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Shortlist announced for the fifth European Families in Business Awards

The cream of continental business talent will be celebrated at the fifth annual European Families in Business Awards in Berlin on 21 June.
Hugo Peris, of Loop Therapeutics, (centre) won the Top Next-Generation Entrepreneur Award at the European Families in Business Awards 2015, with Patrick Folléa, deputy head of Societe Generale Private Banking (left) and Nicholas Moody, editor of CampdenFB and CampdenFO.

The cream of continental business talent will be celebrated at the fifth annual European Families in Business Awards in Berlin on 21 June.

Family business leaders and business school experts on the judging panel for CampdenFB have shortlisted the 30 best of the best from more than 250 nominations across six categories. Close to 1,000 companies have been nominated since 2012.

Six winners will be announced during a gala dinner at Hotel De Rome in Berlin on 21 June. The prestigious awards are held in conjunction with the European Families in Business Conference, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking.

Director Jean-François Mazaud said Societe Generale is "very proud to be associated for the fifth consecutive year with the celebration of European family businesses.

"They are truly the backbone of the European economy and must be praised for their critical role in terms of job creation, social cohesion and innovation.

"Congratulations to all the finalists and we look forward to meeting the winners in Berlin."

Editor Nicholas Moody said CampdenFB had received an excellent number of entries this year and the calibre of entries had again made the judging process a very difficult one.

“This is the fifth year we’ve held the European Families in Business Awards and it’s brilliant to have such great businesses competing across the six categories,” he said. “We’re also looking forward to honouring our 24 past winners who have helped make the awards so special over the past five years."

If you would like to join in on the awards, please contact Simi Dhillon to indicate how many people you would like to register, email: simidhillon@campdenwealth.com, or phone: +44 (0) 203 763 2818.

Top Family Business

The Clausen family behind Danfoss Group (Denmark) was named Top Family Business of the Year 2015. The five shortlisted businesses in 2016 are:

Pentland Group (UK) won the Top Family Business of the Year award in 2014 and Broman Group (Finland) won in 2013.

Top Family Business Leader

Ana BotínSantander (Spain) took home the Top Family Business Leader of the Year award last year. This year’s nominees hoping to do the same include:

Hayek and Swarovski were also nominated last year. Nicolas Boel Solvay (Belgium) was awarded Top Family Business Leader in 2014 while Marie-Christine Coisne-RoquetteSonepar (France) won in 2013.

Top Family Business Rising Star

Catharina PrymPrym (Germany) was hailed as the Top Family Business Rising Star of the Year for 2015. The shortlist for the leaders of tomorrow for 2016 consists of:

Daniel and Andreas Sennheiser - Sennheiser (Germany) were jointly named Family Business Rising Star in 2014. Giuseppe and Marco Lavazza - Lavazza (Italy) were both awarded in 2013.

Top Next-Generation Entrepreneur

Last year the Top Next-Generation Entrepreneur Award went to Hugo PerisLoop Therapeutics (Spain). This year’s nominees include:

Ryan is back for her second consecutive nomination.

Top Sustainable Family Business

Illy Caffe (Italy) won the Top Sustainable Family Business of the Year for 2015. The contenders for 2016 are as follows:

Faber-Castell, Kone and Ulstein Group were also nominated in 2015. Acciona (Spain) won the accolade in 2014 after Vestergaard Frandsen (Switzerland) won in 2013.

Top Non-Family Director

Jochen ZeitzKering (France) was named 2015 Top Non-Family Director of the Year. For 2016, the nominees are:

Peter ArmitageOCS (UK) won the prize in 2014 and Michele NorsaFerragamo Group (Italy) won in 2013.

More information on the awards can be found at www.campdenfb.com/fib-awards.


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