After 9 years in business, Inchoo won The Golden Marten Award (Zlatna kuna), traditionally given to the most successful local companies by the Croatian Chamber of Economy. We received it as the best small company in Osijek-Baranja County. Why did we win it for 2016? There were 21 distinct areas that were rated and Inchoo had very high scores in employment increase, average salary, non-material assets, financial stability and self-funding.
President of County department of Croatian Chamber of Economy, Zoran Kovačević, has noted that all awarded companies have very high export ratio in total income. Inchoo has 85% of exports. Total income of our County is growing last three years. And only in 2016, it grew by 11%.
Other results are also quite good. International exchange is growing. Last year it went over 5 billion Croatian Kuna (HRK). Investments in long term assest are booming with the rate of 40%, primarly in food and paper industry, agriculture and water supply.
Last year, 2016, was very important for the company. Major event was a move to a new office space because it really introduced a new level of business. Besides the eternal focus on clients and projects, we worked a lot on internal organisation upgrades and new processes. This made our work more efficient and teams stronger. Comparing 2016 and 2015, number of employees grew by 25% and the income grew by 22%.
Pillar of our growth are the people. Not only our team, but the local community. Through the Osijek Software City association, we are organising many meetups, conferences, seminars and talks that have the same goal: to improve local ecosystem and make it more attractive. It is important for us that the young people in the community understand that they have a great perspective here in Osijek, which will motivate them to stay. Our region is battling with the strong emigration and we hope that the rise of software industry will invert negative trends.