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flexlife Selected as UK Represnentative for European Business Awards

12 May 2010

Aberdeen-based flexible pipe specialist flexlife has been selected to represent the UK in the prestigious European Business Awards, sponsored by HSBC.

The company is one of only 25 country representatives for the UK and will now compete for a coveted Ruban d’Honneur in the next round of the competition. Final category award winners will be unveiled in Paris on 16th November.

Now in its fourth successful year, the European Business Awards has identified some of Europe’s brightest businesses based on their ability to demonstrate the three core principles at the heart of the Awards programme. The esteemed panel of judges were looking for organisations to represent the UK who exhibited innovation, business excellence and sustainability.

flexlife recently celebrated its third year in business, upping turnover by 70%, opening its first international bases and increasing staffing levels to 30. The company has established a strong reputation for developing innovative products that can help improve environmental performance offshore and its achievements have been recognised with a number of awards.

Director Stuart Mitchell said: “flexlife set out to offer outstanding levels of service coupled with a commitment to research and development which has seen us make industry history. The next phase of our growth will involve us stepping up our international activity and launching additional products. Being selected to represent our country at European level is an outstanding achievement and one the whole team is very proud of.’’

The European Business Awards is dedicated to raising the visibility and progress of companies who excel in delivering innovation twinned with successful commercial results whilst acting responsibly and positively affecting the social environment they operate in. In 2009, the 99 Ruban d’Honneur recipients had a combined turnover greater than €570 billion and recorded an average annual profit growth of 56%.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, said: “Over the past 4 years we’ve received an incredibly high standard of entries from organisations who are passionate about their business. However, very few get the chance to fly the flag for their country and compete across Europe to be recognised as one of the EU’s leading companies. It really is an exceptional accolade to be picked as a Country Representative, and together with HSBC we’re looking forward to seeing the UK in the next round.’’

Noel Quinn, HSBC Head of Commercial Banking, UK, commented: “I’d like to extend my sincere congratulations to flexlife. The competition was extremely tough and it is a fantastic achievement to have come this far. The European Business Awards provide a great platform to recognise how businesses have excelled despite the financial uncertainty of the past two years. The high calibre entries this year highlight UK businesses impressive ability to innovate and generate financial growth despite economic challenges – regardless of sector or size.

“flexlife and the 24 other country representatives will provide tough competition for the other quality businesses representing their own nations this year, and we wish them every success at the next stage.”

flexlife has enjoyed success at a number of awards in recent months, including the overall best company award in the Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards, National Business Awards for Scotland, the UK-wide HSBC Start-up Stars, Northern Stars and Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise.