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Family enterprise
November 5, 2008   
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When Marshal J霩ef Pi連udski vested power in the Sejm Ustawodawczy in 1919 [the parliament of the Polish state that was reborn in 1918], our firm was 50 years old. By then, in the Tsarist Okhrana secret police records, the first owner of our firm had appeared twice, suspected of providing weapons to the "rebels," or insurgents of the January Uprising of 1863. When Lech Wa喚sa sat down for the Round Table Talks in 1989 [between the communist government and the Solidarity opposition], our firm was 120 years old. By then, it had provided food parcels to the "rebels" incarcerated in the Nazi Pawiak prison during World War II and later to those held at the communist internment camp in Bia這喚ka during Martial Law from 1981 to 1983. Next year, we turn 140.

The founder of our firm was Antoni Kazimierz Blikle I. It was he who in 1869 first put up the A.Blikle sign on Nowy 安iat Street in Warsaw. In the same place today is our "Maison de Commerce" A.Blikle, comprising a caf, patisserie and delicatessen. Product quality, elegant packaging, interior d嶰or and courteous service have helped build the firm's reputation.

My father, Jerzy Blikle III, twice raised our firm from ruin: after his father's death, and after the end of World War II. In both cases, it was the reputation of the firm that determined its success.

When I took over in 1990, the company had assets worth $60,000 and I had no other funds for development. Nevertheless we have managed to build 14 outlets in Warsaw and to franchise out a further 9 operating outside the city. Today, the firm's management includes ㄆkasz Blikle V. Reputation has once again decided the future of our firm.

For almost 140 years A. Blikle has been famous for its cakes and luxury pastries, during which time it has produced hundreds of exclusive recipes. Apart from its legendary doughnuts, its range also includes many other specialties, such as traditional poppy seed cakes, yeast pastries or coffee 嶰lairs and short crust pastries.

In the near future, companies rather than states will create change in global society. I believe that family firms, whose number is estimated at over a million in Poland, have a special mission. They are a source of pride, but also responsibility: for the family, for the country, and for future generations.

Prof. Andrzej Jacek Blikle, majority shareholder A. Blikle Ltd
President, Family Enterprise Initiative
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