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Striving for absolute quality in sustainable steel production

A long tradition in steel-making and a passion for innovation: The history and structure of Italian manufacturer Acciaierie Bertoli Safau SpA (ABS) created the perfect foundation for the company to develop a unique ability to meet the needs of the most demanding markets around the world. As one of the leading players in steel production, ABS prides itself on the quality of its products and services, and is striving to further enhance its competitive edge with a three-pronged focus on sustainability.

Interview with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, organizational psychologist, author and entrepreneur

Leadership: How to achieve competence in picking competent leaders

Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? – A question that might spark many a heated discussion. For psychologist and author Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic it is also the title of choice for his current publication. European Business talked to the Argentinean-born scientist about the mistake of equating confidence with competence and the current ignorance of scientific data in public debate.

Interview with Gard Hollinger, star custom bike designer, entrepreneur, business partner of Hollywoodstar Keanu Reeves and co-founder OF ARCH Motorcycle Company, LLC

The American dream on two wheels

Enjoying the freedom of the open road on two wheels is an intrinsic piece of modern American mythology. No bike expresses this more than the hand-made, customized machines ARCH Motorcycle Company, which was founded on the idea of redefining the American performance cruiser. European Business talked to Gard Hollinger, joint-founder of ARCH Motorcycle Company about where he finds inspiration for his motorcycle designs, having a Hollywood star as a partner and whether he has a favourite bike in the new portfolio.

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A grand vision for a grand hotel

For 700 years, water has bubbled up from an underground spring and cascaded through the Tamina Gorge in Switzerland at a constant temperature of 36.5°C. How kind of nature to supply bathing water at the perfect temperature for human enjoyment. Although it was first discovered by huntsmen in 1242 and bath houses were first erected in 1350, it was not until the railway first reached Ragaz further down the valley that “taking the waters” there really took off. Today, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz AG presides over a portfolio that includes a 5-star hotel, health spa, casino and medical centre; all of which are only here today because of a 700-year-old thermal spring.

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Improving patient treatment

Often the foundation of a company leads to a thriving success when it involves a personal story and the founder himself is driven by passion for his well-aimed vision. This is truly the case with Cair LGL whose founder survived serious illness and knew from his own experience which medical products would best meet patients’ and healthcare professionals’ needs in the fields of infusion, chemotherapy, nutrition and suction. Georges Gaston Lopez, the founder of Cair LGL, experienced from a patient’s point of view how to improve treatment of patients with kindey-failure and make life more liveable in the long run.

Interview with Vincent Lambert, CEO of L’Ardenne Prévoyante

Covering what matters in Belgium

If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. Things happen: Illness, fire, accidents, death and a myriad of other calamities can occur. Fortunately, humanity came up with insurance, which, while not a solution or prevention against strokes of fate, provides financial support when times get tough. AXA is one of the biggest names in the insurance sector, and among the companies under its umbrella is L’Ardenne Prévoyante in Belgium. L’Ardenne Prévoyante provides insurance to the French-speaking regions of the country, focusing on private customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. CEO Vincent Lambert spoke with European Business about how things are changing in the insurance business and how the company continues moving forward.

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Growing on agriculture

The combination of seven different business units under one umbrella has proved the secret of entrepreneurial success for G’s Group Holding. The Czech group was founded in 2008 and is one of market leaders in the country and neighbouring Hungary when it comes to the production and packaging of salad, plants and other vegetables.

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In it for the long haul

For longer distances, flying may get you where you want to go faster than taking the bus, but you will invariably miss out on a lot on the way. And, in this age of flight shame, bus travel beats flying hands down from an environmental perspective. Italian bus company Inter Saj Srl has been offering passenger services since 1925, and believes there is still plenty of mileage in its business model.

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Interview with Vincent Lambert, CEO of L’Ardenne Prévoyante

Covering what matters in Belgium

If one thing is certain in life, it is uncertainty. Things happen: Illness, fire, accidents, death and a myriad of other calamities can occur. Fortunately, humanity came up with insurance, which, while not a solution or prevention against strokes of fate, provides financial support when times get tough. AXA is one of the biggest names in the insurance sector, and among the companies under its umbrella is L’Ardenne Prévoyante in Belgium. L’Ardenne Prévoyante provides insurance to the French-speaking regions of the country, focusing on private customers as well as small and medium-sized businesses. CEO Vincent Lambert spoke with European Business about how things are changing in the insurance business and how the company continues moving forward.

