For the second year in a row, the City of Vilnius took the big prize – “Most Dynamically Developing City”. Danske Bank (DGITL) was named “Most Unique Service Provider”, Danske Bank (GSL) was selected “Best Shared Services Centre in the Baltics”, Arminta Saladžienė, CEO of Nasdaq Vilnius services became “Best Head of an SSC”, and Quadrum business center in Vilnius was named “Best Office Building for SSCs” for 2016.
SSCs operating in Lithuania, their locations and their managers were nominated in 9 categories for this year’s awards. Vilnius and Kaunas were nominated in two separate city categories (Kaunas for “Emerging City”, the title held by Vilnius in 2014), Lithuania-based Adform, Cognizant, Danske Bank (GSL), Danske Bank (DGITL), Intermedix, Skandia and Western Union and were in the running for various company awards. Nominees for best managers included Lithuania-based leaders Rosita Vasilkevičiūtė of Danske Bank (GSL), Lukas Jankauskas of Intermedix and Tommy Fagerlund of Skandia.
“I am happy that Vilnius receives this award once again. It is clear that Vilnius is growing and attracting more talents. In recent years, we paid a lot of attention to our new citizens, we eased bureaucratic procedures in order to give a friendly welcome to as many investors as possible and to open the door to new ideas. Vilnius fast and open is becoming the best place in the region to make one’s dreams a reality,” says Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius.
According to Lithuania’s Minister of Economy Mindaugas Sinkevičius, SSCs are expected to expand further in Vilnius as well as in other locations in Lithuania.
“Though Lithuania’s shared services sector is growing by the year, there is still room for expansion. Vilnius is the obvious leader in this field,” says Sinkevičius.
Ten SSC investment projects are in progress or nearing completion, they are expected to create approximately 1,850 jobs over the next three years. There are currently about 13,000 professionals working in SSCs in Lithuania – the vast majority of them in Vilnius.
Read more about the Shared Services sector in Vilnius here.