On 26 November 2012, at an exclusive event hosted by the British Ambassador, Mr Dominick Chilcott, in association with the UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) and awards sponsor RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, the organisers of the European Business Awards (www.businessawardseurope.com) announced the eleven National Champions for Ireland who will go forward into the next round of the prestigious 2012/13 Awards programme. Four of these companies are in the technology sector.
Eleven businesses will now represent Ireland and compete against the very best companies in Europe. An esteemed panel of judges made up of Europe-wide business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will assess all National Champions between now and April 2013 when the overall European Business Award winners will be announced.
How the Irish National Champions were chosen
This year, for the first time, entrants in the European Business Awards submitted a video case study. All case studies were uploaded onto the European Business Awards website and an online voting mechanism was introduced to allow the public to choose their favourite videos in each country. Over 35,000 votes were cast with one company automatically going through to the National Champion rounds alongside another ten chosen by an expert panel of judges.
Aidan Scollard, Partner responsible for the European Business Awards at RSM Farrell Grant Sparks, commented,“We are proud to sponsor the European Business Awards, which is widely recognised as the most significant business awards programme in the region. This year, thanks to the video case studies, we have been impressed by the innovation and determination shown by the Irish entrants, many of whom are experiencing high levels of growth despite difficult global trading conditions. We are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process and wish all the National Champions for Ireland the very best of luck.”
The 11 Irish National Champions Announced were: