British cheese maker wins at prestigious European Business Awards

EBA Wyke Farms

Wyke Farms, based in Bruton in Somerset, has won the Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability at the European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.

The award was presented to the company at the European Business Awards grand final held in Milan on 17 June.

Wyke Farms is the largest independent cheese maker in the UK selling more than 13,000 tonnes of Cheddar per year in the UK, and exporting to over 160 countries. The family company has a strong commitment to sustainability.

David Gwilliam, Chief Operating Officer of RSM UK said:

'This award recognises companies that have gone above and beyond to put social, cultural, economic and environmental issues at the heart of their business operations. Winning this award and beating off stiff competition from businesses across Europe is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate everyone at Wyke Farms on their success.'

Wyke Farms achieved their success after a 16-month long journey in Europe’s largest and most prestigious business awards programme, which this year engaged with over 32,000 businesses and generated over 227,000 votes from across the globe in its public vote.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, added:

'These fantastic businesses are the best of the best. They demonstrate agility and adaptability, innovation and financial success and are creating strong growth opportunities in a competitive global marketplace. Together they are forging a stronger business community in Europe and creating a better future for us all.'

Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM, the 6th largest network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms, said:

'The calibre of this year's competition finalists is outstanding. The extraordinary entrepreneurialism, innovation, leadership and business acumen demonstrated by the Ruban D'Honneur recipients and the overall category winners shows how much can be achieved in challenging market conditions. All those involved are a credit to their country and we wish them every success for the future.'

The 11 category winners went through a process of written submissions, video entry judging and face-to-face interviews, and were shortlisted as one of 678 National Champions and 110 Ruban d’Honneur recipients before reaching the final.

In the 2015/16 competition, all EU member markets were represented plus Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Their combined revenue exceeded €1.2 tn employing over 2.5 million people.

Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM, the European Business Awards’ is now in its 10th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Additional sponsors and partners of the Awards include UK Trade and Investment, ELITE and PR Newswire.

The winners

Category Company  Country 
The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award  Aerogen
Ireland (Republic)
The Business of the Year Award with turnover of €0-25m  Clio Online
The Business of the Year Award with turnover of €26-150m
Grup Ametller
The Business of the Year Award with turnover of €150m or higher
Figeac Aero
The Award for Customer Focus
Bel Medic
The Import/Export Award
Mycronic AB
The ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year
Nef-Timur Real Estate Development
The Employer of the Year Award
The Chairman's Selection Category
Science4you S.A.
The Award for Environmental & Corporate Sustainability
Wyke Farms
United Kingdom 
The UKTI Award for Innovation
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Roberto Polillo
European Public Champion

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