Q2 2022

Q2 2022 NeoConsultGmbH&Co.KG.: WealthManagement Business Leader of the Year 2022: Sebastian Jersch

2 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 Editor’s Note , Welcome to the Q2 edition of EU Business News, providing youwith all of the latest news, features, and informative pieces fromacross the European Union. The business world may seemmore unpredictable now than ever, with post-covid certainly having an impact. But we are moving fromwhat 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. Indeed, there are plenty of businesses that are managing to flourish despite this continued uncertainty and instability. They have been working hard with tremendous resilience to not only stay alive, but to keep providing their clients with the best possible products and services, at the most difficult of times. Some examples of these businesses are those that we shine a light on in this issue, residing from industries such as IT, PR, recruitment, healthcare, and further education. As they celebrate their extraordinary awards success, we take the time to get to know each business, exploring how they haven’t let a single thing stand in their way – not even the Covid-19 pandemic. We at EU Business News hope you enjoy this issue, and this glorious May weather! Sofi Bajor, Editor Website: www.business-news.eu AI Global Media, Ltd. (AI) takes reasonable measures to ensure the quality of the information on this web site. However, AI will not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, correctness or completeness of any information that is available through this web site. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. The information available through the website and our partner publications is for your general information and use and is not intended to address any particular finance or investment requirements. In particular, the information does not constitute any form of advice or recommendation by us or any of our partner publications and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making or refraining from making any investment or financial decisions. Appropriate independent advice should be obtained before making any such decision. Any arrangement made between you and any third party named in the site is at your sole risk and responsibility.

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 3 Contents , 4. News 6. KIWI Event Services: Best Event Cleaning Company 2021 7. Orthopädische Praxis Dr Breitenbacher: Non-Surgical Orthopaedic Medicine Specialists of the Year 2021 - Southwest Germany 8. Simon&Co Sàrl : Best International PR Agency 2021 9. enterDATA GmbH: Most Innovative Software Solutions: Michael Schmitt 10. Neo Consult GmbH & Co. KG: Wealth Management Business Leader of the Year 2022: Sebastian Jersch 12. DRIVE GmbH & Co. KG: Best Digital Communication Entrepreneur 2022: Stephan Probst 13. sayTEC AG: Security Expert Secures Success 14. Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board: Best Further Education & Training Provider - Leinster 15. Lennox Hearing Care Clinic: Hearing Technology Supplier of the Year 2022 16. Regis24 GmbH: Data Tech CEO of the Year (DACH): Gaby Kabbert 17. United Rugby Championship: Award for Excellence in Sport Brand Transformation & Stakeholder Engagement 2022 18. MCR Group & St James’s Hospital : Leading Providers of Healthcare and Security Training 2022 19. NANGA SYSTEMS GmbH: IT Consulting CEO of the Year 2022: Dominik Kassel 20. Metrology Systems and Services: Best Mass Calibration Laboratory 2022

4 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 NEWS , Guide to Help Displaced Ukrainians in France Created with Imperial College Business School ImperialCollegeBusinessSchoolhashelped developaguide tosupport community leaders in France lookafterdisplacedpeople fromUkraine. A team of students, faculty and staff from Imperial College Business School have been working with the French charity Solidarité Ukraine to create a playbook so that other communities can replicate what a community in Saint-Omer, northern France, has achieved since early March in resettling Ukrainians currently displaced by the war. The charity is led by Imperial College Business School Advisory Board and Imperial Council member Mary Meaney who has been at the forefront of efforts to support displaced Ukrainians in Saint-Omer, around 40 miles from Lille. Mary has worked with the Imperial team to create the guide and lead a local effort that includes hundreds of volunteers, while also providing shelter for scores of displaced Ukrainian people at her home in France, including 11 orphaned children. The toolkit – entitled Solidarity Ukraine: AGuide to Welcoming Ukrainian Displaced People – provides sound and practical advice on how community leaders can best manage the arrival and resettlement of Ukrainian people. Holistic support Imperial College London President Professor Alice Gast said: “As part of our response to the crisis in Ukraine, students and staff at the Business School have worked hard and quickly with Solidarité Ukraine to put together this commendable guide. “It is a great piece of work and sets out the best approach for a community to take to coordinate integrated, holistic support for Ukrainian displaced people, and also contains key documents in French and Ukrainian.” Celia Moore, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Imperial College Business School, worked on the guide with Mary Meaney, along with a team of Imperial students including Marina Moncayola Lobato, Sneha Kuruvilla, Karina Penska and Karolina Kaczmarek. She said: “Mary’s leadership and dedication throughout this crisis has been inspiring, and I applaud her for spearheading the creation of this important guide. I worked alongside three incredible Ukrainian students from the Business School to codify and organise what the group in Saint-Omer has learned about how to come together to support, feed, clothe, house, employ, educate, and provide health care for the influx of Ukranians fleeing the country. My role was secondary to Mary and the students’ star performances, and deserve absolute kudos for their tireless efforts.” Mary Meaney said: “As leader of the Solidarité Ukraine initiative, I am deeply grateful to Celia, Marina and the entire team from Imperial for their incredible work. “So far, our community in northern France has welcomed over 250 Ukrainian women and children, and this guide will be invaluable as we scale up our support to other Ukrainians in other communities across France. As a member of Imperial College Council and also Imperial College Business School's Advisory Board, I am so proud of Imperial's contribution in this crisis.” About the guide The guide offers a range of training materials for those interested in mobilising their communities to support Ukrainian women and children. Key areas covered include the organisation of transport of displaced Ukrainian people and preparing the French host families for their arrival. It also contains details of how to match and host Ukrainian families and support people who are suffering from trauma, and looks at the practicalities of making sure refugees are provided with essentials, such as clean clothing, toothbrushes, shampoo, clothes, baby equipment, diapers as well as access to computers to connect with their families and friends. Since the beginning of March, Solidarité Ukraine has worked with the community of Saint-Omer to welcome hundreds of Ukrainian women and children, and has found solutions to house, feed, clothe and care for them all. All the Ukrainian primary and secondary school children who arrived in March are now in French schools and teenagers and adults are attending French classes offered in person four days a week, with additional online classes. Upon arrival, every Ukrainian has had a comprehensive medical check-up, including status check on vaccinations, chronic conditions and psychological state, and has had access to medical care. The team in Saint-Omer also has 60 Russian and Ukrainianspeaking psychologists providing mental health support. Other efforts included the submission of all French documents for Ukrainian families to receive their protected status and a new “bus stop” in front of the Ukrainian welcome centre with free transport for all Ukrainians. The news follows the launch of new funds to support refugees and asylum seekers at Imperial. Mary Meaney, along with other members of Imperial’s governing Council and senior staff, were among the first to pledge their support, which currently stands at close to £250,000 of donations and Imperial funding.

