On November 27 one company will be declared the winner of the Groninger Ondernemingsprijs (Groninger Enterprise Award). The three nominees, announced today, are: Witec, 365Werk and Heiploeg.
It was decided, during the Nomination Meeting at Noorderpoort Automotive & Logistics in Groningen, that they were the best of the ten nominees. One of them will be awarded the big prize during the big final, to be held in the MartiniPlaza.
The ten nominees each held a three-minute pitch for the jury, the public and the press during the nomination meeting. The results were added to scores from previous interviews with the jury. Acting chairman of the jury Erik van ‘t Hoff finally announced the names of the three finalists: “The pitches were incredibly fun to see! They also weighed heavily in our final decision. Even though seven companies must drop out today, all ten of them companies have delivered a great performance!”
Transparency is the power of 365Werk. Each temporary worker can see on the website what they are going to earn, and the employer can see what they have to pay to the employment agency. Registration, time administration, pay, etc., everything is done online. The employment agency is growing at almost 100 percent every year!
Heiploeg, a company from Zoutkamp, puts shrimp prominently on the menu. In the past, the crustacean was enjoyed almost exclusively during Christmas, in cocktail form. Today, shrimp is found in tapas dishes, meal salads, pizzas, and so on. A great deal has also been invested in machines, packaging lines and product development. Sustainability is of paramount importance: all products are sustainably captured and no less than 3400 solar panels are installed on the roof of the factory.
Witec makes jet parts, implants and machine parts for the chip industry, among other things. Witec therefore has a national and international market and is always looking for new products. The Research & Development department develops these with, for example, the UMCG and students of various backgrounds. For example, they have developed an implant for the human pelvis with which it can recover after an accident. Witec also participates in the “Probable Learning Path” (made possible by the Province of Groningen), which results in a hundred workplaces per year.