Enterprise Estonia (EAS) announced its Company of the Year Awards winners in a lavish ceremony on Thursday evening. The first-ever Company of the Year award was given to Estonia's leading marina developer Top Marine Ltd.
Top Marine Ltd, a small family business owned by Anneli and Andry Prodel, produces a range of pontoons and mooring products, offering solutions to floating dry-docks from initial product design to final production. The largest projects that the company has been part of are marinas in Riga in Latvia, Turku in Finland, and Kärdla on the island of Hiiumaa, Estonia.
A marina differs from a port in that a marina does not handle large passenger ships or cargo from freighters. The company's production unit is based near Rakvere and employs 15 people.
Top Marine was founded in 2004 and first outsourced its services to Finland.
All raw material comes from Estonia and about 80 percent of the final produce is exported. Top Marine has clients from Estonia to Singapore.
The Prodel family told ETV's "Terevisioon" that their success is very much down to the fact that they have been able to combine work with lifestyle factors.
"Our best marketers are our products," Anneli Prodel said.