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 5 NEWS , May 7th 2022marks the six-month countdown to COP27 andmass-participation relay organisers TheWorld Relay are proud to announce Running Out of Time, a 7,200km, 38-day, non-stop relay fromGlasgow, Scotland (COP26 host) to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (COP27 host) in the name of climate action, inviting runners to register to take part and pass the baton. Broken down into 10km stages, it will be the longest non-stop relay ever attempted with runners, cyclists and sailors working together to pass a baton containing a powerful climate message from young people to the decision makers at COP27. The impact of climate change on our planet will be felt most by our youth and future generations. Their collective voice needs to be heard. The aim is to deliver their message with so much support that it is impossible to ignore. From the opening ceremony in COP26 host city Glasgow on September 30th 2022 – where the message will be sealed in the baton - the relay will journey through 18 countries - UK (Scotland, Wales, England), France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt - arriving to Sharm el-Sheikh on November 6th 2022 in time for COP27 which will take place from 7th-18th November 2022. Danny Bent, Running Out of Time’s Relay Director, runner and Guinness World Record holder says “We are so super proud to have this opportunity to amplify the voice of our youth and to help raise awareness of the climate crisis. We want to show what can be achieved if we all work together - a symbol to today’s decision makers who hold the key to a unified solution.” Along the extraordinary route, the baton will cross seas, mountain ranges, glaciers, and deserts and visit schools, atrisk locations and climate change projects meeting scientists, engineers and designers at the forefront of the green revolution to better understand what is happening to our planet and to inspire local climate action. Running Out of Time will also be fundraising for the Foundation for Environmental Education’s Global Forest Fund and Carbon Copy. Ric Casale, Co Founder, Carbon Copy says “Carbon Copy is delighted to team up with One Run for this extraordinary event. The relay is so symbolic of the ambition and collaboration we wish to see at COP27, and that we already see in the people working together locally to address the biodiversity and climate crises. This relay will also be a common thread that links thousands of inspiring climate action stories, showcasing leadership at all levels and encouraging more people to join in by doing something similar. Collective local climate action is having an impact globally, and we look forward to taking these stories to COP27 and sharing them with governments from around the world.” During the relay up to a million pupils from around the world will be brought together for a Global Schools Day - an exciting virtual programme that champions climate change solutions while empowering young people to create an environmentally conscious world through experiential, project-based learning. Lesley Jones, President, Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) says “At a time where climate change is an increasingly urgent cross-cutting issue, FEE has chosen to prioritise climate action as part of its ten-year strategy, GAIA 20:30. There are many pathways to mitigating the impacts of climate change, and we believe that education and collaboration play crucial roles in driving climate action to overcome the challenges facing our planet. It has to be education that shows and guides us to positive solutions. The Running Out Of Time relay will not only connect those people along the route from Glasgow to Sharm el-Sheikh, but bring us all together to address a problem on a global scale. We are hopeful and excited for the relay baton to become a rallying point and a call for quality climate change education around the world.” People around the world who are unable to run a stage on the physical route won’t miss out. They’re invited to pass the baton during a Global Virtual Relay which is expected to attract tens of thousands of runners in a demonstration of togetherness and radical inclusivity in the name of climate action. The general public can register to take part and pass the baton from May 7th via www.running-out-of-time.com and will be invited to select their chosen 10km stage in June. ‘Running Out of Time’ theWorld’s Longest Non-Stop Relay Announced in the Name of Climate Action

