Frequently Asked Questions


How do I register for the European Business Awards?

Entries for the 2019 European Business Awards open, register your details here. Once you have registered your details you will be able to log into your personal profile page. This provides secure access to all you the information you will need to submit an entry.

You will be able to see all the categories and choose the best category for your business. If you need support do contact the team, all details will be on your profile page. You can begin your entry form and save the information, you are able to then complete the information at your leisure before you submit the entry.

Which category should I enter?

Think carefully about your business. Is there a specific area of business you feel your company has excelled in over the last 12 months? Is there a person or project which stands out from your other parts of the business? Or has the whole business delivered excellent growth?

Once you have done that, see the full list of categories and how to apply

Can I enter if I am a not-for-profit organisation?

While judges look to the profit and loss sheets as a barometer of corporate success, there is no reason why a not-for-profit organisation should not enter the European Business Awards. Remember, the key things our judges look to reward are innovation, excellence and strong ethics. These three pillars of good business are equally applicable in the not-for-profit sector.

Who were the previous winners?

 View a full list of Winners from past years here.

(Please note: the format of the 2019 Awards has changed and now consists of these 3 stages; 'Ones to Watch', 'National Winners' and 'Category Winners').

How are the Awards financed?

Every year, the European Business Awards gets bigger and better. Our continued success and growth is largely facilitated thanks to our sponsors and partners.

Who are the Judges?

Some of the greatest business leaders and industry experts are invited to join our panel of judges. We are delighted to unveil a portfolio of renowned decision makers from major multi-national companies to key figures in business journalism and governments. To see the list of this year’s judges, click here

How do you select the Judges?

Judges are invited to participate in the competition based on their experience, business acumen and expertise. Each panel includes different nationalities and they are naturally well-versed in the cultural aspects of each of the finalists' countries.

What Criteria are the entries Judged on?

Additionally to meeting our principles of SUCCESS, INNOVATION & ETHICS there are 7 Judging Criteria:

  • MEETING THE SPECIFIC AWARD CRITERIA

  • LEADERSHIP

  • REAL CUSTOMER FOCUS

  • ENGAGING PEOPLE

  • CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

  • ETHICS

  • RESULTS & GROWTH

When is the entry deadline?

Entry into the 2019 European Business Awards competition opens on 31st January 2019 at 10am (CET) and the deadline for entry submission 25th May 2019

What are the stages in the awards?

STAGE 1: ONES TO WATCH

The Awards will publish a “Ones to Watch” list for each country in Europe that has competing businesses. Every business will need to demonstrate the core principles of the Awards: Success, Innovation and Ethics as well as exemplary performance in one of 18 Awards categories. Entry deadline strictly: 28 May 2019. Ones to Watch announced on 25 June 2019.

STAGE 2: NATIONAL WINNERS

Ones to Watch competing to become National Winners the deadline for answering all the online information for the judges is 15 July 2019. 18 National Winners will be selected by Judges to represent their country in the European finals of the competition. The companies that demonstrate exceptional performance in each of the 18 Award categories will be selected to compete in the European finals. National Winners announced: 3 September 2019.

STAGE 3: EUROPEAN BUSINESS AWARDS CATEGORY WINNERS

The National Winners from each European country will come together to compete to win in 1 of the 18 categories in the Awards. Gala Event: w/c 3rd December 2019.

Can I upload any supporting documents?

There is no need to upload supporting documents, if judges need more information they will ask us to contact you directly.

Can we get feedback if we have been unsuccessful?

We can provide some feedback from the Chairman of the judges, you would need to contact the team directly to request this.

I do not want to provide financial information, can my company still enter?

You cannot submit an entry form without financial information. In order to complete your entry, we will need you to complete the financial section to be able to compete and show your business success to the judges. This information treated as confidential. No information will be published or used publicly. All our judges sign confidentiality agreements.

What is your policy on Commercial Confidence?

All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will only be viewed by The European Business Awards and its sponsors, the judging panel and the Chair of Judges. We have strict confidential and non-disclosure agreements internally and with our sponsors, to ensure all information is treated in complete confidence and not shared outside of the European Business Awards. Information for marketing collateral and brochures for the Awards will be requested separately and therefore agreed by you.

Can my company sponsor an Award?

Yes - please contact Emma Cozens on +44 (0) 207 234 3544 to find out more.

When and where will the 2019 Gala Awards Ceremony be held?

The Awards Conference and Gala Dinner will be held in December 2019, the venue is currently being agreed and the location will be revealed in February/March 2019.

Can I submit more than one entry form?

You can only submit one entry form for a company and one category.

What happens after I enter?

You will receive an email to confirm that your entry has been submitted. If you do not receive this please contact us. You will then be informed on 25th June if your company is selected as one of the Ones To Watch.

When and where are the Ones To Watch Events?

We will be holding Ones To Watch events in September 2019. Those countries with a Ones To Watch event will be confirmed in June 2019.

What are the benefits of entering the Awards?

  • 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)

See what people say about us: www.businessawardseurope.com/testimonials 

The 2017/18 Awards created a total of €18m in media coverage and €14m in new business for our partners.

Is it free to enter?

We run this Awards programme as a social enterprise and although we have some great sponsors who support us, we believe in the principle of fairness and expect you to pay for what you consume or use. We do ask you to consider covering contributing to the cost of your entry at 258€  you can still enter without contributing, it does not effect your prospects in the competition and is entirely voluntary.

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