Ljubljana, 20 October (STA) - Drug maker Krka received the 2010 Golden Gazelle award for the fastest growing company in Slovenia on Wednesday. The Novo mesto-based company was handed the award by Economy Minister Darja Radic at a ceremony in Ljubljana organised by publisher Dnevnik.
The commission determining the award winners said that Krka was the third biggest exporter in Slovenia and had posted the biggest profit among Slovenian companies (EUR 171m), contributing the highest share of taxes to the budget.
Added value per employee in Krka exceeds EUR 92,000, which is three times more than Slovenia's average, and the company has also received highest credit rating from banks and rating firms, the commission added.
The Silver Gazelle was awarded at the ceremony in the Cankarjev dom arts and congress centre to car parts maker KLS, while the Bronze Gazelle was given to elevator producer SEC, according to Dnevnik.
The ceremony also featured regional winners. Information and communication technology company Avtenta.si won the gazelle for central Slovenia, plastic products maker Roto Pavlinjek was the fastest growing company for Pomurje and Podravje (NE), and boat maker Seaway Group for Gorenjsko (N).
According to Dnevnik, the 600 fastest growing companies in Slovenia created 10,447 new jobs between 2004 and 2009.