12 best businesses in Europe


EUROPE’s 12 best businesses are celebrating after being named winners in the 2015/16 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, at an exclusive awards ceremony in Milan last night attended by prominent businesses leaders, European ambassadors and government ministers.

The winning businesses achieved their success after a 16-month long journey in Europe’s biggest business competition, which this year engaged with over 32,000 businesses and generated over 227,000 votes from across the globe in its public vote.

Business VIPs presented trophies to the 11 category winners of the competition and the ‘European Public Champion’; the overall winner of the public vote. Additionally Roberto Polillo received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in information technology.

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the 6th largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, said: “The calibre of this year’s competition finalists is outstanding. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation, leadership and business acumen demonstrated by the Ruban D’Honneur recipients and the overall category winners shows how much can be achieved in challenging market conditions. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added: “These fantastic businesses are the best of the best. They demonstrate agility and adaptability, innovation and financial success and are creating strong growth opportunities in a competitive global marketplace. Together they are forging a stronger business community in Europe and creating a better future for us all.”

The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 678 National Champions and 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients before reaching the final. 

In the 2015/16 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 trillion employing over 2.5 million people.

Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the European Business Awards’ is now in its 10th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include UK Trade and Investment, ELITE and PR Newswire.

The Winners




The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award


Ireland (Republic)

The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €0-25m

Clio Online


The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €26-150m

Grup Ametller


The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €150m or higher

Figeac Aero


The Award for Customer Focus

Bel Medic


The Import/Export Award

Mycronic AB


The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year

Nef-Timur Real Estate Development


The Employer of the Year Award



The Chairman’s Selection Category

Science4you S.A.


The Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability

Wyke Farms

United Kingdom

The UKTI Award for Innovation



Lifetime Achievment Award Winner

Roberto Polillo


European Public Champion



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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. It attracted over 32,000 businesses to the competition last year and in the public vote generated over 170,000 votes from across Europe. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE, UKTI and PR Newswire.


About RSM

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. www.rsm.global