Investing in Leiria is investing in a traditionally entrepreneurial territory. The region's economic activity presents aspects that differentiate it from other national areas, reinforcing its advantage as an investment destination.

 

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One of the strong aspects of the region and the Municipality of Leiria is its strong and multifaceted business dynamics, with emphasis on the manufacturing industry and its export component, greatly contributing to employability and regional GDP. After this, the sectors of wholesale and retail trade, and the construction sector, assume relevant positions.

 

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Industrial sector in Leiria

 

Business Reception Areas


A little throughout the Municipality of Leiria can be found Business Reception Areas, which aim to install business and industrial infrastructures.

 

On the platform inCentro of Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro (CCDRC), the spaces or areas for business reception are geographically presented, with the most relevant information about their locations, characteristics and availability. Are considered the cases of existing fully or partially infrastructured locations and projected or planned business reception areas.

 

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Leiria's Municipality Business Reception Areas

 

There are many companies in the Municipality of Leiria that are often distinguished with awards such the Prémio de Excelência of the Agência para a Competitividade e Inovação, I. P (IAPMEI) and the Prémio de Inovação COTEC – BPI.

 

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ZICOFA – Business Recption Area of Cova das Faias


The Municipality is permanently committed to promoting the development of the industrial and the technology sectors, providing flexible and technologically equipped spaces for national and foreign businesses.

 

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Business Reception Area of Carreira d´Água - Barosa

Discover the main business sectors in Leiria:

 

CONSTRUCTION AND HABITAT SECTOR

 

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FOREST SECTOR

 

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FOOD SECTOR

 

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TEXTILE SECTOR

 

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MOLDS AND PLASTIC SECTOR

 

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METAL MECHANICS SECTOR

 

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TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

 

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Business Associations of the Leiria Region

 

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Incentives

Both the Municipality and the State encourage the creation, growth and establishment of national and international businesses.

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The Leiria Invest Program is intended for all subjects, whether resident or not in the national space, who are subject to corporate income tax that promote, in the Municipality of Leiria, projects classified as investment projects of municipal interest.

Within the scope of the program, benefits in terms of exemption from IMI - Municipal Property Tax, IMT - Municipal Tax on Onerous Property Transfers and Derrama Tax can be enjoyed, being granted according to the suitability to the program, the merit application and the consequent interest for the region.


Consult the Regulation of the program of Investment and Job Creation in the Municipality of Leiria: Regulamento n.º 217/2020 de 10 de março, and its 1st modification, regulamento n.º 572/2021 de 23 de junho.
The application form can be downloaded
here.

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The Espaço Empresa main objective is to support all entrepreneurs with the information they need when investing, aiming to provide a “fast lane for investment” in the municipality of Leiria.


The office, which operates in the building of
Associação Empresarial da Região de Leiria (NERLEI), provides support services for attracting and securing local, national and international investment in the municipality of Leiria, in the most diverse sectors of activity: industry, services, commerce, tourism and other activities of economic interest to Leiria.

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The Gabinete de Inserção Profissional (GIP) aims to support, free of charge, young people and unemployed adults in defining or developing their path of insertion or reintegration into the labor market, in colaboration with the Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional de Leiria (IEFP).


Activities such as: development of actions to support job search, reception and dissemination of job offers, support for the online application of job seekers, among others, are available.

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The STARTUP Leiria aims to boost entrepreneurship, being an active agent in development, innovation and regional growth, also contributing to the country's competitiveness. The STARTUP has several services and projects to support all types of innovation: Acceleration (Support for the development of Entrepreneurs and Companies, from the idea stage), Hosting (Set of services and spaces to support the hosting of business initiatives), Social Innovation (Support in the development of projects that respond to social and environmental problems), Territorial Innovation (Network projects created to stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation at regional and national levels).


STARTUP Leiria is a certified incubator of programs and several Vales of IAPMEI, such as: StartUP Voucher, StartUP Visa.

 

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The IAPMEI has on its website a summary of the main current financing mechanisms, namely the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) and the Portugal 2020.


Also noteworthy is the Portal do Financiamento, where companies can find, aggregated in a single place, various financing solutions with public support, aimed in particular at SMEs, in the various stages of their activity and investment.

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The IEFP, with a center established in Leiria, is the national public employment service, which provides various measures to encourage job creation, as well as hiring.

The Contrato-Emprego measure, aims the creation of jobs. In this way, financial support is provided to employers who enter into permanent or fixed-term employment contracts, for a period equal to or greater than 12 months, with workers registered with the institute.

The Estágios Profissionais measure, has as its main objective to promote the insertion of young people in the job market or the professional reconversion of the unemployed. Thus, for non-extendable 9-month internships, support is provided that can, at least, represent a financial contribution of 80% of the unit costs per internship/month.


Projects of National Interest


Projects are recognized as Potential National Interest (PIN) if cumulatively: Represent a global investment equal to or greater than 25 million euros; Create a number of direct jobs equal to or greater than 50; Have proven economic viability; Are susceptible to adequate environmental and territorial sustainability; They are presented by promoters of recognized reputation and credibility; Have a positive impact in at least three of the areas identified in Decree-Law No. 154/2013, of 5 November.


Or even those whose global investment is less than 25 million euros and/or that create a number of jobs of less than 50, provided that certain requirements are met.


All projects considered PIN are monitored by a Process Management entity designated by the Permanent Investor Support Commission. Among the entities that make up the Permanent Investor Support Commission, can be designated as Process Manager, the Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal, E. P. E. (AICEP), the IAPMEI, or the Turismo de Portugal, depending on the nature of the project in question and the attributions established in the respective organic diplomas in terms of monitoring investment projects.


Special Hiring Regime for Support and Incentives for Large Investment Projects


The Decree-Law no. 191/2014 - Diário da República no. 252/2014, Series I of 2014-12-3, establishes a special regime for contracting support and incentives exclusively applicable to large investment projects within the scope of AICEP's attributions.


For the purposes of the dispositions of this decree-law, large investment projects are considered: Projects whose investment value exceeds 25 million euros, regardless of the sector of activity, size or nationality and legal nature of the promoter; Projects that, not reaching the investment value established in the previous paragraph, are the initiative of a company with consolidated annual invoicing with its economic group wich exceeds 75 million euros or of a non-business entity with an annual budget of more than 40 million euros.

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The Programa Nacional de Apoio ao Investimento da Diáspora (PNAID) is addressed to all portuguese emigrants and portuguese descendants who wish to invest or expand their economic activity in Portugal, especially in the interior of the country. The program also includes national entrepreneurs who want to internationalize their business through portuguese communities residing abroad, promoting foreign investment in Portugal.


The program is organized into 4 main axes, each containing measures and sub-measures: support and incentives, facilitation, information and dissemination, and promotion, mobilization and networks.


In Portugal's external networks, the diplomatic and consular networks, the external networks of AICEP and Turismo de Portugal, as well as the set of business associations in the diaspora, highlighting the Portuguese chambers of commerce and industry abroad, which assume a relevant role in providing information and guidance to diaspora investors and boosting exports through the diaspora.


In the internal networks, the Emigrant Support Offices, in the municipalities, are a fundamental point for the functioning of these networks that mobilize investment, identifing opportunities and establishing relationships.

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