36 National Champions at this year's European Business Awards sponsored by RSM
In a special event held at the Residence of the British Ambassador JohnKittmer, RSM Greece (member of the RSM network, one of the largest global networks of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors) celebrated the success of the 36 Greek companies which were distinguished as National Champions at this year's European Business Awards sponsored by RSM 2015/16.
Official guests at the recent event were the Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction, PanagiotisKouroumplis and ConstantinosEvripides, President of the Entrepreneurship Club, who both gave speeches and participated in the award ceremony. At the award ceremony speeches were delivered by JohnKittmer, British Ambassador, and Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards and AthosStylianou, Managing Director of RSM. The event was attended by major Greek entrepreneurs and business executives, who enjoyed the award ceremony for the 36 National Champions, and the dinner event and networking among attendees afterwards.
The event was sponsored by GenesisPharma and Hygeia Hospital. These companies have won the European Business Awards in previous years in the categories of Chairman's Selection and Employer of the Year. Their contribution shows that they are worthy supporters of the effort of RSM for the promotion of Greek entrepreneurship and RSM expressed its warm thanks for their contribution. Sponsors of the event were KATHIMERINI, SKAI, the Boussias Communications, Fortune Greece and the Economia Group.
AthosStylianou, Managing Director of RSM Greece, says:
"Our warmest congratulations to Greek businessmen, who, for one more year, despite the difficult environment in which they operate in recent years, once again they managed to distinguish themselves on a pan-European level. One cannot avoid thinking about what they could achieve and create those entrepreneurs if operating in an environmentmore friendlyto entrepreneurship."
The effort to highlight Greek Entrepreneurship through the European Business Awards started 9 years ago and takes place in our country sponsored and supported by RSM Greece. As in previous years, this year also, Greek nominations were submitted mostly by RSM, which supports them complimentary in all stages of the event. The objective of RSM is to highlight Greek entrepreneurship, thus, sending along with Greek companies that managed to be distinguished, a very strong and positive message to the rest of Europe.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said:
"Greek has always had a very strong presence in the European Business Awards, and this year is no exception.Judging by the dynamic presence and quality of this year's National Champions, it becomes clear that innovation, international development and financial performance are key components of the DNA of Greek businesses."
The 36 National Champions who were officially awarded at the event are by category as follows:
The Award for Customer Focus ADMINE, K. TSILILIS, PHARMA-DATA
The Business of the Year Award with AKROLITHOS, ALPHA TRUST, ASTIR
Turnover of EUR 0-25m VITOGIANNIS BROS, BAKEHELLAS, BODYTALK,
EPSILON NET, E-TRAVEL, IKNOWHOW
INFORMATICS, INASCO, KAYAK,
KONSTANTINIDIS, VIOKYT PACKAGING
The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of AQURANCE, COFFEE ISLAND, TEOREN MOTORS
The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award ARATOS TECHNOLOGIES
The Employer of the Year Award BEIERSDORF HELLAS
The Business of the Year Award with DEAS, ICAP GROUP, LOUX MARLAFEKAS,
Turnover of EUR 26-150m PRINTEC GROUP, VIKOS
The Import/Export Award ELVIAL, GREEK BRANDS, MEDBEST, MEGAS
The UKTI Award for Innovation GEPA LIFT, IONIKI SFOLIATA, RAYMETRICS,
TOBEA, VERMANTIA MEDIA GROUP
The Business of the Year Award with TYRAS GROUP
Turnover of EUR 150m or higher
The 36 Greek companies that distinguished themselves as National Champions hold the 6th place in total distinctions by country, among the 33 countries participating in the European Business Awards 2015/16. In this 9th year of holding the awards event, a recordbreaking total number of 32,000 European businesses participate in the competition this year, 33% more than the previous year.
The 36 National Champions of our country qualified for the next stage of the competition in which the judges will attend and will evaluate the video presentations submitted by 678 National Champions, representing 33 countries across Europe. On February 9, 2016, the President of the jury will announce which of the National Champions from across Europe, will be distinguished by the honorary title Ruband'Honneur and will advance to the next and final phase of the competition. This title is given to the top ten companies from all over Europe for each category of the awards. There are ten categories and therefore a hundred Ruban d'Honneur winners from all over Europe. The final winners of each category of the 100 Ruband'Honneurwinners will be revealed at a prestigious award ceremony in June 2016.
Note: After the great success of the two previous years, the European Business Awards will simultaneously run an online video public vote, where the public can vote for their favorite company based on the video presentation submitted by the companies on the European Business Awards website. The National Champion from Greece, but also from each country, who will gather the most votes from the public votewill be distinguishedas 'National Public Champion'. The National Public Champion from each country will then participate in a second phase of online public voting that runs parallel to the competition, where the winner will get the ultimate title of 'European Public Champion'.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR EDITORS
THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS SPONSORED BY RSM
The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM is an independent nonprofit institution that recognizes and rewards good practice, innovation and excellence of EU businesses. Organized for the ninth consecutive year, with the main sponsor being RSM International, the international network of independent auditors and business consultants. Participation is free and open to all companies of any size and industry.
The awards focus on companies that have achieved outstanding results in various industries, from environmental awareness to customer service, which classify them as leaders in Europe.
The EBA program fulfills three objectives for the European business community:
Promotes good practices
Rewards and recognizes entrepreneurial success
It provides case studies and examples to be followed by businesses that stand out
Because an innovative, strong and visionary business community creates a successful and prosperous Europe.
The European Business Awards categories are:
UKTI Award for Innovation
Award for International Development Strategy of the Year
Award for Environmental and Corporate Sustainability
Award for Customer Focus
Award for Employer of the Year
Award for RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year
RSM International, main sponsor of the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM, is the 7th largest network of Certified Public Accountants and Business Advisors, worldwide. It has more than 700 offices in over 110 countries and 35,000 executives worldwide, while its revenue reached $4.7 billion.
RSM in Greece provides comprehensive audit, consulting, accounting and tax services, as well as human capital management and support services, for Greek and multinational companies operating in key economic sectors of the Greek market. It has offices outside of Athens, in Thessaloniki and Nicosia.