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(FINALIST 2019) Small and medium-sized businesses in Lublin’s city centre are supported and the district revived.

The aim of this project is to increase the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises operating in Lublin’s city centre. Srodmiescie, once a shopping district, has been gradually losing its position as a centre of small trade and services because consumers prefer to go to larger shopping centres. The district also faces additional problems, such as higher unemployment (over 20%) compared to other parts of Lublin (5.4% in the whole city) and a higher rate of petty crime. This leads to an unfavourable perception of the district by Lublin’s inhabitants and fewer visits to the district for shopping.

Over the last three years, this project has supported six Lublin entrepreneurs through individual business consultations and renovation of premises. Participation in the project has not only increased the interest of customers, but also aroused enthusiasm for further work. An additional impact of the project is that participating entrepreneurs are now more willing to participate in other training programmes and conferences organised in the city, which strengthens the competences necessary to run a successful business.

Project Owner

Krzysztof Zuk

Mayor of the City of Lublin