This year the competition "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" was held for the nineteenth time. Each year its winners are companies, institutions and organizations that are the engine of economic life in the region. They are usually characterized by innovation, development dynamics, investment commitment, as well as activities for the benefit of the local community. This makes it one of the most well-known and prestigious business competitions in the region.
I am pleased to see the great interest in our competition, which sets new paths and promotes entrepreneurship. This is not an award that we give only to the biggest ones, as it was in the beginning. Now these are particularly interesting companies that are setting a new direction in economic life.
Grzegorz Dzik, Chairman of the Council of the Western Chamber of Commerce Employers and Entrepreneurs
Important synergy between business, science and administration
During the gala, it was emphasized that the "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" not only promote the best companies and organizations in the region, but also show the economic strength of Lower Silesia.
It is entrepreneurs who create not only our beautiful city, but also our region, and therefore its success and future. Today's "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" is a platform where we meet, new projects emerge, new synergies between the worlds of business, administration and science, among others. It also has a special dimension, which we all feel very well in Wroclaw, because it's hard to say if it's a tangible activity. Despite difficult times, we believe in ourselves and try to turn all crises into success.
Jakub Mazur, Deputy Mayor of Wroclaw
The independence of the enterprise is guaranteed by the competition chapter
Participants in the competition "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" are evaluated by the competition chapter, which includes prominent representatives of science, business and regional administrative authorities.
Professor Witold Orlowski, member of the National Development Council and honorary member of the chapter of the competition "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza"
Eight statuettes of "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" were awarded
Nearly 130 companies and organizations applied for this year's "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" competition.
From among them, the Competition Chapter selected three nominees in each of the eight categories:
- Lower Silesian Product of the Year,
- Innovative Business Idea,
- Successful Business Transformation,
- Engaging employer,
- Environmentally conscious company,
- Business Leader of the Year,
- Best cooperation between business and science,
- Award for the best cooperation in providing assistance.
The statuette for Lower Silesian Product of the Year went to Inmed S.A. from Krepice, near Wroclaw. It is a family-owned company whose roots go back to the now-defunct Zaklady Techniki Medycznej in Wroclaw. It designs and manufactures medical equipment for hospitals, especially patient rooms, intensive care and operating theaters. The company's flagship product is medical gas piping systems. It serves more than half of the medical market in Poland. It sells its products to more than 30 countries on four continents.
Green solutions appreciated
The development of a closed-loop economy at Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Wodociagow i Kanalizacji S.A. in Wroclaw with the use of research and development activities was recognized as the best cooperation between business and science.
This is a project involving the use of the raw material and energy potential of waste streams and technological processes of the Wroclaw Wastewater Treatment Plant (WOS). The result of these activities is the use of treated wastewater as a raw material for industrial water production, the use of organic waste for biofuel production and the improvement of the energy balance of the wastewater treatment process.
The statuette of the "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" for Successful Business Transformation went to DB Energy SA of Wroclaw, which supports companies in measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce gas emissions.
In 2022, the company signed an agreement with the Legnica Special Economic Zone and Last Energy Poland to build a power plant consisting of 10 small nuclear reactors (SMRs). It has also begun overseas expansion. It is the first energy efficiency company to be listed on the New Connect stock market. Later this year, it plans to issue new shares and enter the main market of the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The most engaging employer operates in Wroclaw
The statuette "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" in the category of Engaging Employer went to 3M Service Center EMEA Sp. z o. o, which currently employs nearly 1,600 people in its Wroclaw center. As an employer, it listens to the needs of employees, involves them in decision-making processes and supports their passions and diversity. It works for LGBTQ+ people and to create workplaces that are accepting and inclusive. It also engages employees in CSR campaigns.
In turn, the Business Leader of the Year was Andrzej Przybylo - founder and one of the main shareholders of the Wroclaw-based AB company, where he has served as Chairman of the Board since 1998. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of subsidiary ALSEN Sp. z o.o. and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AT Computers Holding a.s.
Droplo was awarded for Best Innovative Business Idea. It is an online B2B e-commerce trading platform that connects verified product suppliers and sellers from across the EU. The idea behind the project is to match entrepreneurs who conduct their business in different European countries and facilitate their business transactions related to the sale and purchase of goods.
Meanwhile, the award in the category of Environmentally Conscious Company went to CCC SA - one of the largest European companies in the footwear segment.
Recognized were all those who provide assistance
The nominees for the eighth special category of this year's edition of the "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" competition, i.e. the Award for the best cooperation in bringing help, were announced only during the Great Business Gala.
The municipalities included: Glogow, Swidnica, Strzelin, Miekinia, Trzebnica, as well as the Ukraine Foundation, W Kobiecym Kregu Association, Tratwa Disaster and Emergency Center, WCT Spartan Sp. z o.o., We with You Humanitarian Aid Center Foundation, Dr. Schumacher Sp. z o.o., CCC S.A., ROM Sp. z o.o., Kaufland Poland, Atos Poland Global Services Sp. z o. o, Archicom S.A., Welcomefinance.pl Sp. z o.o., Volkswagen Motor Polska Sp. z o.o., Grupa AB S.A., the Legnica Special Economic Zone Foundation, as well as the partnership of UBS Business Solutions Poland sp. z o.o., the Lower Silesian Social Policy Center and the Regional Center for Supporting Non-Governmental Initiatives.
The Competition Chapter decided to award the "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" to all nominees in this category.
The organizers of the competition "Dolnoslaski Gryf - Nagroda Gospodarcza" were: the Western Chamber of Commerce - Employers and Entrepreneurs, the City of Wroclaw, the Marshal's Office of the Lower Silesian Voivodeship and the substantive partner PwC.
The media patron of the event was the portal www.wroclaw.pl