Over 450 managers from all over Europe came together in Warsaw (Poland) for a prestigious 2-day event with politicians, ambassadors and academics to decide who would return home with the main prize. In the opening speech, the organizers even hailed this event the ‘Eurosong for business leaders and CEOs’, but without a voting system and with a credible and impressive team of jury members.
The selection rounds started in the middle of last year, with over 112,000 entries from over 34 countries. In December 2017, 2,898 organizations were listed as the ‘Ones to Watch’ and after a further round by an independent jury, 289 businesses in Europe were named National Winner and finalist in their category. At the end of all selection rounds, beMatrix® was hailed one of the 13 winners.
At the two-day gathering and deliberations at the Hilton in Warsaw, the final event took place. All National Winners in their category had to answer a barrage of questions during the live jury session/workshop. Out of all National Winners, beMatrix® was chosen as the final winner because of its strong and stable financial growth, its focus on R&D and the importance of sustainability in both product development and daily operations.
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards: "beMatrix® belongs to the top in ‘business excellence’ in their specific industry. They are a powerful example of the growth potential other European businesses have in the current, highly competitive international market. They deserve this success!”
beMatrix® today employs over 140 people and aims to attain a consolidated turnover of 40 million euro in 2018, producing 140,000 frames annually.
Edwin Van der Vennet, C!O beMatrix, beams with pride: “We didn’t expect this at all. We knew we had a strong case, given our growth and impetus to innovation, but to be actually selected as the winner out of a group of the best of the best in Europe, is magnificent. Again, this actually is a true accolade for all our colleagues – we call ourselves beManiacs (laughs) – clients and suppliers who contribute each day to the success of beMatrix! Respect!”
Earlier this year, beMatrix® already received the prestigious ‘iF Design Award’ for LEDskin®; an LED tile that seamlessly integrates into the beMatrix® aluminium modular stand building system, another in a long line of firsts for the company. It is this constant, disruptive, innovation that led the Judges to comment at the presentation that beMatrix’s “Consistent approach to making a lot of small innovations combined to create a powerful proposition. Not only are they reshaping a well-established industry, they have all the ingredients to maintain this fast growth for years to come, which means we will see them again in the next category in years to come.”