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Swedish Business Awards 2014 - puts Swedish companies on the map in Estonia

After one year of absence, the Swedish Business Awards ceremony kicked off on October 28, in KUMU Art Museum in Tallinn, Estonia. Business Sweden was one of the organisers, together with Saab, the Swedish Institute, Ericsson, Enterprise Estonia, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and SCA.

The approximately 260 guests consisted of the Estonian and Estonian-Swedish Business society, politicians and opinion leaders. The conference was opened by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Mr. Taavi Rõivas, and H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The awards were divided in three categories: Sustainable Growth Award, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Puts Sweden on the map

The keynote speaker for the conference was Karin Nilsdotter, a future astronaut and the CEO of Spaceport Sweden. She gave a presentation on the future of space travel and on the development in the field of space technology and collaboration opportunities for companies in Sweden and Estonia.

Janar Sutt, project manager at Business Sweden in Estonia:

- For us it is important to put Sweden on the map even more, providing good conditions for increased trade between Sweden and Estonia and create business opportunities. Meanwhile, it is a good opportunity for companies like Ericsson, SCA and Saab to appear in a Swedish context and give something back to the Estonian society. 

And the winners were..

The winner of the Sustainable Growth Award was Greencarrier Freight Services Estonia. The company has been demonstrating excellent financial results together with an exceptional consideration for the environment while operating in a competitive and profit driven sector.

The winner of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year category was ISS Eesti who provides job opportunities for disabled and elderly people and therefore has a positive impact on a number of Estonian families and the society in general.

The winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category was Jevgeni Kabanov for having a remarkable talent and ability to turn an idea into a fast-growing, profitable world-wide company. His dedication and hard work has led ZeroTurnaround to international success and is an excellent role model for all young and upcoming entrepreneurs of how to think big and believe in themselves.

About the awards

The aim of the Awards is to provide positive examples of international business establishments and business development by emphasising innovation, entrepreneurship, outstanding business achievements, sustainability and the importance of contributions to society.

The Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden initiated the Swedish Business Awards in 2006. The first Awards' ceremony took place in Vilnius. Since 2009 the Swedish Business Awards are also organised in Riga and Tallinn.

See pictures from Swedish Business Awards 2014 in Estonia

For more reading, visit swedishbusinessawards.com

07 November 2014