Annual real estate fair Mipim showcases hot investment cities from around the world. But it is also an opportunity for smaller cities and towns to make themselves known. Courtney Fingar and Michal Kaczmarski talk to representatives from locations in Serbia, Poland and Norway about their strategies to stand out from the crowd.
Latest articles from Poland
After more than a century in business, Ursus, a Polish agricultural machinery manufacturer, was on its last legs in 2011. Chief executive Karol Zarajczyk tells Michal Kaczmarski how his company went from nearly perishing to selling a $90m contract.
A host of new developments are promising to transform the Polish city of Lodz, which has been struggling to emerge from the shadow of its textiles manufacturing past.
Poland is keen to tap investment opportunities in Algeria’s growing economy and foster bilateral trade, although limitations remain.
Lublin is rapidly establishing itself as a leading business hub in eastern Poland, with companies attracted by the city's large and highly skilled talent pool. Now, it is looking to benefit from the growing nearshoring trend, and is setting its sights on attracting businesses in the business process outsourcing sector.
For more than a decade, the Medical University of Lublin has been attracting foreign students to the city with its English-language medical degrees. Now, the rest of Lublin's medical sector is catching on to the idea of targeting foreign customers, and the city is positioning itself as a medical tourism hub.
Steeped in history, the Polish city of Lublin had fallen upon hard times in the 20th century. However, its 2013 to 2020 strategy plan is already reaping dividends in positioning the city as a centre of business, investment and entrepreneurship within easy reach of both Warsaw and neighbouring Ukraine.
Warsaw has been named fDi’s Polish City of the Future 2015/16 in fDi’s inaugural ranking of cities in the country. Krakow and Poznan have come in second and third place, respectively. Cathy Mullan reports.
The results are in, and Lodz has been declared the winner of fDi’s Polish Cities of the Future 2015/16 FDI Strategy category. Katowice ranked second, and Wroclaw third in this key category.
fDi Report 2015
Most popular content
Corporate location benchmarking tool
fDi Benchmark is the only online tool to benchmark the competitiveness of countries and cities in over 50 sectors. Its comprehensive location data series covers the main cost and quality competitiveness indicators for over 300 locations around the world.
Research report -
fDi Intelligence provides customised reports and data research which deliver vital business intelligence to corporations, investment promotion agencies, economic development organisations, consulting firms and research institutions.Find out more.
Investment incentives -
fDi Atlas is an online location mapping tool which makes it easier to narrow down a location shortlist and identify the incentives offered by investment promotion agencies in specific locations worldwide.Find out more.