Eric Seijn, owner of ProGrasS Polska, met his business partner when he was active in golf course consultancy in Poland. With this partner, he set up ProGrasS Polska fifteen years ago. The name ProGrass has been known for some time in the Netherlands. When Seijn and his business partner had a beer together in 2007, the idea was born to start ProGrasS Polska. With a view to the European Football Championship in 2012, which was to take place in Poland, among other places, he accepted the challenge. “It was a good starting moment. We had five years to work towards the European Championships," said Seijn. It was a big change as he was active in golf all his life. Nevertheless, ProGrasS Polska has quickly made a switch to a wider arsenal of sports. This went up in a straight line. Today, the Polish company offers various products. For example, the delivery program consists of field marking, fertilization, grass seeds, mowing machines and professional grass maintenance machines."
Differences between The Netherlands and Poland
Eric Seijn has run companies in the Netherlands and Poland. He also saw differences between the two countries here: “We in the Netherlands are very direct. In Poland it's like, everything will be fine, it will be fine. In the Netherlands you sell something and it is yes or no. Here it is more a matter of mediation and then a procedure with a lot of paperwork starts before, for example, 10 cans of Selectline paint can be delivered at all. That is still the case today.” He also explains why he likes running a company so much: “Everything that revolves around running a company. Getting the organisation, purchasing, people in the right place and especially service provision. That is especially important for us. We are not so much focused on one-off sales. We strongly believe in partnership.”
A lot has happened within ProGrasS Polska in the past fifteen years. Seijn discusses the most beautiful moments during this period: “There have been many highlights. Every year has its specifics. We started with one phone. When the company started to grow, we quickly moved to business premises. In a short time it became too small again. That's how we grew quickly. Our pride is the inauguration of our new business premises that we have recently built and moved into, so that we can provide even better service to our customers. We did that by putting a lot of energy into it and working on the company with many good people. It is built brick by brick."
ProGrasS Polska also supplies line marking products in Poland. Among other things, the Polish company does business with 75% of all clubs that are active in the Ekstraklasa, the highest Polish division in football. Nevertheless, the local clubs provide most of the turnover. The products, which Selectline supplies to the Polish company, are receiving positive feedback. The quality of Selectline's products was also one of the reasons why ProGrasS Polska saw something in a collaboration. In addition, Eric Seijn is very satisfied with the contact with Lumiforte, the company behind Selectline. Seijn also indicates that he enjoys working with nice people around him.
The future of ProGrasS Polska
Now that the fifteenth anniversary of ProGrasS Polska is being celebrated, Eric Seijn is already taking a look at the next fifteen years. “We are obviously looking ahead. By looking at how the market is developing at the moment, I hope that we can continue to grow. The business is becoming more professional. We must be able to offer even more to the customer in order to increase the quality of their grass. The focus is certainly on the golf business. This is a business that is lagging behind in Poland. There is visible growth, but still steady. We have fantastic jobs, but this is something that is going very slowly. Over the next fifteen years, we still have to catch up here,” says Eric Seijn. In addition, ProGrasS Polska wants to focus more on the products in their current range. Giving the products even more face is a goal that Seijn wants to meet in the short term. Finally, ProGrasS Polska wants to further roll out the import of tractors in the longer term.
The fifteenth anniversary is a reason for a number of festivities. Of course, this is subject to the situation with COVID. On October 4, a golf tournament is scheduled for suppliers and customers. The day after workshops are organized and ProGrasS Polska presents their machines. Finally, visitors are given a tour of the company and a toast is made to the successful fifteenth anniversary of ProGrasS Polska.
Selectline congratulates ProGrasS Polska on its fifteenth anniversary. Selectline also hopes to continue the dynamic collaboration with ProGrasS Polska.