Greek Exports Forum & Awards 2024

Despite inflationary pressures and the instability international markets are facing due to the impact of geopolitical conflicts, Greek exporters managed to achieve a reduction in the trade deficit by €7,744.9 million in 2023 as well as Greece’s second best performance (€50,920.0 million) in the history of the country’s exports.

Greek Exports Forum

At this backdrop, this year’s Greek Exports Forum will highlight the major problems faced by exporters due to the conflicts in the eastern Mediterranean and the attacks in the Suez region, and the assistance in addressing them that competent bodies can provide, spearheaded by staff and the local Offices for Economic and Commercial Affairs  of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the same time, the event will highlight the opportunities that are out there for export businesses, providing valuable information and useful tools to bolster their export activity, while also bringing exporters into contact with potential customers through B2B meetings with importers from various countries.

The Greek Exports Forum will be held digitally through LiveOn Expo Complex, the innovative 3D exhibition and conference center of LiveOn, the Digital Business Communication and Events Platform.

Greek Exports Awards

At the same time, the event will showcase and reward businesses that stood out in the export sector in yet another difficult year impacted by geopolitical conflicts and high costs.

The Greek Exports Awards 2024 ceremony will be hybrid, with guests attending physically at the Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso and also through LiveOn Expo Complex.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Union of Diplomatic Officers for Economic & Commercial Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with ethosEVENTS, the financial and business portal banks.com.gr and the financial and investment magazine HRIMA will organize the Greek Exports Forum, which will be held this year along with Greek Exports Awards.

Over the years the Greek Exports Forum & Awards have given potential exporters the opportunity to listen to the right people, institutional and other market players, and to discuss the latest economic data and the latest development plans. Moreover, successful exporters have the chance to present their companies’ success stories and share their own valuable experiences and knowledge with the public.

ethosEVENTS in cooperation with GREAT EXHIBITIONS, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, will draw lots for a free, 10 m2 kiosk  worth € 10,750 at the SIAL PARIS International Food and Drink Fair which will be held from 19 to 23 October 2024 in Paris.

Submit a nomination as part of these Awards and get your name entered in the draw for that major prize!

Each nomination corresponds to one entry  in that draw!

The draw will be held during the Awards ceremony. The registration fee for the winner of the draw is € 1,290.
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B2B Meetings between exporters and representatives of Offices for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Buyers, sponsors and bilateral chambers

The organizers have arranged for potential exporters – participants to hold B2B meetings on Monday and Tuesday 22 and 23 April with representatives of sponsors, buyers and representatives of Offices for Economic and Commercial Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and bilateral Chambers.

At these meetings entrepreneurs will be able to explore the prospect of networking in the markets of interest to them and to learn in detail the difficulties and opportunities for bilateral commercial partnerships.

Note that:

• These meetings will be scheduled by participants themselves and held via LiveOn, the event’s digital platform. They are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

• In order for meetings to take place it is necessary for the relevant representatives of the said Offices for Economic and Commercial Affairs, bilateral chambers and sponsors to respond to/accept the invitation.

• Each participant can book up to four B2B meetings (each lasting 25 minutes with a 5-minute break). The cost of each additional B2B meeting is € 30.

Where the meeting does not take place or is canceled, responsibility lies exclusively with the participant or representative of the said bodies who was unable to attend the meeting.

Top executives from outwardly focused enterprises, representatives of the productive classes, top civil servants as well as the competent government officials present their positions and exchange views on the future of exports, the problems and obstacles that arise and the steps that need to be taken.

In Panel I entitled “An outward-looking approach and international partnerships – how export enterprises can utilize Offices for Economic and Commercial Affairs especially in countries with special conditions”, participants will highlight the valuable and crucial role of economic diplomacy in providing targeted information and in the effective networking of Greek exporters with the aim of successfully dealing with difficulties and further increasing our exports to both existing and new markets.

Panel II on “The “recipe” for success for every exporter: Everything you need to know about the new export credit financing and insurance schemes” will concern how to manage the fluid conditions created by the latest developments. So-called “country risk” will be analyzed and the most recent schemes for the insurance of exporters will be presented.

In Panel III entitled “New areas of interest and cutting edge sectors: The potential of clusters and cutting-edge green energy, circular economy, space technology, IT, ore mining, and other sectors)”, attendees at the Forum will have the opportunity to learn about less popular export sectors that are now gaining ground and have placed our country on the global “map” of technology, through their innovative products and services.

This year’s Greek Exports Awards included 4 individual thematic units, with awards given in a total of 49 award categories.

