Morgan McKinley named as a National Champion for Ireland in European Business Awards 2014/15

Aldagh McDonogh 11.09.2014

Ireland’s leading recruitment company will now compete against other national winners to be named Europe’s Best Customer Focus Company

Dublin, 11 September 2014: Ireland’s leading recruitment consultancy, Morgan McKinley, has been named as the winner of the Customer Focus category for Ireland in Europe’s premier competition, The European Business Awards.

The Awards is a pan-continental competition in which 24,000 companies across 33 countries vie in a number of categories (see notes at end). Morgan McKinley has been awarded as best Customer Focus company for Ireland and, as winner, will now represent Ireland in the second phase of the competition.
This award celebrates organisations that have enhanced their prospects and profitability by putting the customer at the heart of its business. In its award submission, Morgan McKinley was recognised for its candidate-centric customer approach: the company believes that it can best serve its clients by better serving communities of talent through the “Career Ally” programme.

Accepting the award as National Champion for Ireland, Karen O’Flaherty, Chief Operations Officer, at Morgan McKinley Ireland, said, “We’re very proud and honoured to be selected to represent Ireland. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies.

“We also view this exciting news as an important endorsement of our ‘Career Ally’ business strategy. We firmly believe that as a talent acquisition specialist, we best serve our clients by better serving talented individuals at every stage of their career journey. We are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process, where we can explain in more depth how this unique approach is helping us to achieve business success,” added O’Flaherty.

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “Congratulations to Morgan McKinley. 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 more than 93,000 votes were cast, and more than 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. 

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Notes for editors

About the European Business Awards 
The European Business Awards is sponsored by RSM International and is now in its 8th year. It engages with over 24,000 businesses from 33 European countries

The European Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation. The competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector. 

The European Business Awards programme serves three purposes for the European business community: 
•    It provides examples for the business community to aspire to 
•    It celebrates and endorses individual’s and organisation’s success
•    It provides an active platform for debate 

About The Customer Focus Category

An important aspect of business development, customer focus ensures that services provided are useful and relevant to current and potential customers. As a core practice, it drives growth through a deep understanding of customer values.

About Morgan McKinley

Morgan McKinley is a global professional services recruiter connecting specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines.
With offices across Ireland, the UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia, the company’s professional recruitment expertise spans banking & financial services; commerce & industry and professional services. Morgan McKinley is a preferred supplier to many of the major employers in its specialist sectors and thousands of smaller local firms. 
Morgan McKinley is a people business. Recent research revealed that professionals all over the world have an important need that is not being met – they are seeking a trusted Career Ally. So we embarked on a service programme on an unprecedented scale.

About RSM International 
RSM International is the lead sponsor of the European Business Awards and has sponsored the Awards programme since its inception.

RSM International is a worldwide network of independent accounting and consulting firms. RSM and its member firms are separate and independent legal entities. RSM does not provide accounting or consultancy services, all such services are provided by member firms practicing on their own account. The network’s total fee income of US$3.8 billion places it amongst the top six international accounting organisations worldwide. 

Member firms are driven by a common vision of providing high quality professional services, both in their domestic markets and in serving the international professional service needs of their client base. RSM is a member of the Forum of Firms. The objective of the Forum of Firms is to promote consistent and high quality standards of financial and auditing practices worldwide. 

2014 marks an exceptional year for RSM International as it celebrates its 50th Anniversary. 

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