Plzeňský Prazdroj — a Sustainable Development Champion

The story of Czech Plzeňský Prazdroj began in October 1842, when Josef Groll brewed the first batch of bottom-fermented lager. He used light barley, that was only partially malted, and none of the roasted or smoked barley that the German brewers were using whilst added generous portions of the fragrant Saaz hops to his brew. Thus he created a unique beer and a completely new category of beer (Pils, Pilsner), which has become the most popular type of beer in the world. Neither its recipe nor the brewing process has changed since it was first made.

Emerging Europe spoke to Paolo Lanzarotti, CEO of Plzeňský Prazdroj, about the company’s brands, its high-quality products and its business approach which recently resulted in the 2015 Deloitte Central European Sustainability Report Award for its sustainable development report. Continue reading Plzeňský Prazdroj — a Sustainable Development Champion

Wizz Air — the Sky’s No Longer the Limit

Wizz Air is a Hungarian low-cost airline that offers over 400 routes across Europe and beyond and which has just been awarded the global Value Airline of the Year award (2016). The company successfully completed an initial public offering, in February 2015, and has since been listed on the London Stock Exchange. After just one year, the company’s shares were given an average rating of “Buy” by the seven research firms that currently cover the stock exchange.

József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, talked to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial of Emerging Europe, about the company’s recent successes, as well as the very beginnings and the plans for the next two decades. Continue reading Wizz Air — the Sky’s No Longer the Limit

Inglot — Colouring the Face Of the World

Wojciech Inglot was a chemist, a cosmetics’ maker and a visionary, who set up his company in Przemyśl, in Cold War Poland near the border with Ukraine. He passed away on 23 February, 2013. Undoubtedly, one of his greatest achievements was creating a healthier nail polish formula. His heritage is Inglot, one of the world’s fastest developing cosmetics’ producers, with stores popping up around the globe.

Zbigniew Inglot, Co-Owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Inglot Cosmetics and the founder’s brother, talked to Andrew Wrobel, Head of Editorial of Emerging Europe, about his company’s amazing history and future plans. Continue reading Inglot — Colouring the Face Of the World

TransferWise — Making the World a Better Place

For TransferWise, founded by Estonians Kristo Käärmann and Taavet Hinrikus, 2015 was a busy year. And a very successful one. First, the company raised $58 million in an investment round led by Andreessen Horowitz, the best known venture capital company in the Silicon Valley, which increased the company’s value to $1 billion. At the end of 2015, Ernst&Young named the founders the UK Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Kristo Käärmann, Executive Founder of TransferWise, discusses what lies behind the meteoric rise of TransferWise, the company’s future plans and what can happen in the entire finance sector in the next five years. Continue reading TransferWise — Making the World a Better Place