Hajdukovo’s Suncokret voted the Blic Entrepreneur 2017
11 July 2018.
Hajdukovo-based Suncokret won the top spot in Blic preduzetnik 2017 (Blic Entrepreneur 2017), Blic’s campaign running for a full 11 years now.
Suncokret, based in Hajdukovo, beat off the 300-strong competition and won the title of Blic Entrepreneur 2017, which Blic has been awarding for 11 consecutive years. The RSD 1,000,000 check provided by campaign partner Eurobank was presented to the winner by Minister of Finance Siniša Mali at the ceremony held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia in Belgrade.
‘The micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises market accounts for 99.9% of businesses in our country and makes up 56% of GDP, while the employees in these companies make up 65% of all employees in the Republic of Serbia. These businesses are the backbone of our economy, which is why the Government of the Republic of Serbia has created a favourable business and financial environment with stable public finance. Taking a step further, in September we will introduce a stimulus package that will make our economy even more competitive. Two of these measures will be reducing payroll taxes and speeding up the VAT refund process, which will encourage entrepreneurs to hire more people and considerably reduce undocumented work’, said Minister of Finance Siniša Mali.
, President of the Executive Board of Eurobank, a Blic Entrepreneur 2017 campaign partner, noted that in its 15 years of business, Eurobank had been striving to be a reliable partner to companies, providing services and products that promote the development of small businesses and entrepreneurs.
‘The period behind us once again demonstrated the importance and significance of small enterprises and entrepreneurs, which not only employ a large number of people, but also truly represent the driving force of the country’s development. We have met a number of entrepreneurs — including today's finalists, whose efforts and results are the best example of what makes a successful entrepreneur and how one can contribute to the development of the Serbian economy’, said Slavica Pavlović, expressing hope that today's accolades will serve as an additional incentive for the companies rewarded and properly represent the promotion of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial spirit.
Predrag Mihailović, Blic’s editor-in-chief, said that the goal of the campaign was to promote, strengthen, and support entrepreneurial spirit in Serbia.
‘Through this campaign, we want to support small private businesses in Serbia and show the public — our readers — that the challenge of private business can be a serious driver of local development and that it is the future. Blic is a market player itself and always tackles topics pertaining to entrepreneurship, offering suggestions on how people can start their own businesses. Our people have entrepreneurial spirit and we want to encourage and inspire them to take action’, Mihailović said.
This year, the Blic Entrepreneur 2017’s top ten included: Radex, Jagodina; MTK Metal-Komerc, Užice; Top Spider doo, Inđije; Mlekara Moravica, Arilje; Suncokret, Hajdukovo; IDAS doo, Mol; Ukras doo, Veliki Popović; RE3-Product DOO, Plandište; FMO Ukus, Kovačica, and Žica promet, Aranđelovac.
The Blic Entrepreneur 2017 winner was chosen by the jury panel consisting of Minister of Finance Siniša Mali
, Eurobank Executive Board member Dušan Mihailović
, Serbian Association of Managers’ CEO Jelena Bulatović
, National Employment Service Director Zoran Martinović
, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Entrepreneurship Division’s Director Branislava Simanić
, and Blic reporter Suzana Lakić
. The criteria on which the jury selected the best entrepreneur of the year included profitability, productivity, liquidity, export potential, and the numbers of employees and new employees. The jury members also took into consideration technological innovations, environmental protection, and contribution to local community development.