6 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 , Dec21520 Best Event Cleaning Company 2021 KIWI Event Services, an events cleaning solution that has made itself an invaluable partner to clients, has made itself even more of a cornerstone since the outbreak of the pandemic. Cleaning, especially for big events, is now absolutely crucial, and companies like KIWI Event Services have been busier than ever to find ways to mitigate the risk, implementing new cleaning products and solutions to be able to do so. For KIWI Event Services, this has also meant an opportunity to further increase the sustainability of its products, another pivotal element of modern cleaning operations. An experienced service that offers cleaning services and events services – both in its home nation of Germany and further afield – KIWI Event Services has become incredibly well known as a paragon of its industry. Nominally, with expert solutions that ensure sustainable hygiene preservation at events and in business venues, it works hard to ensure the safety of all attendees, cleaning exhibition stands, bathrooms, and even vehicles present at events or shows as part of the display. It wishes to help clients to see professional cleaning services in a whole new light, a service that has become even more pivotal an element of any event with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, it has begun to see a higher demand for its services than ever since the world’s trade and events industries have begun to re-open. With many well-known companies and industry heavyweights placing their trust in it to clean for them, it presents sustainable hygiene services at events and in buildings, employing a fairly paid, experienced, well-trained team of staff that each take their role incredibly seriously. Uniformly, they will not be satisfied until the client is satisfied, performing with such excellence as to attract return customers such as Mercedes Benz, Polestar, Ford, Metro, and FIA. Soon, it hopes to be adding Porsche to this star-studded client roster, using ecologically degradable products and hiring multi-lingual employees. Regarding its focus on green products, this gives it the ability to provide an internationally competent service that treads lightly, preserving the health of the event attendees and the planet. Furthermore, in the future, it will be implementing even more sustainability focused products and solutions into itself, making its processes even more efficient and introducing its electric fleet, planting 100 new trees on a monthly basis in order to offset its carbon footprint. With this dedication to client and planet in mind, it is looking forward to a bright future, and excited to see what kind of events it will get to serve in the near future. Company: KIWI Event Services Contact: CEO Claudio Hauser Website: kiwi-services.de

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 7 , Dec21187 Non-Surgical Orthopaedic Medicine Specialists of the Year 2021 - Southwest Germany An orthopaedic practice operating out of Germany and with an in-depth, ingrained dedication to patient health, the Orthopädische Praxis Dr Breitenbacher is a facility dedicated to holistic and non-invasive treatments. Making itself a partner to its client’s health, wellbeing, and happiness, it focuses on getting to know each and every one of themon a personal level, working hard to investigate the challenges they are facing and to offer non-surgical, effective, and well-rounded services that will help them to resolve their discomfort and pain. The Orthopädische Praxis Dr Breitenbacher – the orthopaedic practice of Dr Breitenbacher – extends its warm welcome out to clients new and old every day, working hard to provide an exemplary solution for holistic and regenerative non-surgical orthopaedics. Operating out of an outstanding clinic in the southwest of Germany, its well-established team of specialists make up an outstanding collection of competencies, and the clinic sets itself the goal of providing the best possible care using the expertise of these professionals, working as a unit to share knowledge and perspectives. This allows Dr Breitenbacher’s staff to provide the most exemplary and nuanced care. Fundamentally, focusing on regenerative and non-invasive therapies means that it can bring to bear some of the latest and greatest innovations in the orthopaedic industry, using these to introduce clients to a whole new way to look after their skeletomuscular health. Its medical devices, each of which have been rigorously tested and are strictly maintained, are each the latest generation and model of what they are, implemented hand-in-hand with treatment concepts that allow it to detect their problems quickly and efficiently. This, empowered by the expertise of its professionals, allows it to detect problems quickly and efficiently, able to move on from there to develop treatment plans that will help the client to regain control over their care and take back their lives with confidence. It is always happy to take the time needed with a client to investigate exactly what is troubling them and find the best solution that will be both immediately helpful and sustainable in the long term, of the opinion that an optimal result requires trust and patience. Therefore, it works hard to build this with a client. Over the course of working with Dr Breitenbacher’s staff, a patient will get to know the team inside and out, and the team will get to know them, resulting in a friendly and motivated environment that clients feel safe and looked after in. The eponymous Dr Breitenbacher himself has been the founding impetus behind this focus, ensuring that each one of his staff members fits in with the wider culture of the practice and has a strict focus on client health and wellbeing as their foremost priority, no matter the service they need. Able to provide shockwave therapy, EMTT, SpineMed, spineliner, back and disc therapy, acupuncture, sports injury physiotherapy, anti-gravity running workouts, and more, it has built its position as a front runner of its industry over the years, something it promises to maintain as it moves into the future. Company: Orthopädische Praxis Dr Breitenbacher Contact: Ivo Breitenbacher Website: https://www.breitenbacher.de/ Orthopädische Praxis Dr Breitenbacher

