Our experiences

At our final meeting in Noto, we created a movie to show what we experienced during these three years of our project. Different aspects, such as personal development, language proficiency, new insights into economics, and, above all, making friends, are presented and discussed.

Click here to stream the movie!

On November 26, 2018, the former UEG project team gave a presentation on the whole project with a focus on their own activities and experiences, based on a pptx-file.

The fifth project stage: The guidebook

The guidebook on how to open a business and the long and narrow path to it are on display here. We have collected the presentations to address the steps necessary to follow when you want to open a business. These files will be the foundation of the guidebook, which was compiled at the fifth project meeting at Tegelviken (Eskilstuna) in Sweden.

The German team presented
the formal and legal aspects that need to be considered
the foundation of a business – text file on the different (financial) aspects on starting a business
and the marketing strategies helpful to get the business going – text file to describe the stages of marketing strategies.

The Italian team gave a comprehensive overview in one go,

while the Polish group showed how to register a business either at the community centre or online with the instructions as a pdf.

The Swedish presentation on how to start a business is stored on a comprehensive file, and the text can be downloaded here.

Not to forget: the GLOSSARY is also finished and can be downloaded as a pdf or docx file.

All these publications reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The fourth stage: Setting up a business – simulations of businesses in the four countries

After all the preparatory steps, we have reached the stage at which we are able to plan and simulate our own businesses. These were presented to the project group at the 4th project meeting at Leer.
Clicking on the fields below, you can download the PowerPoint files in which our suggestions are presented.
The Suchy Las partner school held a competition, so that several businesses were simulated. The result was that not only the winner, but also the second place was presented at the Leer meeting.
Below the presentations of our companies, you find campaigns for our business ideas, and even further down, we present our SWOT analyses of the companies, carried out at the meeting in Leer.

 SchokiDoki – a chocolate factory and shop in Leer Pamper Your Dog – Noto’s dog-caring facility Bellis EcoStore – healthy products in Suchy Las

PEGASUS Equestrian Center and Hippotherapy in Suchy Las

Café Kvickt – a commuters café between Kvicksund and Västerås
Campaign for SchokiDoki
 SWOT of SchokiDoki  SWOT of Pamper Your Dog SWOT of Bellis

SWOT of Pegasus

 SWOT of Café Kvickt

All these publications reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Participants in the project

These people have contributed to our project so far by taking part in the work at one of the project schools, participating in project meeting, or otherwise being involved in the project activities (in alphabetical order):

Aeissen, Ina (D)
Alberts, Svenja (D)
Beening, Lennart (D)
Bülte, Nantke (D)
Büürma, Sarah-Alice (D)
Carstens, Fabian (D)
Engels, Stefan; teacher (D)
Fecht, Fenja (D)
Hecht, Gesa (D)
Keiser, Kyra (D)
Köhler, Malina (D)
Kühne, Uwe; teacher (D)
Meinders, Imke (D)
Mennenga, Vanessa (D)
Minz, Michelle (D)
Pastoor, Anneke (D)
Pauer, Frank; teacher (D)
Pernitzsch, Vanessa (D)
Priebe, Tabea (D)
Rudolph, Malin (D)
Schwabe, Julia (D)
Swart, Imke (D)
Vollmers, Hanna (D)

Båt-Sam AB

Båtsam is a company that is located in Kvicksund, the company sells especially new and used boats and equipments for boats. But also a lot of other things like ATV’s and fishing equipment. They only sell motorboats and inflatables. They are not selling sailing boats at Båtsam.

All the boats that Båtsam have are delivered from Poland and Finland and also here from Sweden.

The company was founded in 1960 by Samuel which is the father of the current owner Rufus. Samuel was called Sam and his friends called him Båtsam because he liked boats, that’s why they call it Båtsam.

Båt is the Swedish equivalent of boat, and therefore Båt-Sam.

Sam drove across Kvicksund in his petrol truck delivering gas, which was his previous work. He fell in love with the town during his time in his previous work. Then he decided to move to Kvicksund and start his own company there.

For Rufus it was obvious to keep the company in business since he liked boats as well. He has a passion for his work.

Right now they have 8 employees in the main office which is the only store at the moment. In Rufus opinion he works way too much even though they have 8 employees, but that’s how it is to run a company.

During the winter they store all their boats in a winter-storage. Because they sell boats it’s a bit of a season work but still they have a lot to do during the winters, like preparing for the next season. During this time they buy the new boats for the new season and take care of the boats they store and the equipment.

They have a pretty big harbour where a lot of people park their boats. They also have a gas station for the boats and jetskis and so on. They have a workshop as well were they repair and work on boats that people need help with for several reasons.

