A.P. van den Berg from Heerenveen, Jongia from Leeuwarden and Wajer Yachts from Heeg are the proud finalists of the Election Frisian Company of the Year (VFO) 2022.

On Monday, March 7, six nominated companies competed for a final spot.

The process of arriving at one winner starts with a long “pitch list. This list is based on nominated businesses. Entrepreneurs, municipalities, business associations, employee, friends and family nominate a business – or their own. A working group ultimately selects six nominees and these six nominees present themselves to the jury. After the nomination is accepted, the six companies participate in the Business Maturity Model Scan (BMM). That scan assesses the “maturity” of the nominated companies in terms of strategy, degree of innovation, operations and financial results. The latter part was then further explored by financial specialists from Rabobank.

In addition to all the key data coming out of the MUMM scan, the numerical justification and In its assessment of the presentation, the jury will be inspired and led by the innovation and inventiveness within the companies. They will also consider the extent to which the companies are able to create and exploit opportunities that arise as a result of changing (market) conditions. Naturally, attention is paid to the company’s sustainable policy with regard to human capital and the environment.

Leading up to the final at Tuesday, April 12 the jury will visit all three finalists for an in-depth look at the business, the product, the market and the people who work there. The jury consists of entrepreneur Jennifer Westers, entrepreneur René de Heij and Last year’s winner Pieter Kooi from Kooi and is led by Friso Douwstra, a member of the Provincial Executive. The three finalists are preparing for the finals where they will present themselves to enterprising Fryslân, fans and of course the jury. Elske DeWall will present the final.

A.P. van den Berg from Heerenveen

The world is changing. We are building bigger, higher, heavier, deeper. Accurate and reliable soil testing helps us to build a safe future. A.P. van den Berg is an innovative family business based in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, and has been developing and manufacturing distinctive soil survey equipment for both land and offshore applications for over 50 years. Through Frisian entrepreneurship and technological courage A.P. van den Berg has acquired a leading position in the market. The CPT equipment finds its way all over the world. At A.P. van den Berg, innovation is the daily routine for all 50 employees.


Jongia from Leeuwarden

Jongia Mixing Technology has acquired a leading position in the Netherlands as an innovative supplier of agitators in the course of its more than 85-year existence. Jongia’s high quality agitators and mixers are now exported all over the world. In cooperation with you, we create the most efficient solution for your stirring or mixing application. Jongia’s engineering team is specialised in 3-D design of agitator systems.

In addition, experienced professionals manufacture the agitators on the most modern machines in our 6000 m2 factory. Your stirring process is in good hands with Jongia!

Wajer Yachts from Heeg

Wajer Yachts is a Dutch family business with an international scope. At the yard in Heeg a team of about 200 colleagues is working on the development, design and construction of some 40-50 yachts a year. In Lemmer we produce our newest model, the Wajer 77.With the Wajer Care program we offer our customers an unparalleled service from the service hubs in the south of France, Spain and America. Owning a Wajer means maximum boating pleasure, “Without a Worry”.