On Tuesday evening, Anders Holmberg, chairman and owner of the family business Holtab, was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year in the East region of Sweden.
"It feels exciting – and overwhelming. It is an award that I share with the entire Holtab team”, says Anders Holmberg.
Holtab was founded in 1973 by Anders’ father, Bengt. In the same year, Anders got his first job in the company, and at the age of 25, he became the CEO. Today, Holtab is one of the leading providers of solutions for power transmission, with products in energy distribution, renewable energy, industry, and infrastructure in the Nordic region.
With the electrification trend, the company has expanded and established factories in Tingsryd, Lidhult, and Olofström. Since 2009, Holtab has been involved in various projects in Nepal, including electricity projects to provide remote mountain villages with electricity.
The jury’s motivation stated:
”With committed leadership and clear values, this year’s awardee has found the strength to drive both the company and the industry forward. Based on smart solutions, long-term relationships, and collaboration, the entrepreneur has created a rapidly growing company. Sustainability is a crucial building block, and with the mindset that the journey is the goal, care is created for employees, customers, and society, contributing to a brighter future for many.”
”We are doing a lot of things right at Holtab right now, and all the pieces seem to be falling into place. We are succeeding in our employer branding efforts, and we are creating good products that we bring to the market; it creates a ripple effect. It will be inspiring to continue the journey together,” says Anders Holmberg.
More entrepreneurs were awarded
During the region final, the Entrepreneurial Winning Women award was presented to Tinna Berg and Anna Bäckman, founders of the travel agency Bäckman & Berg in Kalmar.
Best International Growth went to Växjö’s Torbjörn Lindgren and Torbjörn Gustafsson, Micropower Group AB, a world-leading system provider in batteries and battery charging.
Samuel Davidsson, Hillerstorps Special Emballage, which manufactures wooden pallets, received the Young Entrepreneurship Of The Year award.
All winners will now advance to the national final, which will take place at Stockholm City Hall on February 1, 2024. The national winner will then represent Sweden in the international final in Monte Carlo.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for entrepreneurs and is held in approximately 60 countries. The Swedish edition of the competition is being held for the 28th time this year, with 500 nominations from across the country.
The independent jury in the East region was led by jury chairman Eva Schlyter, CEO of Ståhl Invest in Norrköping, along with members David Modig, owner of Modig Machine Tool AB, Jacob Nilsson, CEO of Axjo Group AB, Peter Hellgren, CEO and owner of Consid AB, Pernilla Ljungbergh, CEO of Ny Studio, and Elisabeth Ström, founder of BoSt Invest.
Holtab is a leading provider of power transmission solutions in the Nordic region. The company’s offerings include energy distribution, renewable energy, industry, and infrastructure. Holtab aims to lead technological development by offering efficient energy solutions and harnessing solar, wind, and hydropower.
Holtab’s headquarters and factory are located in Tingsryd, Sweden. We also have production facilities in Lidhult and Olofström, offices in several locations in Sweden, as well as in Denmark and Finland. Established in 1973, the company currently has approximately 300 employees. The company is growing rapidly and expects a turnover of approximately one billion SEK this year.