BRUSSELS, February 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The best businesses from Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands were honoured last night at an exclusive event held at the British Embassy in Brussels for The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.
The 38 companies in total - 12 from Belgium, six from Luxembourg and 20 from The Netherlands - have been chosen as 'National Champions' by a panel of independent judges, including senior businesses and academic leaders.
At the event, attendees had the chance to speak to leading businesses in their field and hear from guest speakers including Former EU Trade Commissioner, Mr Karel de Gucht and Mr Alan Campbell, Deputy Head of Mission for the British Embassy in Brussels.
The Brussels event is the ninth in a series of events, hosted by The European Business Awards, RSM and UKTI, that have taken place across Europe to celebrate the 678 National Champions from 32 different countries.
Thierry Dupont, Senior Partner at RSM Belgium said: "These three countries are home to some truly exciting and entrepreneurial businesses, which we are delighted to champion and support. We wish the National Champions every success for their businesses in the future."
Mr Alan Campbell, Deputy Head of Mission for the British Embassy said: "Congratulations to all the Benelux National Champions. For any of you looking to expand your success story beyond the Benelux, I encourage you to consider what the UK has to offer. We are recognised by the World Bank as the easiest European economy in which to do business - I'm pleased there are a few companies here who have already made that step and become inward investors to the UK. I hope many more will follow."
All the National Champions have made a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The videos have been posted on the European Business Awards website http://www.businessawardseurope.com as part of a public vote that will decide the National 'Public' Champions for each country. Public voting closes on 26th February 2016.
Separately, the panel of independent judges will award the best of this group the coveted 'Ruban d'Honneur' status. Ruban d'Honneur recipients will then go on be part of the grand finale in June 2016.
The European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies from 33 countries this year, a 33% increase from last year, and a record-breaking number for the competition now in its ninth year.
The competition was created to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include ELITE, UK Trade & Investment 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 9th year. It attracted over 24,000 businesses to the competition last year and in the public vote generated over 170,000 votes from across Europe.
RSM is the seventh largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, encompassing over 120 countries, 740 offices and more than 37,500 people internationally. The network's total fee income is US$4.4 billion.
In September 2014, RSM was awarded the prestigious Network of the Year 2014 award at the International Accounting Bulletin annual awards. The award recognises networks that have demonstrated strong growth and operational excellence over the past 12 months.
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 Amy.Dalton@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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