LONDON, November 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Over the next four months, 11 exclusive business events will take place across Europe, where the continent's best businesses will be honoured as 'National Champions' in this year's European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM.
At the events, business leaders from 20 countries will come together to celebrate their success and network with their peers.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, the continent's largest cross sector business competition, said: "These events not only celebrate the success of our dynamic National Champions in the competition but also the key role they play in Europe's strong business community."
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".
A panel of independent judges, including senior business and academic leaders, selected 636 National Champions from 34 European countries this year, after the European Business Awards engaged with over 33,000 companies at the entry stage of the competition.
In the next round, the National Champions will put forward a video telling their unique story and explaining their business success. In February, the judges will choose the top ten National Champions in each of the competition's 11 categories, and the overall category winners will be announced at the Gala Final in May 2017.
Separately the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards' website http://www.businessawardseurope.com for a public vote. The company with the most votes from each country will be named 'National Public Champion'; and after a second vote, one overall 'European Public Champion' will be announced at the Gala Final. Last year over 227,000 votes were cast as companies were supported globally by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.
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 an innovative programme that offers mentoring, advice and access to finance to help fast growing companies on their way. ELITE is dedicated to the most exciting and ambitious firms, having a sound business model, clear growth strategy and a desire to obtain funding in the future.
ELITE companies can access a vibrant community which facilitates structured engagement between inspiring businesses, industry experts and the investor and corporate advisory community.
The long term objective of ELITE is to improve access to more sophisticated skill-sets, network and a diversified capital pool in order to prepare and structure for the next stage of growth and support for scale up challenges.
The programme has supported more than 400 ambitious firms since its launch in 2012. Inspiring, high-growth companies from 23 different countries are part of the programme today, which promotes relationships and creates opportunities with potential investors, as well as supporting management best practice and entrepreneurship.
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SOURCE The European Business Awards