COBCOE Award Winners 2015
Monday 11th May 2015
COBCOE announced this year's award winners at the Gala Dinner on 11 May at Chartered Accountants' Hall, London, supported by ICAEW, Jaguar Land Rover, The Keswick Enterprises Group, Croatian Fine Wines and Youth Business International.
In addition to the annual Chamber of the Year awards, the first Make Europe Work!® Business Awards were announced. ‘Trade Development in European Markets’ was won by LG Harris & Co Ltd and ‘Breakthrough Trade’ went to Today Translations.
Congratulating the winners, David Thomas MBE, COBCOE Executive Chairman, said, “The Make Europe Work!® Awards are an important extension of our initiative to support increased trade between countries across Europe.”
The awards were presented by Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL, who spoke about the need to help entrepreneurs expand their businesses in Europe.
This year, the Chamber of the Year awards have been based on the newly introduced COBCOE Quality Standard programme. The awards are as follows:
The COBCOE Chamber of the Year 2015 Award - British Chamber of Commerce in the Slovak Republic
The COBCOE Small Chamber of the Year 2015 Award - British Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic
Excellence in Events Management Award - British Chamber of Commerce in Latvia
Excellence in Membership Development Award - British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
Excellence in Trade Development Award - British Polish Chamber of Commerce
Excellence in Digital Communications Award - Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award - British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark
Howard Rosen Special Award for Excellence - Nigel Tomlinson, Director, Universal Projects Ltd.
Martin Manuzi, ICAEW Regional Director, Europe, said, “As a COBCOE Strategic Partner, ICAEW is pleased to have hosted this event. There is a natural alliance between ICAEW chartered accountants, who are the biggest source of business advice in the UK, and COBCOE member chambers, which play a key role in supporting the development of the international trade vital to our economy. We congratulate all the winners."
“We are extremely proud to have sponsored the spectacular gala evening celebrating innovation, design, sales performance and entrepreneurial success” commented Simon Dransfield, Jaguar Land Rover General Manager of Fleet & Business Europe. “These principles are core to our growth, which has now created the UK's largest automotive manufacturing business, employing over 30,000 people across the UK and Europe.'
John Harvey CBE, Chairman of The Keswick Enterprises Group, sponsor of the new Make Europe Work Awards, said, “As a UK business with a substantial logistics presence in Romania, Poland and, more recently, Hungary, we are very glad to support the COBCOE awards in raising British interest in these markets."