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[November 27, 2008]

The European Business Awards: European Business Awards announce 2009 Ruban d'Honneur Winners

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The European Business Awards have unveiled the companies and
individuals selected to receive the prestigious Ruban d'Honneur in 2009.

Ninety-nine leading businesspeople and organisations made it onto the
winners list, which recognises excellence and innovation in European
enterprise.

"This has been an eventful year for the European business community.
While some might have focused on pessimistic economic forecasts, our
winners have chosen to respond with a blend of inventiveness and
industry that has defied the downturn," said Adrian Tripp, Chief
Executive of the European Business Awards.

"Clearly it is not all doom and gloom out there. Despite challenging
trading conditions, the European Community is home to a raft of small,
medium and large business success stories."

With a combined turnover of *573billion, the 2009 Ruban d'Honneur
winners seem set to buck the economic trend. According to statistics
gathered by the European Business Awards, this year's nominees recorded
anaverage annual profitgrowth of 56%.

"These awards revolve around business success, entrepreneurialism,
innovation and ethics - all concepts we strongly believe in promoting.
This year's entrants have demonstrated to us that the European business
scene is still very much alive," said Isidoro Unda, CEO of leading
global credit insurer Atradius.

B.G. Srinivas, Senior Vice President and Member of Executive Council at
Infosys, a global leader in the next generation of IT and consulting
services, added: "The quality of entries this year despite the economic
backdrop, have demonstrated a business environment in Europe that
fosters talent management, gritty commercialisation and agility, that
have enabled organisations to execute existing projects and in some
cases completely re-engineer their business models for success."

All ninety-nine Ruban d'Honneur recipients must now prepare to appear
before a second judging panel of highly regarded academics, heads of
state, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media commentators drawn from
across the 27 member European States. The interviews will take place
over two weeks between January and February 2009 at Atradius' offices
in Rome and the overall winners in each of ten categories will be
announced at the Awards ceremony in Rome on 7th April 2009, in front of
Europe's top business leaders, politicians and media.

"The standard of entries is very high this year proving that European
business is still very active and prospering. There are some remarkable
companies in the running and choosing the overall winners from the
final shortlist of ninety-nine is going to be an extremely difficult
task for the judging panels," said Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM
International, one of the worlds largest auditing and consulting
networks.

David Hardy, International Sales and Marketing Director at
bigmouthmedia, Europe's largest independent digital marketing agency,
added: "This promises to be an exciting year for many companies. The
new winners' list is packed with success stories from organisations of
all sizes, and it is clear that European business still has a lot to
shout out about."

Full Winners List:

The Business Innovation of the Year Award

B & K Timber Structures, Belper, UK

Centre of Registers & Information Systems, Tallinn, Estonia

Dexxon Groupe Holding, Gennevilliers, France

FreeFlow, Tralee, Ireland

Honeywell, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Imooty Ltd. & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany

Intelligent Energy, Loughborough, UK

Nunwood, Leeds, UK

SES ASTRA S.A., Betzdorf, Luxembourg

Tennant Company, Antwerpen, Belgium

The Business of the Year Award

AT4 wireless S.A., Malaga, Spain

Bank Pekao SA (Bank Polska Kasa Opieki SA), Warszawa, Poland

beCogent Limited, Airdrie, UK

Asseco Slovakia, a.s. Bratislava, Slovakia

Hallin Marine Subsea International Plc, Hamble, UK

IDE Group, Edinburgh, Scotland

Q-Cells SE, Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Germany

Sotheby's International Realty France, Paris, France

StepStone, Guildford,UK

TelecityGroup, London, UK

The RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year Award

ACE Enterprise Slovakia, Bratislava, Slovakia

BrewDog, Fraseburgh, UK

Europa Technologies Limited,Cobham, UK

Gameloft, Paris, France

Global Ethics Ltd, London, UK

MENDEZ CHAIN SL- NIGHTBRA, Tenerife, Spain

Secusmart GmbH, Duesseldorf, Germany

TelecityGroup, London, UK

Wonga.com, London,UK

Bacterfield OU, Tallinn, Estonia

The Award for Corporate Sustainability

Acciona S.A., Madrid, Spain

Brakes Group, Ashford, UK

Enel SPA, Rome, Italy

Hewlett-Packard, Boblingen, Germany

ING, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Kingfisher Plc, London, UK

