Forgemasters’ Euro glory

Forgemasters' chief executive Graham Honeyman (centre) receives the European Business Award 2011 for Export/Import from HSBC Head of Commercial Banking, Continental Europe John Casey (left) and Award Presenter Lucy Alexander (right)
Forgemasters' chief executive Graham Honeyman (centre) receives the European Business Award 2011 for Export/Import from HSBC Head of Commercial Banking, Continental Europe John Casey (left) and Award Presenter Lucy Alexander (right)
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Sheffield Forgemasters has been hailed as a “lionheart of the European economy” after winning a top European Business Award.

Forgemasters beat off competition from across the continent to become the only UK company to win an award - taking the Export/Import category at the ceremony in Barcelona for exceptional performance within this sector.

The trip to Spain for the best in class ceremony followed a judging process including questioning from three judging panels of highly regarded academics, heads of state, industrialists, entrepreneurs and media commentators drawn from across the 28 member European States.

Regarded as Europe’s toughest business competition, the victors were selected from the shortlisted 111 Ruban d’Honneur recipients from across the continent, in a programme which engaged with more than 15,000 organisations in over 30 countries.

Graham Honeyman, chief executive at Sheffield Forgemasters said: “We are honoured. This award is a real mark of distinction and is testament to the determination and passion which drives this company.

“The commitment of our staff, the importance of our customers and partners, and the level of expertise and technological advances we are producing mean we are recognised as world leaders in our field.”

Belgium’s Prime Minister and EBA judge, Yves Leterme, along with Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards, hailed the 11 winners as ‘lionhearts of the European economy’.