The 13 winners of the 2013/4 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM International were announced last week at an exclusive awards ceremony held in Athens and attended by businesses leaders, politicians and academics from across Europe. The prestigious business competition engaged with over 17,000 businesses in 31 countries, culminating in ten category winners and a ‘European Public Champion’- the winner of the public vote which, in total, generated over 93,000 votes this year from across Europe. In addition, two further awards were presented for The Chairman’s Selection Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, a leading global audit, tax and advisory network, said: “The aim of these awards is to promote and showcase business excellence and to help to create a stronger European business community. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation and business success we see illustrated by this year’s winners shows what can be achieved in challenging market conditions. They are all a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.” Josef Jeleček, Chairman of the Board of TEDOM summarizes: “We have put lots of effort in EBA. It’s nice to know that we are among the top 10 in our category. Despite strong competition I have a good feeling about it and I’m proud of TEDOM.” Monika Marečková, Managing Partner of RSM CZ adds: “I personally consider it a great success to have four representatives of the Czech Republic among the top 100 companies in Europe, the Ruban d’Honneur award winners. Czech business is going forward and it shows even on a European scale. And I believe that in the year 2014/15, for which nomination process have just started, we will prove it even stronger.” Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added: “It has been a long road for our finalists; starting at entry early last year, through a three-stage judging process, and two phases of public voting to reach the final here in Athens, where we have named the best of the best. We hope many other businesses will learn and create opportunities from this success. Huge congratulations to all our winners.” The ten category winners were judged by an esteemed panel of European business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs and were involved in a process which included written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews. This year’s European Business Awards, the seventh in its history, included businesses from all EU member markets plus Turkey, Norway and Macedonia and their combined revenue exceeded €1 trillion and generated profits of over €50 billion. Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM International, the seventh largest accountancy network worldwide with a major presence across Europe, the awards programme is an independent competition designed to recognise and promote excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community. It connects the best in European business, across borders, business size and sector and provides an active platform to inspire debate and shape future trends in the European business community. The Awards are also supported by Milicom, the UKTI, Infosys and BP target Neutral. For more information or to register your interest in the 2014/5 awards, please contant us.