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3 June 2008 - Management Events (www.managementevents.com) has been named the 12th Best Workplace in Europe in the Great Place to Work® study, in the category for small and medium sized companies. Competing against 1,249 other companies, the ranking makes Management Events the Best Workplace in Europe in the events industry. The company was also a top-three finalist for an Excellence Award in the Camaraderie category. The award ceremony took place in London on Tuesday 27 May 2008.

Management Events has taken part in the study for the last three years and has improved its ranking each time. Accreditation from the Great Place to Work® Institute Europe is one of the company’s strategic HR goals.

Tomi Hilvo, CEO of Management Events, says: “To be ranked so highly, in such a close and important competition, underlines the importance of the HR function in the company strategy. The unique culture at Management Events is the result of a proactive and interactive leadership technique and an amazingly positive, driven and inspired team.”

Susanna Rantanen, HR & Communications Manager at Management Events, says: “Over the past three years, the Great Place to Work study has provided Management Events with concrete facts and comparative data regarding the quality of our HR practices. We have systematically applied this information to develop Management Events as a workplace and, as a result, the company has improved its ranking in the study year after year - creating a very positive effect on team sprit and recruitment.

“To achieve this incredible ranking, as well as being one of the top three finalists for the Excellence Award in the Camaraderie category, during a time when we have grown our operations around Europe, proves that we have managed to maintain our unique characteristics despite our expansion,” adds Rantanen. “We are delighted to officially be the best workplace in Europe, in the events industry.”

The 100 Best Workplaces in Europe list is divided into two categories with 50 companies recognised in each: small and medium sized companies (fewer than 500 employees) and large companies employing more than 500 people. The 100 Best workplaces list is based on the studies in 15 European countries. This year 1,250 companies operating in Europe took part in the study.

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Management Events is an innovative pioneer in the events industry. The company’s unique and awarded service concept offers direct business leads and up-to-date information on investment projects within various industries, as well as high quality programmes and first class customer experiences for the invitation only delegates. Management Events organises over 200 events annually in its seven operative countries; UK, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Netherlands and Germany. Management Events is a growth company with 2006 turnover at €12 million, 2007 turnover at €15 million and a turnover target for 2010 of €40 million.

The company employs currently over 160 people and has been awarded as one of the Best Workplaces in Finland in 2006, 2007 and 2008, as well as the 12th Best Workplace in Europe in 2008. Other awards include the Scandinavian Meeting Planner of the Year 2006. The founder Olli Muurainen was awarded as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 by Ernst & Young.
www.managementevents.com

For further information please contact:
Lindsay Back/Ben Bush
The Crocodile
+44 (0)20 7749 4400
lindsay.back@thecroc.com/ben.bush@thecroc.com

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Susanna Rantanen
HR and Communication's Manager
Management Events
+358 (0)9 6815 9296
susanna.rantanen@managementevents.com

Tomi Hilvo
CEO
Management Events
Tel. +358 40 560 6869
tomi.hilvo@managementevents.com

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