Europe’s 14 best businesses were named last night in the Gala Final of the 2017/18 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, the sixth largest global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms. This year’s programme analysed 112,000 companies from 34 countries, spanning a wide range of industries and sectors.
At the exclusive event in Warsaw, over 450 successful business leaders from across Europe came together with politicians, ambassadors and academics to celebrate the remarkable business achievement on show in Europe’s biggest and most prestigious business competition.
VIPs presented the trophies to the 12 category winners after a final live judging session, and a further Award was given to the ‘European Public Champion’; the overall winner of the public vote. Additionally, Childbase Partnership from the UK received a Chairman’s Select Award.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: «These companies are the gold standard for business excellence. They are also powerful examples of the growth potential for European business in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. They deserve their success and we wish them well.»
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International, long-term sponsors of the awards, said: «At RSM, we believe it is important to support and champion business growth in Europe. The successful companies at this event are a showcase of extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation and leadership and are each playing a part in driving growth in their economies. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.»
Category Winner Country The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Charlie Hansson, Chas Award Visual Management Sweden The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year John Paul France The Award for Innovation Aker Biomarine Norway The Germany Trade & Invest Award for International Expansion AquaBioTec Malta The Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness Award Groupe SEB France The New Business of The Year Award Clicars Spain SL Spain The Workplace and People Development Neylons Facility Republic of Award Management Ireland The Customer and Market Engagement Award Riwal Netherlands Prepaid Financial The Digital Technology Award Services UK The Business of the Year Award with Turnover EUR 0 - 25M BeMatrix Belgium The Business of the Year Award with Turnover EUR26M - 150M Bonum Norway The Business of the Year Award with Turnover EUR150M + Tomra Norway European Public Winner True Potential UK The Chairman's Selection Award Childbase Partnership UK
The business competition began last year with over 112,000 business from 34 countries initially considered. Of those, 2898 businesses were then named ‘Ones to Watch’ in a list of business excellence published in December. After a further review from a panel of independent judges, 289 companies were announced as ‘National Winners’ for their countries, and finalists for the competition.
RSM firms provide audit, tax and consulting services to clients across the globe. Within Europe, RSM firms have experts in 43 countries who work as an integrated team, sharing skills, insight and resources, as well as a client-centric approach that is based on a deep understanding of clients’ businesses.
The European Business Awards’ primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE, Germany Trade & Invest, PR Newswire and Bureau Van Dijk.