The awards are organised by the Federation of European Securities Exchanges (FESE), EuropeanIssuers and the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
The Awards promote best practices and highlight the best European SMEs that have accessed capital markets via an Initial Public Offering (IPO). They showcase the diversity of European markets and aim to promote stock listings, in particular targeting SMEs and growth companies. 4 companies were chosen from amongst a very high standard of nominations from across Europe.
Irmfried Schwimann, Deputy Director General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said:
“The European Commission – through the Capital Markets Union (CMU) – aims at diversifying and deepening sources of finance for enterprises. By promoting SME Growth Markets, we help boosting the number of initial public offerings (IPOs) by SMEs. We also enable companies to attract a broader range of investors. The European Small and Mid-Cap Awards are our showcases of successful SMEs that have raised capital on public markets in the EU. The awards highlight that we have many strong SMEs in Europe. In the last five years, 175 companies have been nominated, and 74 SMEs from 19 different countries in 44 sectors of the economy have been shortlisted and received awards. This is a great success. It is also an inspiration for other SMEs to do the same."
Meet the winners
London stock exchange
This direct carrier billing company developed a technology that can be used to make payments via phone. Mobile phone users can buy products and services and charge them to their phone bill or pre-paid balance.
Bolsas y Mercados Españoles
The company has 3 main focus areas. 1. Diagnostic Laboratory: Molecular diagnosis to ascertain a tumour's phenotype. 2. Online Diagnosis: 24/7 medical diagnostic services. 3. Radiotherapy: a leading company in single-dose radiotherapy.
- Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych (PBKM)
Giełda Papierów Wartościowych – Warsaw Stock Exchange
Famicord Group is a daughter company. They're the largest stem cells bank in Europe and in the worldwide top 10.
Famicord's main focus is banking stem cells from post-foetal tissues for treatment of the baby and/or family members.
They lead as an online food delivery market place in continental Europe as well as Vietnam.Takeaway can connect the consumer with 36,500 restaurants.