Incentives from government, from EU.
Not really, where small businessses are concerned. There's some capital funding, but not much - and certainly nowhere near enough to meet demand. Banking is also very difficult for small businesses - Polsh banks just aren't lending to anyone that might be a risk, which is great for stability but bad for the startup.
Currency is a great advantage.
In some respects. In other respects, it's a massive disadvantage - the instability of the Zloty vs the Euro isn't a good thing in general. You won't find anyone in business who actually thinks that it's good to have the Zloty see-sawing constantly.
Mmmmm... if you only take into consideration that taxes are high
Tax for businesses is everything - for the small entrepeneur, the ZUS payments are a huge hurdle to climb.
I'm not saying Poland is a bad place for investment, but convex has it bang on the money - it's not really a great place either. Give it time, the PO government should enact more and more reforms - but right now, it's hard to say that it's a worthwhile place for the small business to start.
Just look at the shocking amount of social insurance paid by both employer and employee!
I'm not convinced you actually know anything about Polish business, because if you did, you'd know that in order to pay someone 2000zl a month netto, the cost to the business is 3256.09zl. That's an astronomical burden - and it explains why quite a few Polish workers don't have health insurance or a pension as a result.
I'm struggling to see what advantages there are for the small business owner who wants to be a just and fair employer.
Actually, I want to rebut a few things -
Everything here is very cheap: rent,
For small business, yes, rent is cheap. I'll give that.
Haha. See above. I can give an even better example - to pay an employee 4000zl a month netto, you have to pay 6500zl in total. How is that cheap?!
Depends on what you want them to do. English teachers are cheap. Computer science graduates aren't.
Wrong. They're low, but the social taxes is the reason why.
Not at all. Energy costs are quite high compared to the cost of living.
Not particularly cheap.
Again, not at all. Poland gets most of her gas from Russia - prices really aren't much lower than Western countries.
Nearly 50% of the population is of young people/students.
Where's the source for that statistic? Bearing in mind plenty of young people fled after 2004, and let's not forget that the current generation of workers is paying pensions for today's pensioners - there's nothing in the pot for tomorrow. This can only mean even higher social contributions in time to come.
The level of education here is very high, which converts into your future and reliable work force.
Again, you're showing your inexperience/knowledge of Poland. Many "degrees" are from private institutions which will award a degree to a monkey, and the ones from the public universities are often lacking in real content. There are some exceptions, but plenty of courses are producing graduates with no real skills, especially in the weaker public universities. Just look at the content of a three year degree at Poznan University of Economics in Business Management - most of it is useless.
There are incentives that provide new companies a big breath in the beginning by tax exemptions.
I don't see these incentives, where are they?