Borrower: F.H.U. LEKANS Sławomir Lekan
Financing institution: Biłgorajska Agencja Rozwoju Regionalnego S.A.
Sławomir Lekan created a family playground in Biłgoraj for children and parents who would like to spend some time together. Apart from offering amazing attractions, workshops for school and pre-school children are organised at the site. Mr Sławomir’s business was expanded thanks to a loan for the development of tourism.
Mr Sławomir has been running his business for more than 25 years, but initially it was focused mainly on trade. The next stage of business growth was the construction of a building in Biłgoraj where the owner decided to arrange a playroom for children in 2010. The business started to grow and in 2018 the playroom was moved to a different building. The new room had twice as much space as the previous one – approximately 600 m2, offering much greater opportunities. It was equipped with trampolines, zip lines, passageways, labyrinths, climbing walls and even a bouncy castle.
As there was quite a large plot of land adjacent to the new building, Mr Sławomir decided to also create an outdoor playground. Earlier, there was about a hectare of meadow in this place. Today, this area looks quite different. The outdoor playground is open from May to the end of September each season. Kids can plan on bouncy castles, trampolines and jungle gym and show their best in the aerial park. There are also two tubing slides, where thrill enthusiasts can slide down in inflated tyres, a trampoline for Eurobungee and bumper cars, which are a whole lot of fun just like in a fairground.
The loan for the development of tourism was used to purchase new attractive equipment for the playground: modern swing ride, small Ferris wheel, carousel with planes and an autodrome. A water zone for children is planned to be added in summer, where it will be possible to cool down in hot days.
Although Biłgoraj is a small town, it is located in a beautiful and picturesque area. When visiting Powerland – whether the park or to stay for a night – tourists can also visit the Roztoczański Park, Zwierzyniec, Guciów, the lake in Biszcza and many other interesting places.
The mission of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego is to support Polish small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as the sustainable development of the country. Thanks to its involvement in the “Business in Eastern Poland – Tourism” project, even more companies providing services in the tourism and related industries in this region will be able to benefit from preferential financing of their development. The entire macro-region, its inhabitants, and tourists visiting this part of Poland will benefit from the improved quality of the services offered.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the tourism and related industries have become one of the most badly affected sectors of the economy. Throughout subsequent waves of the epidemic, the industries were almost entirely locked down.
The “Business in Eastern Poland – Tourism” project provided direct support to companies from the tourism and related industries affected by the difficult situation related to the pandemic. Enterprises could benefit from better loan terms for the development of tourism, as part of which facilitations for the repayment of loans included:
- possibility of allocating the full amount of the loan to finance expenses related to the company’s day-to-day operations;
- no own contribution required;
- six-month payment holiday with respect to principal instalments or principal and interest instalments.