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Forgemasters scoop prestigious Ruban D’Honneur at European Business Awards

29 July 2011

Sheffield Forgemasters beat off tough competition to be selected for a prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in round two of the European Business Awards sponsored by HSBC.

The impressive Ruban d’Honneur achievement celebrates businesses who demonstrate exceptional performance within their sector.

Sheffield Forgemasters will now compete as a finalist within the Export/Import category with a chance of winning the ultimate prize of a European Business Award.

Forgemasters was one of only two UK companies to be given a Ruban d’Honneur in this category and are invited to the glittering awards final in Barcelona on November 22.

The Ruban d’Honneur is awarded to up to ten successful entrants in each category. Judges deliberate to select which individuals and businesses are awarded the Ruban d’Honneur, and it is from the Ruban d’Honneur recipients that the final winner in each category is decided.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters said: “For Forgemasters to receive a Ruban d’Honneur from the European Business Awards is a real mark of distinction and is testament to the determination and passion which drives this company.

“The commitment of our staff, the importance of our customers and partners culminate in being recognised as being leaders in our field. The anticipation of the Awards final is building but for now we’re delighted to receive this tribute.”

All Ruban d’Honneur recipients will now prepare to appear before a third judging panel of highly regarded academics, heads of state, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media commentators drawn from across the 28 member European States. The interviews will take place in September in London.

Adrian Tripp, Chief Executive of the European Business Awards, said: “Receiving a Ruban d’Honneur is a major success. It promotes the fact that you’re up there with the best businesses across the European community.

“This year has been tough on the judging panel as we’re seeing businesses emerge from economic difficulties and come out fighting and delivering some great entries. The mood is confident, ebullient and highly competitive. The gaze of the European business community is well and truly on the Ruban d’Honneur recipients and Forgemasters demonstrated real talent in Export/Import category. Together with HSBC we wish them every success in this next and final round of the European Business Awards.”

John Casey, HSBC Head of Commercial Banking, Continental Europe, commented: “While only a few may be crowned European Business Award winners, all are a reminder of the immense talent creating prosperity across the country and across Europe as a whole.

“We connect businesses with opportunities internationally every day, and are pleased to see so many of these businesses pursuing global growth opportunities with a forward-thinking approach. As these winners attest, Europe has a great deal to be confident about.”