GREAT? - The European Business Awards

EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS
R E C O G N I S I N G S U C C E S S , I N N OVAT I O N A N D E T H I C S
WHAT MAKES YOU
GREAT?
“The EU is no longer 28 national economies,
we are now 1 economic force. I think it is very important that
at this European level we have an awards programme like
the European Business Awards that puts companies in the spotlight
because they have done something special that is not only relevant to their
own national economy but relevant to the European economy as a
whole - by producing new products, being innovative, demonstrating high
growth, being present in difficult markets
and being successful there!”
KAREL DE GUCHT, FORMER EU TRADE COMMISSIONER
The European Business Awards
The European Business Awards, sponsored by global audit, tax and advisory network RSM
International, exist to recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation in
companies across Europe. It is the showcase of Europe’s skills, achievements and innovation in
the field of business. It provides the benchmark, inspiration and example for all others and it is
a hallmark of excellence. The European Business Award, recognise business excellence from all
industry sectors, embracing businesses of all sizes and ages from all European countries.
Every successful company has unique skills
and characteristics that make it great.
From people to processes, from ideas to products...
High Profile
The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM is high profile – It generates widespread
media coverage across the continent, leading to almost 4,000 items of coverage across print,
broadcast, online and social media, resulting in a PR value of €3,063,160 including coverage
on CNN, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, ABC, Financial Mail on Sunday, Rzeczpospolita,
amongst many others. The PR campaign has reached over 50 million business people.
Combined turnover of EBA entrants exceeds €1 trillion employing 2.7 million people.
To have the opportunity to represent your nation, receive a coveted
2015/16 Ruban d’Honneur or perhaps win a European Business Award
enter your organisation now. Visit www.businessawardseurope.com
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About the Awards
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 and organisational
success
• It provides case studies and content for learning from these
exceptional organisations
Supporters and judges of the European Business Awards have included Yves Leterme, former
Belgium Prime Minister; Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade; José María Aznar,
former Prime Minister of Spain; Wim Kok, former Dutch Prime Minister; Gilbert Ghostine,
Managing Director, Diageo Continental Europe; Professor Gilbert Lenssen, President, European
Academy for Business in Society and Malcolm Scott, British Consul-General to Düsseldorf.
The rigorous and well respected judging process has established the European Business Awards as
one of the most sought after accolades in Europe. Representing your country and being awarded a
Ruban d’Honneur brings respect and admiration from the business community.
The European Business Awards is a predominately self funding venture set up and run with the
support of forward thinking organisations including: RSM International;(Lead sponsor), UK Trade &
Investment (UKTI), and ELITE.
Our supporters believe it is important to promote and endorse business success across Europe
for our long term prosperity.
An innovative, strong and thriving business community
makes a successful and prosperous Europe.
Language
Research showed that English is recognised as the prevailing and most widely understood second
language in use in business across Europe. As such, the entire Awards programme - the entry and
judging processes and the Awards ceremony - will be conducted in the English language.
Guiding Principles
• Success
The demonstration of commercial success in the relevant market or sector
• Innovation
The pursuit of performance improvement and development, from products through to processes
• Ethics Demonstration of conduct or behaviour that respects legislation, the environment and the rights
of all stakeholders
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“The Awards’ return on investment is priceless.
The judging process, anticipation and excitement culminate on
one of the finest evenings I have had the privilege of
sharing with my peers.
Overall it’s been a very exciting and rewarding
investment of our time.”
CHARLES QUINN, DIRECTOR, DELL CORPORATION
Why enter?
• Entering the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM tells all stakeholders how
confident and proud you are of your achievements.
• Countries get the chance to fly the flag for their nation.
• Recipients of the Ruban d’Honneur join an elite group of businesses holding this respected and coveted accolade.
• Recognition and success in the competition brings high levels of exposure and acclaim for your organisation.
• Entering the Awards enables you to associate and align with Europe’s commercial elite.
• Success in the Awards offers extensive networking, business opportunities interaction and learning with Europe’s most successful businesses.
The Awards Process
Register and submit
your completed
written online
Entry Form.
National Champions
selected by Judges
from the online
Entry Form
Submissions.
Country events
held.
Video Entries
submitted by
National Champions
& uploaded to EBA
website for public
voting & Judging.
Ruban D’Honneur
recipients selected
by Judges from the
National Champions
written Entry Form
submission & Video
Entry submission.
If your company is doing
something GREAT, you should
shout about it!
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Overall Category
Winners are selected
following Ruban
D’Honneur face to
face judging sessions
and announced at
EBA gala finale.
How to enter?
• Entering the Awards is free and you can enter up to 3 categories. Identify the category or
categories you wish to enter. Simply go online at www.businessawardseurope.com and
register to access the online entry forms. If you would like to know more or require any
assistance please contact the entries team on info@businessawardseurope.com
or +44 207 234 3535.
• Once registered you will receive an email confirmation of your user name for your profile page, where you can complete your entry form securely online. There is a dedicated member of the team to support you. All information will remain entirely confidential and will only be used in
connection with the European Business Awards.
