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

The multi supermarkets in Leer

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The supermarket business “multi” in Leer was founded in 1970. The founder, Mr Hero Brahms, had taken over his parents’ grocery store, where customers still bought merchandise from the counter, and assistants handed out the items to them. When a wholesaler left its premises, Mr Brahms acquired these 1,500 m2 and made it the first multi supermarket. Looking for a suitable name, all family, friends, and employees available had a brainstorming session on it and decided on “multi”, a Latin word meaning “much” or “many”, already hinting at the vast number of articles they would have to offer.

At that time, multi had 34 employees and offered about 8,000 to 10,000 articles. It was an overnight sensation. On the first day at 8:30 am half an hour after the shop opened it was full of people. The reason for that was probably the fact that Multi was the first consumer market in the region. For the customers it was a totally new experience to walk through the aisles of a supermarket and take the products themselves from the shelves, obviously enjoying this very much.

20161103-multi-sud-museum-mit-herrn-brahms-sr-1Mr Hero Brahms in the museum at multi Süd, which renders the style and atmosphere of his former grocery store.

Two years later, a second market, multi Süd (south), was opened in the south of Leer because of the big success of the first, and much later, in 2008, the third multi market opened in Emden, a town 34 km north-west of Leer. This was not planned and only happened because of a good offer by EDEKA, the largest supermarket corporation in Germany.

Today there are still two multi supermarkets in Leer. While multi Nord (north), located opposite the site of multi’s foundation, is relatively small and compact and for this reason more attractive to many customers, multi Süd (in the meantime taken over by Hero Brahms’ son, Matthias) is growing bigger and bigger and is frequently renovated and modernised. The last reconstruction cost a few million euros. Now it is more like a shopping mall with the whole area of multi Süd featuring 47 other retailers and restaurants. The area of all three multi markets together is approximately 14,600 m2. multi Süd’s car park offers 1,000 spaces. However, multi is the last large-scale family-owned consumer market in Germany.

20161103-multi-sud-modell-11:87 scale model of multi Süd

20161103-multi-sud-modell-3View of the southern entrance

multi gets its merchandise through three different pathways: many products are supplied by EDEKA, by producers like Bahlsen (the most famous German cookie producer), and by direct suppliers. Altogether, multi Süd is supplied by 350 different companies.

The main supermarket has a range of more than 50,000 different products, which are selected based on the consumers’ demands. This e.g. means customers can choose from 70 different frozen pizzas. Every week about 5 tonnes of meat and cheese are sold and they have approximately 2,000 glasses of nutella in store. Yet the products most sold are East Frisian tea and “Kluntje” (rock candies traditionally put in tea).
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Traditional East Frisian tea

Bruno Gelato ice cream products have been on offer since 1998 as an example of close cooperation between local companies. Each day about 55,000 items are sold in multi Süd, with 150 people employed currently; this number is still increasing.

When employing people, their personality counts more than their certificates. This is because Mr Brahms’ philosophy is based on the assumption that the atmosphere in a business and the mood among the employees warrants the success of the company. Consequently, Mr Brahms’ relationship with his staff is based on trust and friendliness. He knows all his employees personally and supports them in their professional activities. It is no surprise that multi staff have a reputation for being cheerful and helpful.

Apparently, this results in greater honesty among multi customers. Annual stocktaking shows that only 0.5% of the merchandise is stolen, which is very low compared to other retailers’ figures.

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Checkout tills

Yet Mr Brahms jun. also believes that there must be progress, otherwise a standstill will soon result in a setback. So he regularly comes up with new ideas for his market, for example he recently introduced pick-up-points, and he also plans to establish an online-market. Plans to modernize the toy section have been in the pipeline for long, but have not been realised so far because other activities have seemed more important,

He also wants to improve the feelgood factor for his customers so that the atmosphere at multi is turning more and more into an event character. With all these new ideas, multi never stops developing, and as a result, Mr Brahms always has something to do. Yet he sees this as a bliss and a curse: on the one hand, it is very exhausting. But on the other hand, you also stay fit and do not age that quickly. Mr Brahms rarely travels businesswise and works approximately 50 to 60 hours per week, with even longer hours e.g. when the shopping areas are renovated.

Although the markets are very successful, another multi branch is not being planned. Its economic success would be questionable, and the market would no longer be a regional one. The aspect of regional products is crucial for the multi philosophy in that they can react more readily to the customers’ wishes for regional specialities.

Beyond this, the Brahms family do not want their current life to change because of business expansion. Right now, it seems as if they have found the right balance between economic success and time for themselves. The involvement of the whole family is seen essential for the smooth running of the company, and the current size and popularity in turn influences the daily routine and family life greatly. So members of the Brahms family work in all multi markets and are involved in all organisation steps, such as advertisement, public relation, and development of the markets.

Admittedly, it is not always pleasant to be identified with the business, but apart from that everything else seems to be quite positive for Mr Brahms. They also support local charities and social institutions, e.g. they support the Kinderschutzbund Leer (child protection organisation) and the Leeraner Tafel, an organisation that sells food to people in need cheaper by giving them food close to the best-before date.

For future business people, both Mr Brahms sen. and jun. recommend to be reliable and predictable and to be ready to wait for the right moment in life. Success cannot be planned, but opportunities will occur, for which young entrepreneurs must be open. The development of the multi markets shows that businesses grow gradually and have to adapt to the market situation. Mr Brahms jun. gave the example of two businesses in the multi Süd mall opened side by side, with the advantage of different hours of customer activities. So, one sale assistant is now able to serve both shops simultaneously and thus providing a synergy effect.

