The owner of the former “Radijator” craft workshop, which handled the installation and maintenance of central heating, is today the holder of the prestigious world award “Entrepreneur of the Year 2016”, which he was awarded by world famous company “Ernst & Young”. The award arrived in his hands thanks to the fact that over the course of 26 years he turned that craft workshop into a company producing a wide range of boilers, employing close to 400 employees and operating on the European market.
You are the best entrepreneur in 2016, and you received that recognition from world-renowned company Ernst & Young. What was the decisive factor in you receiving such a highly valued award?
– First of all, my receiving this esteemed recognition was influenced by many years of successful business, export orientation and product quality. It represents confirmation of a successful business policy, planned investments in the latest equipment and timely responses to market demands in terms of the modernisation of existing products and the construction of new ones.
As the best entrepreneur in 2016 you will get the chance to represent Serbia in Monte Carlo and compete for the best possible ranking. Have you started preparing for that event; what do you intend to say to others and which of your products in particular do you intend to present?
– Preparations are underway, because my aim is to present my company and my country in the best possible way. My aim is to destroy the prejudices that still exist in Europe, and which we unfortunately still face in dealing with many European companies, when it comes to doing business with companies from Serbia. I would like to tell them that in Serbia there are many successful and serious companies that can respond to high business standards, in terms of quality and respect for agreed deadlines and other conditions of doing business. I particularly want to present a wide range of our products that work on pellets and biomass.
The state should use some stimulating measures to contribute to the further development of successful companies, but also to assist companies that have difficulties. Those measures should be expressed through reductions in taxes and contributions on earnings, in order to create new jobs, but also by providing incentive credits from state funds for procuring equipment
Your company has existed for 26 years and employs around 400 workers. According to your assessment, what is the economic environment for doing business like and does the state pay attention to companies that are doing well?
– My company has existed for 26 years and we have nearly 400 employees, with a tendency for further growth. I consider that the economic environment could be better and that the state should use some stimulating measures to contribute to the further development of successful companies, but also to assist companies that currently have difficulties with their operations. Under stimulating measures I’m implying reductions in taxes and contributions on earnings with the aim of creating new jobs, providing incentive credits from state funds for procuring equipment and other factors.
You have a wide range of products when it comes to boilers and water tanks, and you are known throughout the region. What is your recipe for success, considering that you started modestly and ended up receiving acclaimed world recognition?
– My recipe for success lies in persistence and timely responses to market demands. No single success comes overnight and it is very important to estimate market demands well, as well as to monitor all modern trends when it comes to your chosen domain. The motto our company is “Quality without compromise”, and I consider continuously improving one’s own production processes as being necessary for success.