The Ministry of Regional Development oversees business cooperation and searching for partners. In turn, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) provides financial assistance.
Types of cooperation
Under an agency agreement, the party accepting an order (agent) agrees to provide on-going intermediary services for the conclusion of agreements with customers or to sign agreements with customers on behalf of the client in exchange for remuneration.
Partners agree to work together to achieve common business goals.
Entrepreneurs from the European Union can set up any company from those listed in the Commercial Companies Code independently; they can also set up a company with a partner from Poland.
In Poland this is an unspecified agreement, meaning that it is not regulated by any legal act. However, general regulations of Polish companies law set out in the Civil Code should be adhered to.
New types of European business structures
Conducting of international business is regulated by the Act on the European Economic Interest Grouping and on the European company. The Act unifies provisions of the following with the Polish legal system:
Other options for expanding your business are taking over an existing one, merging with another company or opening a branch in another EU country.
The Warsaw centre of the Enterprise Europe Network, which operates by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP), offers free training under the joint name "European Enterprise".
Each month, the EEN centre prepares and publishes the Euro Info Bulletin for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The EEN centre maintains an electronic database containing offers from Polish and foreign businesses that are looking for business partners and for technology partners.
The KiGNET consulting services on the business services catalogue page of the Polish Chamber of Commerce website contains information on partner-matching services, as well as advice on taking part in trade fairs, economic missions and exhibitions which offer new business opportunities. Additional information can be found in the “Members only” section, which is dedicated for registered users.
Operational Programme Innovative Economy - Measure 6.1
Measure 6.1 Passport to Export of the Operational Programme Innovative Economy aims to strengthen Polish economy by promoting Poland as an attractive business partner and a place to make valuable business contacts. It also aims to increase Polish export and the number of businesses involved in export. The measure is addressed at SMEs that are starting export operations or potential exporters that have their registered office in Poland (in case of natural persons - that are resident in Poland).
Export development projects can be co-financed under Measure 6.1 "Passport to Export".
Entities eligible for financing aimed at implementation of an Export Development Plan under Measure 6.1 include those micro-enterprises, small and medium-sized enterprises operating and having their registered office in Poland (in case of natural persons - that are resident in Poland), which fulfill jointly the following conditions:
- in the financial year preceding the year when they apply for financing, their export share - export being understood as volume of sales to the European Single Market and other countries - in the total sales volume did not exceed 30%;
- have an Export Development Plan which was drawn up not earlier than 12 months before the financing application date
- which were granted assistance aimed at preparation of an Export Development Plan under the 1st stage of Measure 6.1, if the Plan is successfully verified by Regional Financing Institutions / Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.
Under Measure 6.1, financial assistance is envisaged for projects aimed at the implementation of an Export Development Plan using at least two of the following measures indicated in the Export Development Plan, including at least one of the measures specified in (c) to (f):
- participation in fairs and exhibitions abroad as an exhibitor,
- organisation and participation in economic missions abroad,
- searches and selection of partners in target markets,
- obtaining necessary documents, authorising to place the company’s products or services in selected target markets,
- consultancy regarding strategies for financing export ventures and operations,
- consultancy regarding the preparation of a proposal for the company’s image in selected target markets.
Maximum amount of assistance may not exceed:
- PLN 10k for one enterprise for purchase of consulting services related to the preparation of an Export Development Plan;
- PLN 200k for one enterprise for the implemented activities promoting export.
Share of assistance in total project costs may not exceed:
- 80% of total eligible costs in case of purchase of consulting services related to the preparation of an Export Development Plan;
- 50% of total eligible costs in case of purchase of implemented activities promoting export.
Operational Programme Innovative Economy - Submeasure 6.5.1
Under Submeasure 6.5.1 of the Operational Programme Innovative Economy, the Ministry of Economy implements the system project "Promotion of Polish economy in international markets".
The main aim of the project is to strengthen economic competitiveness by improving the image of Polish economy among international partners, and by improving access to information about Poland as well as providing the possibility of making business contacts.
The project supports promotional campaigns in selected sectors and product groups that have high export potential. The project envisages direct support for companies as well as indirect support in the form of consulting services to businesses.