Although most steps in multi’s development have been successful, setbacks have taken place. One example is the failure of moving into another shopping mall in the north of Leer, which was offered by competitors who owned the mall. It did not catch on and suffered severe losses, from which the Brahms family learnt a lot on the way to the current state. This means that openness, patience, and visions for the future are crucial for business people.

This publication reflects 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.

Business in Suchy Las and its surroundings

Geographical position of the town and its hinterland

Suchy Las as a village which was totally destroyed in the 17th century. It was founded again in the 19th century by German settlers. A community is located in the province of Wielkopolska. The seat of the community is the village of Suchy Las which is in close neighbourhood to Poznań. There are 8 biggest villages. The most important are: Suchy Las, Biedrusko, Złotniki, Chludowo. The area of the community is 116.55 km². About 16,000 people live in the community of Suchy las, and 6,600 in the village. A military training ground takes up more than 60% of the community area. Polish soldiers train here but not only. Also police officers or soldiers from other countries such as Germany. The largest lake is Lake Glinowieckie. It is located on the training ground. The forests in our community are rich in a variety of trees and plants. Usually they are mixed. Suchy Las has chernozem soils and podzol soils. There is a nature reserve Meteorites Morasko. It has six large craters that have arisen as a result of meteorite impacts about 5 thousand years ago. Suchy Las is located in the temperate climate zone. The annual rainfall is 500 mm. Snow falls are very poorly here. The average annual temperature is 9°C. Suchy Las is one of the best developing communities around Poznań. Retail and industrial trade, services and industrial production are main contributors to the local development. Many leading companies have their seats in Suchy Las, among them Apart (jewellery) or car dealers (e.g. Porsche).

Local and international transport

We have in Poznan one of the oldest airports in Poland, its called Ławica. The old airport was built in 1913. Now Ławica  is quit modern, but small international airport. From Poznan you can fly to almost 30 cites in 15 countries in Europe. There is also the new main railway station in Poznan, commonly called Dworzec Główny. The station is in the city centre, in the vicinity of the bus station, Poznań International Fairs, Poznań University of Economics and Adam Mickiewicz University. It is international, you can go by train from here to Berlin, Minsk and Paris.

Poznań public transport with its network, timetables and tariff is unique in Poland. Trams are the core of the system – most of lines go with a frequency of 10 minutes. Bus lines play a complementary role to the tram network. This solution encourages passengers to change, offering high frequency connections with changes, instead of low frequency direct connections. It also makes the network less extensive and complicated to passengers. Bus and tram lines run daily from 4.30 to 23.00 . At other times communication in bus lines is available and the tram line No. 201 runs to the city center in the direction of Piątkowo. Poznan has an alternative to a metro. It is Poznański Szybki Tramwaj, 8,1 km long line, which is accident-free and arranged in a dig and flyover tram route. The route is crucial for communication in the central and northern parts of the city. Its capacity reaches
6 000 persons per hour. Poznań was the first Polish city which introduced time tickets. You have to buy ticket before getting on board. Tickets are sold in kiosks, shops, supermarkets and ZTM Customer Service Points. Prices are determined by the type of the ticked and tariff zone.

Public Transport Facility in Suchy Las supports 6 fixed communication lines that connect the center of Poznan and its northern districts of towns and municipalities like Biedrusko, Chludowo, Golęczewo, Zielątkowo, Złotkowo, Złotniki, Suchy Las. In these buses you can use the same tickets which are used in Poznan. The Department of Public Transport in Suchy Las has 21 buses to handle communication lines, of which 18 of them are low-floor MANs.

Population – people and their needs

Suchy Las community consists of about 16,000 citizens. 60% of them are in the productive age, which means that they are able to work. The percentage of those unemployed decreases each year. In 2010 12.02% of people in the productive age were jobless. In 2011 that amount reduced to 11.71%.  According to survey’s results,  both accessibility and quality of cultural and sport and recreation offers provided by the borough were rated as good. However, the tourist offers were determined as low. Additionally, the condition of the road infrastructure is a downside of the Suchy Las area. On the other hand, the education is a great asset. The availability and quality of primary and middle schools were rated as very good. Unfortunately, there is a lack of kindergartens. Another advantage of Suchy Las borough is health and social care. Their standard is regarded as fine. Residents think that our borough has to primarily improve the road maintenance and the sewage system.

Suchy Las community has got many things to be proud of. However, a few of them do not meet citizens’ expectations. This is why our borough is still improving, which only means a better and more peaceful life for all of us.

 The structure of employment and the scale of unemployment

Currently about 16000 people live in Suchy Las. The number of unemployed is decreasing from year to year. In December 2013 there was about 1.71% of these people, but in 2014 there was only 1.29% of unemployed. In November 2015  there was 1.31% of them. To conclude more and more inhabitants work in the surrounding companies and in Poznan these days.

To present these statistics in numbers, we can divide them into several categories including: total unemployed people (in this separately women and men) and unemployed people who took up jobs. In the end of 2013 249 people were unemployed, including 126 women and 123 men. Next year the number of these people had decreased to 188 total – 103 women and 85 men. In October 2015 191 people were unemployed – 110 women and 81 men. Statistics of taken jobs during years 2013 – 2015 are quite similar. At the end of 2013 14 people took up jobs, next year 15 people did it and in 2015 11 people took up jobs.

