LONDON, January 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Europe's Premier Business Awards Opens Online Public Vote
Hundreds of businesses from 33 countries in Europe are competing for the title of 'National Public Champion' as the public vote opens for the first time in this year's European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM.
Videos from each company, giving a powerful insight into the company's business and its successes, have been posted online at the European Business Awards website http://www.businessawardseurope.com, and can be viewed and voted for by the public between 6 January and 24 February 2015. The National Public Champion in each country will be the company that receives the highest number of public votes. Last year over 93,000 votes were cast.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: "This year's videos present to the public the most successful and sustainable companies in Europe, and we hope that as many people as possible will take the time to watch the videos, either from their own country or from other countries, and cast their vote."
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International, the seventh largest global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, said: "The videos provide a fascinating insight into some of Europe's most inspiring businesses and the story of their success. With over 93,000 votes cast last year, the public voting stage provides a great opportunity for these companies to showcase their achievements to a wider audience. Good luck to everyone in this round of the competition."
The second public vote will take place between 3 March 2015 and 16 April 2015, and the result of this final round of voting will be the selection of a 'European Public Champion' who will be announced at the Awards Gala event in May 2015.
Separately, the video entries from all National Champions will be reviewed and scored by the European Business Awards' panel of judges, and on 10 February 2015, the Chairman of Judges will announce the 100 Ruban d'Honneur recipients. The overall European winners of the ten European Business Awards categories will be announced at the same time as the European Public Champion at the Gala Event in May.
For more information on the European Business Awards, please visit http://www.businessawardseurope.com.
About the European Business Awards 2014/15:
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 in which to aspire
• It celebrates and endorses individuals' and organisations' 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. http://www.businessawardseurope.com.
About RSM International
RSM International is the seventh largest network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, encompassing over 112 countries, 700 offices and 37,400 people internationally. The network's total fee income is US$4.5 billion.
RSM International is the lead sponsor and corporate champion of the European Business Awards promoting commercial excellence and recognition of entrepreneurial brilliance.
RSM International 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.
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.
About UK Trade & Investment:
UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports and encourages and supports overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business.
About the Public Vote
How Does Public Voting Work?
On 6th January 2015, all video submissions produced by our National Champions for the 2014/15 European Business Awards will be available to view online at http://www.businessawardseurope.com
There are 2 stages of achievement as a result of public voting:
- National Public Champion
- European Public Champion
Public Voting Stage 1: National Public Champion selection
Online voting opens on 09:00 CET on Monday 6thJanuary 2015 and closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 24thFebruary 2015.
The first phase of online voting allows the public to vote for their favourite National Champion and the business that receives the highest number of votes in their country will be announced as 'National Public Champion'. There will be one National Public Champion per country (up to a maximum of 33). National Public Champions will move forward in the competition alongside the 100 Ruban d'Honneur recipients however will not be required attend face-to-face judging sessions like the Ruban d'Honneur recipients. Instead, public voting will re-open allowing further voting for the National Public Champions only.
Public Voting Stage 2: European Public Champion selection
Public voting will re-open from 09:00 CET on Tuesday 3rdMarch 2015 to 17:00 on Thursday 16thApril 2015 allowing further voting for the National Public Champions only. The result of this final round of public voting is the selection of one overall European Public Champion. The European Public Champion will be announced and awarded at the Awards Gala event in May/June 2015.
NB The video entries submitted by our National Champions will also be accessed by an independent judging panel with the outcome resulting in the top 100 businesses being awarded Ruban d'Honneur status. Online voting does not influence the judges selection of the 100 Ruban d'Honneur recipients however it does allow the public to vote for their favourite business.
SOURCE European Business Awards