Lilly France, Suresnes Cedex, France

Ricoh Europe, London, UK

SIVECO Romania, District 1, Romania

Terna Spa, Roma, Italy

The Environmental Awareness Award

Data Electronics Services Ltd., Dublin 22, Ireland

Dell, Bracknell, UK

East Midlands International Airport, Derby, UK

Enel SPA, Rome, Italy

Ertl Glas AG / ertex-solar GmbH, Amstetten, Austria

Kingfisher Plc, London, UK

Manchester Rusk Company Ltd, Sharston, UK

Maximillion, Edinburgh, UK

Ricoh Europe, London UK

Telekom Austria TA AG, Vienna, Austria

The Customer Focus Award

Air Berlin PLC, London, Germany

Carteco S.A., Kallithea, Greece

Dell, Limerick, Ireland

Deutsche Telekom Kundenservice GmbH, Bonn, Germany

Estonian Energy Telenetworks: Televorgu AS, Tallinn, Estonia

Goetz-Gebaeudemanagement RSL GmbH & Co KG, Regensburg, Germany

ICUnet.AG, Passau, Germany

Lloyds TSB Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

Manchester Rusk Company Ltd, Sharston, UK

Rackspace Managed Hosting, London, UK

The Infosys ICT Effectiveness of the Year Award

Bigpoint GmbH, Probst, Germany


Bright Grey, Edinburgh, UK

Centre of Registers & Information Systems, Tallinn, Estonia

Dexxon Groupe Holding, Gennevilliers, France

Estonian Energy Telenetworks: Televorgu AS, Tallinn, Estonia

FreeFlow, Tralee, Ireland

LEMICOM s.r.o. Prague 5, Czech Republic

LMG, London, UK

Microsoft Malta Limited, Mosta, Malta

Percana Group Ltd, Dublin, Ireland

The Bigmouthmedia Marketing Strategy of the Year Award

Bank Pekao SA (Bank Polska Kasa Opieki SA), Warszawa, Poland

DVLA, Swansea, UK

First ScotRail, Glasgow, UK

Graphisoft R&D zrt., Budapest, Hungary

IDE Group, Edinburgh, Scotland

LMG, London, UK

Optivo GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Societe Generale, Paris Cedex 18, France

Sony Europe, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK

UNICEF Arbeitsgruppe Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt, Germany

The Atradius Growth Strategy of the Year Award

Ashtead Plant Hire Company Limited (A-Plant), Warrington, UK

Bright Grey, Edinburgh, UK

De Nederlandse Energie Maatschappij B.V., Rotterdam, Netherlands

GYS, Saint Berthevin, France

Huxley Associates, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mellon Poland Sp.z o.o, Warszawa, Poland

Petroleum Experts Ltd, Edinburgh, UK

TotalPDA Ltd, Glasgow, UK

Webhelp, Paris, France

Webmart Ltd, Oxfordshire, UK

The Employer of the Year Award

Bank Pekao SA (Bank Polska Kasa Opieki SA), Warszawa, Poland

beCogent Limited, Airdrie, UK

Dell, Limerick, Ireland

Deutsche Telekom Kundenservice GmbH, Bonn, Germany

FedEx Express, Melsbroek, Belgium

HSBC Invoice Finance (UK) Ltd, Worthing, UK

Huxley Associates, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lilly France, Suresnes Cedex, France

Q-Cells SE, Bitterfeld-Wolfen , Germany

About The European Business Awards

The European Business Awards is a self funding venture set up and run
with the support of forward thinking organisations including: Atradius;
RSM International, bigmouthmedia, Infosys and The Wall Street Journal
Europe. Our supporters understand the importance of promoting and
endorsing business success across the European Union for our long term
prosperity.

About Atradius

The Atradius Group provides trade credit insurance, surety and
collections services worldwide, and has a presence in 40 countries. Its
products and services aim to reduce its customers' exposure to buyers
who fail to pay for the products and services customers purchase. With
total revenues of approximately EUR 1.8 billion and a 31% share of the
global trade credit insurance market, its products contribute to the
growth of companies throughout the world by protecting them from
payment risks associated with selling products and services on credit.
With 160 offices, it has access to credit information on 52 million
companies worldwide and makes more than 22,000 trade credit limit
decisions daily.

About Infosys Technologies Limited

Infosys (NASDAQ: INFY - News) defines, designs and delivers IT-enabled
business solutions that help Global 2000 companies win in a Flat World.
These solutions focus on providing strategic differentiation and
operational superiority to clients. With Infosys, clients are assured
of a transparent business partner, world-class processes, speed of
execution and the power to stretch their IT budget by leveraging the
Global Delivery Model that Infosys pioneered. Infosys has over 100,000
employees in over 50 offices worldwide. Infosys is part of the
NASDAQ-100 Index.

About RSM International

RSM International is a worldwide member organisation of independent
accounting and consulting firms. It is represented in each of the top
40 major business centres throughout the world, with almost 25,000
staff in 64 countries. The organisation's total fee income of US$3.06bn
places it amongst the top seven international accounting organisations
worldwide. Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high
quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and to
their internationally active clients.

About bigmouthmedia

Founded in 1997, bigmouthmediais Europe's largest independent digital
marketing agency. With a team of over 200 staff across 13 offices in 10
countries on 3 continents, the company maximises exposure for major
brands online through a variety of fully integrated digital marketing
channels: Search (PPC and SEO), Online Media Planning, Affiliate
Marketing, Social Networking, Brand Monitoring, Online PR and Web
Analytics.

CONTACT: Iain Bruce, Press Contact
Tel: +44 (0)131 555 4848
Tel: +44 (0)7929 466 152
e-mail: iain@revolver-pr.co.uk
The European Business Awards
WWW: http://www.businessawardseurope.com
The Atradius Group
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Infosys Technologies Limited
WWW: http://www.infosys.com
RSM International
WWW: http://www.rsmi.com
bigmouthmedia
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