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Social enterprise ‘Pottery Village’

Practice on:

Cultural Heritage. Social Development.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: PL62 Warmińsko-Mazurskie
Start date: 01-10-2007
Type of initiative:  private
Description of the practice:

The good practice is an interesting combinantion of entrepreneurship and promotion of local history and culture.

The Pottery Village initiative was coherent with The EQUAL Community Programme. It was financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) within the 2000-2006 programming period.

Pottery Village Ltd. was founded in October 2007 by NIDA – the Nidzica Development Foundation. The enterprise employs 10 people. The subject of the business activity of the Pottery Village is craft production: tailor’s and ceramic products, souvenirs, handmade paper. The Village organizes training sessions, seminars and conferences as well as stained glass making workshops, ceramic workshops, production of handmade paper and glass painting. An important product of the Village is Mazurian style wedding reception during which you can taste the dishes made following old recipes and take part in the reception full of singing and dancing to folk music.

The Pottery Village combines entrepreneurship and promotion of local history and culture. Considering the ancient craft skills and forgotten professions it will give opportunities to employment for tens of local villages inhabitants. The project is demonstrative in nature, it shows a place and function of the past craft technologies. It also presents their profitability in modern and competitive market. It is believed that it would become a specific concept for development for agricultural regions, and an example for villages inhabitants of how to earn money.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

There is no direct link.

Visual impact and recreational value:

The 'Pottery Village' is visited by 6000 people annually. It organizes study visits for representatives of local government, non-governmental organizations and businesses. In the Villge functions the Local Partnership Academy – training and advisory program in the field of creating partnerships for development.

Cultural heritage:

The 'Pottery Village' promotes local history and culture.

Environmental impact:

The Pottery Village promotes environmental friendly approach through the interactive model of waste management.

Economic viability:

The company is profitable. Annual revenue in 2009 amounted to about 138 000 EUR and in the year 2010, 209 750 EUR.

The good practice is easly transferable to different European regions.

Contact details:
Organisation: Social company 'Pottery Village'
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Completed on: 2011-10-20
Date added: 20.10.2011  Hits: 174
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