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The Ethnic Food Entrepreneur - Poland - 3

Mr A comes from Baghdad and left his country after the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980. In 1982 he moved to Poland where he studied Economics. During the eighties Poland was not a very dynamic country, lack of motivation and poor prospects after graduation, especially economic and technical were typical for this time.

Mr A did not plan to become an entrepreneur after finishing his studies. However even with a good knowledge of Polish he could not find a job that satisfied him. With the economic changes of the nineties and observing the development of Polish culinary habits Mr A saw a chance for himself and finally decided to start his own company.

At the beginning of the nineties the spices used in Poland were mainly salt, pepper, allspice and bay leaves. However, later the Poles began to adopt dishes from foreign cuisines. Over the last ten years, the spice market has developed very rapidly. Mr A’s current company was established in 2004. It is engaged in the import of herbs, spices and food concentrates and their wholesale and retail sale. His greatest assets were contacts in the Arab countries and the support of brothers and sisters living in Baghdad and a good knowledge of six languages. 

Mr A’s company is growing very quickly; reflected by achieving higher turnover every year and increasing the number of customers. He is considering extending its activities as well as employing new staff in the near future. However the main obstacles; identified by him as a barrier, is bureaucracy and a lack of willingness from officials to provide assistance to entrepreneurs leading small businesses. 

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