About the awards
In 2013, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry and Entrepreneurship and SMEs of the European Commission sought to launch an initiative that would promote and encourage Small and Middle Enterprises in Europe.
EuropeanIssuers and the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), in association with the European Commission, organized the first edition of the European Small and Mid-Cap Awards on 19 November 2013.
The Awards aim at promoting best practices and success stories of the most dynamic companies financed by European public capital markets. The Awards highlight the best European SMEs who gained access to capital markets via an Initial Public Offering. The initiative also seeks to inspire and encourage more SMEs to follow a similar path.
SMEs are primordial to the European economy, representing 98% of EU firms and accounting for two thirds of all employment in Europe. They also contribute to nearly 60% of gross value in the EU economy. SMEs are indispensable to achieve the EU’s goals of competitiveness, growth, and job creation. The EU therefore seeks to create a favorable environment that meets SMEs’ financial needs, especially when accessing markets.
More information on the Awards can be found here: http://www.europeansmallandmidcapawards.eu/