This is a recognition of the Basque company's track record as an "example in the pursue of business excellence", among a total of 516 candidates.
These awards, sponsored by Banco Popular, El País and Cadena SER, have been handed over in a ceremony in the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Bergara (Gipuzkoa), 2th October 2015
Lazpiur has won the most relevant award of the first edition of the "Somos Empresa" (We are Company) awards sponsored by Banco Popular, El País and Cadena SER. The Basque firm has won the "We are Inspiring" 2015 SME Prize in recognition of the company's professional history and their "example in the pursue of business excellence".
The Gipuzkoa-based company has obtained this recognition among a total of 516 candidates of small and medium sized Spanish companies. The Basque company was selected as a finalist with other three companies of the same category: Sidra El Gaitero (sector leader in Spain), Feyce (the largest Spanish honey trader and exporter) y and the IT Consultancy Asac Comunicaciones.
The awards were handed over last night in Teatro Real in Madrid, in a ceremony in which the Basque orchestral conductor Inma Shara conducted the orchestra that livened up the event. In addition to the prize awarded to Lazpiur, there were some other five: 'We are Innovators', 'We are International', 'We are Conciliators', 'We are Sustainable' and 'We are Future'.
The candidate companies must meet a series of requirements that guarantee their status as small companies, such as having a workforce of less than 250 persons and an annual income of under 50 million euros, having a registered address in Spain and with no large companies holding majority stakes.
Lazpiur, which celebrated its centennial year last year, was founded by the grandfather of the current managers (Miguel and Agustín Lazpiur). It is a family company which has gone from shoemaking in the early twentieth century to becoming the leader in forging tooling and machinery engineering applications. It exports 80% of its production to 25 countries, supplying to recognised manufacturing names such as Mercedes or Ford among its customers.
As well as remaining at the helm of the family business together with his brother Agustín, Miguel Lazpiur served as president of the Basque Employers Association, Confebask, between 2005 and 2011. He was also vice president of the Gipuzkoa Employers Association, ADEGI, and the Spanish Confederation of Employers' Organisations, CEOE.
The video portraying Lazpiur's candidacy can be seen by pressing here.