“Skonto Būve” has the Best Reputation among the Building Companies of Latvia


“Skonto Būve” has been acknowledged as the company with the best reputation in the field of building and real estate, according to the chart of the reputation of Latvian companies established by newspaper “Diena” and the public relations agency “Nords Porter Novelli”.

The reputation of a company is assessed by a survey, which establishes the opinion of the residents as well as the entrepreneurs, evaluating the Latvian companies according to various criteria. Environmental responsibility of the company is a criterion, in which this year “Skonto Būve” has received the highest evaluation from both – residents, as well as entrepreneurs.

This year in the overall chart of the reputation of Latvian companies “Skonto Būve” holds position No. 84. In comparison with last year “Skonto Būve” has climbed 22 places in the overall reputation chart, which is one of the most rapid climbs of any Latvian company.

Guntis Rāvis congratulates the winners of the competition “Dizaina Tramplīns”


At the closing ceremony of the functional design ideas competition “Dizaina Tramplīns” organised at gallery “Daugava”, Chairman of the Board of Skonto Būve Ltd. and Board Member of Skonto Plan Ltd., Guntis Rāvis congratulated the authors of the best works, awarding diplomas and valuable cash prizes.

The jury awarded the first prize to designers Jānis Bičkovskis and Arvīds Endziņš, who received a cash prize of 3000 lats for the cutters they both jointly developed for the convenient opening of various packaging. The consolation prizes of 1000 lats were awarded to Intars Ozols for an original wall lamp and Jānis Indriksons for outdoor benches, but consolation prizes of 500 lats – to Rihards Funts for a multi-functional shelf and Laima Laizāne for an original interior object for holding magazines and books. 

As Guntis Rāvis said in the awards ceremony, two of the competition works – cutters for the convenient opening of various packaging and the original wall lamp designed by Intars Ozols are planned to be implemented in production at the emerging Skonto Plan Ltd. plant of non-standard metal production. 

“The competition proved that there are many successful designers right here in Latvia, who can provide competitive ideas, but participation of the manufacturers is insufficient, in order to implement these ideas. The professional evaluation of the jury helped the designers to understand themselves, which products are those that can be actually manufactured,” said the initiator of the competition Guntis Rāvis. Not only professional designers and artists could submit their applications for the competition “Dizaina Tramplīns”. Applications for functional design products of stainless steel, aluminium and metal were accepted from any author of creative ideas. 

The finalists presented their works before the jury, comprised of various field experts – Director of the Promotional Foundation for the Visual Arts and gallery “Daugava” Anda Treija, Member of the Board of the Latvian Designers Union Anita Grase, Board Members of the company Skonto Plan Ltd Guntis Rāvis and Ainars Birkmanis, Manager of the RTU Engineering Technical Design Programme Jānis Vība, metal artist and designer Ainars Sils, interior designer Armands Vecvanags, expert of social business and innovation Fionn Dobbin and the Creative Director of advertising agency “!Mooz” Ēriks Stendzenieks. 

The following aspects were set as the judging criteria: the originality of the idea, the design of the product, the technical performance, the practical application, the production specifics, costs and technological possibilities, as well as the possible future demand of the product. 

The competition “Dizaina tramplīns” was organised at the initiative of the Promotional Foundation for the Visual Arts and company Skonto Plan Ltd, in order to provide the designers in Latvia a possibility to receive financial support for the implementation of their ideas in real life and to apply the best of them in production.

State President Expresses his Gratitude to Skonto Būve for Cooperation at the Lielā Talka


Patron of the LielāTalka,State President Valdis Zatlers, expressed his gratitude to the organisers and supporters of the LielāTalka, as well as to all the participants for their activeness and enthusiasm in cleaning up Latvia for the fourth year already.

During the meeting State President awarded Skonto Būve, the general sponsor of the Lielā Talka a Certificate of Appreciation, expressing gratitude for the involvement in the project.

State President Valdis Zatlers: “Thank you for your investment in the organisation of the Lielā Talka of 2011 and the active participation in the development of the campaign idea, in the continuation of the tradition, as well as in the implementation of a national level event! Participation in the cleanup of our country promotes positive emotions and joy, as well as improves the feeling of unity and satisfaction for the completed work. The Lielā Talka of this year proves that an increasing number of the residents of Latvia are ready to take active part in caring about a clean environment, providing their investment in the recovery of our land and demonstrating love toward our country not just in words, but by actions.”

A record number of participants took part in the Lielā Talka this year – 190 thousand. For the fourth time in Latvia, the movement and environment cleanup campaign, the Lielā Talka, was organised in Latvia, which invites every resident to participate in cleaning up waste in their country as well as in the redevelopment of it. The goal of the Lielā Talka is, by 2018, the 100th anniversary of Latvia, to make Latvia the cleanest and tidiest place on the world map.

The Recipients of the Boriss Bērziņš Scholarship have been Selected


For the third year already, gallery “Daugava” and patron Guntis Rāvis supports the new artists of Latvia, granting them the scholarship named after the remarkable painter Boriss Bērziņš. This year, the recipients of the scholarship are the students of the Art Academy, who stood out by good works at the spring display of drawings –1styear student Jolanta Basova, 2ndyear student Zane Lemeša and 5thyear student Sanda Skujiņa.

Jolanta Basova, the 1styear student of the Art Academy of Latvia: “I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that I was chosen as one of the recipients of Boriss Bērziņš Scholarship. As before studying in the Art Academy I had not studied at any art schools and had only been working without assistance, this special evaluation provided huge satisfaction for me. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to gallery “Daugava” and patron Guntis Rāvis for this opportunity – I consider this a great motivation for the students of Art Academy.”

Students are granted scholarships for one year – till the spring display of drawings of the next year. The goal of the scholarship is to support the new artists and to promote their professional growth.

Guntis Rāvis, entrepreneur:“I am truly glad that there are such talented and promising new artists in Latvia. The Boriss Bērziņš Scholarship was created to support the very best students of the Art Academy and to give them inspiration for new works. In my opinion, the recipients this year have shown really good performance and I hope that they will also relate their professional activities to art further in life.”

State President and Skonto Būve Clean Up Latvia during the "Lielā Talka"


On Saturday, 30 April, the “Lielā Talka” took place in all of Latvia gathering a record number of participants – 190 000 residents of Latvia. In Riga, the cleanup participants collected 175 tons of waste.

Among the most active cleanup participants were also the group organised by the patron of the cleanup, State President Valdis Zatlers, which was represented by three teams – team of the State President, team of the supporter “Skonto Būve” Ltd and team of the organisers of the “Lielā Talka”. Six tons of various waste were collected at the border of Ziepniekkalns forest.

State President admitted that exactly on the day of the cleanup we notice that every year Latvia becomes cleaner and cleaner: “If I want good things to happen with me, then I need to be in a good environment. Last summer and also this spring, when travelling along the districts of Latvia, it is felt that our environment is changing for the good. And it means that something changes for the good in us as well.”

Also, the manager of the “Lielā Talka” movement, Vita Jaunzeme, by joining the invitation of Skonto Būve Ltd to become more environmentally responsible every day, not only on the day of the “Lielā Talka”, admitted that this year cleanup participants had less work and that there wasn’t as much waste now, people are becoming more aware and educated.