Under the Grow with Greater Warsaw project, the Polish capital city will support local enterprises with PLN 22 million. The preparations for the support programme for small and medium-sized enterprises from the Warsaw metropolis have been summed up.
Grow with Greater Warsaw is a pioneering support project for both novice and experienced exporters, implemented by the City of Warsaw in cooperation with 39 surrounding municipalities forming part of the Warsaw Functional Area (WFA).
“It is our another project supporting enterprises and this time it is the largest in the city’s history. The market is very dynamic. In Warsaw alone we have over 400,000 businesses,” said Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Michał Olszewski at the meeting.
The conference summarising this programme has become an opportunity for the exchange of experiences on the development of exports by SMEs and enterprise development programmes. The meeting presented the opportunities of expanding to non-European markets which await Polish entrepreneurs. The conditions and limitations to the development of Polish exports were also indicated, as were the methods of state support which could contribute to positive breakthroughs.
As part of the previous preparations to the Grow with Greater Warsaw programme, a comprehensive analysis of the export potential of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the Warsaw agglomeration was conducted, in addition to preparing an internationalisation strategy for the region's SMEs. The next stage, which is due to begin in 2018, will be to implement the support programmes dedicated to SMEs dealing in fashion and design, ICT solutions and electronics, innovative plastics, machines of the future (Industry 4.0) and sustainable food processing. It is these industries that have been singled out as particularly prospective during the analysis of the export potential of SMEs from the Warsaw Metropolitan Area.
Warsaw is home to a large number of innovative companies, which exhibit huge potential. To truly spread their wings on international markets, however, they need well-directed support. The Grow with Greater Warsaw programme provides for educational and consulting support to help companies learn about the specific nature of European and global markets.