Winners of the 2014 European Business Awards for the Environment announced

Low Associates were in Lyon on 1 December 2014, for the 17th Forum on Eco-Innovation, where European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, announced the five winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE).

The winners were Eczaçibasi Yapi Gerecleri (Turkey) for management; Daimler AG (Germany) for process; Eco Nation (Belgium) for product and services; Interface Nederland BV (Netherlands) for international business cooperation; and Red Electrica de Espana (Spain) for business and biodiversity.

The five winners, selected from a shortlist of 16 candidates from 10 different European countries successfully combined innovation, competitiveness and outstanding environmental performance. Low Associates and our partner Hanover manage the secretariat, the Awards process and its promotion.

'Mothers with Young Children' win EEPA Grand Jury Prize 2014

The Low Associates team were in Naples in October managing the eighth annual European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA). The seven winners were announced on 2 October at the SME Assembly.

The Grand Jury Prize was awarded to Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children, a Hungarian project that seeks to help mothers develop the skills and mind-set to launch and run successful businesses. Winners in the six official categories included organisations from Lithuania (Mobile Apps Laboratories), Bulgaria (Brandiko), Spain (Start-Up in 3), Italy (Mirabilia, European Network of UNESCO sites), Germany (Wiesbaden Engaged) and Portugal (AMS Thinking Ahead).

This year saw a record number of entries. These Awards were organised and promoted by Low Associates and Hanover Communications.

President of Italy is Guest of Honour at the 2014 SME Assembly in Naples

We were honoured by the presence of HE Giorgio Napolitano, President of Italy at the 2014 SME Assembly, in Naples on 2 October, which is managed by Low Associates.

He was keen to lend his support to the efforts of the Italian Presidency and European Commission to promote growth through enterprise. He also attended this year’s 'Big Debate' session when the speakers debated whether entrepreneurs need more than just digital technology to be successful.

The SME Assembly brought together over 700 SMEs, business organisations, European, national and regional government, academia and the media. The delegates took part in a wide range of interactive and expert-led sessions on issues as diverse as TTIP; the role of design in business growth; and giving bankrupt businesses a second chance.

This year’s Assembly also included a number of firsts: the first Entrepreneur Expo featuring start-ups from across the EU; the first appearance of 'The Pitch' a session where would-be and start-up entrepreneurs presented the case for financial investment in their idea; and the first ever EC paperless conference for which Low Associates and our partner Hanover designed a dedicated app.