Będzin is an attractive city due to its wide investment offer. Its history has been blending with the city’s economy and industry for decades. The city, with a population of nearly 60,000 residents and a total area of 37.5 km², boasts a growing number of inhabitants (increase by 0.65% in the last 5 years). In 2011, 64.6% of the inhabitants were of working age, of which just 7.9% were registered as unemployed.
Opportunities and conditions for city development arise to a large extent from the geographical situation, rate of market changes and consolidation of a new economic profile. One of the assets of the city is its location in the eastern part of the Silesian Voivodeship, in the Upper Silesian Industrial Region and Katowice conurbation (more than 3.5 million inhabitants), constituting an extensive market for local manufacturers.
The city is marked by its unusually advantageous location due to the proximity of the main transport routes with Katowice (Pyrzowice) International Airport, and the largest transport node in Poland, formed by the capital of the Silesian Voivodeship and other cities of the Silesian Metropolis. Key transport routes include national roads nos. 86 (Katowice – Warsaw) and 94 (Zgorzelec – Legnica – Wrocław – Opole – Bytom – Będzin – Sosnowiec – Dąbrowa Górnicza – Olkusz – Kraków), constituting an alternative transport route to the A4 motorway. Furthermore, voivodeship road no. 910 linking Będzin and Dąbrowa Górnicza runs through Będzin. It is worth noting that in Wojkowice Kościelne, national road no. 86 connects with national road no. 1, which runs from the state border with the Czech Republic (in Cieszyn) via Bielsko-Biała, Tychy, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Częstochowa, to Łódź and then Gdańsk.
Railway line no. 1 linking Katowice and Warsaw, running via Częstochowa, Piotrków Trybunalski and Skierniewice passes through Będzin. On this transport route, within the administrative limits of the city are two railway stations (Będzin Miasto, Będzin) as well as one passenger train stop (Będzin Ksawera). Additionally, railway line no. 183 linking Dąbrowa Górnicza with Brzeziny Śląskie runs through the city.
The city is situated 20 km from Katowice (Pyrzowice) International Airport, which is 3rd among the 11 Polish public airports in terms of passenger traffic intensity, just behind Warsaw – Okęcie and Kraków – Balice.
The economy of the city is dominated by micro-, small and medium enterprises. In Będzin there are 6,600 registered business entities (2011 figure) 98% of which comprise the SME sector. The branches which dominate in this sector include trade, services, services related to the management of real properties and companies, and the building industry. The level of entrepreneurship demonstrated by the local community, estimated on the basis of the number of companies per 1,000 inhabitants, amounts to 105 and is higher than the regional level, which equates to 92.32. Aside from local companies, numerous external entrepreneurs have been investing in Będzin for years (Ahold Polska Sp. z o.o., Black Red White S.A., Centrostal Będzin S.A., Kreisel Sp. z o.o., Prologis Park Będzin II). They are attracted by the wide range of investment areas.
One of the fundamental factors affecting the living standard of Będzin’s inhabitants is the social infrastructure, i.e. institutions providing services for people in the areas of education, health care and social security, culture and art, and tourism and recreation. Będzin has a well-developed educational infrastructure at all levels, except for higher education.
Why Będzin? Because investment in Będzin pays off.