In 2010 in Suchy Las lived 14822 inhabitants – 408 per 1000 people had a job. But two years later with more inhabitants (15614) there were only 405 workers per 1000. In 2013 15971 people lived in Suchy Las – 421 per 1000 of them had a job. In general it’s a very good result – Suchy Las doesn’t have to worry about upcoming future.

The conclusion of this report is that Suchy Las is a well-developed village, which won’t lose its good position among the nearest settlements with low unemployment. The task of the local government is further decreasing the number of unemployed people in our village. Now they bring in new ideas, solutions and amenities.

 Tourist attractions

Near Suchy Las – in Chludowo you can visit a historic larch church from 1736 founded by Cistercian from Owińska, after the fire of an earlier church. In the left chapel there is a picture of Mother of God painted on wood from the sixteenth century  and Missionary-Museum of Ethnography.

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In another village in the close vicinity – Biedrusko you can admire a Neo-Renaissance palace  surrounded a picturesque park from the end of the nineteenth century, built by Prussian man. Later he sold it to the German army, because they needed the palace for the officers. After the Second World War the palace was a base of Polish army. Now there is a hotel and a restaurant.

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Local sporting, leisure and culture facilities

We are proud of a modern building of Water Park OCTOPUS, which is located in Suchy Las. There are 8 tracks and one small pool for children. In addition to the swimming pool in the same building there is bowling, a restaurant and well-equipped studio and conference hall.  In the vicinity of the Water Park you can find a sports hall of the Municipal Sports Centre, which is suitable for basketball, volleyball, handball and indoor football. The audience  has 320 seats with the possibility to install 180 more. Next to the Primary School in Suchy Las there are some pitches: two for football (6000m2 and 3000m2), where a club Suchary Suchy Las plays their matches, and two for basketball. On the same street as the swimming pool there is one of the biggest and most modern culture center and public library in the region.

Shopping facilities and services

Suchy Las is located near Poznań that is a big city. Lots of people, who live here, work in Poznań.  After their jobs they do their shopping in local shops and are offered a variety of services.

In Suchy las there are a lot of shopping facilities and services. A few years ago there were only several shops and one supermarket but since then shopping facilities have developed a lot. The biggest and the main shopping facility in Suchy Las is a big shopping mall ‘Galeria Sucholeska’. There are many useful shops that provide you with the products you need on daily basis. Apart from that there are also many discounts for example Biedronka, Chata Polska, Lidl. They offer relatively cheap products and have a really big range of them. In our community there are lots of services so there is no need to go to Poznań. Besides buying food we can also buy fashionable clothes, shoes in the shopping mall and other smaller shops.

Suchy Las has also very impressive gastronomic offer. Everyone will find here his or her favourite cuisine eg. Japanese, Italian, Polish etc. The places are also different in terms of the level of services starting with  asmall bistro until luxury restaurants. For students and hurrying people there are also some food tracks with chicken or hamburgers.

If anyone in Suchy Las wants to benefit from the basic medical care and pharmacy can go to some chemist’s shops and medical centers.

Living in Suchy Las is really pleasant, because there are a lot of improvements also in respect of cultural services. Citizens can rest going to theatre and summer cinema. Many people from Poznań want to move to our community because of comfort of living and beautiful surroundings.

 Local offices and institutions supporting small business

Let’s try to be an  entrepreneur! Have you ever thought about starting a business? It is a hard way with registering and running a business. But don’t worry there are a lot  of people and institutions that offer  help.

I will go step by step. First of all you need to have a creative and original idea. Then try to find a place where you want to start. Name your business. These are the basics. In every country you need to register your business, otherwise it is illegal. In every town hall or your city’s website you can get all information about registration.  In most of the countries you can fill in the entering form online.

Unfortunately everyone has to pay taxes. If you are new you can get tax advice in town halls and on the Internet. For example, in Suchy Las’s Town Hall there is a tax agency that is open on every first Monday of a new month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and it is free!

Each business has to be skillfully advertised. There are a lot of companies that offer gifts, gadgets, billboards, exhibitions, marketing events and etc. In Suchy Las we have quite a few of those firms. The best known ones are: PDMG,  IMART and ANB.

If your business needs more money don’t worry, you will get some help from banks. They offer credits for new businesses even if your firm is not big. In Suchy Las we have so many banks that offer that kind of credit. For example Bank PKO, Millennium Bank and Alior Bank.

IT help is also important. Most of companies has their own website, e-mail address and all that online stuff. Company called GCI –IT Solutions  helps with all that stuff that can be hard.

Small offices also help entrepreneurs. In Suchy Las there is a tiny office called Elkard that offers pay and staff advisory.

There are also companies that help with taking subsidies from European Union.  In Suchy las there is one called LARG.

So don’t be afraid to start your own business in the future.

This publication reflects 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.

 

Bruno Gelato – An ice-cream factory in Rhauderfehn (East Frisia)

Bruno GelatoBruno Gelato is a big ice-cream company from Germany which produces genuine Italian ice-cream. The main branch is near Leer, in Rhauderfehn. Here, a huge variety of ice-cream flavours is produced and sold in many countries all over the world. The fresh milk for the ice-cream is from East Frisia, our region.

More information is given in the following interview with the founder and owner of Bruno Gelato, Bruno Lucchetta.

