Polish businesses in Hatfield

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Michal Siewniak  michal.siewniak1@gmail.com, dropped me a line about the Polish Community and their resilience.

At the time of VE Day, we should not forget the bravery of the Poles and the contribution they made to the War effort.

It comes to me as no surprise that they have proven to be both innovative and resilient.

We will need those skills in the coming months.

To be clear, Diversity and international export is our future. Lets work together to make it happen.

There is a Polish restaurant by South Ken Tube. It was the Polish Officer’s Club in the War. Great food, right price.

If you get a chance and fancy something different. Why not visit one of the businesses below, and say Hello from the Chamber.

Stay safe everyone.

Nick

 

Michal says

Polish business resilience in Welwyn Hatfield during COVID-19

It is an understatement, maybe, to say that the impact of COVID-19 and the health pandemic took us all by surprise. I remember seeing on television the information about e.g. Ebola or reading, as a history student, how the Spanish flu affected Europe more than 100 years ago.

It is clear that this is unprecedented crisis has reached every single corner of the globe. It brought our economy, our lives and way of living to a complete standstill. Although it is hard to predict the future, our ‘new norm’ will be very different and we all, individually and collectively, need to accept it.

I often wonder how, in particular smaller and medium sized businesses, respond to this ‘tsunami of changes’. Will they survive? Have they spotted any patterns or found tangible solutions to mitigate any risks emerging from COVID-19?

In the last 2-3 months, I came across number of Polish firms which had to re-adjust to a very different working practises. Each one of them seem to remain, despite various levels of challenges, focused, positive and ambitious and ready to overcome every eventuality. They all have a lot in common. Each one of them is:

  • Motivated
  • Creative
  • Driven and committed.
  • Positive

What have they done differently?

Falcone Kitchens:

Irena, who runs Falcone Kitchens, lovely shop in Old Hatfield, started to import delicious Italian food. A minor change to her licence has been quickly approved by the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council and their planning department, and Irena was able to start selling high quality products. I have done our shopping twice with Falcone Kitchens are I would highly recommend it!

Link to her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/falconskitchens/

Cake Factory

Ania is probably the best baker I have ever met! She is still ‘open as usual’ however, due to the pandemic, she is not getting as many requests for her cakes. Each one of them is a true artistic expression. Every fine detail is close to an absolute perfection. Each cake looks so real. Ania has been using this time to learn how to better promote her business online. An ability to effectively use social media platforms is today one of the key components of creating a successful business. I am glad that Ania is becoming an Instagram expert!

Link to her FB page: https://www.facebook.com/cakefactoryWGC/

Taste It

I do miss my mum’s kitchen! Luckily, the Polish restaurant, Taste It in Old Hatfield, serves fantastic food which reminds me of my childhood years. It is a great place ready to deliver to your door. Taste It, like many other restaurants, is not able to welcome any customers however their takeaway service is quick and efficient. A quality of food? It is still superb! My favourite dish? Of course – pierogi ruskie!

Link to their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/TasteitPolishRestaurant

Good luck to any business up and down the country, which is working as hard as possible to remain open! The lockdown will eventually end. There is a light in the tunnel so don’t give up and keeup the great work!

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