The UPB Holding, one of the leading groups of companies in Latvia, has become the Latvian national winner of the prestigious “European Business Awards 2014/2015” (EBA) in the category “Import/Export”.
The winner of the first stage (national competition) was chosen after a thorough analysis of the financial data and reports submitted by national companies.
UPB, as the winner of the national level competition, will participate in the further stages of European scale. There, in-depth information about the company, submitted upon an individual request, and a special video presentation will be evaluated.
This year UPB was invited to participate in “European Business Awards” repeatedly. In the closing ceremony of “European Business Awards 2011” in Barcelona, UPB received Ruban d’Honneur award and a medal in the category “Import/Export”.
This year 15 000 companies from 30 countries altogether took part in the competition. Finalists were evaluated in 11 categories, and among the participants one could meet such well-known companies as “Pirelli”, “RTL”, “DHL”, “IKEA Italia”, etc.
Last year Chair of Board of UPB Uldis Pīlēns was invited to participate in the jury, which consisted of the leading European politicians, academicians, field experts, and mass media representatives.
The broadest entrepreneurship award programme in Europe “European Business Awards” is an independent award programme, which was established to promote excellence, good practices, and innovations in the European business environment. The best European companies are awarded, taking into account their field of activities and capacity. Only bright and innovative companies showing the best entrepreneurial practice are given the honour to receive these awards. EBA general sponsor is “RSM International”.
More information about the competition: www.businessawardseurope.com.
UPB successfully operates both in Latvian and foreign markets already for 23 years. The holding’s main activities are design, manufacturing, construction, and trade. The holding comprises more than 40 companies and manufacturing units, which are divided into independent groups of companies, the largest being “MB BETONS” group, “RK METĀLS” group, “AILE” group, “UPB ENERGY” group, and “UPB NAMS” group. Also UPB’s daughter companies in Latvia, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Belorussia, and the United Kingdom are part of the holding, which employs more than 1300 people.
“Over the first eight months this year, UPB’s export market turnover exceeds the respective period last year by 2.2 times, judging by the concluded contracts. The largest growth was experienced in the Swedish market. This year we have launched activities in two new markets — Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where our offer is glazed structures. Our current achievements allow predicting that 2014 will become the most successful year in the history of UPB holding,” concludes Chair of Board of UPB Uldis Pīlēns.
Las year UPB received also the grand prix “Export Champion 2013” in the competition “Export and Innovation Awards 2013” organised by the Ministry of Economics and Investment and Development Agency of Latvia.