“Big Shift” in tech - who do you trust?
Rīga turned into the Baltic tech capital for two days during the international Techchill tech conference on February 20 and 21, gathering around 2,000 attendees to discuss green tech, blockchain and 5G, while giving startups the opportunity to battle it out in a pitch competition for the grand prize of 10,000 euros, according to organizers.
Businesses have three more weeks to apply for "power up"
Businesses in Latvia, including start-ups, small and medium sized enterprises and scale-ups, have until March 6 to apply for the PowerUp! Challenge competition hosted by EIT InnoEnergy and supported by the European Union.
Spring has arrived in Aizpute
Spring has already begun in the Aizpute greenhouse where the first pansies have already been picked and the momentary sunshine is enough for the microgreens to sprout, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 13.
Dairy confusion: “Trikata” vs. “Trikātas piens”
Trikata butter, which is owned by the Jelgava-based company Latvijas Piens (Latvian Milk), is currently being produced in Germany, while a new company has been producing organic dairy products in the Trikāta dairy plant for three years, according to a Latvian Television broadcast on February 9.
Cabinet approved EU support for SMEs
The Cabinet of Ministers approved a new European Union support fund program to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) access capital markets, which will be the first such program in the Baltics and will be implemented by the Central Finance and Contracting Agency (CFLA) once every quarter, according to the Ministry of Economics on January 21.
S-Class Mercedes uses Latvian technology
One of the most important Latvian scientific accomplishments of the year, the development of a new direct current power supply system for manufacturing, has made its way to the new Daimler AG car factory in Germany, helping to make the S-Class Mercedes Benz more cheaply by using less electricity, according to Latvian television's “Rīga Panorāma” broadcast on January 20.
Watch live: Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia Sentiment Index
January 15 sees the presentation at the Stockholm School of Economics in Rīga of the annual Foreign Investors' Council in Latvia (FICIL) Sentiment Index, which has become an important economic indicator for businesses, commentators and policymakers alike. 
Popular fashion brands Monton and Mosaic to be merged
Baltic fashion company Baltika Group, which operates the Monton and Mosaic fashion stores in Latvia, as well as Ivo Nikkolo and Baltman, announced January 13 that Monton and Mosaic will be merged under a single brand in future.
Landmark 'Z-Towers' move closer to opening
Two impossible-to-miss buildings of the Rīga skyline that have been growing but unused for more than a decade moved closer to opening their doors at last January 10 when the Rīga City Construction Board issued a positive verdict on the commissioning of the "Z-Towers" high-rise blocks, representatives of developer AS Towers Construction Management informed the media.
New rules on fair competition in force in Latvia
On 1 January 2020, amendments to the Competition Law of the Republic of Latvia entered into force prohibiting public administrative bodies – including the state, local government and capital companies owned by them – to violate the principle of equal competition by unduly restricting or denying the private sector an opportunity to operate on the market, the national Competition Council said in a news release.
Business register info to be available free of charge
Information collected at Latvia's business database, the Register of Enterprises, over the past thirty years will be available to the public free of charge as of next week, as Chief State Notary Guna Paidere told reporters January 3.
Rīga Old Town square to undergo reconstruction
An entrepreneur plans on investing one million euros in reconstructing the Old Town square territory located near the Rīga City Council, and known for the “Egle” open-air cafe, artisan market and the 7.5 meter tall mirror Christmas tree art installation, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on December 29.
UPB led Latvian construction sector in 2018
UPB Group was the largest construction enterprise in Latvia during 2018 with turnover of EUR 167.665 million, according to the Latvian Business Annual Report compiled by Firmas.lv and the LETA news service.
Latvian eco cleaning product exports reach Abu Dhabi
Owners of a Latvian eco cleaning company realized the long-term sustainability of the market, invested a great amount into a production facility, and as a result are exporting their products to countries such as Canada and the United Arab Emirates, according to LTV's Rīta Panorāma broadcast on December 12.