CampdenFB, in association with Societe Generale Private Banking, is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the fifth annual European Families in Business Awards.
This year the awards gala dinner will be held in Berlin on 21 June – a fitting location to celebrate family businesses considering Germany's significant contribution to the European economy. Last year’s awards honouring the likes of Danfoss and Illy Caffe were held in Rome, click here to see a clip of last year’s event.
In Germany, most of the famed Mittelstand medium-sized companies are still controlled by the families that founded them. Many of the larger family-owned firms also claim to be part of the Mittlestand, such as engineering conglomerate Bosch, based on its positive connotations.
The six categories this year are:
The nomination process begins this week when CampdenFB readers, staff and supporters are invited to nominate the exceptional family businesses they’ve encountered over the past year. A judging panel made up of family business leaders, senior business school academics and advisers, and CampdenFB’s editor will then decide a shortlist that will be announced in late March.
Nicholas Moody, editor of CampdenFB and a member of the judging panel, explains why Berlin is the perfect place for the fifth annual awards. “Germany is arguably the world leader in producing good family businesses. It’s apt then that our fifth awards is held there, where almost 99% of the operations in the country are family owned and more than two-thirds of the population are employed as a result.”
“We are after those ‘hidden champions’ ranging from local enterprises to global conglomerates who are doing great things. The awards give those market-leading European family businesses the chance to shine so please join in this celebration of excellence."
The event is being held in conjunction with Campden Wealth’s European Families in Business Conference.
Public nominations will remain open on the awards site for the next seven weeks, closing on 6 March.