Estonia’s best enterprise in 2004 was AS Viljandi Metall

The winners of various prize categories as well as the overall winners of the “Entrepreneurship Award 2004″ and the “Most Competitive Enterprises 2004″ were announced at the award ceremony in Estonia Concert Hall.

AS Viljandi Metall was declared the overall winner of the “Entrepreneurship Award 2004″.

Prizes in other categories were awarded to the following enterprises:

“Large Exporter 2004″ – OÜ Krimelte;
“Small and Medium Exporter 2004″ – Mountain Loghome OÜ,
“Tourism Innovator 2004: large enterprise” – AS Estonian Air;
“Tourism Innovator: small enterprise” – OÜ Pintmann Grupp;
“Foreign Investor 2004″ – AS Imavere Saeveski;
“Regional Promoter 2004″ – AS Viljandi Metall;
“Developer of Technology 2004″ – Aqris Software AS.

The grand prize of the “Most Competitive Enterprises 2004” contest held by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was awarded to Hansapank, which was declared the most competitive Estonian company in 2004.

The following enterprises proved to be the most competitive by fields of activities:

AS Silberauto – most competitive trading commercial enterprise,
OÜ Kolomna Energy Service – most competitive medium commercial enterprise, and
AS Aqris Software – most competitive small commercial enterprise;
AS BLRT Grupp – most competitive industrial and energetics enterprise,
AS Maxit Estonia (formerly known as Optiroc) – most competitive medium industrial and energetics enterprise, and
AS Örnplast Eesti – most competitive small industrial and energetics enterprise;
AS Merko Ehitus – most competitive large and middle construction enterprise, and
AS Peri – most competitive small construction enterprise;
AS Russian Estonian Rail Service – most competitive transport, communication and logistics enterprise;
AS Ekseko – most competitive agricultural and forest management enterprise;
AS Hansapank – most competitive large and medium service enterprise, and
OÜ Riigiressursside Keskus – most competitive small service enterprise.

A majority of the participants of the “Most Competitive Enterprise 2004” contest are involved in commerce and industry. The equity of the best enterprises is divided almost equally between Estonian and foreign capital. This indicates that Estonian enterprises can be competitive, too.

The prizes were awarded by the patron of the “Entrepreneurship Award 2004”, the President of the Republic of Estonia, Mr Arnold Rüütel, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Mr Juhan Parts. Presentations were also made by the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications, Mr Meelis Atonen, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Kristiina Ojuland, and Minister of Agriculture, Mrs Ester Tuiksoo.

The “Entrepreneurship Award 2004″ and the “Most Competitive Enterprises 2004″ contests were organised by Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Estonian Employers’ Confederation, and Eesti Päevaleht.

Source: Enterprise Estonia

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