FIVE Irish businesses have been shortlisted as finalists for the 2014/15 European Business Awards.
Dawn Meats, water treatment company EPS Group, technology firm Version 1 and the Irish arms of Morgan McKinley and Paypal have made the final.
The awards, now in its eighth year, recognise and reward the most innovative businesses by promoting success, innovation and ethics in companies across the EU.
The Irish companies will also receive the Ruban d'Honneur award.
European Business Awards chief executive Adrian Tripp said: "To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and expand in the way this year's Ruban D'Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these."