LONDON, December 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
The UK's best businesses were honoured at an exclusive event last night at London Stock Exchange, for The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.
The 55 firms were chosen by a panel of independent judges, including senior businesses and academic leaders, to be 'National Champions' in Europe's largest business competition, and will now represent the UK in the next stage.
At the event, the first in a series of events across Europe, attendees had the chance to speak to leading businesses in their field and hear from guest speakers including Umerah Akram, Head of ELITE UK, London Stock Exchange Group's business support and capital raising programme, and previous winner, Julie Deane, CEO of The Cambridge Satchel Company.
Lead sponsor RSM, is the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms worldwide, and has supported the European Business Awards since its inception.
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM said: "The National Champions are stand-out leaders, demonstrating businesses tenacity and commercial excellence. These companies will lead the way forward bringing growth and prosperity across the continent and beyond. I would like to congratulate them all and wish them luck in the coming rounds."
Umerah Akram, Head of ELITE UK, said: "High growth ambitious businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy which is why we are honoured to support the European Business Awards. Ensuring that dynamic fast growing businesses have available the support and funding they require is essential to the long term health of the economies in which they operate. We are determined to play a central role in helping UK and international companies and entrepreneurs achieve their true potential."
In the next round, the National Champions will put forward a video telling their unique story and explaining their business success. Category winners and the winner of a 'public vote' will be announced at the Gala Final in spring 2017.
The European Business Awards was set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. This year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries.
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. This year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Last year's public vote generated over 227,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE 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
ELITE is a full-service programme designed to share best practice and increase growth opportunities for fast growing companies, with a focus on understanding the capital markets. ELITE is an innovative programme based on exclusive training and a tutorship model, supported by access to the business and financial community. Its aim is to prepare companies for their next stage of growth and investment.
For further information on the programme, companies and the full list of partners, please go to:
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