CaptureDrinks manufacturer Fentimans based in Hexham was among the UK’s best businesses honoured at an exclusive event at the London Stock Exchange for the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

Fentimans was one of 54 companies in total from across the UK chosen by a panel of independent judges, including senior business and academic leaders.

At the event, attendees had the chance to speak to leading businesses in their field and hear from guest speakers including Adrian Tripp, CEO, European Business Awards; Jean Stephens, CEO, RSM International; and Umerah Akram, Senior Manager Primary Markets, from the London Stock Exchange.

Steve Railton, office managing partner at RSM in the North East said ‘It’s fantastic that we have a North East based company honoured as part of the European Business Awards. Fentimans will now go through to the next stage of public voting.’

The European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies from 33 countries this year, a 33% increase from last year, and a record-breaking number for the competition now in its ninth year.

The next round of the competition has required the National Champions to make a presentation video, telling their unique story and explaining their business success. The judges will award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status. Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to be part of the grand finale in June 2016.

Separately, the National Champion videos have been posted on the European Business Awards website and Fentimans’ video is available to view at www.businessawardseurope.com. There will be a two stage public vote to decide the National ‘Public’ Champions for each country in the first stage of voting, and the overall European Public Champion in the second stage.  Public voting closes on 26th February 2016.

The European Business Awards was created to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.  Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include ELITE, the UKTI and PR Newswire.

Further information can be found at www.businessawardseurope.com.