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Polish Adventures with Jøtul

Polish Adventures with Jøtul

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Last week we had the pleasure of the company of some of our top UK Jøtul dealers on a four-day trip to Gdansk, Poland. The purpose of the visit was to thank them for their continued support of both Jøtul and Scan brands, experience a dedicated Jøtul showroom and to spend time in the Eastern Europe Jøtul headquarters to discover the planned new launches.

Last week we had the pleasure of the company of some of our top UK Jøtul dealers on a four-day trip to Gdansk, Poland. The purpose of the visit was to thank them for their continued support of both Jøtul and Scan brands, experience a dedicated Jøtul showroom and to spend time in the Eastern Europe Jøtul headquarters to discover the planned new launches.

The first day involved an early start for many so a big thank you to the dealers who had some considerable distance to travel as well as plane hopping and train swapping. Our arrival in the hotel located in the centre of Gdansk was welcomed by some of the Norwegian Jøtul Management team who then hosted a wonderful lunch followed by a walking tour of the historic Old Gdansk; a wonderful insight into the architecture and past of this charming and inviting city.  Dinner followed in a microbrewery where the food was simply out of this world and we happily tasted the local brew which as the evening progressed developed into a further tasting of some very fine vodka (rude not too).

Wednesday saw us all at the Jøtul headquarters (which houses some amazing Jøtul museum pieces) for presentations on new products launches, new innovations and the latest introductions from the head of Jøtul R&D as well as the introduction to Lasse Jonassen Jøtul’s Export Director. A good look around at the new models was followed by a trip back into town to a Jøtul dedicated showroom with fabulous displays of Jøtul and Scan stove families. Wall to wall the displays showed customers at a glance the wide variants in each stove series and the wonderful variety of finishes and options offered. It was a showroom to be reckoned with and highly praised by the UK dealers; ideas were gathered, display opportunities shared and our Polish hosts so very hospitable.

To round the day off we then had the very humbling experience of visiting the WWll museum which was harrowing, thought provoking, insightful and educational to say the least. Sited in a stunning architectural building of glass and red brick the outside was as dramatic as the contents it housed. Needless to say, after this sobering afternoon I’m not sure many of us were quite the same in the evening.

Thursday brought us back to the Jøtul HQ (eventually and sometime after the allotted start time due to our very lost coach driver), where we settled into a round of presentations detailing a new Jøtul Augmented Reality innovation, a history of Jøtul Poland and a quiz. 

The beach at Sopot was our lunch destination with a beautiful restaurant at the end of the pier – splendid food as ever and afterwards a visit to the European Solidarity Museum and Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers rounded off our wonderful tour.

A big thank you to our Polish colleagues for all their help in making this such a memorable trip. 

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