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Interview with Bruno Lucchetta

Foundation

–    Who is the founder of the company and is he Italian?

I’m the founder and I come from North Italy.

–    When was the company founded?

The first ice-cream parlour was founded in 1987 and it centralised itself in 1995.

–    How did you get the idea to found “Bruno Gelato”?

We wanted to sell high-quality ice-cream because in the supermarkets ice-cream is often not very tasty.

–    How did you found your company?

At first we only had an ice-cream parlour in Rhauderfehn. Our ice-cream was very popular, so we started two new ice-cream parlours. Later we had eight or nine parlours and we couldn’t buy ice-cream machines for each one. So we decided to start a central factory from which we supplied our ice-cream parlours. Only later did we market our ice-cream.

–    Did you ask for a credit when you started your company, and if yes, how high was it?

We had to apply for credits very often. The first one amounted to 100,000 German marks (now about 51,000 euros).

–    How many staff did you have at the start of “Bruno Gelato”?

We had only three employees.

–    How many types of ice-cream did you have at the start?

At the start we had 30 different types.

General information

–    Where is your main branch?

It is still in Rhauderfehn.

–    Are there any other “Bruno Gelato” branches in Germany?

No, there aren’t.

–    Are the sales in winter lower than in summer?

Yes, of course. In winter we don’t have to produce much ice-cream, so we use the time for some reconstructions and repairs.

–    Is “Bruno Gelato” a family-run company?

Yes, it is. Our family comes from North-Italy.

–    Do any family members work in the company?

Yes, my brother and my wife work here.

–    How many personnel do you have?

We have about 80 employees.

–    How old is “Bruno Gelato”?

“Bruno Gelato” has been in business since 1987, so it is 29 years old now.

–    How long do you work daily?

We work from 6 o’clock am to 11 or 12 o’clock pm.

–    How many ice-cream parlours do you supply with your ice-cream?

We supply 1,200 ice-cream parlours.

–    What was your greatest success?

I set new goals again and again, so there has not been a “greatest” success.

Ice-cream

–    What’s your most-sold type of ice-cream?

Our most-sold one is vanilla ice-cream, the second one is chocolate ice-cream.

–    How many different flavours of ice-cream do you sell?

We sell 105 different ones.

–    How do you produce your ice-cream?

We produce it with fresh whole milk and fresh fruits.

–    Where do you produce your ice-cream?

We produce it here in Rhauderfehn.

–    How do you get ideas for new, special kinds of ice-cream?

My wife and I often visit several places all over the world. In the different countries we attend ice-cream fairs where we get to know many special, often exotic types of ice-cream.

–    How many litres of ice-cream do you produce a day?

We produce ca. 50 tonnes of ice-cream per day.

–    How long does it take to produce ice-cream?

It takes at least one day.

–    Have you taken any flavours out of your assortment already?

Yes. We’ve taken out strawberry and hazelnut because the market potential wasn’t high enough.

–    What are your newest kinds of ice-cream?

Our new ones are fresh cheese with sea buckthorn, pie plant, red fruit jelly, cherry mania and chocolate with marshmallows.

–    Do you have “limited editions”?

No, we don’t.

Bruno Ice

This publication reflects 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.

Young careers

The Department for the Promotion of Trade and Industry in the District of Leer publishes a newsletter “Young careers” to inform young people about business opportunities. After an interview with one of the consultants, we were asked to report on our activities, and so we sent them a report on our first project meeting in Suchy Las, titled “An economy project at the UEG – a different approach to learning” (in German).

This publication reflects 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.

Tegelviken

Tegelviken is a Swedish school located in Kvicksund which is a small town in “Södermanland”, and the closest city to Kvicksund is Eskilstuna. The capital of Sweden, which is Stockholm, is located about 110 km east of Eskilstuna. Tegelviken is a very small school and was built in 1998.

In Sweden most children go to preschool at the age of one or two and then when they are six years old they go to kindergarten.  When you are seven years old you begin primary school and later secondary school. At the age of sixteen there is the upper secondary school. In Sweden we get graded with A-F.. A is the best that you could get and is the hardest one to achieve, whilst getting an F means you’ve failed.

Tegelviken is a school for children of the age six to sixteen and we have a pre-school for kids up to 5 years old. The school is set up in a way that there are three sets of classes from preschool to ninth grade. That means that we have 30 classes that consist of around 15 students in each grade, and around 450 students in the whole school. We have good teachers and decent food. We have a special kind of ‘organization where there are two groups of different ages in the same class.

Tegelviken has a pretty big school yard. It’s suited for the youngest as well as for the older students. There are playgrounds and there are benches spread out. We also have a greenhouse and in the summer we usually have some fruits growing there.

A normal school year for us starts in August and ends in June. The school year is divided into two terms, autumn and spring. We have two major breaks between the terms and some smaller breaks in November, February and Easter.   We go to school Monday -Friday, We start school at 8am every day and the school ends between the hours 1pm – 3pm. We have breaks between all classes, sometimes they are just 5 minutes and sometimes they can be 30 minutes.

The classrooms in Tegelviken are designed in an unusual way. Every classroom in the entire school has got its own hall and kitchen. Sometimes we do things such as baking in the kitchens.   You can put your clothes and shoes in the hall if you feel like it. There is also one bathroom in each classroom. We have lockers in the hallway, where we can store our school supplies.

