Pohjola Pankki Oyj: Company and Business Manager awards for 2013

       Pohjola Pankki Oyj: Company and Business Manager awards for 2013

The Company and Business Manager awards for 2013 were announced at the Future
of Entrepreneurship event on Tuesday. The winners of the competition now
organised for the tenth time are owner-manager Matti Laitinen, Fineweld Oy,
Kokkola and Vincit Oy, Tampere respectively.

Matti Laitinen

Matti Laitinen (b.1961) is the owner-founder of Fineweld Oy based in Kokkola.

Fineweld is one of the largest Nordic companies specialising in the
manufacture and installation of industrial piping. With some 100 employees,
the company posted a turnover of 32 million euros in 2012. Matti Laitinen
founded his own welding company in 1998 and the company has operated as a
private limited company since 1996.

The jury says that Fineweld run by Laitinen has had the courage to change its
direction and continuously develop its production and installation process.
The company' high employee retention has enabled skill enrichment and
enhancement. In the early 2000s, Fineweld took the bold step towards providing
industry with major project deliveries - not only a minor part of a larger
whole.

www.fineweld.fi

Vincit Oy

Established in 2007, Vincit Oy is among the Finnish high-tech companies that
has shown one of the fastest growth rates. This young firm has been able to
ten-fold its turnover within only five years. With a staff of 70, Vincent has
a turnover of 5.9 million euros. An inspiring organisational culture forms the
key to the company's success and fast growth.

The jury says that Vincit has from the very beginning made dedicated efforts
in the field of human resources management. The firm's and its owner-managers'
passion, resilience and broadmindedness have inspired employees and made the
company move forward. A 100% satisfaction guarantee offered by the company is
also a key strength and this has engaged customers on a long-term basis.
The company and all of its employees are making continuous improvements to
create a better workplace. Indeed, it has annually been very successful in,
for example, the Great Place to Work competition.

www.vincit.fi

Future of Entrepreneurship

Organised jointly by OP-Pohjola Group and Kauppalehti, the national Future of
Entrepreneurship seminar for entrepreneurship and business success. A jury
jointly appointed by OP-Pohjola Group and Kauppalehti annually gives the
Company and Business Manager awards. The competitions are run by
Kauppalehti/Balance Consulting, and the award winners are chosen by a jointly
appointed jury. Speakers at the seminar include state and business
representatives, business executives and entrepreneurs.

For more information, please contact:
Tony Vepsäläinen, Chief Business Development Officer, OP-Pohjola, tel. 010 252
4020,
Ari Rajala, Chief Analyst, Kauppalehti, tel. 040 505 8289

OP-Pohjola Group is Finland's leading financial services group providing a
unique range of banking, investment and insurance services.The Group's mission
is to promote the sustainable prosperity, well-being and security of its
owner-members, customers and operating regions through its local presence.Its
objective is to offer the best and most versatile package of loyal customer
benefits on the market.OP-Pohjola Group consists of some 200 member
cooperative banks and the Group's central institution, OP-Pohjola Group
Central Cooperative, with its subsidiaries and closely-related companies, the
largest of which is the listed company Pohjola Bank plc.

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