by in Innovación on 22 October, 2018

Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Banco Santander, in collaboration with the Regional Chambers of Commerce, announced by mid 2018 the second edition of the "Award SME of the Year". These awards are intended to recognize the labour of small and medium enterprises and its contribution to job and wealth creation. Besides the main award to the best SME of the year, there are also three second prizes: Internationalization; Digitalization & Innovation; and Training & Employment.

These awards choose the best SME in each Spanish province, and every awarded company competes in a national round to select the best SME in Spain.

GAIRESA has been selected as the best SME in the category of INTERNATIONALIZATION, thanks to the success during last year in terms of exports over the total turnover, multiplying by 3 the previous year and by 40 since 5 years ago.


Eleven companies have been selected for the provincial final in the "SME of the Year 2018 Awards: A Coruña", organized by Banco Santander, Chamber of Commerce of A Coruña and Chamber of Commerce of Santiago de Compostela, with the collaboration of the newspaper La Voz de Galicia. 567 companies have been registered throughout Spain.

In their discussion, members of the award jury -formed by representants of the Chamber of Commerce, Banco Santander, local Government and the aforementioned newspaper- have put in value merits like job creation, employees training, activity in foreign countries and activities focused in digitalization and innovation.

The award jury has also considered the technical and scientific background of GAIRESA, our employment structure formed by around 60% of women and where 50% of the employees work in R&D activities. They also took in account, besides our industrial activity, that GAIRESA dedicates resources to research projects applied to renewable energies or sustainable materials (non petrol-based), very often in collaboration with the University. Another example of our commitment to the scientific-educational sector is that our lab receives every year graduate or postgraduate students who want to improve their training and formation.

Links to press articles related to the award:

Economía en Galicia

La Voz de Galicia


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