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.


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.


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.


Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Suchym Lesie

The history

The construction of John Paul II Junior High School in Suchy Las began on 30th of October 2000 and the official opening of the school took place on 1st of September 2002 and since that day the school worked succesfully.

On 20th of April 2003 the Joint Commission of School, which consisted of the Students Council, the Parents Council and the Teachers Council, decided to give the school the name of John Paul II. John Paul II sent to our school a letter wishing us many good things. He also said some very important words, which became our school’s motto: „Demand from your yourself even if others don’t demand for you.” All students remeber this sentence and they try to do their best.

The building

Ania L. gimnazjum_scale

The blue-white monumental building hides modernly designed and well-equipped rooms, where we have lessons, meetings and others things. The central point of the school is the huge and impressive hall, which is 300 m2 and 7 m high. The characteristic thing of ths hall is a beautifuly glazed corner. In the hall we have special ceremonies, shows and spend breaks if the weather is bad and we can’t go outside. The plants supporters can spend their breaks in two ‘green halls’ with many little trees, cactuses etc. which look like a school botanic garden. Our lessons are conducted in well equiped classes. They are designed in a modern and oryginal way, because they have many unusual shapes and sloping ceiling windows. The physical education lessons are held in a gym or at the swimming pool. In our junior high school we have a canteen, which offers breakfest and lunch. There can be about 80 people at the same time. Our school is comfortable for studens with physical problems, because it has an elevator and a system of ramps. I like this school and I’m proud that I can attend here.

School life

Lessons in our Junior High School are run from Monday to Friday and the first lesson starts at 8 o’clock. Every lesson lasts 45 minutes and regular school hours finish at 14:30 p.m. After that time there are only additional classes, e.g. meetings for people who have special interests or classes for students who prepare for different scientific contests. The average number of lessons a day is 6 to 7.

A typical lesson
A typical lesson

The list of subjects taught at our school includes: Polish, English, German, Spanish, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, History, IT, Music, Arts, Crafts, PE, Knowledge about Society, Family Education and Religion.

Most of our teachers try to make our school life more interesting by organizing special classes, e.g. laboratory classes, interactive classes, watching films concerning particular topics, visits to museums and institutions.

Every student has an opportunity to participate in all kinds of competitions and has a chance to take part in additional classes which can help them achieve the best possible result and receive additional points for the final certificate.

A break
A break

There is a break after every lesson. Most of breaks are 10-minute long but two of them are a bit longer, it means one is 15-minute long and one is 20-minute long. We have those two longer breaks to eat our second breakfast and lunch. The first longer break is at 9:40, the second one is at 12:30. Apart from eating our meals we spend the time of breaks to move from one classroom to another, to rest a little bit between lessons, to repeat information for some tests, to go to the toilet and to go outdoors to refresh our minds.

Several times during the school year there are special events, e.g. discos, sports competitions, charity events or special interests days.

The school is also open for parents, every 2-3 months there are special meetings with parents to inform them about our results and all other necessary information from school life. If there is a need all our teachers are willing to meet parents at any other time.

Celebrations and achievements

A few times during the school year there are different celebrations, which are important days in the calendar of our school. One of such special days is 14th October, which is the Teachers’ Day. However, not only teachers but also students celebrate on this day. In Gimnazjum im. Jana Pawła II w Suchym Lesie we usually have a ceremonious assembly with a historical presentation followed by artistic performances during which students play different instruments and sing songs. They usually receive thunderous applause for their effort.

We also celebrate the Patron’s Day. The patron of our school is St. John Paul II and on that day we traditionally have an assembly which commemorates him. This is for the youth to recall his life and papacy. Apart from that we recite poems and listen to school choir whose singing makes this day even more special.

Another big day is 6th December which is the St. Nicholas Day. We spend the long breaks in friendly atmosphere listening to Christmas songs. The members of the Student Council treat us with delicious tangerines. The students usually wear Christmas clothes, some of which are really funny.

Our school can pride on numerous achievements. In comparison to other schools in Poznań and in its vicinity, our students score one of the highest results in the final exams. Every year we have many winners in subject contests in such fields as English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Our students are successful in various sport disciplines, for instance in judo, volleyball and football. My school’s real claim to fame is a very representative display cabinet with a plethora of cups documenting the great achievements of our athletes.

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.