Get the recognition your business deserves

The European Business Awards is one of the most prestigious accolades a company can receive, as well as one of the world’s largest cross-industry, cross border business competitions.

Since 2007, we’ve been rewarding the innovators, the success stories and the ethical entrepreneurs of European business. Not just because we think it’d be good to give them a pat on the back, a trophy and a 'well done'. The awards exist because we truly believe that business has a key role to play in tackling the major issues faced by Europe and the world; Unemployment, Climate change, Ongoing conflicts, Widespread poverty.

WHAT MAKES THE EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS DIFFERENT?

Obviously there is a strong element of competitiveness to our Awards – they wouldn’t be worth winning without it. There’s also a robustness and transparency to the judging process that means every entrant knows they will be assessed purely on merit. But there’s also so much more; we undertake research, run alumni groups, conferences and webinars that give our community all kinds of opportunities to meet and interact, think and share.

The businesses we attract and recognise are financially successful. They understand that with the status and power they have comes responsibility. To look beyond their own desks, lobbies, office blocks and local communities and make a difference to society on an international level.

The European Business Awards brings these like-minded organisations together, giving leaders from different industries a unique opportunity to do business, learn, share and solve major challenges. When else could you get the movers and shakers from pharmaceuticals and engineering, fashion and transport under the same roof, let alone around the same table!

The 2019 Awards are now open, to enter the 2019 programme, please complete your details here

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already registered for the 2019 Awards, you do not need to do anything, a member of our research team will be in contact with more information once the 2019 Awards are officially opened.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions, please contact us here.

REASONS TO ENTER

  • ENDORSEMENT: “Receiving recognition for what we have achieved at AirSpeed Telecom from such a high calibre judging panel represents a significant endorsement for our business.” - Airspeed Telecom (2014-15 Winner)
  • NETWORKING: “It is an important opportunity for companies in Europe to connect and a great chance for leaders to network.” - Science4you (2015/16 Winner)
  • EXPOSURE: “We have noticed a significant increase in contact from the international press. The profile of our company has been enhanced on a global level.” - Prepaid Financial Services (2017/18 Winner)
  • LEARNING: “The Awards have helped BMZ in our wider understanding of European business.” - BMZ (2014-15 Winner)
  • ACCESS TO COMMUNITY: “EBA provides the opportunity for cooperation and learning from each other across both industry boundaries and national borders. It simply helps us all to become better.” - Samhall (2014-15 Winner)

The awards process

ENTER THE AWARDS - Register for the Awards. You will then be asked to choose ONE category and complete an online entry form

ONES TO WATCH - The EBA will publish the Ones to Watch listing for each country on 18th July 2019

NATIONAL WINNERS - 18 National Winners from each country (one per category) will be selected by the judges & announced in Sept 2019

JUDGING - The National Winners attend a judging day at the Awards Summit event in December 2019

CATEGORY WINNERS - The Category Winners are announced at the Awards Gala Dinner in a European City - December 2019

Our Reason for Being

At the European Business Awards, we believe that creating stronger, more successful, innovative and ethical business communities will help address major issues faced across Europe and the world.

The Awards aim to do that in 3 ways:

ENDORSING AND PROMOTING EUROPE’S BEST BUSINESSES to help them attract new customers, partners, investors and talent

SHARING LEARNING AND SOLVING PROBLEMS to help businesses overcome the hurdles that stand between them and growth

STIMULATING DEBATES by asking the big questions about issues faced across Europe and how we can tackle them

Funding and Finances

Our aim is to be financially self-sustaining. As a social enterprise, we give the goal of creating a stronger European business community equal billing with generating profit. We generate income from sponsorship, research, content and event services.

Additionally, companies participating in the Awards are able to make a voluntary contribution towards the administration and running of the programme.

Whether an organisation purchases a product or service, or makes any form of voluntary contribution, this will in no way influence the outcome of the competition.

The EBA in Numbers

The competition started in 2007

  • In 2017/18 34 countries participated
  • 110,000 companies engaged with the EBA
  • 2,857 companies named as “Ones to Watch”
  • 289 companies announced as National Winners
  • 12 Category Winners
  • 1 European Public Champion Winner
  • 7,000 items of coverage in digital media
  • 150+ Judges
  • €18m in media coverage
  • €14m in new business for our partners

What other people think of the European Business Awards

Christine Lagarde, former French Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment, Head of the IMF, “It is wonderful that all 27 member states of Europe are together [in entering the European Business Awards]. We want a strong Europe and you are participating in the process of building a strong Europe, piece by piece.”

Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium“I think the Business Awards is a very good stimulus for all these people who are working in small- medium enterprises and in bigger companies to always try to improve their results because it’s important that from the outside society is looking at it and is rewarding them and for their efforts.”

Karel De Gucht, former EU Trade Commissioner “I think it is important that we showcase our most exceptional businesses, share knowledge and generate debate around the creation of a stronger European community. The European Business Awards does just that, as well as ensuring the outstanding talent, energy, creativity and innovation of our business community is recognised.” 

José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, “I have the highest opinion of the European Business Awards. It is a great initiative to promote the values and principles we believe in: liberty, democracy, freedom of speech, open markets and open societies.” 

Petar Stoyanov, former President of Bulgaria, “This event inspires and stimulates European Business to reaching exacting criteria, where not only annual turnover and sales count, but also factors with high social importance – what we call business ethics.”

Muharrem Dörtkaşli, President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries“This accolade provides us with a real sense of achievement and recognises our hard work and performance. We are always striving for excellence and it is a privilege that we are being celebrated as one of the best businesses in our industry, in our country and in Europe as a whole.”

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