Guest post from Robert Coles, RSM Europe Regional Leader
RSM is the lead sponsor of the European Business Awards, and as the Regional Leader for Europe, I have had the great pleasure and fortune of being the Master of Ceremonies at RSM hosted ‘National Champions’ events across the continent. These special events are to celebrate with those companies who have been awarded National Champion status and who are therefore through to the next round in the competition. In total, this is 371 companies in 31 countries; all of differing size and structure and from across many sectors and industries.
The tour began in The Netherlands immediately after the RSM World Conference in Amsterdam, where we held the Benelux event, hosted by RSM Netherlands and with Luc Toelen and Stephanie Grisius attending from Belgium and Luxembourg respectively.
From there to Dublin, where the British Ambassador, Dominick Chilcott kindly opened up his residence to welcome and celebrate with RSM FGS and our invited guests. Dominick has become a great friend to RSM throughout the years of our association with the European Business Awards.
From here to Berlin and Paris, where the astonishing UK Embassy and residence were the backdrop to our events and more than 200 companies attended along with staff from RSM Germany and RSM France.
In Austria, Stefan Walter from RSM Exacta hosted an event for Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia, our first for these countries and a great success.
In the UK, RSM International was the host and 100 UK companies attended with Charles Morgan of Morgan Cars, a previous winner, as the guest speaker.
Next stop was the beautiful city of Athens, where Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, announced that the European Gala event will be held in Athens next May, to the delight of the assembled companies, diplomats and politicians. Onwards further to Cyprus, where we were hosted again by the British High Commissioner.
Finally we arrived in Istanbul, that wonderful gateway to East and West, where Lokman Ketenci and his team from RSM KapitalKarden hosted a fabulous dinner for 100 guests.
It really has been a great pleasure for me to have met the leaders of almost 400 of Europe’s most outstanding companies. The experience has been inspiring; the enthusiasm of the business leaders and our RSM member firms in each country has made every event fun and rewarding and a huge success.
These companies are now undergoing public scrutiny in the public voting stage of the awards – and the public are voting in their masses – a staggering 56,000 votes have been cast so far – voting closes on 2nd January, so have your say now. Visit www.businessawardseurope.com to see the companies and individuals leading the way in Europe today!