15 companies represent Malta at HSBC-sponsored European Business Awards

Commercial Courier Malta

The European Business Awards, sponsorted by HSBC have shortlisted 15 companies as country representatives for Malta. An Awards night was held on June 8 in honour of these companies’ premium business talent.

The 15 country representatives are AIS Environmental Ltd, Alberta Group, Alert Communications Ltd, Content House Ltd, KPMG Crimsonwing, Diamonds International Ltd, Foster Clark Products Ltd, Hudson Holding Ltd, Island Hotel Group Holding plc, KPMG Malta, Methode Electronics Malta Ltd, MIDI plc, Premier Capital Ltd, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc and Vinci Group.

Evaluation which led to the shortlist was based on the companies’ ability to demonstrate the three core principles at the heart of the award programme – innovation, business excellence and sustainability.

The European Business Awards are dedicated to raising the visibility of companies which excel in delivering innovation twinned with successful commercial results, and a commitment to the environment in which they operate. The awards are a chance for the companies to benchmark themselves against the best businesses in Europe. The hallmark of innovation and sustainability, the Awards also highlight and promote examples of individuals and organisations that achieve outstanding results across a variety of disciplines – from environmental concern to customer focus – results that set them apart as business leaders in Europe. The awards also provide an unprecedented opportunity for businesses to network and meet with other like-minded companies regardless of size. They are a focal point to exchange ideas for growth, success and longevity.

In 2009, the 99 Ruban d’Honneur recipients had a combined turnover greater than €570 billion and recorded an average annual profit growth of 56%.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “Over the past four years we’ve received and incredibly high standard of entries from businesses who are passionate about their role in driving the economy of the nation they reside in. This year we’ve partnered with HSBC Commercial Banking and we’re encouraging businesses across the EU to assert their point of difference at a time when global economic competition is proving tougher than ever before. For European businesses to thrive and stay at the forefront of economic growth it is vital that we invest in enterprise innovation and excellence.”

Alan Richards, CEO of HSBC Malta, said: “To help support economic growth in the local economy, we believe it is essential that we actively encourage ingenuity.”
“We have seen a number of companies thrive in Malta in spite of the international economic turmoil. Necessity as they say is often the mother of invention, and we have seen over the last eighteen months a number of businesses develop new strategies to build better, stronger business models for the future. The European Business Awards provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the excellence of local Maltese businesses on a European stage.”

HSBC is in a privileged position of working with thousands of businesses everyday and helping them to succeed in reaching their goals. HSBC is looking to impart knowledge, sound advice and support to help companies grow. In short, a listening ear and forward-thinking advice.