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Pure creativity.

“What does a brand want to say? What does it stand for? How can we develop it further or realign it?” Bent Rosinski of Hamburg based advertising agency Lukas Lindemann Rosinski GmbH talks to European Business about how his agency thrives in an industry swamped by competitors and changing mediums, and how such questions drive its creativity.

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Spending moves towards digital in Italy

The cashless society: Is it a global aspiration or rapidly becoming a reality? Either way, it’s a situation which could be achieved in the not-to-distant future. While some countries are still predominantly cash driven, many governments and businesses are working hard to change through the wide-scale introduction of digital payment or prepayment solutions. One such company, and a specialist in the field, is epay Italy, based in Milan. A subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc and part of the global epay business, the Italian firm has the expertise, experience and instinct for innovation which is helping drive the conversion to digital payment services in Italy.

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Taking the fear out of freelancing

The opportunity to shape your own working day with activities that you enjoy, the chance to build a successful business on your own terms: the attractions of working on a freelance basis are abundant and diverse. Less appealing however, is the huge amount of administration involved, and the lack of financial security in the case of sickness or unemployment. Freelancers working in Belgium are reaping the benefits of a highly effective solution. Tentoo Payroll Services BV takes the pain out of financial management for freelancers, leaving them more time to earn money and enjoy their work.

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Now recruiting

Being among the top three providers in its field of temporary staffing and recruitment makes Trenkwalder a.s., Czech subsidiary of the Trenkwalder Group, a major player in the business. Yet, the company does not rest on its laurels – it has ambitious plans for the near future concerning both the numbers of recruits as well as the implementation of various new products to its portfolio.

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Programmatic data-driven recruiting

The transition from printed to online media over recent years has impacted not only the traditional newspaper and magazine industries, but every sector which historically used printed forms of advertising, both for their business and their recruitment needs. Recruitment departments in particular have suddenly discovered that they no longer have the skills in-house to undertake effective hiring in an increasingly digital world. Headquartered in Stuttgart, KÖNIGSTEINER GmbH is an expert in both recruitment and digital media, and combines the two to help its clients achieve efficient and effective hiring outcomes.

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Saving sailors and the sea

Even for experienced seafarers, the ocean can be unpredictable and, at times, treacherous. Equally, the seas themselves are often put in danger due to catastrophes such as oil spillages and other types of contamination. Polish maritime search and rescue service Morska Służba Poszukiwania i Ratownictwa rescues and protects both sailors and the sea.

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Inviting the future while keeping risks at bay

Some insurances are compulsory, some are not. You must insure your car because of the damage you might cause to others, and you need to insure your home because of the damage due to some external circumstances (e.g. fire) or financial risks a mortgage involves. Yet nothing is more important than your own life, your ability to make a living and to look after your loved ones. In the end there will be a whole number of insurance needs you wish to be covered; Komerční pojišťovna, a.s. in Prague in the Czech Republic can meet them all. Life, loan, travel, accident or special insurance for children – you name it, they have it.

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Let us entertain you

The arts have a special way of bringing people from many different cultures and tastes together. Arguably, one of the best arts that builds a sense of togetherness is music. Attending a concert with family, friends or business contacts will surely create a lasting memory. The Sportpaleis Group, headquartered in Merksem, offers customers eight different venues in four cities. These venues range from smaller theaters that host dramatic productions for 1,000 visitors up to large halls that can house 18,000 people and play host to global superstars and large sporting events.

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Skills and personality for success

The need for good people is higher than ever before. They are the basis for the success of a company. For this reason, human resources has become an important part of the strategy of every successful business. Intys HR S.A. based in Brussels is an HR specialist focusing on operational consulting and people development.

Interview with Oleg Stavitsky and Vlad Pinskij, Founders of Endel

A subconscious soundtrack for your life

Endel has recently made headlines, when the app’s founders signed a deal with Warner Music to release more than a dozen albums this year, even though they wouldn’t call their service music. Instead, they prefer the term “functional sound”, which, when played in the background, helps its users relax, sleep or focus. European Business spoke with the company’s founders Oleg Stavitsky and Vlad Pinskij about the thin line between science and art, their ambition to use big data to improve their users’ lives and not sell them ads, and why their service has garnered much greater traction abroad than in the company’s native Germany.

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