1. Human capital
City of Kielce is the capital of Świętokrzyskie province, inhabited by 1.3 million people. 28 949 companies runs its business here in Kielce, 299 are medium-sized and large companies. According to statistics, 149 registered enterprises falls on a 1000 inhabitants. Average monthly salary in corporate sector amounts to 4144 PLN gross, while the unemployment rate remained at 5.6% (2020).
Kielce is the main academic center of the region with 9 schools of higher education. Of the almost 200 -thousand population of Kielce about 20 thousand are students. Economic, Philology, Computer science and Engineering enjoy the biggest popularity among all Kielce university studies.
60 language schools operate in Kielce area, offering the most popular languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian) and some infrequent languages (Italian, Chinese).
2. A convenient location between two major transport corridors
Kielce is located between two east-west transport corridors of international importance (A2 and A4 international roads) and east of a north-south corridor (A1 international road).
The city is located between 120 and 180 kilometres away from major Polish economic development centres, such as Warsaw, Krakow, Katowice or Lodz
3. Investor-friendly authorities
4. Competitive employment costs
In terms of average wages, Kielce counts among cities with relatively low labour costs. The average salary in the enterprise sector is very attractive for employers - it amounted to PLN 4461 gross (March 2020).
5. Sizeable scientific and research capital
Public universities are represented in Kielce by the Jan Kochanowski University and the Kielce University of Technology. Among non-public schools there are, among others Higher School of Public Administration, prof. E. Lipiński Higher School of Economics, Law and Medical Sciences, the Old Polish School of Higher Education, and the University of Information Technology and Telecommunications.
IT studies are a magnet that attracts young, ambitious people planning their careers in the IT and ICT sectors to the city. They can spread their wings by working in large IT companies with branches in Kielce, such as Transition Technologies PSC (TT PSC) and Comarch SA. Infover SA is another representative of the IT sector in Kielce, and at the same time a native company and an important employer in the IT sector. Located in the same office building, Altar is also a supplier of modern IT systems. In addition to large players with a recognizable brand, Kielce is also home to smaller companies from the IT sector and innovative startups. Within the latter group, one should distinguish AI Force 1 - the creator of My Social Seller - an application that uses Chatbots in companies' business processes.
Kielce University of Technology focuses not only on programming and the IT sector. The Kielce technical university educates world champions in the robotics and cosmonautics sector. 2019 European Mars Robot Competition in Kielce once again proved that the teams from Kielce are world leaders when it comes to designing, creating and programming Martian robots - "rovers". The IMPULS Mars Rover team from the Kielce University of Technology won the European Rover Challenge - an international competition of Martian robots for the second year in a row. A few weeks earlier, the team from Kielce also won a prestigious competition in the American Utah desert.
In addition to recognition in the field of robotics, Kielce may soon become the capital of Polish metrology. The Świętokrzyski Laboratory Campus of the Central Office of Measures, which is to be built by 2022 in Kielce, is an investment on an unprecedented scale in our region. The prospect of employment in such an exclusive field as metrology is noticed by students from Kielce, and the university authorities are making efforts to prepare for the expectations of future employers, including companies that will be created around the investment. This is a great opportunity for the development of entrepreneurship in Kielce, not only in the field of metrology, but also in other fields related to this difficult science, including IT.
6. Strong business-support institutions
There is a strong entrepreneurship support environment in Kielce, represented by:
Kielce Technology Park (KPT) is perceived as the engine of economic development in Kielce. It is a place focused on innovation and creativity, and above all open to cooperation with entrepreneurs from all over Poland. The park offers modern and professionally prepared infrastructure and developed investment areas. In 2019, the preparatory work for zone D was completed, with a total area of over 4 ha. The entire zone has been divided into 7 so-called plots with an area of 0.23 ha to 0.51 ha. Additionally, 7 out of 11 plots of zone B with an area of nearly 1.5 ha were sold by the Kielce Commune to local investors. The construction of the Rotterdam Inc. Logistics Incubator has started in the Park. The modern and universal building will allow the KTP to be expanded with logistics services.
Pride of the city, Targi Kielce S.A. (Kielce Trade Fairs) for years have contributed to the dynamic economic development of the entire region. Targi Kielce S.A. is undoubtedly one of the most important points on the economic map of Kielce. As the second exhibition organizer in Central and Eastern Europe, it enjoys a reputable and stable opinion on the European market. The fair is partnered by the Chamber of Commerce and the Service Cluster "Grono Targowe Kielce", including institutions, associations and organizations related to business - mainly in the sector of exhibition, printing, hotel, catering, transport and training services, as well as those operating in the sphere of culture, sport and promotion.
7. Investment offers
Kielce boasts very well prepared investment grounds, including construction plots with convenient transport links, manufacturing and warehousing facilities, as well as modern offices which meet top standards. Investor Assistance Centre provides an online Database of Investment Offers, built in GIS technology. Offers include current photos of each property, both ground and aerial, as well as advanced panorama photographs.
An additional advantage of the website is the ability to generate an offer in PDF format and accessibility to find the location of the offer in the Geoportal of the City of Kielce.
8. Perfect conditions for work and leisure
Kielce residents like their hometown. This is due to many factors, including the financial support provided by the authorities for projects essential for improving quality of life. Significant undertakings important for the residents include the revitalisation of the historic Kielce old town (Śródmieście district), the development of the public transport system or environmental protection investments.
The authorities especially strongly advocate activities related to sports and culture, supporting e.g. the Geo-education Centre or the Kielce Dance Theatre.
The residents’ quality of life is gradually improving, also thanks to the city being managed using the Geographical System of Information, which earned Kielce an award at the 2012 Smart Cities Congress in Barcelona.
Kielce hosts a wide range of events offered by: Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, Kielce Cultural Centre, Amphitheatre Kadzielnia, Kielce Dance Theatre. They organize unique events, such as International Competition for Designers and Fashion Enthusiasts 'Off Fashion', which provides an excellent opportunity for young designers, people full of enthusiasm and creativity, introducing a bit of their individuality and originality to city's scene, and MEMORIAL TO MILES Trade Fairs Kielce Jazz Festival - one of the most important jazz events on the artistic map.
9. Kielce’s infrastructural developments
With the extraction of the European funds Kielce conducts a large-scale infrastructural investments that aim to improve the quality of life for the residents and also - conditions for business. City's main streets and municipal roads are being expanded and revitalized.
In the 2007-2013 programming period, the City of Kielce has ended 15 important investments . Modernization and reconstruction of communication and transport system of Kielce, was completed under the Operational Programme Development of Eastern Poland. It involved building communication hubs, streets, bus terminuses and bays; also the purchase of 40 eco- buses with mobile ticket machines, the purchase and installation of the electronic information boards and stationary ticket machines .
All of these investments followed by the implementation of the system of streamlining the passenger service and improving their safety, the capital of the Świętokrzyskie region boasts the most developed public transport in Poland.
10. IAC Kielce appreciated by investors
Investor Assistance Centre is a part of Kielce City Hall. It provides quality service of investment and post-investment support to entrepreneurs that site their capital here. The most important mission of COI is to comprehensively support companies interested in the investment process in Kielce Functional Area and to assist them with establishing business contacts with local partners. COI Kielce also supports local businesses by cooperating with universities, in order to provide investors with the best and adjusted to its needs human resources. COI willingly helps investors with the recruitment process. Our team was repeatedly appreciated by investors for the business approach, openness and competence in the field of knowledge of the local market and its realities.