Final closing date for all completed entries is Wednesday 1st July 2015, but we recommend you complete this process as soon as possible.
• The first phase of selection is undertaken by a judging panel from 14th - 22nd July 2015 that will
rigorously identify up to 60 companies to represent their country. National Champions will be
announced on 27th July 2015 and will go through to the next round of the competition.
• National Champions will be required to submit a short video presentation based on a
simple template. This video will be submitted to the judging panel and be available online
for a public vote. You can make the video in-house or use a production company of your choice.
Alternatively, if you cannot make the video in-house or don’t have a production company, a video production service can be arranged by the European Business Awards to assist National Champions to make their videos. This service is available through the Awards at a cost of €1450.
• A second judging panel will view all entry forms and video presentations submitted by the
National Champions to evaluate and identify the best organisations to be awarded
Ruban d’Honneur status. These recipients will be announced on 9th February 2016.
• If you are selected as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient you will be invited to make a presentation, in person, to a panel of judges. The presentation, video and original written submission will be used by the judging panels to determine who the Category Award winners will be.
Winners of the 2015/16 European Business Awards
will be announced at a gala Awards ceremony in
June 2016.
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The Categories
The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Entrepreneurs are visionaries who are instrumental in the success of a business.
Their tireless approach to enterprise expansion places them at the crux of the business.
Understanding objectives, formulating ideas and making decisions are part and
parcel of the role. This award recognises those special traits that make successful
entrepreneurs so inspiring. (Open to Private Sector Companies)
The Business of the Year Award
(Turnover €0-25m, €26-150m and €150m+)
This award will go to the outstanding company that best demonstrates exceptional financial
returns, strong growth, innovation strategies and market leadership in its sector. Judges will look
for evidence of inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships and long term
planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in dynamic market conditions.
(Open to Private Sector Companies)
The UKTI Award for Innovation
Innovative individuals and organisations drive the economy. Recognising the evolving nature of
business, true innovators originate forward-thinking concepts to instigate improvement.
This award acknowledges the importance of innovation as a strategy to influence ongoing
business development.
(Open to Private Sector Companies)
The ELITE Growth Strategy of the Year Award
International growth has enormous benefits for local and global economies.
This Award will go to the organisation that best demonstrates an international organic growth
strategy that has achieved outstanding levels of improvement in sales, profit and market share.
(Open to Private Sector Companies)
The Award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability
As an evolving business approach, the Award for Environmental and Corporate
Sustainability considers business operations in a social, cultural, economic and environmental
context. Valuing consumer, employee and eco-friendly issues amongst their core values, these
corporations operate transparently and actively nurture employee development.
Winning models look beyond the legislative requirements and endeavour to improve a company’s
green credentials through innovation and moral modernisation. This award celebrates businesses
that have conscientiously implemented and evolved these practices.
(Open to Public and Private Sector Organisations)
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“We wholeheartedly encourage successful and
thriving European businesses to participate in
these awards so that their achievements can be
recognised and celebrated by the businesses elite in Europe.
Previous years have proven that winning an Award,
can bring substantial business opportunities for those involved.”
JEAN STEPHENS, CEO, RSM
The Categories (continued)
The Employer of the Year Award
Businesses can reap rewards by offering employees outstanding training programmes, progression
monitoring and continuous career prospects. Employers recognised in this award category have the
ability to inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity
schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.
(Open to Public and Private Sector Organisations)
The Award for Customer Focus
An important aspect of business development, customer focus ensures that services provided are
useful and relevant to current and potential customers. As a core practice it drives growth through
a deep understanding of customer values. This award celebrates organisations that have enhanced
their prospects and profitability by putting the customer at the heart of their business.
(Open to Public and Private Sector Organisations)
The Import/Export Award
This award recognises organisations that can demonstrate a continuously positive trend in the
import/export or re-export of goods, demonstrate the expansion of coverage in existing or new
markets and, through the introduction of creative and innovative operational processes, show
robustness in managing and developing international trade and maintaining and improving market
position in the face of competition.
(Open to Private Sector Companies)
What is it that makes
your company great?
To have the opportunity to represent your nation, receive
a coveted 2015/16 Ruban d’Honneur or perhaps win a European Business
Award, enter your organisation now. Visit www.businessawardseurope.com
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Judging Process
Over 150 leading business and establishment figures, industrialists, thought leaders, public
servants, academics and entrepreneurs from across Europe make up the judging panels.
There are three stages of achievement in the 2015/16 European Business Awards as a result of
the judging process:
• National Champions
• Ruban d’Honneur recipients
• Category Winners
The four phases of judging are as follows:
1. Shortlisting & Verification of National Champions
Taking place from close of entry on 1st to 22nd July 2015, all entry forms will be assessed by
a judging panel resulting in successful organisations being awarded National Champion status.
Each country will have between 10 and 60 National Champions. The National Champions will be
announced on 27th July 2015.
By January 2016, all National Champions will have submitted a video presentation for public
voting, viewing and assessment by a judging panel.
