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The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Entrepreneurs are visionaries who are instrumental in the success of a business. Their tireless approach to enterprise expansion places them at the crux of the business. Understanding objectives, formulating ideas and making decisions are part and parcel of the role. This award recognises those special traits that make successful entrepreneurs so inspiring.

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The Cambridge Satchel Company

The Cambridge Satchel was started four years ago at the kitchen table with £600 by a mother and daughter team. The company now employs over 60 people and manufactures around 900 bags a day in the UK, with leather sourced in the EU. Exports are growing rapidly every year and the satchels are now sold in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The Employer of the Year Award

Businesses can reap rewards by offering employees outstanding training programmes, progression monitoring and continuous career prospects. Employers recognised in this award category have the ability to inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.

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Hygeia Hospital

Hygeia Hospital is the flagship of the Hygeia Group. It was the first private hospital in Greece and is a centre of excellence as well as undertaking pioneering scientific work.  Hygeia employs 1250 salaried staff, 300 outsourced staff and cooperates with 700 physicians across over 55 different specialties. It openly admits that its greatest asset is its employees and works tirelessly to motivate and inspire its staff.

The Award for Customer Focus

An important aspect of business development, customer focus ensures that services provided are useful and relevant to current and potential customers. As a core practice it drives growth through a deep understanding of customer values. This award celebrates organisations that have enhanced their prospects and profitability by putting the customer at the heart of its business.

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Türk Ekonomi Bankası

Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB) has a long history in Turkish banking. With its ever-expanding branch network and wide range of products and services, it continues to offer high quality banking and financial services to individuals and businesses. As a public foundation, TEB looks to provide value to Turkish investors and has found particular success as the bank of choice for Turkey’s SME business community.

The Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability

As an evolving business approach, the Award for Environmental & Corporate Responsibility considers business operations in a social, cultural, economic and environmental context. Valuing consumer, employee and eco-friendly issues amongst their core values, these corporations operate transparently and actively nurture employee development. Winning models look beyond the legislative requirements and endeavour to improve a company's green credentials through innovation and moral modernisation. This award celebrates businesses that have conscientiously implemented and evolved these practices. (Open to Public and Private Sector organisations)

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Coillte

Coillte is Ireland’s largest land owner with businesses in forestry, timber panel product manufacture, land management and renewable energy.  In recent years, the company has transformed itself from a traditional forestry company into an export oriented business with world class sustainability credentials and a focus on customers and innovation. 

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

These awards will go to the outstanding companies that best demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market leadership in its sector. Judges will look for evidence of inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships and long term planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in dynamic market conditions.

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Contronics Engineering BV

Contronics develops and produces innovative and sustainable equipment to help keep food fresh. It is the European market leader for humidifying systems. Its “Fresh in Fresh out” system produces cold fog which is evaporated over fresh produce, cooling it and raising the relative humidity in order to keep it fresher for longer, as well as reducing waste and saving energy. Contronics systems can be found in supermarkets and cold storage in 25 countries, mostly in Europe, but also further afield. Approximately 12,000 systems are currently operational with market share estimated at over 80%. 

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

These awards will go to the outstanding companies that best demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market leadership in its sector. Judges will look for evidence of inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships and long term planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in dynamic market conditions.

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Grupo Portucel Soporcel

The grupo Portucel Soporcel (gPS) produces and sells premium quality pulp and paper. It is the largest European producer of both bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP) and uncoated woodfree printing & writing paper (UWF), where it ranks fourth and 6th in the world respectively. gPS manages 120,000 ha of forests in Portugal and is a leading producer of green energy. A forestation project is currently being developed in Mozambique with two concessions totalling 360,000 ha. 

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

These awards will go to the outstanding companies that best demonstrate exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market leadership in its sector. Judges will look for evidence of inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships and long term planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in dynamic market conditions.

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Criteo

Criteo is the global leader in Performance Display advertising and partners with over 2000 leading ecommerce brands. Every day Criteo generates millions of high-quality leads through dynamically generated ads which are personalised with the products and services that individual consumers are searching for online. Criteo has grown rapidly in three years, now operating in 30 countries across America, Europe and Asia.

The Import/Export Award

This award recognises organisations that can demonstrate a continuously positive trend in the export/import or re-export of goods, demonstrate the expansion of coverage in existing or new markets and, through the introduction of creative and innovative operational processes, show robustness in managing and developing international trade and maintaining and improving market position in the face of competition.

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GAEA PRODUCTS SA

Gaea’s vision is to offer high quality, authentic Greek specialty food products to the international market and it has successfully built up a solid export business. Recently, the company has developed a “cooperation” concept, working with other smaller Greek companies offering high quality food products, helping them to export these products through Gaea’s international network, under dual branding.

The BP Target Neutral Growth Strategy of the Year Award

International growth has enormous benefits for local and global economies. This Award will go to the organisation that best demonstrates an international organic growth strategy that has achieved outstanding levels of sales, profit and market share improvement.

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LEO Pharma A/S

LEO Pharma develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical drugs, primarily to treat dermatological conditions.  Over the past two years, the company has implemented an ambitious growth strategy with a more global and patient-centric focus. It has set up 11 international affiliates in key international markets, including the US which now accounts for 20% of total Group net sales. 

The UKTI Award for Innovation

Innovative individuals and organisations drive the economy. Recognising the evolving nature of business, true innovators originate forward-thinking concepts to instigate improvement. This award acknowledges the importance of innovation as a strategy to influence ongoing business development.

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Hidria

Hidria Corporation consists of two divisions - financial and industrial. The financial division is focused on managing the company’s capital investments while the industrial division runs operations in two sectors - automotive and HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). For both sectors, Hidria believes that energy management is a key issue. In the automotive business, the company is involved in developing sophisticated solutions in the field of electric motors and hybrids. In the climate sector, Hidria is developing complete solutions for energy efficient buildings using renewable energy sources, particularly solar energy.