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Over 150 business leaders and guests attended the inaugural British-Swiss Business Awards ceremony, held at the Hotel Beau Rivage, Geneva on Wednesday 30th November 2011, to celebrate the success of some of the British-Swiss business community's most innovative companies in 2011.

5 organisations and individuals were recognised for their contributions to business success in Britain and Switzerland, including Withers LLP who won the Company of the Year award. Most Promising Business/ Entrepreneur, was won by Avaloq UK. Avaloq recently announced that it is to set up a new Scottish base, creating about 500 jobs over the next five years.

La Cote International School in Gland won the Excellence in Customer Service award; HSBC Private Bank came away with the trophy for Corporate Social Responsibility and journalist Ellen Wallace triumphed in the category of Unsung Hero.

Videos of the 15 finalists can be viewed on the Business Awards website - www.britishswissbusinessawards.co.uk

About the British-Swiss Business Awards
The British-Swiss Business Awards were launched for the first time in 2011 with the aim of becoming the premier business awards within the British-Swiss business community. The mission of the annual Business Awards is to recognise the achievements of companies who have made an outstanding contribution towards bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Switzerland. The Business Awards are organised by the British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Lloyds TSB Private Banking.



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Press Release

19th October 2011


British-Swiss Business Awards – 2011 Finalists Announced


Finalists were announced today of the first ever annual British-Swiss Business Awards.  15 of the most innovative and successful public and private sector companies in the British-Swiss business community are being recognised for the outstanding contributions they have made towards bilateral trade and investment between the UK and Switzerland (click here for the list of finalists).


The quality of the entrants was extremely high and the short-listed nominees reflect the wide range of successful ventures across the British-Swiss business community - from small start-ups and individual entrepreneurs to long-established businesses.


An international career fair is being launched in Lausanne by International Link, a non-profit organization that seeks to facilitate the integration of foreign businesses and expats into the local environment.

Held in conjunction with Leman Expat Fair, the new fair will be the first English-speaking job marketplace of its kind in Western Switzerland and will take place at the Beaulieu Congress & Exhibition Center in Lausanne on Sunday, 6 November, 2011.

The fair will aim to help highly qualified, local and international professionals to find job opportunities in the region and will give companies access to new top talent and help them retain their best specialists. International and local companies as well as organizations and associations will be represented. Schools and Universities will also be on hand to provide visitors with information on their programs.


With many companies under increasing pressure to reduce their costs, budgets for staff entertainment and training are two areas that frequently come under scrutiny.  Team building courses and staff night outs are amongst the first items to be axed from departmental budgets.

Bi-lingual, social and cultural networking organization, Le Café Vivant, has come up with an innovative idea to enable companies to develop the communication skills of their employees, in an amusing and entertaining way that is sure to be classed one of the “best night outs” on the company!

Their new Murder Mystery evenings, have been designed to enable work colleagues meet and mingle with their counterparts, at a special event that is full of mystery and intrigue. Le Café Vivant’s Murder Mystery evenings usually involve between 14 to 120 participants, typically with a male to female ratio of 70 to 30.  Two weeks before the event, each guest will receive a personalized invitation that includes details of their character, with suggestions on how to dress and what accessories to include.


Local international school, Institut International de Lancy, is hosting the first in what is hoped to be a series of Careers Conventions for young English-speaking people in the region.

Specifically targeting students aged between 15 and 18 years, attending international schools in the Geneva area, this new career fair will take place on Tuesday, 11th October from 6pm onwards, and will provide a valuable insight into the many different career choices available to youngsters nowadays, including the opportunities they offer and possible entry routes.

Professionals from industry and academia will play a key role at the event, giving presentations on a wide range of career options, discussing their own career paths and passing on invaluable sources of information.  They will also be available for individual and group discussion to answer specific questions or needs.