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The Ethnic Food Entrepreneur - Poland - 2

Mr W was born in 1968 in the former Soviet Union, in Kazakhstan. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Mr W could no longer find work in his profession. Mr W decided to become a cook; practicing in a variety of regional restaurants and receiving diplomas.

The opening of Kazakhstan to foreign investment took place along with the introduction of a market economy. Mr W decided study economics, as it was an opportunity to obtain new, higher qualifications and a new interesting job. After graduation, he was an economic adviser to many companies that had begun investing in Kazakhstan. However, the global crisis has not spared the country in which he lived, leading to a change of circumstances for Mr W. 

This influenced his decision to emigrate to Poland. Residence was quickly legalized because of his grandparents who had been relocated to Kazakhstan during World War II. He studied the Polish language intensively for two years and adapted to Polish culture.
In Poland he became a qualified chef and started his own business where he makes handmade products such as dumplings, ciebureki or pelmieni. Mr W had experience in Kazakhstan with conducting this type of business; ranging from catering to production. Mr W’s business is one of the biggest outsourcing companies providing such services to restaurants in Lodz .He gets a lot of help with running his business from his wife and daughter. 

Mr W indicated that the main barriers with starting a business in Poland were the complicated tax system and extensive bureaucracy. 

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