Mazuma from Wales in the UK has today been named as a National Champion in The European Business Awards sponsored by RSM International; a prestigious competition supported by businesses leaders, academics, media and political representatives from across Europe. Mazuma competed with the best businesses in the UK to win the accolade of representing the UK in The RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The European Business Awards now in its 8th year engaged with over 24,000 business from 33 European countries this year and 709 companies from across Europe have been named today as National Champions; going through to the second phase of the competition.
Founded in 2006 by best friends Lucy Cohen and Sophie Hughes, Mazuma is a small business accountancy service with a difference. Rather than asking their clients to use their own software or keep spreadsheets, all Mazuma ask their clients to do is to send their paperwork in to Mazuma in a freepost purple envelope each month and then they take care of everything from bookkeeping, payroll and VAT through to Year End Accounts and Tax Returns. All fees are fixed and paid by monthly direct debit and start from as little as £20 + VAT per month. The innovative business model has seen Mazuma grow from a two person operation in a spare bedroom, to a business that serves UK wide and that expanded to the USA in April 2011. Their quirky branding and ground-breaking business processes have solidified Mazuma as one of the most interesting and progressive accountancy providers in the UK.
Lucy Cohen, Commercial Director and co-founder of Mazuma says “We’re very proud to be selected to represent the UK as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process where we can explain in more depth how we are achieving business success.”
Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to Mazuma, it is a great achievement to be named National Champion and we wish them luck in the next stage. The European Business Awards is going from strength to strength, inspiring businesses to greater success and helping to improve the competitive edge of companies across Europe.”
Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International, said: “Every year this competition gets tougher and more competitive as more companies, of varied sizes and across all sectors, chose to compete in this prestigious competition. With the increased number of entries and countries, this year looks to become the toughest Awards yet. It will be exciting to watch as we move through to the next round.”
A panel of judges made up of Europe-wide business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs will view the National Champions’ videos, and award the best of this group the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status. Ruban d’Honneur recipients will then go on to the grand final in 2015. All of the National Champions will also take part in a public vote to decide ‘Public Champions’ for each country. Last year over 93,000 votes were cast, and over 400,000 people visited the EBA website during the competition.
Supported since their inception by lead sponsor and promoter RSM International, the seventh largest audit, tax and advisory network worldwide with a major presence across Europe , the European Business Awards was set up to recognise and reward excellence, best practice and innovation across the European business community.
For more information on the Awards and its winners, please visit www.businessawardseurope.com and follow on twitter at @rsmEBA