Contractors Site Map Rus

Entrepreneurs’ forum held in Ust-Kut with INK’s support

March 4, 2024

A forum called “Conducting business in high-potential localities: From concept to implementation” was held for entrepreneurs in Ust-Kut town. The event was organized by Sber in conjunction with Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) and My Business Center.
В Усть-Куте при поддержке ИНК состоялся форум предпринимателей

More than 100 entrepreneurs attended the event. Experts representing leading companies of Irkutsk and visitors discussed issues related to starting and developing one’s own business and personal brand. Speakers presented their cases and innovative solutions that could help streamline business processes, enhance the efficiency and competitive edge of small and medium-size businesses in Ust-Kut and the district. INK representatives explained how to become a participant of procurement procedures and register oneself in the dedicated system. The forum also became the venue for a regional franchising exposition.

“Creating a comfortable living environment in Ust-Kut and the district is one of the top-priority tasks of Irkutsk Oil Company. We are always willing to support events of educational value and those facilitating opinion exchange and creating a positive climate for the development of small and medium-size businesses,” said Director of INK’s Regional Policy and Government Relations Department Olga Kharina.  

INK is one of the largest consumers of products, works and services in the Irkutsk Region. Small and medium-size enterprises are one of the company’s main contractor categories, representing 70% of the vendors pool.

After the start-up of the Irkutsk Polymer Plant currently under construction by INK, the company and its contractors will need a whole range of services, such as catering, lightweight and cargo vehicles, cleaning of production premises and surrounding areas. These can be provided by the entrepreneurs doing business in the town and region.

In addition, the Fund of Marina Sedykh presented a program called “New Idea” implemented in the Ust-Kutsky and Nizhneilimsky districts since 2017. Among other things, the program consists in provision of advice on developing and drafting of business plans for undertakings in agriculture, service sector, construction, etc.  

At the closure of the forum, business representatives were taken on a tour of the Irkutsk Polymer Plant. The visitors agreed that major projects implemented by INK in the area create a high potential for socio-economic development.

In 2023, INK brought up the idea of drafting a development master plan for the Ust-Kutsky district. As part of the effort, an analysis is ongoing to address issues in all the aspects of the area’s life. Solutions are being developed with an input from the local community, business and government. An opinion poll was conducted on the website of the master plan project to collect citizens’ ideas. They will be taken into account when drafting the budget for the subregion’s development. Social infrastructure to be created will help retain people in the district and become an incentive for continuing self-sustained development of the donor district.

Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) is an independent Russian producer of raw hydrocarbons. The company incorporated in 2000 engages in geological study, exploration and development of 53 subsoil blocks in the Irkutsk Region, Krasnoyarsk Region and Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). In Ust-Kut, INK is implementing a project consisting of raw hydrocarbons production, treatment, transportation and processing facilities, a helium plant and Irkutsk Polymer Plant. In 2023, INK joined the top 5 best employers in the fuel and energy sector and top 100 of Russia’s best employers according to the rating of HeadHunter. The INK Group now counts around 17 thousand employees.

Collection of grant contest winning projects published by INK INK to hold public hearing regarding facility subject to state environmental review in Ust-Kutsky district