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Sheffield Forgemasters chosen to represent the UK at prestigious awards

04 May 2011

Sheffield Forgemasters will represent Yorkshire and the Humber at the national finals of the Apprenticeships Awards after winning the Large Employer award at the regional heats.

Sheffield Forgemasters has been chosen as one of only 25 companies to represent the UK at the prestigious European Business Awards sponsored by HSBC. 

Beating off stiff competition, Forgemasters will now compete for a coveted Ruban d’Honneur in the next round of the competition.

The awards programme recognised Forgemasters as one of Europe’s leading businesses based on their ability to demonstrate innovation, business excellence and sustainability.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive of Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be selected to represent the United Kingdom in these prestigious awards.

“The awards showcase some of the best businesses across Europe and it is an honour to be amongst some of the greats, and to recognise Forgemasters as one of the leading organisations in our country and in the engineering field.

“We’re looking forward to the next round of the competition where we’ll be competing across Europe to receive a Ruban d’Honneur and hopefully win the category for The HSBC Import/Export Award.”

The European Business Awards is dedicated to raising the visibility and progress of companies who excel in delivering innovation twinned with successful commercial results whilst acting responsibly and positively affecting the social environment they operate in.

The ceremony will take place in Barcelona on 22 November 2011.

The 2010 European Business Awards showcased 100 Ruban d’Honneur recipients with a combined turnover greater than €766 billion Euros (6% of EU GDP) who employ over 3.5 million people.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards says, “Over the past five years we’ve received an incredibly high standard of entries from organisations that are passionate about their business. However, very few get the chance to fly the flag for their country and compete across Europe to be recognised as one of the EU’s leading companies.

“It really is an exceptional accolade to be picked as a Country Representative, and together with HSBC we’re looking forward to seeing the United Kingdom in the next round.”

John Casey, HSBC Head of Commercial Banking Europe, commented: “The European Business Awards provide a perfect opportunity to recognise the best of European business and their successes over the past twelve months.

“These companies have displayed an impressive ability to thrive despite challenging economic conditions, pursuing growth and creating prosperity. Their recognition is highly deserved, and through the European Business Awards their success – and the stories behind that - can be shared across the wider business community.

“We look forward to celebrating alongside these inspirational businesses and wish them every success at the next stage of judging.

Sheffield Forgemastersand the 25 other country representatives will provide tough competition for the other quality businesses representing their own nations this year, and we wish them every success at the next stage.”