Polish duo set up in business

A PAIR of Polish entrepreneurs in Ipswich have come up with a business plan that is set to benefit non-profit organisations in the area.The idea is any voluntary organisations in the region, including clubs, churches and schools, can donate any second-hand reusable goods to the company, Hana's Trading, in exchange for cash.

A PAIR of Polish entrepreneurs in Ipswich have come up with a business plan that is set to benefit non-profit organisations in the area.

The idea is any voluntary organisations in the region, including clubs, churches and schools, can donate any second-hand reusable goods to the company, Hana's Trading, in exchange for cash. This money can then be used for any projects they wish.

The items are then exported to Poland, where they will be sold in a shop owned by the directors of Hana's Trading, Radoslaw Wisniewski and Boleslaw Zujewicz .

The business partners launched their 'aid by trade' idea a year ago and are now looking for any organisations to join in the scheme.

Mr Zujewicz, 28, who has been in Ipswich since January, said: “We have developed a concept that will help people make the most of their donations and can be used by a non-profit organisation.

“People can donate any items they want to get rid of and it ends up benefiting their organisation, such as a school. We came up with the idea because we were thinking of how to get rid of rubbish for people.

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“We can also provide promotional material for these organisations so they can let staff and pupils know about the scheme.

“There is a similar company running this in the UK. It should work because it helps everyone. I like it here in Ipswich. It is a nice location.”

They have owned their shop in Poland for five years and explained that second hand shops over there are very different to here.

Mr Wisniewsk, 30, said: “Here it seems that charity shops sell second hand stuff but in Poland, you don't give your clothes away-they just get handed down through families.”

The amount given is based on the weight of items so for every kilogramme of textiles and furniture, they pay 40. to 50p so pay £3per mobile donated. Free collections is available when it's value exceeds £11.

Among the textiles you can donate are menswear and womenswear, shoes, and linen. Only wooden furniture (no chipboard) is permitted. All goods should be in a good condition.

To arrange a collection or for more information, call 01473 463000 or e-mail info@hanastrading.info.

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