Translators have always supported businessmen. Translating documents, websites, marketing materials, interpreting during conferences and meetings – this is what we do best. Translators and interpreters are also entrepreneurs themselves. They also encounter various problems connected with running a business. Every country is specific with its law, culture, language etc. Poland is a big and diversified market. Translations into Polish are one of the necessary steps to enter this market. Another one will be to know the business environment here.
The experts from the World Bank periodically publish Doing Business: a study analyzing business environment all over the world. However, it was the first time when the analysis of Poland was so detailed and thorough to include 18 Polish cities. The cities were ranked according to such criteria as starting business, dealing with construction permits, registering property and enforcing contracts.
It transpires from the report that smaller cities have absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Bydgoszcz (8th largest city in Poland) tops the ranking aggregating all the criteria. The next is even smaller Olsztyn. The biggest cities: Warsaw and Cracow are at the end of the ranking. Other cities shine in particular categories: Poznań offers the easiest start for new company owners, construction permits can be easily obtained in Bydgoszcz, Zielona Góra scores best in registering properties, enforcing contracts is easier in Olsztyn, Gorzów Wielkopolski and Białystok than in other cities
How do Polish cities look like in comparison with the rest of the European Union? Scores in most of the categories do not differ from the other countries in the EU. Unfortunately, Poland still lags behind in respect of the area concerning starting business. The European average is 11 days to establish a business. In Poland it is as long as one month. Besides, the cost is three times higher (counting the percentage of per capita income) than in other member states.
Still, there is a lot of work to do, but the good news is that Polish cities get more and more business-friendly. So this is the best moment to enter the Polish market. Every company willing to do so will need good translations into Polish.