8 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 , Best International PR Agency 2021 Developed to support clients in promoting, expanding, and establishing their brand's reputation, Simon&Co was launched with the mission to create tailor-made strategies and client-orientated consultancy to help its customer's business development at any stage. Established as the Best International PR Agency, Simon&Co is highly regarded and recognised for its vast experience with start-ups, SME's andmultinational corporations and is active in the B2B and B2C sectors and NGOs and associations. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Simon&Co is renowned for its excellence in PR. The agency believes firmly in building rewarding relationships with key opinion leaders, core customers and partners – developing tailor-made strategies to make the most out of its clients to broaden awareness and stimulate engagement. The agency offers several services from strategic counsel, reputation management, external and internal communication strategies, crisis communication, launches, media relations, public affairs, and influencer marketing. Additionally, with these services, Simon&Co often work in partnership with national and international professional networks from appropriate sectors to deliver the finest integrated services for its clients' bespoke strategy. Since the company's establishment, the agency's core values, principles and founding ethics have not changed. In fact, they have remained an integral role in the launch of Simon&Co. Director and Founder Virginie Simon lead on from this point, stating, "I think that because I always remained true to myself, advising clients for their own well-being and not my wallet has let me get their trust. When I say that I have always been true to myself, I mean that I am not afraid of saying 'no' when I don't believe in what the client would like to implement, or I am not afraid of proposing strategies/ actions that the client has not even thought about." With over 13 years of proven experience in PR and even more so in the field of Dec21191 communication, Virginie has been able to differentiate herself from other agencies and, because of this, has been able to grow Simon&Co into a genuinely remarkable PR firm. To ensure that the company can flourish adequately and provide continuous excellence, Simon&Co carefully surrounds itself with the right people. Thus, Virginie expands on this, explaining the importance of her staff, stating, "My staff supports me daily, and I wouldn't be here, growing without them. They all come from different fields and have other types of expertise. One of my junior consultants, for instance, was an entrepreneur with a great marketing approach. The other is amazing in creating content and storytelling. A great sense of humour is also a huge requirement at Simon&Co as we like our jokes and a relaxed environment. This is essential when dealing with tough projects such as crisis management or when the topic is complex." For Simon&Co, the industry has gone through several changes and trends over the past few years, and for the agency, one of the most significant issues has been that companies are reducing their costs. To combat these challenges, Simon&Co has taken it upon itself to propose additional coaching and workshops to make the most of their staff. Additionally, another change in the industry has been how clients work. Virginie explains this progression in detail, stating, "They need budgets and proposals very quickly and then come back to you a few months later with another strategy in mind, meaning that you work on another proposal that has to be implemented right away. So the deadlines are tighter than before." As an entrepreneur, Virginie was weary of the effects of Covid-19 on the business, the industry, and her clients. Therefore, she tried to reduce the spending to support as many clients as possible before hiring members. "It was strange, as after the world was paralysed, then everything started again like crazy. I haven't stopped since then and have grown during that time. I explain this with the fact that I am well known for being a crisis communication specialist, having managed the most important redundancy Geneva has ever experienced. Companies also started to valorise more the power of a good reputation to stand out of the crowd." For now, Simon&Co is working on several diverse workshops for companies. However, as the world is beginning to open up again, clients have realised they have missed the humanised and personalised side of the agency's work efforts. Now, Simon&Co is accompanying new clients, getting prepared for greater launches, communications, development plans, and counselling to come forward in the new year. Keeping up with surging expectations of the industry and creating continuous success for its clients, it is no wonder that Simon&Co has been regarded as the Best International PR Firm of the year. Company Name: Simon&Co Sàrl Contact Name: Virginie Simon Web Address: www.simon-and-co.com Contact Email: [email protected]

