The FINANCIAL — The European Business Awards, Europe’s toughest business competition, have secured backing from some top global companies. HSBC – which serves customers worldwide from around 8,500 offices in 86 countries -are overall sponsors of the awards.
The HSBC Growth Strategy of the Year Award will go to the organisation that best demonstrates an organic growth strategy (rather than from merger and acquisition activity) and has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement.
Infosys, a Nasdaq 100 global business with over 100,000 employees in over 50 offices worldwide, creates technology-driven business transformation and sustainable competitive advantage for global companies, are sponsoring The Infosys Business of the Year award. The award will go to a company that demonstrates their aptitude to produce exceptional financial returns based on business ethics combined with innovative growth strategies.
RSM International, a global network of independently owned and managed professional service firms who employ over 30,000 people in 76 countries, are backing The RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The award is for an outstanding individual who can best demonstrate exceptional vision and leadership in the establishment and development of a business, showing an innovative approach and evidence of strong financial performance.
UKTI employ around 2,500 staff and advisers and there are over 150 UKTI overseas offices in around 100 markets. They work with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice. The UKTI Award for Innovation will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate a proven ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the company.
“We are proud to be sponsors of the European Business Awards. The Awards recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community and we embrace their ethos wholeheartedly,” Alan Keir, HSBC Group General Manager and Global Co-Head Commercial Banking, added.
The Awards exist because a number of forward thinking and progressive companies including HSBC, RSM International, UKTI and Infosys believe it is important to promote and showcase enterprise and entrepreneurship in Europe.
Now in its fourth successful year, the Awards programme is anticipated to realise its highest number of registrations, with companies vying for recognition and forming a European benchmark of business excellence.
“European businesses face enormous global competition and now, emerging from a turbulent economic period it is vitally important for companies to assert their credentials and showcase their success. With backing from such outstanding companies we can help share global learnings and insight with fast growing companies,” Adrian Tripp, CEO for the European Business Awards said.
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. The Group serves customers worldwide from around 8,500 offices in 86 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. With assets of US$2,422 billion at 30 June 2009, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
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Judges are invited to participate in the European Business Awards based on their experience, business acumen and expertise. Each panel includes different nationalities and the judges are naturally well-versed in the cultural aspects of each of the finalist’s countries.
The judges are fully independent and receive no personal or financial benefit from their participation, other than first-hand experience of finalists’ success stories, and the opportunity to influence, encourage and promote the highest standards of business.
A strategic Advisory Panel of business leaders and senior government representatives contributes to the current and long-term future objectives of the European Business Awards.
The first phase of judging is undertaken by an independent panel who will rigorously select up to 25 companies to represent their country (not category based) and be entered into the next round of the competition.
The second phase of the Awards programme will involve judges evaluating the entries and selecting the top scoring companies to become the Ruban d’Honneur recipients in each category. All entrants will be notified of the Ruban d’Honneur recipients in July 2010.
The third phase of judging will take place in London from 7 to 16 September 2010. If your organisation is selected as a Ruban d’Honneur recipient you will be invited to attend face-to-face presentations and interviews to a panel of judges who will determine the overall winner of each category. The presentation and original written submission will be considered by the judges in selecting the individual category Award winners.
All Ruban d’Honneur recipients will be invited to attend the Awards presentation ceremony where they will be honoured and the overall Award winners revealed in front of Europe’s top business leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, business commentators, and media.
For more information please visit: http://www.businessawardseurope.com/