MILAN: Europe’s 12 best businesses are celebrating after being named winners in the 2015/16 European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, at an exclusive awards ceremony in Milan last night attended by prominent businesses leaders, European ambassadors and government ministers.

The winning businesses achieved their success after a 16-month long journey in Europe’s biggest business competition, which this year engaged with over 32,000 businesses and generated over 227,000 votes from across the globe in its public vote.

Business VIPs presented trophies to the 11 category winners of the competition and the ‘European Public Champion’; the overall winner of the public vote. Additionally Roberto Polillo received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work in information technology.

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the 6th largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, said: "The calibre of this year's competition finalists is outstanding. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation, leadership and business acumen demonstrated by the Ruban D'Honneur recipients and the overall category winners shows how much can be achieved in challenging market conditions. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added: “These fantastic businesses are the best of the best. They demonstrate agility and adaptability, innovation and financial success and are creating strong growth opportunities in a competitive global marketplace. Together they are forging a stronger business community in Europe and creating a better future for us all.”

The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 678 National Champions and 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients before reaching the final. 

In the 2015/16 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 trillion employing over 2.5 million people.

Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the European Business Awards’ is now in its 10th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. 

For further information about the European Business Awards and RSM please go to or and follow us on twitter at @rsm_global

The Winners

The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year AwardAerogenIreland (Republic)
The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €0-25mClio OnlineDenmark
The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €26-150mGrup AmetllerSpain
The Business of the Year Award with Turnover of €150m or higherFigeac AeroFrance
The Award for Customer FocusBel MedicSerbia
The Import/Export AwardMycronic ABSweden
The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the YearNef-Timur Real Estate DevelopmentTurkey
The Employer of the Year AwardRelektaNorway
The Chairman's Selection CategoryScience4you S.A.Portugal
The Award for Environmental & Corporate SustainabilityWyke FarmsUnited Kingdom
The UKTI Award for InnovationTEKEVERPortugal
Lifetime Achievement Award WinnerRoberto PolilloItaly
European Public ChampionYEDASTurkey



For further information about the European Business Awards and RSM please go to or