2. Shortlisting & Verification of Ruban d’Honneur Recipients
Taking place from 17th December 2015 to 29th January 2016, the entry forms and video
presentations of all National Champions will be assessed by a judging panel that will award the
best organisations Ruban d’Honneur status. The Ruban d’Honneur recipients will be announced
on 9th February 2016.
3. Face to Face Judging Presentations
In the final judging phase all Ruban d’Honneur recipients will be required to present their
organisations in front of a judging panel of up to five distinguished judges each of whom has
been selected for their interest and expertise in the specific award category being judged.
These judging sessions will take place over the course of two weeks from 7th - 18th March 2016
one day is dedicated to each of the Award categories.
4. The Public Champions
After the National Champions are determined there are two stages of achievement in the 2015/16
European Business Awards as a result of the public voting process:
• National Public Champion
• European Public Champion
Whilst all National Champions will be assessed by the judging panel with the outcome resulting
in the top 100 businesses being awarded Ruban d’Honneur status, online voting of all National
Champions will also be available to the public. Online voting allows the public to vote for their
favourite business, resulting in 34 businesses being announced as ‘National Public Champions’.
National Public Champions will move forward in the competition alongside the 100 Ruban
d’Honneur recipients. National Public Champions will not be required to attend face-to-face
judging sessions like the Ruban d’Honneur recipients. Instead, public voting will re-open
allowing further voting for the National Public Champions, this will result in one business being
chosen as the European Public Champion.
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Winners of 2013-14
The Award for Customer Focus World First United Kingdom
The Growth Strategy of the Year Award NNG Hungary
The Chairman’s Selection Award Diamantis Masoutis
Greece
The Employer of the Year Award Jaba Recordati S.A. Portugal
The European Public Champion Skroutz Greece
The Import/Export Award Cosentino Group Spain
The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €0-25m]
ARVENTO MOBILE SYSTEMS Turkey
The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €150m+]
B2X Care Solutions
Germany
The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €26-150m]
Galenicum Health S.L. Spain
The Lifetime Achievement Award Magna Marine Greece
The Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability
RTR Rete Rinnovabile The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award Airspeed Telecom Ireland
The UKTI Award for Innovation Olea Medical France
Italy
Sponsors
The European Business Awards are made possible by the sponsorship and support of the following
forward thinking organisations:
LEAD SPONSOR:
RSM is the world’s 7th largest network of independent audit,
tax and advisory firms, encompassing over 110
countries, 730 offices and 37,400 people internationally
OTHER SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS:
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Only Good Things Happen
from entering the European Business Awards
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BE RECOGNISED as one of Europe’s best businesses
“Being recognised as one of the top 100 most innovative companies in Europe is a distinction
undoubtedly noticed and appreciated by our business partners and it has contributed to the increase
of consumer confidence in our company. We are so proud that we could represent our region in the
international arena.”
AGATA ZAWADZKA, MARKETING SPECIALIST - NEUROSOFT SP. Z O.O. [POLAND]
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BE A ROLE MODEL!
“It was my pleasure and a privilege to judge these Awards and to hear from the Ruban d’Honneur recipients
their passion to perform and achieve continued success. They truly are dynamic companies and inspiring role
models for businesses that are committed to achieving more.”
XAVIER MENDOZA, PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY; DIRECTOR OF
THE OBSERVATORY OF SPANISH MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES & FORMER DEAN ESADE BUSINESS SCHOOL SPAIN [EBA JUDGE]
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BUSINESS NETWORKING…rub shoulders with Europe’s elite
“The European Business Awards is a big opportunity for every company! Thanks to the gala event and all the
networking opportunities it provided, we have met the best in the business and plan on expanding our
relationship to innovative together and create sustainable business partnerships.”
TUĞBA YÜKSEL – DOGA KOLEJI, [TURKEY]
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HELP CREATE ...a stronger European Business Community
“I realise very well how difficult it is to run a business under the current circumstances with international
competition ever more fierce and tangible in practically all sectors. The pressure on our companies is huge,
and yet they manage to perform at the highest level in the world. Europe is still the place where people want
to do business. The success of Europe is to a large extent thanks to all of you.”
KAREL DE GUCHT – FORMER EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER FOR TRADE
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REWARD & MOTIVATE YOUR EMPLOYEES… your most valuable assets!
“Winning a European Business Award was a fantastic recognition of our everyday dedication in making our
organisation and employees better, sharing our culture and values. The European Business Awards allowed us
to increase our notoriety with our shareholders, customers and employees, increasing internal motivation and
retention of the best staff; reinforcing our culture and values in pursuit of our mission; allowing faster
networking and public affairs; and in the end the commercial results.”
NELSON PIRES, GENERAL MANAGER – JABA RECORDATI [PORTUGAL]
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IT’S PR VALUE!
“We had a very positive experience of the European Business Awards. Thanks to it, we had a lot of exposure
and publicity not only from our side but also from the involvement of our clients, customer and business partners who promoted us and spread the word to their network which also resulted in new contacts.”
PIET SIJM, PRESIDENT, VWS EXPORT - IMPORT OF FLOWERBULBS B.V. [NETHERLANDS]
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