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 9 , Mar22127 enterDATA GmbH is a premium IT software solutions provider. The company has numerous products and services in its arsenal, each of whichmaintaining a place within the elements that have pushed the company to success. Join us as we delve into the industry-leading brand… enterDATA GmbH serves as a recognised IT system service provider that specialises in RTLS (real time locating systems), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, and classic IT services. Indeed, enterDATA’s clients refer to it as a ‘digital gamechanger.’ Its primary goal surrounds ensuring that companies enter a new era of digitisation, and its philosophies surround this aim – for example, enterDATA makes digital solutions accessible, usable, and, above all, affordable for its clients. Henceforth, enterDATA has built a diverse portfolio that’s filled with both small- and medium-sized companies up to large scale corporations. Its customers simply cannot be defined by a ‘type.’ In the same way that its clients come from a plethora of different sizes, its customers also stem from a range of industries, including the fashion industry and mechanical engineering. enterDATA endeavours to build sturdy relationships with its clients and it credits these relationships with spawning its unique selling point – no matter whether the company is providing RTLS software or ERP consulting, its solutions are tailored to its customer's industry and lead to success in the fastest and most sustainable way. The company uses enhanced digital marketing techniques in order to bring in new customers – this involves utilising tools such as LinkedIn, XING, and website and email campaigns. Moreover, the company receives the majority of its inquiries due to its good reputation, transparency, and prior successful projects. Of course, a further contributor to this approach is the company’s team. enterDATA notes that its team are its greatest asset, commenting that ‘without the team spirit and absolute commitment of our employees, the company would not be where it is today in 2022.’ It takes pride in the fact that its team are the leading cause behind the company’s growth in 2021. In essence, enterDATA boasts an innovative and collaborative culture that thrives upon transparency, with a large focus upon continued learning. Furthermore, the company works on a flat hierarchy, which has enabled effective communication between departments and at a decisionmaking level, for example in meetings, resulting in the optimised implementation of internal decisions. Additionally, enterDATA is home to a young and creative team with an innate drive to succeed. Led by Michael Georg Schmitt, the company and team benefit from a CEO that is devoted entirely to the company’s success. He is creative, hands-on, and highly experienced. Schmitt has a background that spans across numerous industries and around the globe, including experience in manufacturing, investing, distribution, and digital and social media. If anyone will understand the intricacies of growing a brand, it’s Schmitt. Not only does he bring knowledge surrounding launching businesses, PR, and sales, but he also offers up a strong entrepreneurial mindset and a deeprooted passion for making a difference. Subsequently, this energy and overall mindset has transgressed Schmitt’s person and has infused itself within each member of the team. ‘In our eyes, the COVID-19 pandemic is both a blessing and a curse for companies in the IT sector,’ states enterDATA, noting that consulting and interpersonal aspects often get neglected during remote working. In addition, its team typically prefer working alongside its clients within the office – however, enterDATA does recognise the comfort of working at home, adding that ‘it’s certainly a nice thing in the IT sector.’ Moving away from the team, the company benefitted on a whole due to the pandemic. Digitisation became a growing priority for companies across Germany, which cultivated an influx of demand for enterDATA, rendering its books full. In 2022, the company plans to integrate its new IT Service and Managed IT Solutions business unit into the wider company, with healthy, and above all, sustainable growth. For both the company and its employees, remaining up to date with trends and digitisation is imperative – consequently, enterDATA is working to ensure that it remains of the cutting-edge of technology. In turn, it will be expanding its training programmes. enterDATA is currently recruiting team members for its ERP-Consulting team. Such positions are being advertised through the company’s LinkedIn page, in which it exclaims that it is ‘looking forward to receiving numerous and meaningful applications!’ Contact: Michael Schmitt Company: enterDATA GmbH Web Address: https://enterdata.de Most Innovative Software Solutions: Michael Schmitt

