Gallagher Europe, Kampen Industrial Care and Klippa, all three from the City of Groningen, are the three remaining nominees for the Groninger Ondernemersprijs 2022. This was announced by jury chairman (and deputy) IJzebrand Rijzebol on Thursday evening at Noorderpoort on the Verlengde Visserstraat.
The three companies from City came out on top from a list of ten nominees. Three other companies from the municipality of Groningen (Mr. Mofongo, Cookinglife and Rope Access Noord) were also on the nomination list, but are now excluded.
According to the jury, Gallagher (‘world market leader in the niche market of electric fence wire’) was chosen because the company emphatically opts for ‘transition and tradition in agriculture and nature’. The jury also praised the company’s innovative product. According to jury chairman Rijzebol, the Kampen Industrial Care pipeline company may proceed to the final, because the company is ‘agile and focuses emphatically on energy, food and water’. Automation company Klippa is one of the three finalists, according to the jury, because it removes administrative, repetitive work with top technology. “Applicable worldwide”, according to jury chairman Rijzebol.
In the coming months, the three companies can expect visits from the jury as well as from specialists from De Haan Advocaten & Notarissen, BDO Accountants & Adviseurs and Rabobank Groningen & Drenthe. Interviews with these companies will determine who will win the Groninger Ondernemersprijs 2022. The prize will be presented on 1 December by King’s Commissioner René Paas, during a final evening in MartiniPlaza.
This year’s jury for the prize consists of jury chairman IJzebrand Rijzebol (deputy for Economic Affairs, province of Groningen), Dina Boonstra (NOM), Suzanne Snijder (Commercial Club Groningen), Paul Schreuders (XPAR Vision), Cas König (Groningen Seaports), Jan Hoekstra (Witec, winner 2019) and Albert Keizer (Next Generation Shipyards, winner 2021).