18 Apr 2013

New Patron Announced for European Business Awards - Karel De Gucht

New Patron Announced for European Business Awards

It is with great pleasure that the European Business Awards is able to announce that the former European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht has been confirmed as an official patron.

Designed to recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation in the European business community, the European Business Awards is now in its seventh year and has grown in size and stature year-on-year. In 2011, the awards engaged with over 15,000 businesses across 28 European countries and the combined turnover of the 2011 EBA entrants was over 1 trillion Euros.

Commenting on becoming a patron for the awards, Mr De Gucht says:  "With Europe's economic future dependent on the strength of our companies and industries, I think it is important that we showcase our most exceptional businesses, share knowledge and generate debate around the creation of a stronger European business 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. This is why the EBA is such a valuable initiative and why I am honoured to be its patron."

CEO of the European Business Awards, Adrian Tripp adds, “Mr De Gucht has supported the awards for many years and it is a real pleasure to have him on board as a patron. For me, it is important that our patrons have a genuine interest in the awards and Mr De Gucht has shown not only a professional but also a personal interest in what we are achieving with our programme.”

Since its inception in 2007, the European Business Awards have seen many successful business relationships forged between entrants. Moving forward, the organisers of the awards are looking to further harness these business benefits and create even more influential networking opportunities. The awards programme has recently celebrated a new lead sponsor for 2013/14 in the form of international audit, tax and advisory network, RSM. 

The 2012/13 awards are current in the final stages with winners of the ten categories being announced at a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Istanbul in June 2013. The 2013/14 awards are now open for entries.

For more information, visit www.businessawardseurope.com.



For media enquiries relating to European Business Awards contact:

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About the European Business Awards 2012/13:

The European Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the European Union. The competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector.

The European Business Awards programme serves three purposes for the European business community:

•   It provides examples for the business community to aspire to

•   It celebrates and endorses individual’s and organisation’s success

•   It provides case studies and content for learning from these exceptional organizations


An innovative, strong and thriving business community makes a successful and prosperous Europe.

The European Business Awards categories are:

  • The UKTI Award for Innovation
  • The International Growth Strategy of the Year Award
  • The Millicom Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability
  • The Award for Customer Focus
  • The Employer of the Year Award
  • The RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • The Import/Export Award 
  • The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €0-25m]
  • The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €150m+]
  • The Infosys Business of the Year Award [t/o €26-150m]


About RSM

RSM is the 7th largest worldwide network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, encompassing over 100 countries, 700 offices and 32,500 people internationally. The network’s total fee income is US$4 billion. 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.

RSM actively engages in promoting and celebrating the very best in entrepreneurship, championing the role of the entrepreneur in today’s world economy. 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. The objective of the Forum of Firms is to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide.


About Millicom International Cellular

Millicom provides affordable, widely accessible and readily available prepaid cellular telephony services to more than 30 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Latin America and Africa where the basic telephone service is often inadequate and where economic development and rising personal income levels are creating increasing demand for communication services. Millicom's proven prepaid, mass market distribution and perceived price leadership strategy have enabled it to continue to pursue high growth while delivering operating profitability. Millicom's shares are listed on the on Stockholmsbörsen under the symbol MIC.


About UKTI

Whether you're a seasoned exporter or just beginning to expand overseas, talking to UK Trade & Investment is one of the best moves your company can make.

Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, we can help you crack foreign markets and get to grips quickly with overseas regulations and business practice.


About Infosys Ltd

Infosys partners with global enterprises to drive their innovation-led growth. That's why Forbes ranked Infosys 19th among the top 100 most innovative companies. As a leading provider of next-generation consulting technology and outsourcing solutions, Infosys helps clients in more than 30 countries realize their goals. Visit www.infosys.com and see how Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY), with its 153,000 people, is Building Tomorrow's Enterprise® today.

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