MILAN, June 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —
EUROPE’s 12 best businesses are celebrating after being named winners in the 2015/16 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, at an exclusive awards ceremony in Milan last night attended by prominent businesses leaders, European ambassadors and government ministers.
The winning businesses achieved their success after a 16-month long journey in Europe’s biggest business competition, which this year engaged with over 32,000 businesses and generated over 227,000 votes from across the globe in its public vote.
Business VIPs presented trophies to the 11 category winners of the competition and the ‘European Public Champion’; the overall winner of the public vote. Additionally Roberto Polillo received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in information technology.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added: “These fantastic businesses are the best of the best. They demonstrate agility and adaptability, innovation and financial success and are creating strong growth opportunities in a competitive global marketplace. Together they are forging a stronger business community in Europe and creating a better future for us all.”
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the 6th largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, said: “The calibre of this year’s competition finalists is outstanding. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation, leadership and business acumen demonstrated by the Ruban D’Honneur recipients and the overall category winners shows how much can be achieved in challenging market conditions. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.”
The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 678 National Champions and 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients before reaching the final.
In the 2015/16 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 trillion employing over 2.5 million people.
Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the European Business Awards’ is now in its 10th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include UK Trade and Investment, ELITE and PR Newswire.
About the European Business Awards:
The European Business Awards’ primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.
For all citizens of Europe, prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on businesses creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.
The European Business Awards programme serves the European business community in three ways:
• It celebrates and endorses individuals’ and organisations’ success
• It provides and promotes examples of excellence for the business community to aspire to
• It engages with the European business community to create debate on key issues
The European Business Awards is now in its 10th year. It attracted over 32,000 businesses to the competition last year and in the public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE, UKTI and PR Newswire.
RSM is the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing over 120 countries, 760 offices and more than 38,000 people internationally. The network’s total fee income is US$4.64 billion.
RSM is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.
RSM is a member of the Forum of Firms, with the shared objective to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide.
RSM is the brand used by a network of independent accounting and advisory firms each of which practices in its own right. RSM International Limited does not itself provide any accounting and advisory services. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base. http://www.rsm.global
About UK Trade & Investment:
UKTI works with UK based businesses to export to international markets and supports overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business. If you are a company interested in expanding in to the UK, please contact Lisa.Greig@mobile.ukti.gov.uk or visit http://www.gov.uk/ukti
ELITE is an integrated service designed to help SMEs prepare and structure for the next stage of growth through access to long term financing opportunities.
ELITE targets SMEs with a sound business model, clear growth strategy and a desire to obtain funding in the near future.
ELITE offers an innovative approach, including a training programme, a working zone supported by a tutorship model and direct access to the financial community through dedicated digital community facilities. It is “capital neutral” to any financing opportunity, providing access to Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds, debt products, etc.
ELITE was successfully launched in Italy in 2012 and in the UK in 2014. It now accounts for more than 200 companies of different sizes and sectors, more than 150 partners and more than 70 long term investors. It is a European platform deeply rooted in each domestic market, through partnership with local institutions combined with the opportunity to access international support and advice.
It will be a community of excellence: companies, advisors, investors and stakeholders with an interest in supporting SMEs. The larger the community, the wider the range of business and growth opportunities offered to ELITE members.
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