10 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 , Neo Consult, a registered, independent wealth management firm, serves successful families and corporations in Marburg and beyond with hard work, dedication to client satisfaction, and the utmost efficiency. Fundamentally, clients can immediately see the benefits of working with Neo Consult in the approach that it takes. With a philosophy of wealth being aligned in a way that enables a client to live their ideal life, it hopes to help them organise it to make this the case, shirking the industry standard of singular, rigid financial solutions in favour of something flexible, tailorable, and developed with the client in mind. Essentially, its work results in a vital process, at the end of which a client’s wealth will be perfectly at the service of making their life the best it can be. No matter where their investments lie, or what their specific interests are, the transformative and affirming professional stylings of the Neo Consult team will take them through a five-step approach that gives a detailed roadmap to achieving this. Having paved that road, Neo Consult, led by its Managing Director, Sebastian Jersch, will support them every step of the way until they reach that final goal. He hopes to make his business the ‘best home for your money’, having implemented cutting edge new technologies and incorporated the best new systems, processes, and methodologies into itself in order to add additional value. Upon first meeting, he and his team will field all questions a client may have in order to Wealth Management Business Leader of the Year 2022: Sebastian Jersch A companywith traditional excellence and bold new ideas infinancial management, Neo Consult helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and thosewith investments in sizeable assets to manage theirwealth effectively. By doing this, it secures the future of the client, their family, and their assets, creating the best wealth plans withwell-set-outmilestones and intelligent, highly tailored processes thatmakeNeo Consult a true partner and friend to its customers. Mar22538 assuage their fears, asking clients the real question of ‘how do you want to live your life and how can your wealth best support you?’. To Sebastian, only the right focus may lead to success, and nowhere is this truer than ensuring that an investors’s funds are allocated correctly; indeed, even if a profitable investment isn’t a guarantee for a fulfilling life, it is an incredibly helpful building block that will help them cultivate the future they want for them and their family. Operating with a comprehensive understanding that wealth management is made up of asset management, advanced planning, and relationship management, Neo Consult’s evidence-backed approach implements well-researched, empirically backed strategies, all of which are recognised by leading financial experts. Thus, the company has been able to address effectively all the major needs of clients from wealth enhancement, wealth transfer, wealth protection to charitable giving. This helps a client to put the correct amount of money into each facet of their interest, leading enough to retire with the lifestyle they want, for example. Indeed, for many clients, retirement and wealth preservation for future generations is a big part of why they come to Neo Consult for help; with many of them being successful entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, and high net worth individuals, the company is used to handling large estates and sizeable investments. Due to its unique approach to solving the individual challenges of its clients, it is easy to understand how the firm has earned a reputation for clearly distinguishing itself from the conventional financial advisory practice of its competitors in the German financial planning market and for offering real added value to its clients. This unique consulting experience is also the reason why Neo Consult mainly acquires new customers through personal recommendations. Neo Consult also boasts membership to several international advisory networks in the UK and USA, always incorporating in new methods and research from the professionals within those networks in order to better itself, improve its communication, and build peer relationships that further build on its already stellar reputation. Moreover, the company’s established culture of unbiased, deep listening skills is the world’s best management technique and something its peers have used as an example and worked into their own firms. This dedication towards building up impressive and empirically backed skillsets is what fuels it in training up each of its staff members to be the best of the best, with each of its senior advisors having received accreditation as a Registered Life Planner RLP®. Sebastian Jersch himself was the first RLP® in Germany. As Co-Trainer for the Kinder Institute of Life Planning (USA), he is passionate about training other professionals in order to pass on this art of communication to others so they can become part of the worldwide community of Registered Life Planners. He comments, “I would love to see the number of German advisors growing with this qualification. But at the moment, we are the first and only company where all

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q4 2021 11 WealthManagement Business Leader of the Year 2022: Sebastian Jersch E B SI ES NE S / Q2 2 advisors have taken the same education. Hence, the standard of giving advice across the company is completely aligned to our philosophy, making a unique homogeneous client experience no matter which member of our team clients get in touch with.” Between this, their incredible emotional intelligence, and their gift of ‘the art of inner listening’, Neo Consult’s exemplary team have become true leaders in client facing wealth management. When working with a client, the relationship they build with them is about so much more than just the monetary or assetbased side of things; it’s about the support of a customer’s ambitions, the protection of their family, and the safeguarding of their future, all things that Neo Consult is passionate about. After all, it’s people who make the difference. Neo Consult’s team are full of people who are passionate, intellectual, and empathic, able to handle all manner of client interactions and to guide them with an expert hand whilst accepting that the client is the specialist when it comes to what they want to do with their resources. Ultimately, Neo Consult hopes to guide and to aid, but never to pressurise, as it wishes to take the stress out of wealth management for its clients – allowing them to achieve what is most important to them – whilst resting assured that their investments are in safe hands. Setting up the assets of its clients so that they have income, security, and support in their financial interests, Neo Consult’s efforts are especially invaluable in times of great change or markets turmoil, such as during the pandemic, and even before that, in the last few decades of the financial industry declining in a macro scale. Therefore, when it comes to the old vs. new world of financial advice, Neo Consult prides itself on being modern and contemporary, its financial advice having learned from the mistakes of the past. Consequentially, with its slew of new hires bringing new blood into the industry, and its investment in Germany as a country, Neo Consult and its CEO are excited to see where its efforts will take it in the future. Company: Neo Consult GmbH & Co. KG Contact: Sebastian Jersch Website: neo-consult.de