YogiWod

YogiWod is a small company and also a training concept. Louise Stapel is the founder and company of the company and she came up with the training concept that is yoga with influences of crossfit. She has her own studio in Eskilstuna but she also works in other places in Sweden. Other private persons and companies pay her to come there and do her classes with them.

We asked her a few questions, and here are the answers:

  1. How did you come up with the idea to start your own company?

Louise has been working in the branch for a long time, and she got tired of working for other people so she decided to start something on her own.

  1. When did you start the company?

She started her company YogiWod 2015, because that was the time when she got the permission to use the name YogiWod. But she has had the idea of starting her own company for a longer time than that, but it was really hard to get a name. She searched for a lot of names and it was difficult to get one that wasn’t similar to others.

  1. Were you alone when you started the company?

She started the company all by herself.

  1. Do you have any employees?

Louise is still alone in the company, she hasn’t employed anyone because she wants to work by herself.

  1. Do you have courses both during summer and winter?

She adjusts herself and her classes after what’s requested at that time.  For example she has yoga and other classes outside in the summer.. But in the winter she is more often indoors.

  1. What class is most requested?

All of them, but her dance classes are unique for Louise, because she makes her own choreographies.

  1. Do you only work in Eskilstuna?

Louise is not only working in Eskilstuna, sometimes she gets hired to do her classes by private persons or companies for a certain amount of money. But she is stationed in Eskilstuna where she has her own studio.

  1. What kind of different courses do you offer?

Yoga courses, basic knowledge, dance classes, It also depends on what the customer wants. Louise says she can see what the customers need. Louise does her best to make customers happy.

  1. Do you work most towards companies or private customers?

Louise works towards both, she works for TV4 which is a swedish TV Channel where she has classes with the employees and she also works for the customers that comes directly to her.

  1. Is it a family business?

No, it´s my own business.

  1.   What about the future? Do you want to expand?

Louise says that she wants her company to grow, since it is fun and she always likes getting good response.

  1. How did you come up with the name “YogiWOD”? Was it hard to come up with the idea?

The name is very important and it was difficult to come up with a name at first. It was difficult to find a name that no one already had, Louise says.

The name of your company is important because it is what everyone will talk about.

The name;

Yogi , just yoga

Wod , Wod is from crossfit, you plan the session beforehand.

  1. For how long do you work each day?

It depends, Louise works almost every day. She is normally working in Eskilstuna on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and in Stockholm the rest of the week.

  1. When you started doing yoga, did you have any thoughts or plans to start your own company?

She wants to show others that you have to attach value to your own knowledge. Since Louise was pretty good at these things she wanted to raise her salary by educations in the areas she was interested in. She thought that she deserved a higher salary because she knew so much more than the newly-educated people that worked with the same things as she did.She thought it was unfair that they got the same salary.

Her vision:

For Louise life is about movement, energy and joy. To develop is to learn more and also be humble to your own journey. Her passion is to exercise and to be healthy and to share her passion in a simple way. She wants her customers to practise being outside their comfort zone. She also believes that we need to take care of ourselves in order to be more comfortable in who we are. To grow old and be strong and full of energy and to continue to find happiness in life is important to her.

Different classes:

Louise Stapel has a lot of classes and these are all of them:

PT yoga, Garuda, TRX rip, danceaerobics, core/stretch, cardio toning, yogiwod, yoga, dance, strength, workshops, company classes, events and health coaching.

You can hire her for different packages for example :

Sundbyholms sup yoga.(Sup is stand up paddling)

Contains:

Instructor-led sup yoga

Sauna

Raft

Refreshments

Tannur

Tannur is a restaurant located in the center of Noto. They serve traditional Sicilian food. It was open just over a year ago by three schoolmates. Their customers belong to an age group ranging from 55 to 80 years old. The cost for two people with medium quality wine is around 55 euros. The restaurant is closed on Thursday and open from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and from 7:30 to 10:30 in the evening.

S.W.O.T.:

STRENGHTS

  • Central position;
  • Good food;
  • It will always have potential customers because in Noto there are many tourists;
  • In the restaurant there is a lot of space;
  • They have good marketing also in the internet;
  • Open at the weekends;

WEAKNESSES

  • Many other restaurants are in the close vicinity;
  • They don’t have a website;
  • There aren’t any cheaper dishes for younger people;
  • Owners have other jobs;

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Purchase of better equipment;
  • Owners can have other restaurants in different cities;
  • Owners can open a new restaurant for younger people;
  • Owners can hire more employees;
  • Many people want to spend money in local businesses;

THREATS

  • Too many restaurants in one place;
  • People won’t go to the new restaurants;
  • People don’t want to spend much money on food;
  • Too much management work if they open more restaurants.