The City of Czeladź was the next place visited by the entrepreneurs associated with the CCI as part of the series of Open Meetings of Member Companies. With the hospitality of Mayor Zbigniew Szaleniec, the event took place on 17th of April in the industrial interiors of the former KWK Saturn – currently the Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej “Elektrownia”, one of the most valuable examples of old technology in the Zagłębie region.
The fourth meeting of this year’s “club” of the Chamber’s Member Companies took place in one of the sites of the Silesian Voivodeship’s Industrial Monuments Route, showcasing the industrial heritage of Czeladź, which received city rights as early as the 13th century and is now a thriving, business-friendly place.
During the meeting the Mayor of the City of Czeladź, Zbigniew Szaleniec presented the town’s history and its development strategy.
– In the 1990s, when mines and large industrial plants were closed down, it seemed that Czeladź was doomed to economic failure. Over the past three decades, however, the city’s location and potential have been used to the maximum effect. Agricultural land was purchased, which became the start of the eastern economic zone. This is now the driving force behind our growth, from the creation of our first real shopping centre to new company headquarters with logistics and production halls – said Mayor Zbigniew Szaleniec.
The Mayor in his presentation proudly talked about current and planned investments. The Municipal Stadium will soon be ready, new flats will be built as part of the Społeczna Inicjatywa MIeszkaniowa project and municipal housing measures, and the opening of the revitalised technology building, the Cechowania with the Muzeum Zagłębiowskiego Górnictwa Węglowego and Mediateka – the new library headquarters, with a catering section in the future – is planned for 17th of June.
During the meeting, representatives of the city’s largest companies talked about their experiences of doing business in Czeladź.
Leszek Pustułka, owner and President of the Pałac Saturn Termy Rzymskie, which has a hotel and recreational function, with the largest sauna in the world (for 350 people), emphasised that in 27 years of running his business in Czeladź, he has only met with understanding and help from city officials.
– Czeladź is a happy place, good for entrepreneurs. Successful business is made possible by the opportunities provided by the city – added Marcin Gruszczyński, Director of the Huhtamaki Foodservice Poland sp. z o.o.
One of the 114 production sites of the global carton and paper packaging company for the food and catering market – it has been based in Czeladź since 2010.
President Tomasz Zjawiony invited the attendees to further events organised by the CCI and thanked them for the involvement of entrepreneurs, thanks to whom the Chamber is developing and can operate dynamically.
An inseparable part of the meeting programme is the welcoming of the Chamber’s new Member Companies.
– The first quarter of this year has been exceptionally successful for us, with 51 entrepreneurs joining us. This shows that we are one of the most effective economic self-government organisations in Poland – emphasised Tomasz Zjawiony, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Katowice.
In Czeladź, commemorative certificates confirming membership and welcome packets were presented to company representatives by Zbigniew Szaleniec – Mayor of the City and Tomasz Zjawiony – President of CCI in Katowice.
For the finale, eager visitors were able to explore the industrial artefacts and painting exhibitions gathered in the Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Elektrownia, as well as take part in business talks over refreshments.
An outdoor team-building event for Member Companies is planned for 28th May at the Chorzów Skansen. More details will be available soon.
We welcome the new CCI member companies:
- GTV OFFICE Sp. z o.o.
- STRABAG Sp. z o.o., Oddział HH, Grupa 55 Katowice
- PKO Bank Polski – Biuro Bankowości Przedsiębiorstw w Katowicach
- Supply Technologies Poland Sp. z o.o
- WORKERSERVICE Sp. z o.o.
- Maple Bear Holdings Polska S.A.
- WEDDING ANGELS EWA CHARLES, XAVIER CHARLES S.C.
- LEO MACIEJ LEWKOWICZ
- COM Aleksandra Skowronek
- ARTUR SETLAK