How to run your business in the special economic zone?

Over twenty participants attended a workshop on running a business in a special economic zone. The workshop was held on Thursday 10th September and organised by the Municipality of Goleniów and the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone S.A. A theme partner for the workshop was Deloitte Doradztwo Podatkowe Sp. z o.o.

The Goleniów sub-zone occupies about 80 ha of land fitted with infrastructure, of which over 30 ha is still available for future investors. In the Goleniów Industrial Park, 11 companies, with Polish, Danish, German, Swiss and Dutch interest, have been operating based on special permits. All the companies put together have invested about PLN 100 million and employ over 600 people. Their production profile vary from hygiene products, abrasive materials, putties and coatings, cardboard packaging, equipment for mink farms, equipment for water parks, wallpaper and yachts. One of companies is involved in running a unique research and development business as regards acoustics, micro-climate and fire tests. If it was not for an incentive of income tax exemption, the Goleniów Industrial Park would attract fewer companies.

Although attractive conditions in the special economic zone are beyond doubt, settlement of such business is a serious challenge for financial directors and chief accountants. While trying to meet expectations of entrepreneurs, tax advisors from the Szczecin division of Deloitte cleared all doubts in the context of ever changing regulations. Separate time was designated to discuss specific examples provided by participants.

The workshop attracted representatives from such Goleniów-based companies as Abena, BTS, Chemical Alliance Polska, Ikea Industry, LM Wind Power Blades, Poland Fur Production, Pol-Glass, Rasch and TTS. We also invited guests from Stargard (Bridgestone, Radiometer, and SPG Pack), Karlino (Homanit) and Kostrzyn nad Odrą (Teleskop).