SThree plc has been named a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

The Awards, now in its 10th year, is supported by business leaders, academics and political representatives from across Europe, and this year engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries.

SThree has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. They were evaluated on the core EBA values of innovation, ethics and success and will now go through to the second stage of the competition, which includes a video and a public vote.

Driving success for SThree

Gary Elden, OBE and CEO of SThree plc says being named National Champion for UK at the EBAs is a testament to the hard work our teams across Europe and in other parts of the world have put in to drive success for SThree.

“We are proud of having played a key role in shaping the recruitment industry in the UK and Europe. Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen the UK market change and evolve and have come through our own challenging times to be the successful business we are today,” says Elden.

"This recognition reflects the commitment of our teams in all offices worldwide, and highlights our position as a leading British business on the global stage. Our focus on innovation, inclusivity, and customers puts us in a strong position to drive the industry forward,” says Elden.

Innovation, ethics and success

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to SThree who have been selected to represent their country as National Champions. They are central to the success of Europe’s strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success.”

The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The Awards’ independent judges will award the best of this group the ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and the selected companies will then go on to the Gala Final in 2017.

Separately, in a two stage public vote, the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards website, and the company who receives the most votes in their country will become the ‘National Public Champion’. Last year over 227,000 votes were cast as companies were supported globally by their clients, staff and peers, as well as the general public.

Lead sponsor RSM, the sixth largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms worldwide has supported the European Business Awards since its inception. The Awards’ core purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include UK Trade and Investment, ELITE and PR Newswire. 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.

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