The Chief Executive of the Institute of Commercial Management, Professor Tom Thomas, recently travelled to Rome to judge the European Business Innovation of the Year Award.
Part of the European Business Awards 2009, this particular category recognises the organisation that can best demonstrate a proven ability to create, grow and develop innovations or processes that substantially improve the commercial performance or prospects of the company.
Taking place in Rome, Italy on 27 January, the judging process saw the short-listed companies attend and give presentations to the panel – which consisted of a number of high-profile business experts:
Rolandas Baryas, CEO and Editor in chief of Verslo Zinios (Business News), Lithuania
Kevin Meagher, CEO and Founder of Intamac Systems Ltd, UK
Dr Ulrich Schwanengel, Managing Director, Consol Software, Germany
Attila Varkonyi, Non-Executive Chairman of Hungary’s Research, Technology and Innovation Council
Professor Tom Thomas, Chief Executive, Institute of Commercial Management, UK
Philip Forrest, Chairman of The Osprey Partnership in the UK, chaired the event, which featured a wide range of exciting, innovative companies from across Europe, including the short-listed finalists from Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and the UK.
The premise for the European Business Awards was born out of the success of the National Business Awards in the UK. Launched seven years ago, the Awards rapidly gained an exceptionally high profile, generating extensive media coverage and providing a platform to shout about and promote entrepreneurship and enterprise in the UK. The European Business Awards is replicating this same success across the EU.
The winning organisations will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony taking place in Rome on 7 April 2009.
For more information, visit: http://www.businessawardseurope.com/
By Heidi Lees-Bell