Most schools in Sweden have a canteen at their school, a place where students can go and eat, but at our school we don’t. We bring food from the school kitchen to the classroom and then eat there,

The classrooms themselves look like the typical classroom, and this is where we have subjects like Swedish, English, Math, Social sciences etc. We also have classrooms for subjects such as Science where there is special equipment for doing labs and tests. We have two science halls, one art hall and two halls for our ‘’crafts’’ lessons which are separated into wood and textile. Our school has a large building located near the entrance, it’s our sports hall. There is one big room for the main sport activities and then there are four smaller dressing rooms.

All students in our school who are in grade six or higher have their own school computer. We use this computer to do school work. We are limited on what we can do on the computers. We can’t download big files, just small things such as pictures and PDF’s.

We have a bunch of rules here at Tegelviken such as a strict non-bullying policy. We have certain “Anti-Bullying” teams that act as “peacekeepers” in the school.  Other than that we have some restrictions around cellphones, school computers and such things.

At Tegelviken we have something that is called the “Student Council”, in which a few representatives from every class between six and nine get together with a chosen teacher and discuss what they can change and improve about the school. These things can be everything from the schoolyard to the food that’s being served, or outdated rules.. The Student Council brings the voice of the students forward to be heard. The council has a surprising amount of influence and power, they can really improve things.

The school has various international projects such as our Bangladesh project where we provide education for children in Bangladesh. We usually work with this during the winter/fall where we provide handcrafted items and/or cookies for a Bangladesh/Christmas market. We have had EU projects and other exchanges with European schools for many years and also offer courses as part of Cambridge International Examination.

Every year students put up a show named “The Spring show” where they sing and dance for parents and the rest of the school.  Sometimes the students in Tegelviken get the opportunity to see theatre plays about things that are relevant for us in one way or another. It could, for example, be about friendship, love or family-issues

Our school is also very active in the sense that we have plenty of room for different activities such as football, basketball or baseball outside on our various fields, whilst we can play dodgeball or dance in our sports hall. We also go on fieldtrips to a sports stadium where we compete in many different events as running and long jump. We have a sports organization that arranges different tournaments such as a table tennis tournament. They also make sure we have a team to compete in district tournaments.

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Business in Leer and its surroundings

In Poland the German team gave eight presentations about Leer and its hinterland

Geographical position and hinterland

The position of the Leer is 53° northern latitude and 7° eastern longitude. Leer lies in the north-west of Germany, close to the Netherlands, only 40 km from the North Sea. The next city larger in size is Bremen (100 km). There are two rivers running through Leer, where the Leda runs into the Ems, which in turn flows into the North Sea. In the North Sea, just off the coast, are the seven East-Frisian islands (Borkum, Juist, Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Wangerooge). The Wadden Sea is an integral nature reserve and a world natural heritage.

Local and international transport

In Leer the most used means of transports are cars, lorries, trains and buses. We have got an airfield for transport of persons. The planes from there only fly to the East Frisian Islands and sightseeing flights. It’s a small airfield in Nüttermoor. We have also a train station from which we can travel to many other cities, for example Bremen, Hanover and so on. The northbound line leads to Emden/Norddeich, an eastbound eastbound line links Leer with Oldenburg and Bremen, and further with Hamburg or Hannover. To the south, Leer is connected to the Ruhrgebiet and Cologne.

The motorway connections are similar, but there is a motorway to the Netherlands (Groningen), too. The train line to Groningen was recently disconnected due to a ship destroying the railway brigde over the Ems.

Every morning we students go to school by school bus, by bike, by feet or by car. Some older students ride their motorbikes to school.

Population – People and their needs

People need basic needs, for example food, drinks, and sleep to survive. We need a job when we are older, but in Germany people are able to live without a job, because they are entitled to unemployment benefits (so-called Hartz IV).

In summer, people need swimming pools or lakes for cooling down or chilling. In Leer the swimming pool is closed, but we have a few lakes around Leer.

Every town needs a hospital, in Leer are even two.

In our leisure time we can go to the cinema or we can go shopping with friends in our city. If we like sports, we can go to the bowling centre or other sports facilities or clubs.

The structure of employment

The unemployment rate in the district of Leer had decreased to 6.3% in December 2015, which means there are only 5,450 unemployed people out of 165,000 inhabitants. A more serious problem is that there are many unemployed teenagers. For the unemployed people in Leer it means that if the company they work for closes down, they will most probably lose their job, with the prospect of staying unemployed. This in turn means that quite a few people in this district only have a small income (Hartz IV, see above) for food, clothes, rent and other expenses that they need to have a good life. Their families will suffer, too.

Tourist attractions

In Leer are many attractions, for example the old town with the town hall, the harbour and the old Waage. It is one of the most important attractions and you can enjoy the old town walking through the old and colourful historic houses. Leer’s old town is the venue for a traditional year market, the Gallimarkt. Since the beginning we have celebrated more than 500 Gallimarkts. Near the old town is the monument commemorating the war with France back in 1870. In the west of Leer we sport a little hill, the Plytenberg. The Plytenberg was important, although it is only 9 metres high. In the fifteenth century it provided a view to the castle in Leerort. In the other quarter of Leer, in Loga, we have a big park, the Julianenpark. And further down the street, there is the Evenburg, surrounded by another beautiful park.

Local sporting, leisure and culture facilities

In Leer we have many opportunities to do sports. We can do football, volleyball, rowing, basketball and so on. But we feature a special East Frisian sport called Boßeln.

