Best Companies of 2019 Awarded
On 11 October, the best Estonian companies were recognised at the festive gala Best Estonian Companies 2019. AS Estonian Cell, a pulp mill located in Kunda was awarded with the title Company of the Year.
The Company of the Year was elected from among the best of the Entrepreneurship Award competition organised by Enterprise Estonia and Estonian Employers’ Confederation and Competitiveness Ranking organised by the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
‘This year’s Foreign Investor of the Year and Company of the Year have brought over 200 million euros worth of foreign investments to Estonian economy. Such foreign investments help to bring new knowledge to Estonia, create new jobs and increase the salary of Estonian people,’ said Sigrid Harjo Member of the Board of Enterprise Estonia, and she added that all winners are characterised by their ambition and focus on exports, which is the basis for the development of our economy.
Kai Realo, Chairwoman of the Council of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation said that this year’s winner Estonian Cell as well as the Exporter of the Year are outstanding innovators and important employers in their regions. ‘Estonian Cell that invested the entire last year’s profit into decreasing their environmental impact gives work to over 500 people in their value chain. Inventor of the click and collect pickup solutions Cleveron contributes to the future of the sector’s labour force by training new robotics engineers in Viljandi with their own people and at their own expense,’ said Realo.
‘Enterprising people play an invaluable role in growing the welfare of a society and recognising their efforts is very important. We give the entrepreneurship awards annually to only a small portion of Estonian entrepreneurs, but with that we express our respect towards all entrepreneurs and enterprising people,’ said Toomas Luman, President of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and he added that if we take a look at the cross-section of all the winners, it is clear that in order to achieve success, it is important to be competitive also outside Estonia.
Winners of the Entrepreneurship Award 2019 organised by Enterprise Estonia and Estonian Employers’ Confederation:
- Innovator of the Year – SK ID Solutions AS
- Exporter of the Year – Cleveron AS
- Family Company of the Year – OÜ T-Tammer
- Design Applier of the Year – Evocon OÜ
- Foreign Investor of the Year – Estonian Cell AS
Winners of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competitiveness Ranking 2019:
- The most competitive large company 2019 – Merko Ehitus AS
- The most competitive small and medium-sized company 2019 – CM Tallinn AS
- The most competitive micro company 2019 – Intelligentne Grupp OÜ
The most competitive companies 2019 by areas of activity:
- The most competitive communications and IT company – Telia Eesti AS
- The most competitive industrial and energy company 2019 – Cleveron AS
- The most competitive food industry company 2019 – A. Le Coq AS
- The most competitive financial brokerage company 2019 – Swedbank AS
- The most competitive wholesale company 2019 – CM Tallinn AS
- The most competitive tourism company 2019 – Novatours OÜ
- The most competitive retail company 2019 – Silberauto AS
- The most competitive construction company 2019 – Merko Ehitus AS
- The most competitive service company 2019 – Ramirent Baltic AS
- The most competitive real estate company 2019 – Kapitel AS
- The most competitive transport and logistics company 2019 – Tallink Grupp AS
- The most competitive agriculture and forestry company 2019 – Tornator Eesti OÜ
- The most competitive project design and architecture company 2019 – Energiapartner OÜ
The Minister of Economic Affairs and Communication recognised the e-residency programme and the Summer School Spring Board project of NGO Eesti 2.0 with the Entrepreneurship Promotion Award.
The company of the year was elected by the distinguished jury, which consisted of: Kert Kingo, Minister of Foreign Trade and Information Technology, Madis Müller, President of the Bank of Estonia, Mait Klaassen, Chairman of the board of Universities Estonia, Kristiina Esop, CEO of Responsible Business Forum of Estonia, Ruth Oltjer, Member of the Board of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Member of the Board of Chemi-Pharm, Arto Aas, Head of the Estonian Employers’ Confederation, Alo Ivask, former Chairman of the Board of Enterprise Estonia and Tanel Rebane, Director of the Entrepreneurship Centre of Enterprise Estonia.
The gala of the best Estonian companies is organised by Enterprise Estonia, Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Estonian Employers’ Confederation.