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Slovenian Business Club: The Club that Unites Niche Champions

09. 09. 2019

Slovenian Business Club: The Club that Unites Niche Champions

SBC, the Slovenian Business Club, unites almost 200 of the best Slovenian entrepreneurs, who started on their business path on their own and developed propulsive and successful export-oriented companies. Thanks to innovative solutions, knowledge, and development-orientation, the Club’s members have become important business partners to some of the most successful German companies which can also become your business allies.

SBC, the Slovenian Business Club, unites the best Slovenian entrepreneurs, who started on their business path on their own and developed propulsive and successful export-oriented companies. The Club brings together 196 top members that are joined in their efforts for business excellence, follow the values of ethical business operation, make mutual fellowship a reality, and are bound to the mission of improving the business environment in Slovenia.

Due to their high added value and knowledge, members of the SBC – the Slovenian Business Club, including numerous small and medium-sized family-owned companies, are established on the most demanding and competitive world markets. They are the backbone of the fast-growing and explicitly export-oriented Slovenian economy which, due to know-how and high quality products and services, is an important partner to many of the largest European and global economies.

The closest and most important Slovenian business partner is the strongest European economy, Germany, to which Slovenian companies export over one fifth of all knowledge, services, and products. The automotive, machinery, and pharmaceutical industries are important pillars of the economic collaboration between Slovenia and Germany, along with many other branches, everything from information and metrological technology to demanding services in many other fields.

The best Slovenian export companies and true niche champions are gathered in SBC – the Slovenian Business Club. Their know-how and solutions can be found in the offers and products of the world’s best companies; they are trusted by BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen, General Motors, Franke, Scania, ABB, Volvo, Boeing, NASA, IKEA, Samsung, Panasonic, Honeywell, and many others known around the globe. Did you know that Kočevje, a small town in Slovenia, is home to Yaskawa’s production centre for smart industry robots? The Japanese multinational company makes no less than ten thousand smart robots in Slovenia each year. From their smart store according to the guidelines of industry 4.0, the state-of-the-art machines by Polycom produce top technological products for the global automotive industry; their products can be found in every second car in the world. Undoubtedly you will have heard of the Akrapovič company, the producer of high-tech exhaust systems for the world’s biggest car and motorcycle brands, with which racers win the most prestigious competitions, from MotoGP to the most demanding off-road races around the world.

Members of the SBC – the Slovenian Business Club are experts in different fields of smart specialisation. Their exceptional solutions are present in all crucial areas of industry, everything from e-mobility, smart homes, and advanced industrial products to green and creative industries, smart factories, and exceptionally precise measuring instruments. You can find business partners – members of the SBC, the Slovenian Business Club – and their fields of smart specialisation with the help of an advanced search engine at: If you have any additional questions regarding your search for business partners, please write to: We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

One of the key activities of SBC – the Slovenian Business Club has an international focus which is reflected in close collaboration with similar associations, such as the German BVMW and the Swiss Economiesuisse, which represent the interests of the best companies in two top economies of the world and with which the Club regularly exchanges best practices, experience, and knowledge as well as organising joint business events. This way, SBC – the Slovenian Business Club members ensure that they maintain business and partnership connections with the best in the world through international interest links.

More information about the Club is available at the SBC’s international website If you would like more information about the companies and members of the SBC – the Slovenian Business Club, or if you are interested in cooperating with them, please do not hesitate to write to:

In the last year and a half, SBC – the Slovenian Business Club has significantly increased its membership and currently has 196 members, all of whom enjoy above average success. These are mostly small and medium-sized companies, many of which are family-owned enterprises. In just a few decades they have established themselves as the epitome of excellence. They stand out for their high added value which among the Club’s members is 26% greater per employee than average in the Slovenian economy; the number of employees in the SBC’s member companies has increased by 41% during the last five years, while sales have increased by 61%. No less than 97% of the Club’s members achieve a standard of credit excellence which includes A, AA, AAA, and Gold AAA ratings, while 43% of the Club’s members have held the Gold AAA standard for two years in a row, which shows above-average credit value among these companies, displaying their credit excellence for the third year in a row.

SBC: The Club That Only Accepts the Best

The Rules for becoming a member of the SBC – the Slovenian Business Club are strict and must be observed by all members. Members must demonstrate that they have achieved their business results fairly, that they have not been convicted of illegal activity, and that they have settled all their obligations to the state. Members of the Club are not active members of any political party; however, due to its credibility which is based on the above-average business success of its members, the Club is a strong and professionally recognised partner and counterpart in negotiations with the state and other interest organisations.

The Club represents the interests of its members through efforts aimed at improving the business environment in the country, entrepreneurship-friendly taxation and conditions of operation, which enable creativity, development, and achievement of high added value, thus achieving global competitiveness.

“Due to the credibility of our members, our Club can comment on each and every measure of any government,” states Marjan Batagelj, the President of SBC – the Slovenian Business Club and one of the most successful Slovenian entrepreneurs, the CEO of Postojna Cave, which introduces the beauty of the subterranean world in Slovenia’s unique Kras region to the world, and which under Mr. Batagelj’s leadership achieves new business records year after year.


SBC – the Slovenian Business Club undertakes the following activities:

  • submission of proposals for the improvement of the business environment in Slovenia, especially for the 2018–2022 mandate of the Propulsive Slovenia Programme and the Entrepreneurial for Success Action;
  • strives for the recognisability and reputation of the Club and consequently for fair entrepreneurship in Slovenia, which is achieved by the Club’s annual SBC Forum event, to which foreign successful entrepreneurial associations and companies are invited, by the organisation of SBC Academies, which bring forward useful entrepreneurial advice, and by participation in projects the media are interested in;
  • strives to cultivate a ˝gentlemanly˝ culture among its members;
  • strives to nurture and develop young talents and entrepreneurs;
  • is internationally active, especially through collaboration with similar clubs and organisations around the world, as well as with the organisation of international business events.

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