living in Łódź will have the chance to receive psychological support or assistance in the event of violence or discrimination. It is also important that foreigners have the opportunity to benefit from the support of an individual assistant who speaks one of four languages: English, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Russian,” said Mayor Hanna Zdanowska. “Over the year to come, we will research and investigate what kind of problems foreigners have encounter in our city. Based on experiences from other cities, we know that these are often problems related to language or insufficiently comprehensible official forms. Legal consultations are also essential. Łódź has always been an open city and we cordially invite our new neighbours and fellow entrepreneurs. There is work in Łódź, decent costs of living, and a creative, interesting and positive atmosphere. Welcome to Łódź.”

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