Vega IT has been named a National Champion for Serbia in The European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM; Europe's largest business competition set up to celebrate business excellence and best practice in the European business community.
The Awards, 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.
Vega IT has been chosen after the first phase of judging by an independent panel. We were 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.
"We're very proud to be selected to represent Serbia as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognized as the showcase for Europe's most dynamic companies and we are proud to be recognized at this level" - said Saša Popović, CEO & Partner.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: "Congratulations to Vega IT who have been selected to represent their country as National Champions. They are central to the success of Europe's strong business community, and have shown the core principles we look for of innovation, ethics and success."
The next round requires the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The Awards' 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.
An elite panel of judges including leading business figures, academics, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and political leaders preside over the judging process. Previous support has been provided by:
- Karel De Gucht (former EU Trade Commissioner)
- Yves Leterme (former Belgian Prime Minister)
- Jose Aznar (former Prime Minister of Spain)
- Arnold Rüütel (former President of Estonia)
- Emil Constantinescu (former President of Romania)
- Petar Stoyanov (former President of Bulgaria)
- Isidoro Unda (CEO of Atradius)
- Peter Brabeck-Lethmathe (former CEO of Nestle)
- Gilbert Ghostine (Managing Director of Diageo Continental Europe).
Judges are allocated specific panels and represent different nationalities who are naturally well versed in the cultural aspects of each of the finalists' countries. The judges are fully independent and receive no personal or financial benefit from their participation, other than first-hand experience of finalists' success stories, and the opportunity to influence, encourage and promote the highest standards of business.
Separately, in a two stage public vote, the videos will be hosted on the European Business Awards website, and the company who receives the most votes in their 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 Awards' core purpose 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 Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 trillion employing over 2.5 million people.