Business award honors innovativeness and personal commitment
Award ceremony on September 19th at Alte Oper Frankfurt
Flensburg, September 16th, 2013 – Impressive growth rates, strong innovative drive and social commitment: For the 17th time, the auditing and consulting company Ernst & Young (EY) elected the best medium-sized business entrepreneurs of Germany. After a multi-level, strict selection, 58 companies advanced to the final round of the award „Entrepreneur of the Year 2013“, including Ulrik Ortiz Rasmussen from Rail & Road Protec GmbH (r2p). „I am very happy about this success, which is an achievement of the whole r2p-team“, comments Ulrik Ortiz Rasmussen, CEO and founder of r2p on reaching the finals.
„There are impressive entrepreneurs among the finalists, who succeed within new business areas thanks to their strong innovative drive“, says Peter Englisch, Global Leader of the EY Family Business Center of Excellence and responsible for the German business award.
The 58 finalists stand out by innovative technologies and strong customer loyalty. They have efficient organizational structures with short decision-making paths which enables them to react quickly to changing market conditions. In addition, they are aware of their social responsibility: „This year’s finalists show very clearly, that economic growth and social commitment are not mutually exclusive“, explains Peter Englisch.
An independent jury of reputable economic experts chooses the winner of the „Entrepreneur of the Year 2013“ award from all finalists, in each of the following categories: capital goods industry, commerce, services, IT/media and start-up. The award winner will be announced on September 19th at the Alte Oper Frankfurt in front of a top-class audience.
Innovation and employees are the key to success
The companies in the finals show strong growth rates. They represent all important industries, on average they achieve an annually turnover of 100 Million Euro and employ 500 people. Together, they recruited more than 2.700 new employees in 2012 compared to the year before. Ulrik Ortiz Rasmussen could improve the sales of R2P in 2012 by 82%, the numbers of employees rose by 46%. „Innovative products, sustainable management and a close proximity to our customers are important factors of success, that should always be the main focus”, explains Ulrik Ortiz Rasmussen the growth.
An important key to the success of this year’s finalists is the ability to quickly react to changing market conditions with innovative products and services: They invest above average in innovations. They are able to bring new developments to the market in short time and meet the growing consolidation in many industries. The successful implementation of innovations is dependent on qualified and committed employees. Training and further education of employees plays an important role in these companies.
About the award „Entrepreneur of the Year“
The award „Entrepreneur of the Year“ honors excellent entrepreneurial performance by an indepen-dent jury in different categories – worldwide in more than 50 countries, for the 17th time in Germany in 2013. The award initialized by EY is supported by reputable companies and the media: as for example DZ BANK, Jaguar, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Manager Magazin. Besides awarding successful businessman and women, EY encourages young entrepreneurial talents with the program „Entrepreneur of the Year Junior Academy“.
For more Informations
- Rail & Road Protec GmbH
- Katrin Bauer
- PA to Managing Director
- Tel: +49 461 500 338 232
- E-mail: katrin.bauer[at]R2Protec.de