Katowice competes for new BPO centers

Katowice has a chance to attract new investors from the Business Process Offshoring area. After an audit shared service center of PwC – first of its kind in Poland – which was opened this year in the City, following companies are making allowance for opening of centers in Katowice.

At present, three international companies are debating Katowice as the final destination. “Among them are two American outsourcing companies. The first one wants to open an Information Technology Outsourcing center for about 300 fluent German speakers. The second firm plans to set up a call center for 500 employees. There is also an Indian investor which is looking for a location for a service center and considers two cities – Wrocław and Katowice.” – said Mateusz Skowroński, Katowice Mayor’s Plenipotentiary for Contacts with Strategic Investors.

The companies interest met with a delivery of new office projects in the City. By the end of the year, Katowice’s total office stock should increase by approximately 48 000 sq. meters of new A-class spaces.

“The BPO sector’s interest resulted a faster development of A-class office spaces. Additionally, the local government cooperates with the sector to create a better investment climate. In ten years, we will mention 2010 as the epoch-making.” – Andrew Samu, Operational Director at Simplika, said to Puls Biznesu.

To increase the investment attractivity of Katowice, an international promotional campaign including TV advertisements in CNN will be launched this autumn. Guiding principles of the campaign were prepared in cooperation with IBM managers which were advising the City in crucial development areas for the last months within the framework of the Executive Service Corps programme.