Disruptive employee engagement technology company The Happiness Index was last night awarded ‘The New Business of the Year Award’ in the UK finals of the European Business Awards at an exclusive event held at the London Stock Exchange.

The awards which are Europe’s largest business awards, sponsored by RSM and Investec, were judged on three core criteria – Innovation, Fast Growth and Ethics. Twelve national winners were chosen from the tens of thousands of entries received from 34 European countries.

At the event, business leaders came together to celebrate and network with their peers after being successfully named as ‘Ones to Watch’ in a list of business excellence published in December. The celebrated companies were chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in the Awards’ 12 categories.

CEO & Co Founder of The Happiness Index, Tony Latter commented:

“We’re delighted to win this award, The European Business Awards are by far the largest business awards in Europe and winning at a national level is a fantastic achievement. Our purpose is to provide companies the flexibility in who, what and how they get sentiment from their people. We monitor their pulse, track progress and inspire them to maximise the full potential of their people and this award acknowledges the great work our team do every day.”

When judging the ‘New Business of the Year’ category, the panel were looking for organisations who could “demonstrate positive well-planned leadership, an outstanding record of growth and profit performance beyond their initial projections, successful exploitation of the sector in which they operate to the satisfaction of their customers and the needs of all stakeholders and developed the foundations upon which growth and success can be sustained”.

James Arnold, Head of Global Markets at Investec said:

“Investec is an entrepreneurial bank and we love working closely with likeminded businesses. Every company is different, but many of the best share that culture of entrepreneurialism and have a willingness to back talent. That’s what sets these businesses apart, and we are proud to sponsor this event – we look forward to helping these companies continue to flourish and achieve great things in the years ahead.”

RSM International’s CEO Jean Stephens commented:

“RSM member firms work with growing, dynamic and successful businesses across Europe and beyond. The exceptional UK business leaders that we celebrated last night have demonstrated strength and commercial excellence in their field, backed by passion, entrepreneurialism and innovation. We wish them continued success and the best of luck to the UK National Winners in the final stage.”

The Happiness Index will now go on to represent the UK in the final stage of the competition at the European Business Awards Gala Final in Warsaw, Poland in May 2018.

Rebecca joined the HRreview editorial team in January 2016. After graduating from the University of Sheffield Hallam in 2013 with a BA in English Literature, Rebecca has spent five years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past she has been part of the editorial teams at Sleeper and Dezeen and has founded her own arts collective.