Last week I had the pleasure of joining some of the top UK Jøtul dealers on a four-day trip to Gdansk, Poland. The purpose of the visit was to thank the dealers for their continued support of both Jøtul and Scan brands, to visit a Jotul dedicated showroom and to spend time in the Eastern Europe Jøtul headquarters.
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 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 to a 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 this Autumn, 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.
The Jøtul team are dedicated to the wonderful heritage of their stunning products; that pride in quality and service continues through each and every person I am fortunate to meet connected to the woodburning stove business.
Thrilled to have been part of such a special trip.