16 of the United Kingdom’s most dynamic companies through to next round of highly-competitive European Business Awards
At a vibrant event hosted by RSM Tenon, the organisers of the European Business Awards (www.businessawardseurope.com) announced the 16 National Champions for the UK who will go forward into the next round of the prestigious 2012/13 Awards programme.
These 16 businesses will now compete for the coveted Ruban D’Honneur status against the very best companies in Europe. An esteemed panel of judges made up of Europe-wide business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will assess all National Champions between now and January 2013 when announcements regarding the Ruban D’Honneur will be made.
This year, for the first time, entrants in the European Business Awards submitted a video case study. All case studies were uploaded onto the European Business Awards website and an online voting mechanism was introduced to allow the public to choose their favourite videos in each country. Over 35,000 votes were cast with one company automatically going through to the National Champion rounds alongside another 15 chosen by an expert panel of judges.
Chris Merry, CEO of RSM Tenon says: “We are proud to sponsor the European Business Awards, which is widely recognised as the most significant business awards programme in the region. This year, thanks to the video case studies, the awards have become a showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we have been impressed by the innovation and determination shown by the entrants from the United Kingdom many who are experiencing high levels of growth despite difficult global trading conditions. We are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process and wish all the National Champions the very best of luck.”
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says: “This year, the video element of the awards has allowed our panel of expert judges to gain a much deeper understanding of the business strategies of all the National Finalists. It is because of this that the judging has been particularly tough and this year, perhaps more than ever before, it is an exceptional accolade to be picked as a National Champion. Together with our sponsors and supporters we’re looking forward to seeing how the United Kingdom perform in the next round.”
The names of the overall winners will be revealed at a Gala awards ceremony in April 2013, where all Ruban d’Honneur recipients will be honoured.
For more information, please visit: www.businessawardseurope.com.
UK National Champions
With 5000 staff in Europe and 45,000 around the world, AECOM was instrumental in the design of London’s Olympic Park.
Ardent supplies, installs and maintains bespoke vehicle fire protection systems and has recently opened companies in France, Tanzania and Ghana.
Barrhead Travel is Scotland’s largest independent travel group, employing 500 staff across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Contamac Limited – RSM Tenon client
Contamac provides polymer materials for the manufacture of specialty contact lenses and intraocular lenses. Over 80% of the company’s turnover is outside the UK.
dotDigital is a digital marketing agency group which has experienced rapid growth, in particular with its email marketing platform, dotMailer – used by RSM Tenon.
EH Booth & Company
Booths, a family-owned supermarket is championing sustainable behaviour change within the food retail industry.
Elmgrove Foods Ltd
Based in Northern Ireland, Elmgrove Foods Limited exports beef, lamb and pork offals to the Far East, Africa and Europe.
Essence is an international digital agency with high-profile clients such as Google, eBay and Expedia.
GeoTraceability Limited, part of Armajaro Trading, specialises in sustainable agricultural commodity supply chain management.
Sun Mark Ltd. produces its own range of cereal, soft drinks, and household toiletries and exports to over 100 countries with incredible market penetration.
TelecityGroup is Europe’s leading provider of premium carrier-neutral data centres, operating facilities in key cities across the region.
The Berkeley Group Holdings
The Berkeley Group is a residential-led property developer creating sustainable homes and communities.
The Cambridge Satchel Company
The Cambridge Satchel employs over 60 people and manufactures around 900 bags a day in the UK, sold in over 100 countries worldwide.
The Chemistry Group
Chemistry helps the world’s largest organisations to solve their complex people problems.
Business Centric Services Group
Business Centric Services Group works with large corporations to deliver solutions for their small business customers.
Translink is the main provider of integrated bus and rail services across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
For media enquiries relating to European Business Awards contact:
Jo Henderson, PR Manager, European Business Awards
Tel: +44 (0) 7870 634 567 / Email: email@example.com
About the European Business Awards 2012/13:
The European Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the European Union. The competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector.
The European Business Awards programme serves three purposes for the European business community:
- It provides examples for the business community to aspire to
- It celebrates and endorses individual’s and organisation’s success
- It provides case studies and content for learning from these exceptional organizations
An innovative, strong and thriving business community makes a successful and prosperous Europe.
The European Business Awards categories are:
- The Chairman’s Selection
- The UKTI Award for Innovation
- The International Growth Strategy of the Year Award
- The Millicom Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability
- The Award for Customer Focus
- The Employer of the Year Award
- The RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- The Import/Export Award
- The Infosys Business of the Year Award
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Millicom provides affordable, widely accessible and readily available prepaid cellular telephony services to more than 30 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Latin America and Africa where the basic telephone service is often inadequate and where economic development and rising personal income levels are creating increasing demand for communication services. Millicom's proven prepaid, mass market distribution and perceived price leadership strategy have enabled it to continue to pursue high growth while delivering operating profitability. Millicom's shares are listed on the on Stockholmsbörsen under the symbol MIC. www.millicom.com
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