This year on 12 November, the most successful commercial companies within the “Rezekne Special Economic Zone (Rezekne SEZ) Commercial Companies Annual Award", were honored in a formal online event. After assessing the figures of 2020, the title of the “Company of the Year” in the group of large/medium-sized companies was awarded to plywood producer “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA and in the group of small commercial companies to metalworking company “LATSTAB” RSEZ SIA.
Rezekne SEZ Commercial Companies Annual Award competition is organized with the aim to evaluate and honor the most successful Rezekne SEZ commercial companies, as well as their products and services, by assessing the performance of the previous year. Rezekne SEZ CEO Krista Freiberga: “Thank you to all Rezekne SEZ companies for time dedicated to do business here in the region! By developing infrastructure and creating jobs, companies attract young families and professionals to the Rēzekne city and Rēzekne region, who can feel confident about the development of their professional life and material provision. Rezekne SEZ Authority is really pleased to be a part of the team of 19 commercial companies and give an opportunity to reduce bureaucratic burden, attract financial resources and co-finance employee training, infrastructure development or personal protective equipment projects! Rezekne SEZ Authority is ambitiously becoming the most successful investment attraction mechanism in the region, and the achievements and success of entrepreneurs is a proof that Rezekne SEZ is the right place for your investments!"
The winner of the “Company of the Year” in the category of large/medium-sized commercial companies became “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA, announced by the Minister of Economic Affairs Janis Vitenbergs during the online event. In addition to the main nomination “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA, also received 1st place in the nomination “Cooperation Partner of the Year” and 2nd place in the nomination “Socially Responsible Company”. In 2020, the total turnover of “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA reached EUR 31 million. “VEREMS” RSEZ SIA employed 338 employees in 2020 and is the largest employer in Rezekne municipality. The operation of the company is also appreciated by the Rezekne Entrepreneurs' Association, where the company supports various initiatives and actively participates in events and cooperation meetings. SIA “ALAAS” also nominates the company as an excellent sorter with a total of 367.4 m3 of waste sent for recycling in 2020.
In its turn, in the group of small commercial companies, “LATSTAB” RSEZ SIA was recognized as the “Company of the Year”, which was announced by Gatis Zamurs, the Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development. “LATSTAB” RSEZ SIA was also awarded in the following nominations: 1st place in the “Product of the Year” nomination, 2nd place in the “Socially Responsible Company” nomination. The company is rapidly developing in Rezekne SEZ and is currently operating in the renovated Production/Warehouse Complex at Atbrivosanas aleja 155A, k-1, Rezekne, which is one of the projects implemented by Rezekne's State City Council for business promotion. In 2020, the turnover of “LATSTAB” RSEZ SIA amounted to EUR 1.9 million and employed 48 employees.
The 2nd place in the large/medium-sized company group in the nomination “Company of the Year” was awarded to SIA „LEAX Rēzekne” RSEZ, while the 3rd place was awarded to „OptoElektronika LV” RSEZ SIA. But in the group of small commercial companies, the 2nd place in the nomination “Company of the Year” was awarded to “Rezekne Dzirnavnieks” RSEZ AS, and the 3rd place was acquired by “REBIR” RSEZ AS. Several nominees were also announced during the online event – RSEZ „MAGISTR- FISKEVEGN GROUP.MFG” SIA – “Exporter of the Year”, RSEZ SIA „IRBIS Technology” – “Environmental friendly company”, “Midis” SIA RSEZ – “Debut of Rezekne SEZ”, “NewFuels” RSEZ SIA “Socially Responsible Company”. Letters of appreciation were also awarded to MEGASTEEL RSEZ SIA for the 2nd place in the nomination “Product of the Year”, “Energy Resources CHP” RSEZ SIA for the 2nd place in the nomination “Socially Responsible Company”, as well as “TURMANS” RSEZ SIA and “NORDKOM” RSEZ SIA for the 2nd place in the nomination "Cooperation Partner of the Year".
As part of the Rezekne SEZ Commercial Companies Annual Award competition, the commercial companies were evaluated in 10 nominations: “Company of the Year”, “Product of the Year”, “Service of the Year”,”, “Exporter of the Year”, “Environmental friendly company”, “Innovations of the Year”, “Debut of Rezekne SEZ”, “Socially Responsible Company”, “Cooperation Partner of the Year”, “Employer of the Year”.
Rezekne SEZ Authority thanks all cooperation partners for nominating candidates for the “Cooperation Partner of the Year” nomination and supported the organisation of the online event: Ministry of Economy, Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Rezekne City Council, Rezekne Municipality council, “Olympic Centre Rezekne”, Rezekne Entrepreneurs Society, SIA “ALAAS”, AS “Development Finance Institution Altum” Latgale Region Branch, CFLA Latgale Region Branch, Rezekne Academy of Technology, Rezekne Technical School, etc.