6th January 2015 – S.I.F.I. S.p.A. from Italy will today compete for the title of ‘National Public Champion’ in this year’s European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM International, as the public vote opens for the first time.
The company, already named as one of the National Champions in the internally judged part of the competition, has submitted a video of its company online, giving a powerful insight into the story of their business and its successes. It will now compete against all other country National Champions for the public vote. The company with the most votes will be named ‘National Public Champion’ for Italy on 3rd March 2015.
This first phase of the online voting is open from 6th January 2015 to 24th February 2015, giving S.I.F.I. S.p.A. 7 weeks to get as many votes as possible. All the videos for this year’s National Champions can be found at the European Business Awards website: http://www.businessawardseurope.com/
Stefano Salvati, CEO of S.I.F.I. S.p.A., says: “With just over 7 weeks for people to vote online for their favourite company, we are hoping that the public will view our video and vote for us. The public vote means a great deal as it is both our existing and potential customers and clients giving their approval to our success.”
The second public vote will take place between 3rd March 2015 and 16th April 2015 and the result of this final round of voting is the selection of one overall ‘European Public Champion’ who will be announced and awarded at the Awards Gala event in May 2015.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “The public vote is a very important part of the Awards as it gives these entrepreneurial companies another way of showcasing their achievements to a wider audience across Europe. It was a huge success last year, with over 93,000 votes cast.”
He continued: “This year’s videos show some of the most successful and sustainable companies in Europe and we hope that anyone interested in business will take some time to watch the videos, either from their own country or from other countries, and then cast their vote.”
Separately the video entries from all National Champions representing 33 countries across Europe will be reviewed and scored by the European Business Awards’ panel of judges and on 10th February 2015, the Chairman of Judges will announce the 100 Ruban d’Honneur recipients. The overall European winners of the ten European Business Awards categories will be announced at the same time as the European Public Champion at the Gala Event in May.
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About the Public Vote
How Does Public Voting Work?
On 6th January 2015, all video submissions produced by our National Champions for the 2014/15 European Business Awards will be available to view online at http://www.businessawardseurope.com/
There are 2 stages of achievement as a result of public voting:
1. National Public Champion
2. European Public Champion
Public Voting Stage 1: National Public Champion selection
Online voting opens on 09:00 CET on Monday 6th January 2015 and closes at 17:00 on Tuesday 24th February 2015.
The first phase of online voting allows the public to vote for their favourite National Champion and the business that receives the highest number of votes in their country will be announced as ‘National Public Champion’. There will be one National Public Champion per country (up to a maximum of 33). National Public Champions will move forward in the competition alongside the 100 Ruban d’Honneur recipients however will not be required attend face-to-face judging sessions like the Ruban d’Honneur recipients. Instead, public voting will re-open allowing further voting for the National Public Champions only.
Public Voting Stage 2: European Public Champion selection
Public voting will re-open from 09:00 CET on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 to 17:00 on Thursday 16th April 2015 allowing further voting for the National Public Champions only.
The result of this final round of public voting is the selection of one overall European Public Champion. The European Public Champion will be announced and awarded at the Awards Gala event in May/June 2015.
Separately, the video entries submitted by our National Champions will also be accessed by an independent judging panel with the outcome resulting in the top 100 businesses being awarded Ruban d’Honneur status. Online voting does not influence the judges selection of the 100 Ruban d’Honneur recipients however it does allow the public to vote for their favourite business.
About the European Business Awards 2014/15:
The European Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation in companies across the European Union. The competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector.
The European Business Awards programme serves three purposes for the European business community:
- It provides examples for the business community in which to aspire
- It celebrates and endorses individuals’ and organisations’ success
- It provides case studies and content for learning from these exceptional organizations
An innovative, strong and thriving business community makes a successful and prosperous Europe. www.businessawardseurope.com.
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