In summer we can eat lots ice cream in our 15 ice-cream parlours. We can borrow books from libraries or we can visit museums like Bünting’s tea museum.

Shopping Facilities and services

Multi is a family-owned huge supermarket in Leer. In Leer are two Multi shops, one of them is near the Leda, the other near the Julianenpark. The Multi shop near the Leda is part of a shopping mall, where we have Expert Bening, an electronics market.

When you like dancing, you can go to the dancing school Schrock Opitz. We have nail studios, and shops like H&M or Tally Weijl for clothes.

Local offices and institutions supporting small business

If you want to found a facility, you can get help from persons like accountants, business consultants and business developers. When you need start-up money, you can get money from supporting organisations. There are many rules, for example you have to register your business with the administrative district. Or: you only have to be seven years of age to be allowed to found a business, but your parents will have to guide you.

Leer, like most places in Germany, levies many taxes for businesses, which you have to pay when you open a small business. In Germany are different types of business. Thesmalles type is the micro-enterprise, for which you need at least ten employees with more than 2,000,000 euros. The biggest type is the large-enterprise with more than 250 employees and more than 50,000,000 euros annual turnover.

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Business in Noto and its surroundings

Where Noto is situated

The actual Noto is located on the Meti hill, in the south-east side of Sicily. It is at about 9 km from Ancient Noto, which was situated on the mount Alveria and was completely distructed by a strong earthquake in 1693. Some nearby rivers are the Tellaro and the Asinaro, while the most important neighbouring towns are Siracusa, Modica and Ragusa. The Mediterranean climate allows the cultivation of almonds, carobs, olives, citrus fruits and vineyards. Noto is a tourist attraction not only for its great cultural heritage, but also for its beautiful beaches such as Lido di Noto, San Lorenzo, Calamosche and the protected nature reserve of Vendicari, only a few kilometers from Noto.

View of Noto historical centre 1

Noto-Infiorata

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Local and international transport

Noto is well connected to the nearest international airport of Catania but  it is not the same for that of Comiso. There are two bus companies which connect the town to the most important cities of Sicily and northern Italy. You can reach Siracusa by train or ferry, but using car is the best way to move between the town and the tourist spots, through the highways A18 Messina-Catania-Siracusa-Gela and the highway A19 Palermo-Catania-Siracusa. Within Noto you can rent bykes or mopeds.

Population – people and their needs

Noto is a town of about 24,000 inhabitants in the province of Siracusa. It has an area of 554.99 square kilometers and a density of 43 inhabitants per square km. Its people are called Notinesi or Netini. For some years, people coming from other countries have lived in Noto and the largest group of foreigners is from Romania, Poland and Tunisia. There is also a group of gypsies who has been living in Noto for many years. Living in Noto has advantages and disadvantages. It has the advantage of being a town rich in Baroque architecture, historic buildings and beautiful churches. Being a relatively small population, where most people know each other, Noto is a town with a strong community spirit. But unfortunately, our town does not have many businesses. Noto does not offer many job opportunities, so young people often are forced to move in northern Italy or abroad to find work.

The structure of employment and the scale of unemployment

In our town a large part of population works in the agricultural sector and in services. The most developed service in Noto is tourism, facilitated by its typical products and great gastronomic tradition. To partially solve the problem of unemployment in Noto, agritourism enterprises can be developed, taking advantage of the favourable climate and fertile soil. At the moment, there are few jobs available for young people and the unemployment rate is currently about 26%. To guide all citizens in the work world there are some services.  INFORMAGIOVANI is a municipality service which provides free public information, expecially for young people, on the varied opportunities for employment. SUAP is an agency  which unifies the processing of permits for start-up activities, available also through the Noto website and Facebook page. INVITALIA  is a National Agency which helps young people (aged 18- 35) to start small businesses and innovative start-ups, providing for the granting of financial relief and technical support services. GARANZIA GIOVANI program, in Italy, offers solutions to ensure that young people, under the age of 30, can be offered quality employment in the fields of production of goods and services to businesses, agriculture and the provision of services.

Tourist attractions

Some of the many tourist attractions are close to Noto such as: the Remains of  Ancient Noto, Vendicari natural reserve, the Ponds of Cava Grande and the Mosaics of the “Villa del Tellaro. Others are far from Noto such as: Pantalica, the Ciane nature reserve, Marzamemi, Portopalo, the famous Greek town of Siracusa, the Alcantara Gorges and the town of Taormina. In summer, you can visit the many natural seaside resorts that are close by, such as: Lido di Noto, Calabernardo and Eloro. The city is also rich in monuments in Baroque style. The most beautiful monuments include the Cathedral of S. Nicolò, the Theatre, the Town Hall, the Church of St Domenico, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Church of the Holy Saviour, the Church of S. Carlo and the numerous palaces. At about 100 km from Noto, there is one of the most important European volcanoes: Etna. Among the most cultural events in Noto there is the “Infiorata”: since 1980, the third Sunday of May, Nicolaci street becomes a charming carpet of flowers. From then the «Infiorata» has become a more and more important happening always appreciated by tourists. A very much felt tradition in Noto is the feast of St. Corrado, the Patron Saint of the town.