A: SPECIAL EXPORTS AWARDS

The Special Exports Awards thematic unit included 4 award categories with the most important distinctions of the Greek Exports Awards 2024 event:

Α1: Top Greek Export Company 2024

This award goes to the top exporter of the year. This is the most important award of the event. The factors evaluated include overall company penetration of the global market, consumer ties, the contribution of exports to its financial results, and its overall performance in domestic entrepreneurship.

Α2Τop Innovation in Exports

This award goes to the company with the best new and creative strategies for building and maintaining their export activity base. Companies from all sectors are eligible, as long as innovation is an indispensable part of their export procedure.

Α3Top Exports Manager of the Υear

This distinction does not follow the award criteria of the other awards; rather, it is awarded based on the criteria of the Greek Diplomatic Employees in the sector of Economic and Trade Affairs.

Α4: Honorary Export Distinction

This distinction does not follow the award criteria of the other awards; rather, it is awarded based on the criteria of the Greek Diplomatic Employees in the sector of Economic and Trade Affairs.

Β: TOP EXPORT COMPANIES

The companies themselves, not their products, were the nominees in the Top Export Companies thematic unit; specifically, enterprises that actively target the promotion of Greek exports in traditional and emerging markets, with noteworthy effectiveness as regards their exports strategy. The winner was the company with the most well-documented penetration strategy in the European or global market.

There may have been more than one winning company in the following award categories, which will fall under the Gold, Silver, or Bronze category, depending on their final scores.

This unit included the following individual awards:

B1. Top Industrial Export Company

This award goes to the best industrial unit with significant penetration of foreign markets, and a unique presence on the especially competitive and demanding global stage. The category highlights important and noteworthy business ventures.

 B2. Top Services Export Company

This award goes to the most effective services exporter. Applications can be submitted to this category by companies from a broad range of activities, such as software, marketing services, logistics, consulting services, insurance services, etc.

B3. Top Manufacturing Export Company

This award goes to the leader in manufacturing, with significant innovations in processing, packaging, and transport-distribution, maintaining product quality characteristics and durability until consumption.

B4Top Trading Export Company

This award goes to the company with the model trade practice. Eligible companies include those active on behalf of third parties acting as, for example, wholesalers or distributors, partnerships and enterprises that operate as representatives in foreign markets.

 B5. Top Newly Established Export Company

This award goes to the best practice in the startup category (companies established in the past 5 years). It highlights the role of new entrepreneurial activities, aiming to promote and reward companies (regardless of their sector and size, and going beyond the ‘Technology’ category) that have invested in entrepreneurship.

B6. Top Export Company in After Sales

This award goes to the most effective exporter with regard to the product after-sales services it provides. Companies eligible for this category come from a broad range of activities that have after-sales services, with particular importance being placed on final consumer satisfaction.

B7. Top Export Company Site

This award goes to the best export company website. Companies from all sectors are eligible, as long as they have a website, relevant to their export activities, for the purpose of better promoting themselves. The websites will be evaluated on their design, easy navigation, and content.

B8. Top Export Company in Social Media

This award goes to the best exporter social media profiles. Companies from all sectors are eligible, as long as they have powerful social media profiles, relevant to their export activities.

B9. Top Export Company in PR

This award goes to the best public relations strategies and partnerships: press releases, event participations, conferences and exhibitions, keynote speeches, advertisement materials, media partnerships, and partnerships with institutions.

B10. Top Export Company in Advertising

This award goes to the best advertisement campaigns for the promotion of exported products or services via various channels, such as television, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, websites, and social media.

B11. Top Export Company in HR

This award goes to the company with the most dynamic exports department, a positive workplace environment in the exports department, and the best workplace experience for the exports staff.

B12. Top Export Company in Partnership Management

This award goes to the company with best export partnership management practices, aiming at a positive and effective relationship with its partners.

B13. Top Export Company in Sustainability

This award goes to the company implementing sustainable development and operation practices, with regard to both the products and the services it provides, focusing on sustainability and the achievement of a zero environmental footprint.

B14. Top Export Company in Corporate Governance

This award goes to the company committed to corporate governance principles and standards. Export companies from all activity sectors are eligible.

B15. Top Export Company in Environmental Protection

This award goes to the export company following environmental protection practices at all stages of production, use, and transport of its products.

B16. Top Export Company in Social Initiatives

This award goes to the company with unique awareness in supporting socially and financially weaker groups, both with regard to product and service distribution, as well as with the implementation of sponsorships.

