Liam O’Kelly, the founder and chief executive of AirSpeed Telecom, won the RSM Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the European Business Awards ceremony last night in Athens. 

Over 17,000 European companies entered the awards, of which there were 100 finalists and 10 overall category winners.  

Founded in 2003, Airspeed provides telecommunications products and services to enterprise, public sector and SME businesses.

It was selected by the judges for spotting a gap in the market to deliver leased line replacement services for Internet access for between 30% and 50% of the cost of competing products.

The European Business Awards recognises and rewards excellence, best practice and innovation. The competition is free to enter and open to organisations of all sizes and from any industry sector.

"Demonstrating our ability to grow the business by 40% annually over the past few years, while maintaining consistently high levels of service and value for our customers, was a key factor in securing this win," commented Liam O'Kelly. 

"Gaining recognition of that achievement from such a high calibre judging panel represents a significant endorsement for our business," he added.