Ljubljana, 04 February (STA) - Two IT companies, a maker of farm equipment and two energy companies are among the winners of the 2009 awards for top business achievements conferred by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) on Thursday.
The award in the category big companies went to two energy firms, the gas division of conglomerate Istrabenz, Istrabenz plini, and the energy utility arm of oil trader Petrol, Petrol Energetika.
Petrol Energetika was honoured for its "extraordinary expansion, constant adaptation to market demands and the introduction of new solutions." Istrabenz plini meanwhile boasts "extraordinary developmental and financial results".
Among medium-sized companies the GZS awarded Farmtech, a maker of tractor trailers which exports 80% of production, and engineering company Savaprojekt, which the GZS says has excellent long-term growth prospects.
IT firms LPKF Laser & Elektronika and Spica International scooped the awards in the category small companies for their innovative products and fast growth, alongside Oblak Commerce, a family company specialising in environmentally-friendly concrete products.
The chair of the commission, Sava chief executive Janez Bohoric, told the press the seven winners could be called "crisis breakers". GZS director general Samo Hribar Milic added that the winners showed Slovenian firms can become more competitive.
Speaking at the award ceremony in Ljubljana, Prime Minister Borut Pahor said winners needed to be encouraged and incentivised in the time of crisis.
Pahor noted how companies are often dissatisfied with government measures, especially slow reforms, and promised that demands about changes to labour laws would be considered and implemented as soon as possible.