Our outstanding award-winning businesses featured in this issue are the experts, and they are thriving, whether delivering beautiful, fresh wedding flower arrangements; providing the magical destination for an unforgettable Icelandic escape; offering a sensational range of global travel experiences; encouraging individuals to look after themselves and the planet by travelling by bicycle; and more.
But despite the challenging circumstances, European businesses are defying the odds with their resilience and hard work. Over 99% of these are SMEs (small to medium enterprises) and they are the backbone of the European economy, with their contributions towards job creation, innovation, and economic growth being truly invaluable.
Our award-winning businesses are dedicated to innovation, growth, and providing only the best products and services to their customers – no matter what. In this issue, we showcase businesses operating in procurement management, laboratory chemicals, roofing repair, and sustainable electricity, each of whom have worked so hard to get to where they are today and who are highly deserving of recognition.
We have settled into 2023 and are now inching into February, with spring starting to appear on the horizon – the season for new beginnings and hope. The ‘new year, new me’ phase may have ended for many, but those in the world of business know exciting opportunities will keep coming, just as surely as the evenings will get lighter, the daffodils will bloom, and the temperatures will grow warmer.
As we find ourselves in the final quarter of 2022, many companies are ending the year on a high and thriving within their industries. Some of these companies have been in the business for a long time, many have defied the odds by surviving the pandemic, and some are new to the scene and making their business dreams come true.
After another successful quarter, many companies are standing strong within their industries. Some of these businesses may have started during the pandemic and some have been working for years – but all of them have managed to weather the storm amongst their competitors. Despite all the odds, these entities have not only withstood the harsh realities of their marketplaces, but they have expanded and built upon their past endeavours.
The business world may seem more unpredictable now than ever, with post-covid certainly having an impact. But we are moving from what has been extreme unpredictability to a time of constant dynamic change, in what is still a very uncertain business environment. Businesses have had no choice but to digitise in order to stay relevant or even ahead of the game – and many of us are seeking digital solutions in order to improve our lives and our businesses.
The past couple of years have been very tough on all of us. From families to friends and businesses everywhere, everyone has felt the weight of the world on their shoulders. Throughout all the challenges and difficulties of the past year, there are plenty of businesses that have managed to flourish despite the uncertainty and instability of the global pandemic.
It’s a stark difference to this time in 2020, when the region was defined- largely – by uncertainty and the feeling of forever being on the back foot, reacting to change as it arrived on the threshold. While there are sure to be more unexpected twists and turns on the horizon, we have all learned and honed a useful skill to have: adaptability.
It has been a challenging start to 2021 for businesses throughout the European Union thanks to a myriad of factors. Chief among them, however, is the lingering COVID-19 pandemic. With countries forced into lockdowns, and businesses of all shapes and sizes paying the price, the resilience demonstrated by these companies has been impressive to witness.