12 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 , Jan22349 Best Digital Communication Entrepreneur 2022: Stephan Probst DRIVE designs and develops complex specialised solutions for integrated digital communication and applications. Its expertise lies in employer communication, digital transformation, ecommerce, and internal and external communication, among others, for the B2B and the B2C sector. In light of Managing Director, Stephan Probst’s success within the German CEO Excellence Awards 2022, we take a closer look at his company. The DRIVE team’s mission is to find, use and implement the most suitable technology solution for each client’s project. With access to a comprehensive portfolio and the knowhow about tools, systems and techniques, DRIVE strives to find the right solution, to follow it and to achieve the most effective results in an efficient manner. The expert team specialises in the development of software for web and app technologies, for applications and systems that solve complex tasks internally and externally in companies and institutions. Its software and applications are developed based on PHP, Java and with open source systems such as TYPO3, WordPress, Drupal, xt:Commerce, and Magento2. DRIVE develops for digital media according to the client’s goals and requirements, to enhance their projects and their communication. DRIVE regularly provides further training to its team via courses, workshops, webinars and more to ensure they are always kept up-todate in terms of technologies and so that they are constantly improving and on their a-game. Its people have great passion and fun in what they do, shown time and time again through the company’s great achievements and consistently outstanding results. Some notable completed projects include the timely relaunch of Emmendingen Billing Center’s website and two online portals; the development and construction of a database, website and logo for The Landesmuseum Hanover; and UNESCO World Heritage Lower Saxony website relaunch. Dr Petra Meschede, Head of Public Relations for UNESCO (the Diocese of Hildesheim) commented, “I would like to thank you and your entire team, also on behalf of my colleague Peter Lange, for your work, your commitment and your patience with us. It was a great pleasure for me to work with such a competent agency.” Everything DRIVE does is with the aim of developing a good corporate identity for its clients; by creating an original brand personality, companies can form relationships with their consumers and close that gap between them. It’s all about attracting attention, standing out from the rest, and evoking emotion. DRIVE creates brand identities that leave a lasting impression on consumers. Managing Director, Stephan Probst is DRIVE and his enthusiasm sweeps everyone in the agency along, encouraging their passion for what they do. He loves his profession and a good challenge. Speaking about his awards success, Stephan said, “We at DRIVE are all very happy and see this award as a reward for our continuous creative work and efforts as a team. We keep on working hard to fulfil the needs of and support all our customers in reaching their goals with great speed and efficiency. Therefore, we all are in good spirits for a brand new year.” Company: DRIVE GmbH & Co. KG Contact: Stephan Probst Email: [email protected] Website: www.drive.eu

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 13 , Feb22390 volutionary technology is purely the product of large firms, pushing the boundaries. It also comes from small teams wanting to find simple solutions. sayTEC AG started with one person’s idea, Yakup Saygin, and grew from there. Yakup was recognised for his efforts in EU Business News’ German CEO Excellence Awards 2022, where he was named IT Infrastructure Security CEO of the Year 2022: Yakup Saygin. We thought it time to take a closer look in order to discover more. Great ideas are hard to come by, and in Germany this is especially true. Everyone wants the next big thing, but they want it to have been tried and tested for the last twenty years. This simply isn’t possible in the word of security. With security concerns constantly evolving, the ways in which we protect people must too. sayTEC AG has developed two revolutionary technologies that ensure internal and external network security, maximum access protection and availability of data, applications and systems. sayFUSE and sayTRUST are truly impressive products, offering a comprehensive solution to most of today’s most important IT problems. Working in the fields of Network and Remote Access Security, Backup & Restore, Disaster Recovery, Highly Secure Private and Public Cloud, Ultra Converged Infrastructures, the team have been able to secure incredible success. The success of sayTEC's technologies is mainly due to the tireless efforts of Yakup Saygin. The foundation of the company is the focus on the specific needs of the IT world. The needs of the customers have inspired the team of engineers and scientists to develop unique solutions. New, increasing demands from customers, combined with many new security challenges, show that there is plenty of potential for those who are willing to develop new ideas and innovative technologies. Yakup’s team not only protects the IT infrastructure of public authorities, sites and ministries, but also of small and large companies. They ensure high performance, maximum security and scalability. The growth of the business over the years has matched demand from technology and sales partners. The team don’t simply provide solutions, however. They take the time to ensure that they are trained and certified to the highest possible standards. In this way, they are able to embrace a comprehensive security solution. Until relatively recently, much IT security has focused on human-human and humanmachine relationships. The expansion of digital transformation, AI, growing data volumes, self-learning, networked and independently communicating machines not only bring new opportunities, but increases the risks involved exponentially. To meet today's and tomorrow's requirements, new technologies are essential. The service that Yakup has always encouraged is one which doesn’t follow conventional lines, therefore. He is always looking to empower his team to break new ground. Looking forward, it’s clear that Yakup’s approach of thinking up practical ideas that benefit people working on the ground has been one of the keys to his continued success. In the future, he aims to continue working along these lines, offering the solutions that mega corporations depend upon, but would never think of for themselves. What is clear is that smaller companies are leading the way forward. In the near future, he and his team will continue to build their partner structure in order to meet enquiries, whilst expanding their security solutions to a broader audience. This will mean providing ways of protecting corporate data on mobile devices, for example. Already, the team are on the case. It's this eye for the future that keeps the team at sayTEC ahead of the curve. Their work is inspirational, offering a chance to get ahead of what is required when it comes to internet security. Yakup’s drive and ambition lies at the heart of this enterprise and is key to securing the company’s position for many years to come. Company: sayTEC AG Name: Yakup Saygin Email: [email protected] Web Address: www.saytec.eu Security Expert Secures Success

