Akava presented the Entrepreneur Award for 2015 to Annukka and Tomi Lantto of the Antell Group

Akava presented the Entrepreneur Award for 2015 to Annukka Lantto, M.Sc. (Econ.), and Tomi Lantto, M.Sc. (Econ.), of the Antell Group. Tomi Lantto serves as President and CEO of Antell Group and Annukka Lantto as Executive Vice President.

Antell is a family business that has been owned by the Lantto family since 1976, and is currently being run by siblings Annukka and Tomi Lantto. Founded in Oulu in 1880, the Antell Group has been going strong for 135 years. In addition to its parent company, the Antell Group also includes Antell-Kahvilat Oy (cafés), Antell-Leipomot Oy (baked goods), and Antell-Ravintolat Oy (nearly 100 staff restaurants).

Annukka and Tomi Lantto and their Antell Group represent the type of family business culture that Finland needs. We must foster this type of culture, which enables companies to grow and develop from one generation to the next through the renewal of operations and development of new business lines.

“The Lanttos have succeeded in creating a lucrative business, as well as an exemplary and functional business culture that emphasises responsibility for operations and results as well as for the well-being of personnel and the surrounding community,” states Jarmo Hyvärinen, Chairman of Akava’s Entrepreneur Award working group.

The Antell Group represents a large company and significant employer. The Group employs approximately 600 professionals throughout Finland. Both Akava and the Lanttos share a common interest in advancing the well-being of employees and thus, the Antell Group offers its employees, among other things, permanent jobs instead of fixed-term contracts.

“Good leadership brings results. We value our employees, share responsibility and encourage continued competence development,” explain Annukka and Tomi Lantto.
Antell is a shining example of a large company and family business that is characterised by a glorious history, a successful story and continuity.

Entrepreneurism is of vital importance for Akava’s membership and Finland as a whole. The annual Entrepreneur Award shines a spotlight on the significance of the entrepreneurial input of Akava members in terms of Finnish society, as well as for Finland’s economic growth and prosperity. Of Akava’s membership, about 24,000 people work as entrepreneurs or independent professionals. The majority of Akava entrepreneurs are sole entrepreneurs.

Further information:
Jarmo Hyvärinen, Chairman of the Entrepreneur Award working group, tel. +358 (0)40 596 9143
Annukka Lantto, tel. +358 (0)20 770 2312
Tomi Lantto, tel. +358 (0)20 770 2070

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