B17. Top Export Company in R&D

This award goes to the exporter making significant investments in the sector of Research & Development, allocating capital for the development of new products, either autonomously or in partnership with academic and other scientific bodies.

B18. Top Export Company in Customer Satisfaction

This award goes to the exporter implementing practices and tools for researching and measuring customer satisfaction with regard to the products and services it provides, utilizing corresponding information.

C: TOP EXPORT PRODUCTS & SERVICES

The Top Export Products & Services thematic unit included 7 unique, individual categories with actions rewarding both the exporter’s work, as well as effective product penetration.

There may have been more than one winning company in the following award categories, which will fall under the Gold, Silver, or Bronze category, depending on their final scores.

This unit included the following awards:

C1. Top Export Product

This award goes to the best product. A number of parameters will be examined, such as the innovation it incorporates, the value and graphics style of the product, its competitive advantages, demand, and benefits it creates for customers abroad.

C2. Top Protected Designation of Origin Product

This award goes to the best companies exporting either Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products, or Protection of Geographic Indication (PGI) products, with a special emphasis on the promotion of the local nature of the product and its protection, based on the unique characteristics it provides to the product.

C3. Top Export Service

This award goes to the most comprehensive export services, individualized consulting, as well as innovative and alternative networks that are of valuable help to international trade activities. This includes specialized products and services, such as bank products, insurance products, logistics services, software development services, financial services, export promotion services, etc..

 C4. Top Export Company Brand

This award goes to the corporate brand that displays demonstrable high levels of competitiveness, recognition, and noteworthy international penetration. Also rewarded is the practice of a soundly structured corporate scheme with a decisive role in the development of an enterprise’s activities on the global market.

C5. Top Export Marketing Strategy 

This award goes to the most successful marketing strategy and its practices for the promotion of a specific exported product or service of a company.

 C6. Top Export Packaging

This award goes to the most attractive packaging, judged by, among other things, ergonomics, innovation, aesthetics/good design, well thought-out packaging and certification (of the product and the packaging materials), consumer acceptance, and, mainly, the degree of individual market product penetration.

C7. Top Export Social Media Campaign

This award goes to the most successful social media campaign for the promotion of a specific exported product or service of a company.

D: TOP EXPORT ASSISTANCE COMPANIES

The Top Export Assistance Companies thematic unit highlighted remarkable export assistance companies, and their services and products, which contribute decisively to the success of export enterprises.

There may have been more than one winning company in the following award categories, which will fall under the Gold, Silver, or Bronze category, depending on their final scores.

Specifically, this unit included the following individual awards:

D1Top Export Assistance Application / IT system

This award goes to software or application development companies that help export enterprises or the export process. They are evaluated for the technical characteristics of the applications, the added value they provide to export enterprises, and as regards their innovation.

D2. Top Export Assistance Maritime Services

This award goes to companies with specialized products and services that pertain to the maritime sector, e.g. brokers, port services, etc. A number of factors are evaluated, such as fast transport without delays, the largest possible geographical scope from a market perspective, competitive rates, etc.

D3. Top Export Logistics Partner

This award goes to the best logistics company supporting exports. The parameters examined are speed, quality of means and services, extras, and competitive prices.

D4Top Export Transportation Partner

This award goes to the best transport company supporting exports. International transport and cargo companies are eligible.

 D5. Top Export Banking Partner

This award goes to the institution that has demonstrably stood by exporters with the provision of increased sponsorship, and specialized products and services. Banking institutions with available tools for funding the international activity of Greek enterprises or tools for supporting Greek exporters are eligible.

 D6. Top Export Insurance Partner

This award goes to the insurance company that offers the most attractive export insurance packages to enterprises. Insurance companies or banking institutions that have export support services, such as export credit insurance, product recall insurance, insurance against civil liability abroad, and risk coverage in foreign countries are eligible.

D7. Top Export Finance Partner

This award goes to the institution that has demonstrably stood by exporters with the provision of increased sponsorship, and specialized products and services. Financial institutions with available tools for funding the international activity of Greek enterprises or tools for supporting Greek exporters are eligible.

D8. Top Export Law Firm

This award goes to the best law firm, with the right knowhow and experience, and excellent knowledge of trade law, current conditions in the target country, and existing interstate agreements, so as to support export enterprises.

D9. Top Export Consultant

This award goes to the best consulting company, with the right knowhow to design every aspect of the export effort from start to finish, aiming for a successful venture.

D10. Top Export Education Program

This award goes to the best specialized education program (in terms of market and references to good practices and success stories) that has proved to be a key tool in successfully placing modern enterprises in international markets. Evaluated parameters include cultivating a culture of openness and a step-by-step transferring of export process knowledge by executives.

