Golden Kuna Awards – Best Large Company: No Advancement Without Pay Rises

Lauren Simmonds

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An important message from Radnik, the winner of the Golden Kuna Award for the best large company.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 5th of September, 2018, the Golden Kuna Awards from Koprivnica-Križevci’s HGK (Croatian Chamber of Commerce) were also received by the Croatian companies Hangar 18 and Lasselsberger-Knauf.

The county companies were awarded for their outstanding business results last year, and Lasselsberger-Knauf from Đurđevac, under the leadership of Željko Pecak, was hailed as the most successful small company. The company, as part of the German group, produces building materials, and boasts 49 employees, last year’s growth was recorded at 39 percent, with significant revenues/income of 45.4 million kuna.

As we reported earlier, Koprivnica’s wildly successful Hangar 18 was pronounced the best medium-sized company in the county, the company deals with IT and develops and produces smartphones, with televisions as their next challenge, they also have a steady chain of stores and are continuing to grow healthily.

Hangar 18’s owner and director, Mario Kralj, reiterated the fact that Hangar 18 was among the 500 fastest growing companies in Europe and Asia and that, as a symbol of their continued success, they recently signed a strategic partnership with a large Chinese technology development group.

The smartphone models within Noa (Hangar 18) were hailed as those of the highest quality and the most commendable price range. Radnik from Križevci was awarded the title of the best large company. Radnik, as one of the leading construction companies in the whole of the Republic of Croatia, is responsible for the construction of, among other things, some of highest-end tourist complexes in the country.

Alongside its affiliated companies, Radnik employs 470 people. The company’s director, Mirko Habijanec, upon receiving the Golden Kuna Award, wisely stated that without increasing wages in deficit professions such as construction, and without quality education and a good tax policy, there can be no progress.

Habijanec’s statement rings true on a number of levels with a variety of depths across the economic board here in Croatia, and the thoughts of the mass emigration of Croatian talent to the United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany should be enough to lead to a much deeper understanding of the director of Radnik’s poignant message.


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