And the prize goes to… National winners pick up prized gong at European Business Awards

Vintom's Gareth Davies (left) and Szymon Szczepanowski receive their award from Adrian Tripp (right), CEO of the European Business Awards. European Business Awards

Hundreds of business leaders from across Europe piled into Warsaw on December 3-4 for one of the continent’s most prestigious business awards gala.

The European Business Awards have been handing out gongs to businesses from all over Europe since 2007, and this year some 150,000 firms threw their hats into the ring to compete for just a handful of awards.

A number of Polish firms were in the crowd of around 300 firms that made it to the grand finals, and while none managed to get their hands on one of the big awards, some of them picked up prizes as national winners.

Hundreds attended the gala dinner at Warsaw's Hilton Hotel.European Business Awards

“It is really great recognition, and I’m really happy,” said Łukasz Bojar, vice president of Senetic, a Katowice-based firm that provides IT solutions around the world.

“A Polish business award is good but a European award is really valuable because it adds value to our work and the recognition of our brand, not only on our home market but across many countries. It shows that it pays off to work hard.”

Gareth Davies, who has the job title of chief evangelist at the five-year-old Warsaw tech firm Vintom, was also happy to get the recognition being a national winner brought to his young company.

Winner Gareth Davies, who has the job title of chief evangelist at the five-year-old Warsaw tech firm Vintom told TFN: “For us it was a good experience to be there, meeting those who were there and extending our network.”European Business Awards

“For us it was a good experience to be there, meeting those who were there and extending our network,” he told TFN. 

“The awards are important for us as a means of building trust in a brand, which is really important for small businesses. It is an additional reason to trust us. You need them to build credibility.”

The European Business Awards have been handing out gongs to businesses from all over Europe since 2007, and this year some 150,000 firms threw their hats into the ring to compete for just a handful of awards.European Business Awards

He also praised the diverse mix of companies that had made it to the finals.

“The event was pretty interesting,” Davies added. “I didn’t expect such a range of companies. We’re technology firm, and next to us was an energy firm and next to them was a dog food company.”