Local sports, leisure and cultural facilities

In Noto there are several clubs operating in various sports with excellent results like: football, twirling, athletics, table tennis, cycling, basketball, surf casting and motocross. Among sports facilities there is the old stadium  which includes a gym,  a covered football pitch, an outdoor football pitch and a velodrome and the new sports Centre “Giovanni Palatucci” which includes two football pitches and a pool. There is also the most beautiful technical motocross track in the whole of Sicily. As regards cultural facilties we can mention the Municipal theatre, the Public library and the lounge Bar Anche gli Angeli. Recently Noto has renovated green areas such as the Public Gardens, where new rides for children and the disabled have been installed.

Shopping, facilities and services

Tourists who come to visit Noto are more interested in the beauty of the city itself than the shops located there. After the reconstruction of the Cathedral there has been an increase in visitors numbers, consequently the small existing shops along Corso Vittorio Emanuele have adopted to the tourist’s primary needs. This explains the presence of a smaller number of clothing stores, footwear etc., and a greater number of souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, more useful to a tourist. So along the main street there are many gift shops, craft stores and shops of typical products and no department stores or shopping malls. The nearest shopping center is 4 kilometers from Noto, others are towards Siracusa or Modica. On the other hand, in the last years, a lot of B&Bs, hotels, farms or houses holiday have spread everywhere in and around Noto, for all budgets. In our town there are many schools for all levels, including some degree courses since 2001, a library and some museums. Among services we have a lot of safety services, five banks, three post offices and a hospital.

Local offices and institutions supporting small business

In Sicily and in our town, support for production, trade and service has traditionally assured by lenders,  trade associations, laws of regional and national financing and CRIAS, an institution that helps industrialize, support  bussinesses  and craftwork. The Region of Sicily has provided new aid to promote local businesses giving them microcredit. Small businesses, created by young people who invest in innovative sectors, are helped by some associations which offer financial support in the form of loans, at low rates, using regional sources. The Chamber of Commerce of Siracuse is an autonomous institution under public law which promotes the development of the provincial economy.

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Business in Eskilstuna and its surroundings

Where the town is situated

Kvicksund is mainly situated in two different areas, one on the southern shore and one on the northern. The northern is confined to the island of Nyckelön while the southern part is on the mainland.

Kvicksund is located in between Eskilstuna and Västerås. We have “Mälaren” that is a lake, which is going all the way to Stockholm, Kvicksund is about one hour and a half from Stockholm.

Kvicksund is a provincial, county and municipal border town,

mainly located in Västerås Municipality in Västmanland. A narrow, 50-100 meters wide part of Lake Mälaren divides the society into two parts.

It’s very expensive to live here in Kvicksund, it’s so expensive because of its position with the lake. It’s pretty easy to travel to Kvicksund by boat, if you are connected with the lake Mälaren. Kvicksund is located 16,5 kilometers from Eskilstuna and it takes 17 minutes by car.

Eskilstuna

Local and international transport

Here in Sweden you can go from one place to another with bus, flight, ferry and train. From Kvicksund to Eskilstuna it’s 18.2 km and from Kvicksund to Västerås it’s 28.8 km. You can also go by ferry but only from special places. There are many possibilities to travel from Kvicksund to other cities. Actually, here in Kvicksund we have been traveling to other places for centuries.

Train:

In Kvicksund we have a train station but it isn’t very big, this makes it possible to get to nearby cities like Eskilstuna and Västerås. You can also go further to bigger cities like Stockholm and Göteborg. If you want to go even further to like Oslo you will have to take the train to Katrineholm, for example, then switch train there, and take the train to Oslo.

Flight:

With flight from Västerås you can travel to both southern and northern Spain. You can also travel to London and Turkey. Nearest airport is in Västerås. Nearest big Airport is in Arlanda, 40 km outside Stockholm. From Arlanda airport you can travel to all over the world.

Bus: To go by bus can also contain flight buses. So for example, let’s say that you’re from Italy. You land on Arlanda airport, and then you can take a flight bus to, for example, Västerås. So a flight bus is a great option if you want to get from an airport which isn’t far away from your destination. With Länstrafikens buses, you can go as far as to Nyköping. If you go to Nyköping by car it takes for about an hour, and it’s about 80 km from Kvicksund.

Ferry:

With ferry you can travel to Finland, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia and more. You can travel with many different companies for example Viking line, Birka, Silja line and Stena line. Many ferries have rooms that you can rent and a good breakfast to make your time at the ferry more comfortable and nice.

Population- People and their needs

In Eskilstuna there live about 100 000 people. About 2000 people of those live in the village known as Kvicksund.

Eskilstuna has been an industrial city for a long time, but now the industries are getting less important in Sweden. For that reason Eskilstuna has started many colleges.

Many people in Eskilstuna often work in Stockholm or Västerås, but they still live in Eskilstuna, because of the high prices on flats and houses in Stockholm and Västerås.

We also have a great transportation system, we have a train central where you can travel to many places and we also got a very good bus system on which many people choose to go by, instead of a car.

The people who live in Eskilstuna are mostly families with children and young grown ups.

In Kvicksund there are mostly families with children. There are quite many old people as well.

Eskilstuna has a lot of schools, we have around 26 primary schools and around 6 high schools. One of those primary schools is situated in Kvicksund.

The structure of employment and the scale of unemployment

We checked the structure of employment and the scale of unemployment in Kvicksund and Eskilstuna. Our school is in Kvicksund and the population in the village is around 2000 people, the nearest big city is Eskilstuna and the population there is around 100 000 citizen.