D11. Top Export Certification Company

This award goes to certified companies whose services (certifications) ensure the products to be exported are accepted by the target countries by meeting the applicable specifications.

D12. Top Export Marketing Agency

This award goes to the best marketing agency and its services to export companies. Marketing and consulting companies are eligible.

D13. Top Export Digital Marketing Agency

This award goes to the best digital marketing agency and its digital services to export companies. Digital marketing and consulting companies are eligible.

D14. Top Export Social Media Agency

This award goes to the best digital marketing agency and its social media services to export companies. Services and consulting companies that specialize in social media are eligible.

D15. Top Export Web Development Agency

This award goes to the best web development agency and their website design and maintenance services for export companies. Web development and web design services companies are eligible.

D16. Top Export Survey Company

This award goes to the best company implementing market research in foreign countries, providing valuable information to exporters regarding the best way for them to penetrate the market, competition conditions, distribution networks, etc.

D17. Top Export Market Place

This award goes to the best export online marketplace (platform). Digital Marketplace(s) companies that promote and trade in exported goods are eligible. Evaluated factors include design, easy navigation, and a wealth of content (products and more).

D18. Top Export E-Commerce Application

This award goes to the best export e-commerce application. Companies with E-Commerce Applications that promote and trade in exported goods are eligible. The three main criteria according to which the applications will be evaluated are design, easy navigation, and a wealth of content (products and more).

D19. Top Export Cyber Security Partner

This award goes to technology companies (hardware and/or software) and consulting-law firms that provide products or services that ensure export company cyber security.

D20. Top Export Travel Agency 

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D21. Top Export Factoring Partner

This award goes to the institution that has demonstrably stood by exporters with the provision of increased sponsorship, and specialized products and services. Financial institutions with factoring products for export companies are eligible.

D22. Top Export Leasing Partner

This award goes to the institution that has demonstrably stood by exporters with the provision of specialized leasing products and services. Organizations with leasing products for export companies are eligible.

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Secretary General of Agricultural Policy and International Affairs, Ministry of Rural Development and Food
President of the Union of Diplomatic Officers of Economic and Commercial Affairs (ENDY OEY), First Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
President of SEVE-Greek Exporters Association
Fiscal Affairs Manager, Papastratos
President of the Exporters’ Association of Crete
Co-Founder of CloudStraight
Director, International Relations & Regional Policy, SEV
First Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affairs, B1 Directorate for Extroversion Planning and Coordination of Extroversion Entities, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Minister Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs, Head of the Economic and Commercial Affairs Office, Embassy of Greece in Berlin
Chairman of Hellenic Association of Space Industry
President of the Association of Banking and Financial Executives of Hellenic Shipping, Founder - Managing Director, XRTC BUSINESS CONSULTANTS
Financial & Business Editor
Journalist, Kathimerini, Moneyreview.gr
Journalist, Senior Editor Fortune Greece 
Head of Content, ethosMEDIA
President of EBEN GR (European Business Ethics Network-Greek Chapter)
President of the Exporters’ Association of Crete
President of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE)
President of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Piraeus
President & Scientific Director, Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE)
Professor of Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Former Alternate Minister of Finance and Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Director, International Relations & Regional Policy, SEV
Founder & CEO of E.VI.A Intelligent Performance - President of Intale S.A. Retail Solutions - V.P. of Papapostolou S.A. Medical Technologies
Managing Director TIF – HELEXPO SA
Professor of Marketing, Athens University of Economics & Business
Economist-Investment Advisor
Chief Financial Officer of Export Credit Greece (ECG)
Director, National Documentation Centre (EKT)
Executive Vice President SEVE-Greek Exporters Association
President of the Union of Hellenic Chambers of Commerce (UHCC)

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Category: Top Greek Export Company

€900 to be nominated for the Top Greek Export Company Award

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Categories: Top Export Companies | Top Export Brands | Top Export Assistance Companies

  • €390 for one nomination for a company
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Event Details
Event Details
    Calendar #gefa24
    8 April 2024
    Last date for submitting nominations
     
    11 April 2024
    Start of the Vote
     
    15 April 2024 (at 17:00) 2024
    End of the Vote
     
    26 April 2024
    Forum | 09:00-14:30
    🖥️ LiveOn Expo Complex
     
    Awards | 19:00-22:30
    📍 Divani Apollon Palace & Thalasso
    🖥️ LiveOn Expo Complex
     
    29&30 April 2024
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    | 10:00-18:00
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