First place in investment expenditure per person, thousands of new enterprises offering job opportunities, as well as successes in using available means to develop the region are just some of the city's assets. Hard economic data prove the significant economic growth of Lublin in the last decade. Cognizant city management supports this positive trend, and proof of this are the new investments made by large international companies, as well as the distinctions given by trade experts, which set the city as an example of efficient actions supporting direct foreign investment.
Economic Lublin is built on the solid foundations of priority industry sectors chosen on the basis of expert analyses, whose development is desirable and actively supported. One of the most attractive forms of support is the Special Economic Zone. Locating investment there involves the development of well-prepared plots of land, as well as gaining significant tax relief. An additional asset is the perfect location of the plots in the vicinity of an express ring road and Lublin's airport. This incentive has already been accepted by numerous companies.
Lublin is the largest and most dynamically growing city of Eastern Poland, and one of the most important economic and cultural centres of the EU's eastern border. The city boasts a long history, and its strategic location guarantees a good position in relations with Eastern Europe, especially with Ukraine. Lublin is an investment centre and the administrative capital city for the entire region. All key business institutions are located within its limits. The urban area is inhabited by more than 700,000 people who are devoted to building the local economy together and creating a highly receptive market. Long-term investment in its surroundings and public services is what makes Lublin the best city in Poland to inhabit.
Lublin is a city for the young and ambitious. It inspires a creative and innovative approach both in culture and in business. Hundreds of cultural events attract tourists from all over the world, and business in Lublin creates companies whose products and services are recognised globally. It strengthens the city's openness and cosmopolitan character, which stem from its history, its role as a cultural melting pot, as well as its high level of internationalisation – almost 10% of its students come from abroad.
Lublin is a perfect spot to locate investments, especially if they combine development within the EU and expansion to the eastern markets of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. The city is located at a junction of important transport routes from North-East Europe leading to Ukraine and the Baltic states, towards the Balkans and Turkey. Warsaw, the capital and the largest city in Poland, is only a two-hour drive from Lublin. Within 24 hours via road transport you can reach the Ruhr district, Moscow, Helsinki, Bucharest and Belgrade. Thanks to Lublin's airport, one of the fastest growing in Europe, the city offers comfortable connections all over the world (via Frankfurt). High-class conference centres and newly built hotels make Lublin a perfect spot for organising business meetings in the centre of Europe.
Lublin has the potential to become the main logistical centre of the EU's eastern border. The principal reasons are its favourable geographical location and modernised transport infrastructure network, as well as the accessibility of resources necessary to implement large-scale logistic investments. Evidence of this is the investment made in Lublin by logistic business leaders, such as Panattoni, Goodman and Raben.
The "Report on Polish Metropolitan Cities 2015" drawn up by PwC unanimously states that Lublin ranks first among the largest Polish cities in terms of quality of life, which is definitely its strong suit. It includes such factors as: a healthy environment, excellent access to healthcare services, safety for its residents and visitors, as well as low nuisance level of traffic. It all makes Lublin a great place to live in.
Broad access to public services, high-class infrastructure and plenty of greenery within the city, the remarkable cultural offer and various catering establishments, along with numerous tourist attractions and places where you can spend quality time, all make Lublin a truly unique city, so different than other hectic metropolises.
The quality of life is corroborated by the high ratings given by its residents. They are satisfied with the lives they lead and the place they live in. They enjoy various events and take part in initiatives organised by the city. Moreover, they appreciate the local conditions and unique atmosphere of Lublin, which directly translates into their attitude towards life and business, and, in turn, into work efficiency and their unique loyalty to the city.
Over 50% of Lublin's residents are under 40, and almost 2/3 of the population is of working age. Every year 20,000 students graduate from 9 Lublin higher education institutes, and the majority of the 65,000 university students and 7,000 vocational and technical school students seek professional experience. Thus, Lublin's labour market is full of young, ambitious and highly qualified people ready to commence work. International success stories of innovative local companies and the rapid development of the local start-up ecosystem attest to their ambition, creativity and ability to think outside the box.
The high share of employees with experience in the city's priority sectors is typical of Lublin. These include: logistics, transport and warehousing; ICT and BPO/SSC; healthcare services, automotive and mechanical engineering; biotechnology and pharmacy; the food sector; the leisure industry and the academic sector. Additional assets for potential investors are attractive labour and employment costs in comparison with other Central and Eastern European cities.
Lublin is one of the largest academic centres in Poland. It hosts 9 higher education institutions which educate 65,000 students, which means that every fifth resident is actually a student. The well-recognised and respected higher education institutions are also popular among foreign students. These constitute almost 10% of students, which ranks Lublin as first among Polish cities in terms of its multicultural character. They come from almost 100 countries, such as Ukraine, Taiwan, the USA or Saudi Arabia.
The variety of faculties and wide scope of research in numerous fields provides vast research and cooperation opportunities. Agreements signed between educational institutions and the business world are aimed at building partnerships in research and development. Such mutual efforts are significant not only in the context of conducted interdisciplinary research projects and the joint usage of specialised infrastructure, but mainly in the field of knowledge commercialisation.
Strengthening cooperation between Lublin science and business, as well as the possibility to apply its results in production, has a positive impact on the innovation level and competitiveness of Lublin's economy, as well as determining the growth rate of such sectors as: biotechnology, pharmacy, information technology and BPO/SSC.