In Kvicksund we don’t have many big companies and that makes the unemployment bigger and commuters more. Almost every employee that lives in Kvicksund have a workplace in bigger cities like Stockholm and Eskilstuna and that’s because our village is small and it is hard to develop business. Our biggest and most known companies in Kvicksund is AB Betong, ICA nära bron, Båtsam and industrial cleaning AB. Our school Tegelviken is a workplace that have many employments,many people commutes to this school from other cities that’s near.The school is a part of the municipality so the people that work here are employees of the municipality. All these companies have an influence on how many employments we have in Kvicksund. It`s around 174 people that works in Kvicksund and 90% of them is men, and that makes a difference between men and women income. It`s 100 000  SEK income difference between the two genders. In Eskilstuna the companies are bigger and easier to develop,Thats makes a difference between employees and unemployees more obvious.It`s 36000 people that works in Eskilstuna and 46000 that is occupied,some of the employees are from other cities that commute to Eskilstuna.The open unemployment in Eskilstuna is 5,5  procent between 18 and 24 years old. Some of the biggest companies are Volvo CE, Eskilstuna municipality and Assa Abloy.These companies are easier to develop and they are important for us and Eskilstuna

Tourist attractions

Parken zoo is our only zoo in Eskilstuna. But it’s not only a zoo, it’s a camping and an amusement park too.

In the park there is a funfair, where you can have fun with your family or friends.

After the funfair you can go to the zoo and look at many different animals.

For example tigers, lions, snakes and pigs.

Sundbyholms castle, is about six miles north of Eskilstuna.

In the summer many people visit Sundbyholm, with boat and other transports,

to visit the guest harbor, that many years in a row has been selected as the best harbour in Sweden.

They also have an outdoor bath, with a sandy beach, where many people spend their time on their holidays.

You can also eat at the dining area, or buy an ice cream during the day.

But it’s probably the castle that attracts most people and tourists.

They have a restaurant in the castle, and if you want, you can stay over night and visit other events.

For example, the famous television program, Farmer looking for a wife, where they meet at the castle, and speed-date.

Even the high-school proms, and many weddings and concerts take place there.

Local sporting, leisure, culture facilities

In Kvicksund you can attend different sport activities. We have a Football club, called KSK, Kvicksunds sports club, where they have many different teams, in many different ages. The club was started in 1930. We also have Sundbyviks-golf, which is a golf club next to the football club. It’s a pay and play course, which means that anyone can play here. If you need to work on your body you can go to our gym, which is open almost 24 hours. And since we are in the countryside we also have a riding center if you like horses.

Eskilstuna Art Museum is located in an old industrial building.

In the museum, you can find collections from the 1600s and paintings until today.

The muséum was opened in 2006, so it is pretty new. At the museum you can find temporary exhibition,  educational workshops, art library, a shop and a restaurant. You can find art from Sweden, and other Nordic countries.

In Eskilstuna we have a very old area called Rademachersmedjorna which dates back to the 1650s. Here you have an area with old houses where the blacksmiths used to work. Nowadays there are small shops and a restaurant in the houses. Several times a year, there is a market, for example a Christmas market.

Rademachersmedjorna

Shopping facilities and services

Facilities:Here in Kvicksund we have one grocery store that is called ICA. ICA is pretty small if you compare it with ICA Maxi in Eskilstuna but it is our nearest grocery store.

Navet is behind ICA bron and next to the Gym and Azitas. Navet is a very little store with clothes and smaller stuff like soaps. It’s very cosy and it’s especially known for the beanies and T-shirts with the print “Kvicksund”.

Tuna Park is our nearest shopping mall in Eskilstuna, where we can buy everything from clothes to car parts. You can also have a day out and grab a lunch there. Tuna Park is surrounded by many different stores like Plantagen, where you can buy things to your garden like flowers, trees, tools and dirt.

Services: In Kvicksund there are two hairstylists, but they are on different sides of the bridge. Azitas and Salong Tilde. At least on Salong Tilde you can both colour and cut your hair and make your lashes longer, colour your eyebrows, put in hair extensions, fix highlights, make your eyebrows more even.

On Ica you can come and collect packages that you have ordered. You can also leave a letter in the mail box. Papa Jun is a restaurant next to ICA bron, most known for the pizza. But they have thai food as well. We also have a street food restaurant, Grillen, which is kind of popular around the teenagers because of their good kebab.

Local offices and institutions supporting small business

In Kvicksund there is no one that will support you, when starting an company.If you need support with your company you have to go to the great facilities in Eskilstuna. The facilities in Eskilstuna have many employees, so if you have any questions you need an answer on, you can  either asking on the web or by dropping a letter in their mailbox. One of all those facilities are called Munktell Science Park.They specialise in making ideas become great companies in an fast and effective manner. They have inspiring rooms and  staff with different skills.They also have great support and they can make the company complete.

There is another place in Eskilstuna that is called NyföretagarCentrum, a center for new companies. Here you can get advise and also a mentor who will help you in the process. In this place you can also listen to seminars to get help and to be inspired by others. This is all free of charge, which is very good. NyföretagarCentrum have courses in how to run a company, for example you can take a course in accounting.

In highschool we have something called young enterprise, where students are connected with a company for a whole year to learn what is like to have a business.Another place you can visit if you want to start a company is idélab. This is a place where you can share ideas and develop new ideas.

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