14 EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 , Best Further Education & Training Provider - Leinster A provider of exemplary training, education, and support for local people, Kilkenny and CarlowEducation and Training Board gives its community a central hub for personal and professional growth. Serving people of all age ranges and demographics, this organisation has made itself a crucial element of its local area’s development, fostering ¬the ambitions, dreams, and goals of its pupils so that they can continually strive for better, resulting a rising tide that lifts all ships. Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board – or KCETB – serves the eponymous counties of Kilkenny and Carlow. With a combined population of approximately 156,164 people in the region, KCETB takes pride in serving every one of them with high-quality education and training opportunities, recognising the importance of delivering education to all demographics within its community. Fundamentally, it believes that there should be no barriers to education for those who wish to seek Mar22294 it out, developing its patterns of service delivery in response to its students’ needs, requirements, and challenges. All of this helps it to follow its vision of developing high-quality education for its leaners, helping them to strive for further personal or professional growth no matter their age or previous education, supporting them through all stages of lifelong learning. Thus, its mission of enabling learners to reach their potential is further reached, and it takes great pride in seeing those who have partaken in its courses go on to do great things in the local area and further afield. Being the largest provider of education, training, and youth work opportunities in its two counties, it has become a pillar of the community. Therefore, it works hard to live up to this in every programme and course it develops, providing a diverse range of services at second level, further education, training, and youth work levels, focused within local venues of learning. At KCETB, it strives to excellence within itself, knowing that in order to create excellence in its learners, it must first show this in its curriculum. Taking an outcome-focused outlook on learning, it works with its pupils to draw out their individual goals and desires, tailoring itself to fit each learner so that they can participate in KCETB’s services with confidence. Additionally, with a range of administrative supports in place, it underpins its education and training services across areas of finance, human resources, ICT, and corporate services with empathetic and sensitive support structures. Made up of strong team leaders, teachers, administrators, and support staff, it is excited to keep building itself into the best organisation it can be as it moves into the future, further developing its effective workforce plans, supportive leadership development, and culture of personal growth. Serving an expanding industrial base and financial industry within its area, it is proud to be a part of one of Ireland’s fastest growing regions, hoping to continue being a linchpin of this community for many years to come. Company: Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board Contact: Martha Bolger Website: kkadulted.ie

EU BUSINESS NEWS / Q2 2022 15 , Mar22317 Award-winning LennoxHearing Care Clinic is a family-run audiology practicewith clinics in Cork, Tralee, Mallow, and Carrigaline.With over 30 years’ experience in helping the hard of hearing, the clinic prides itself in the professional care it provides to its patients and in the fitting of themost up-to-date hearing aids to suit their needs, followed by committed aftercare service. Lennox Hearing Care Clinic helps people with suspected hearing loss to overcome social stigmatisation and isolation, believing that no person should have to suffer in silence. According to the world health organisation, hearing aids may improve the ability to communicate in at least 90% of people with hearing loss. The team at Lennox Hearing specialises in enriching the lives of patients by providing the best service and highest quality hearing aids at the most competitive prices. Its qualified hearing aid audiologists provide free hearing tests and deal with hearing aid grants for the people of Cork city. Hearing tests can be performed at the clinic or the patient’s home and are followed with the highest level of aftercare in a relaxed environment. The clinic supplies a full range of technological options and styles of hearing aids from manufacturers such as Unitron, Widex, Phonak, GN Resound, and many others. The best technology is combined with sleek, modern designs, meaning there is a style available to suit all requirements. Each is specifically adjusted to each person, with many acoustic prescriptions available for diagnosed hearing loss. The clinic’s treatments don’t stop there, it can also provide wax removal, pure tone audiometry, bone conduction, hearing protection, BiCROS fittings for one-sided hearing, and video otoscopy (visual of the eardrum), as well as tinnitus treatment, swim moulds, and musician earplugs. The services and products that Lennox Hearing provides are truly changing peoples’ lives for the better. One patient, Niall Sheehy, former Kerry Gaelic football player commented, “My new rechargeable hearing aids from Lennox Hearing have given me a new lease of life. The service and aftercare that Francis (Lennox Hearing owner) and the team has given to me is second to none. I would highly recommend Lennox Hearing to anyone who thinks they have a hearing loss.” Another patient, Paddy O’Brien described Lennox Hearing as “a business that truly cares about its customers and goes above and beyond to provide the best possible service”. He also said, “I cannot praise Francis and all the team at Lennox Hearing highly enough. The level of service is truly exceptional both before and after.” Indeed, Lennox Hearing Care Clinic is a force to be reckoned with within the audiology industry, having built a reputation for providing only the best technology available and the most outstanding of services. It is a company that patients can rely on time and time again to receive the gold standard of care, both during and after service. This only spurs Francis and the team on as they strive towards growing the existing clinic and opening more clinics in the Munster area, all to provide as many people as possible with the beautiful gift of hearing. Company: Lennox Hearing Care Clinic Contact: Francis Lennox Email: [email protected] Website: www.lennoxhearing.ie Hearing Technology Supplier of the Year 2022