Pexa named ‘National Champion’ in European Business awards


Pexa Ltd has been named a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards (EBA), Europe’s largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.

Sponsored by RSM, the awards programme, 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.

Pexa was chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. The company was 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.

Pexa is a specialist supplier of surface treatments and coatings to the aerospace and other high-tech markets. The company has made international trade a key element of its strategy and its success in this area has led to recognition in this prestigious awards programme.

Jim Rowbotham, Pexa’s Managing Director, said: “We’re very proud to be selected to represent the UK as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are proud to be recognised at this level.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “Congratulations to Pexa, which has been selected to represent its country as a National Champion. It is central to the success of Europe’s strong business community and has shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success.”

The next round requires each of the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The 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 available on the European Business Awards website and the company that receives the most votes in its 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 core purpose of the awards 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, while employing over 2.5 million people.

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