Business services sector leases 380,000 sq m of office space outside Warsaw

In 2015 companies from the industry leased 380,000 sq m of office space which accounted for 56% of overall demand on major markets outside Warsaw.

Warsaw, 8 March 2016 – Advisory company JLL analyzed the activity of tenants from the business services sector in 2015 on major office markets outside Warsaw. [1]

Anna Młyniec, JLLAnna Młyniec, Head of Office Agency and Tenant Representation at JLL. comments: “In 2015 modern business services centers signed lease agreements totaling around 380,000 sq m on major office markets outside Warsaw. This equates to 56% of office demand registered in the regional markets. Companies from this industry have maintained their high pace of development. Business services centers continue to acquire new clients, expand the scope of provided services through increasingly advanced processes and in turn employ new specialists. As a result of office lease agreements renewals, new deals and expansions, business services centers are driving the development of office markets, especially outside Warsaw”.

Exemplary lease agreements signed by business services companies in 2015 in selected cities outside Warsaw (two per city)

City Company Building Space (sq m)
Kraków Shell Dot Office 22,000
Kraków Capgemini Quattro Business Park 17,100
Wrocław IBM Global Services Delivery Centre Polska Wojdyła Business Park 20,000
Wrocław Confidential tenant Dominikański 11,500
Tri-City State Street Alchemia 15,000
Tri-City Sii Olivia Business Centre 6,000
Katowice Capgemini Silesia Business Park 5,600
Katowice Mentor Graphics Silesia Star 4,600
Łódź Fujitsu Technology Solutions University Business Park 6,100
Łódź mCentrum Operacji Park Teofilów 4,500
Poznań OSRAM PGK Centrum 2,700
Poznań MAN Business Garden Poznań 2,700

Source: JLL, 2015

Mateusz Polkowski, JLLMateusz Polkowski, Associate Director, Research and Consulting at JLL, says: “The largest amount of office space – ca. 155,000 sq m - was leased last year by the business services sector in Kraków, followed by Wrocław with 92,000 sq m. The sector's share in overall demand in selected cities was led by Wrocław with 72%, followed by Kraków with 68% and Tri-City – 57%.”

According to ABSL, business services centers with foreign capital employ ca. 150,000 people in Poland and this number continues to grow. Kraków occupies the leading position in terms of employment in the sector (35,700 specialists), followed by Warsaw (27,000), Wrocław (23,700), Tri-City (13,700), Łódź (13,100), Katowice Agglomeration (11,200) and Poznań (9,000).

The share of business services centres with foreign capital in overall occupied office space in regional cities totals around 51% in Kraków, 46% in Łódź and 39% in Wrocław.

JLL was the first advisory company in the real estate market to recognize the potential of the modern business services sector as one of the most rapidly developing branches of the Polish economy as well as being a key office tenant in major cities outside Warsaw. In 2015, JLL advised on 36 office lease transactions signed by business services centres in Poland. This illustrates JLL’s position as the undisputed leader in this market segment. Furthermore, the company participated in the biggest lease agreements signed by business services sector in 2015 including Shell (22,000 sq m in Kraków) and Samsung (over 21,000 sq m in Warsaw). This year, JLL was selected again as the Strategic Partner of ABSL – a leading organization representing the business services sector in this part of Europe.

Furthermore, JLL’s expertise was recognized and awarded by the business services sector. During the CEE Outsourcing and Shared Services Awards gala in 2016, JLL was selected as the best advisory company providing strategic real estate services for the business services sector in the CEE region. This year JLL has also been awarded the best company in the real estate consulting category during Outsourcing Stars.

[1] Kraków, Wrocław, Tri-City, Katowice, Poznań, Łódź, Szczecin and Lublin


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