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Petra Kuypers - Camp VikingPetra and André from Belgium reopend Camp Viking in June 2013. After years of dreaming about moving to Sweden, they found their dream location with help of Bräcke municipality and Midscand.
The camp site was out of business for a while and the couple is very motivated to make the camp site a lively place again. They have many plans for summer and winter activities for the future. André is a karate teacher and he would like to start a karate club in one of the buildings. 'For now it's important to work on the upkeep of the camp site', says Petra. 'The guests must get good quality again.'
Camp Viking has many possibilities for development. It has for example a perfectly situated restaurant along the central road E14. Petra and André take their time to brainstorm about the concept of the restaurant. ‘It’s has to be interesting for both turists and locals,’ says André. ‘No fast food, but good food. We’re looking for a partner who would like to run the restaurant in a way that fits our philosophy.’
The couple is determined to take advice of the locals and work together with them whilst developing the campsite. Petra: ‘Why go to Östersund or even Stockholm when you can find so much creativity and so many resources around us?’
Steinar Mårtensson - Rörströmälvens Jakt & Fiske”We would never have reached as far if it wasn´t for Midscand”
During the Capital Market Day of the Swedish tourism industry in 2010 Rörströmsälvens Jakt & Fiske was appointed the most interesting tourism investment of the year. The opinion was that Rörstromälvens Jakt & Fiske could offer a unique experience in the untouched wilderness of northern Jamtland. The target audience is both national and international visitors with an interest for hunting and fishing.
“Calle Suwe at Midscand helped me write the winning business plan and financing, something I couldn´t have done on my own”,
says Steinar Mårtensson who is very pleased with the help and support of Midscand.
Steinar signed up for the competition in order to find investors for the business start. After the presentation many investors were interested and in 2011 they welcomed their first visitors.
Kamil & Agnieszka - Björknäsgården HotelThe Polish couple who bought Björknäsgården in 2011 are now renovating the popular conference hotel making it available for weddings and tourism. “We want to keep up the good standard and give the hotel a more modern feel” says Agnieszka Krynicka.
Both Agnieszka and her husband Kamil are experienced business people. In their home country they have a real estate company as well as hotels. For some time they had followed the selling process of Björknäsgården as well as other properties in Scandinavia and the Caribbean. In the end it was the economic stability of Sweden and the closeness to nature that attracted the couple to Jämtland. The family, whose additional member was born in September, is now looking forward to spending more time in Jämtland. “
"The contact with Midscand has been important in the establishment process. Midscand has acted as a sounding board for issues that came up along the way, as well as a strong bridge with the municipality of Bräcke and other institutions. It's incredibly helpful to have such a great partner in the search for the right solutions, when setting up a business in a foreign country” says Kamil about Midscand.
Recently a limited liability company Norrika AB has been set up to finish the renovation and soon re-open the Björknäsgården hotel.
Ruben Heijloo - Nyckelpiga MediaWhen Ruben Heijloo moved from Amsterdam to Jämtland in 2011 he took a suitcase full of working experience in the field of media and marketing with him. Determined to use his skills on the Swedish countryside he founded his company: Nyckelpiga Media. The first year was a year of networking and building relationships. Midscand was able to introduce Nyckelpiga Media to some valuable contacts.
“Running a company in Jämtland is all about working together with others. Midscand helped me to get a sense for the market by introducing me to possible clients and partners”, says Ruben.
Now Nyckelpiga Media produces websites, communication strategies, video (online and TV) and creative markering concepts. Ruben Heijloo finds his clients manly on the countryside amongst smaller companies and organisations. He hopes his marketing will help developing the rural areas. Nyckelpiga Media also uses it’s foreign connections to market Jämtland abroad. In the spring of 2013 Ruben walkes St.Olavsleden (580 km) and (video)blogs about it to get the acient pilgrims route under the attention of foreign turists.
Marga van der Hoek - Margas hårstudioWhen Marga and her family moved from Holland to their new hometown Hede, the local television station had an interview with them about their new life. And that’s where the story of Margas Hårstudio started. A neighbour heard the interview about Margas ideas for her own barbershop and decided to invite her as a associate in Spa Hede.
“I was lucky”, says Marga. This way I got easily introduced to customers. My associates helped me out with the Swedish language and for six months I got a subsidy for starting up my business (starta eget bidrag).”
Now two years later Margas Hårstudio is still growing. “It takes a while before the Swedish customers start trusting you. But now they know I’m here to stay, they are very loyal. Marga is planning for some changes in her barbershop. Her associates have moved out in the meanwhile, so she’s on her own now. “It’s time for new challenges and that’s great”, she says.
Hilde Talstra - Revsunds PrästgårdHilde Talstra combines her work as a emigration promotion manager at Midscand with running her own company: Revsunds Prästgård. She created a bed & breakfast and conference/course inn in the former vicarage of Revsund. Her philosophy is to work together with other entrepreneurs and neighbours as much as possible. She’s also keen on serving local produced food at breakfast and in the garden café.
“Being entrepreneur myself is very usefull in my work for Midscand. I know what it takes to start a business in Sweden. When I just started Midscand helped me to find some subsidies for start ups on the countryside. Now I get to help others with that.”
Revsunds Prästgard AB is work in progress. Hilde has some bigger ideas involving local produced food and turist destinations.
Hilde: “It feels like there are many possibilities in Jämtland. And creativity is in the fresh air here.”