"Skonto būve" Ltd. donates funds to Latvian foster families



"Skonto būve" Ltd. has supported the campaign “Skolas bērnam jāiet skolā” (A Schoolchild Must Attend School), organised by the Latvian Society of Foster Families and intended to ensure that children from various regions of Latvia – Alūksne, Kuldīga, Valmiera, Limbaži, etc. – have everything they need as they head to school on September 1.

A total of 150 legal guardians and foster families will receive this support to schoolchildren.

Ilze Golvere, Chair of the Society, said: “This is a difficult time for everyone, but I have peace of mind right now. With the support of "Skonto būve", we will be able to assist a great many people: buy them indoor shoes, book bags and school supplies. I can speak on behalf of all the families and express our sincere gratitude for having been heard, understood and granted this money.”

"SKONTO BŪVE" Supports Rhythmic Gymnasts in the International Competition “Mazā un lielā grācija”



From August 20 to August 22, the 16th International Rhythmic Gymnastics Competition “Mazā un lielā grācija” (Grace Large and Small) took place in Jūrmala with the support of  "Skonto Būve" Ltd. The main organiser of the competition was the Latvian Gymnastics Federation (LVF).

A total of 114 rhythmic gymnasts in nine age groups (ages 7 to 24) from various European countries and beyond – such as Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Finland and Israel – participated in this international event.

“The competition was very important for the participants of “Mazā un lielā grācija”, and especially for the members of the Latvian national team, as this was their last appearance before the World Championships in Moscow in September,” said Vera Lobanova, Secretary General of the main organiser, the Latvian Gymnastics Federation.

Unique mural painted for the donation of patron Guntis Rāvis to the Riga Nativity Orthodox Cathedral


A unique mural 100 square metres in area is being painted in the Riga Nativity Orthodox Cathedral. Reputed Russian iconographer Georgy Mironov has developed and is currently painting a mural, the theme of which is the conception Metropolite Alexander of Riga and all Latvia. The mural is being realised with the support of patron and  "Skonto būve" Ltd. Chairman of the Board Guntis Rāvis.

The Cathedral's back wall has waited to be painted for over twenty years – the concept and clear vision of the necessity for a mural has existed since the Cathedral was renewed at the beginning of the 1990s. In 2004, Guntis Rāvis began the Riga Nativity of Christ Cathedral renewal project “Svet”, at which time the façade of the Cathedral was restored. Now Rāvis has donated the rest of the sum required to make it possible to paint the blank Cathedral wall according to tradition and the highest level of quality requirements.

Riga City Major Sees for Himself the Construction of Residential Buildings at Ulbrokas iela



On 27 July in order to see for himself the progress of construction Nils Ušakovs, the Chairman of Riga City Council, visited the construction site of the municipal residential houses at Ulbrokas iela, where the work is performed by SIA "Skonto būve".

At the beginning of the year the construction of a complex of five multi-storey residential houses was commenced in Pļavnieki, at Ulbrokas iela 13. There will be 792 apartments in total, 288 of which will be one room apartments, 288 two room apartments, 120 three room apartments and 96 four room apartments. SIA “Rīgas pilsētbūvnieks” plans to commission three apartment blocks with approximately 500 apartments in total by the end of the year.

Forbes: Guntis Rāvis and the Tantalising Emirates



The article covers the success of “Skonto būve” from its first steps in the business until today when the company has made perspective deals outside the local Latvian market. In the interview Guntis Rāvis shares his views on the construction business and preconditions for development in Latvia and what to consider when implementing your business abroad.

When sharing his experience Guntis Rāvis speaks about “Skonto būve” construction projects in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. The interview mainly focuses on future developments in the United Arab Emirates.

Katrīna Iļjinska, "Tantalising Emirates ", Forbes, in July 2010.