Award Categories

Entrepreneur of the Year Award seeks to celebrate the risks that entrepreneurs take to ensure that businesses can grow and thrive, and the fantastic contribution these risk-takers make to China-UK business relations.

The judges will look for evidence of:

• An individual who has displayed extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit. How has this person displayed perseverance and independent thought to overcome adversity and obstacles
• The past and current financial performance of the business and also their strategies for short and long-term sustainability and growth
• The impact the individual has had on China-UK business relations. Has the individual created jobs and had a positive impact in their own community
• Embracing and leveraging innovative technologies and approaches. How has the individual embraced change and integrated innovative measures into the business
• Turning visions into reality. How has the individual utilised different strategies to help grow the business?

Sustainability Award seeks to recognise organisations that have demonstrated a commitment to the building of a sustainable business in China, and to help promote the benefits of a sustainable business model in the Chinese market.


The judges will look for evidence of:

• An organisation that has a clearly identified vision and set of values, successfully embedding sustainable business strategy and practices across their operations in China
• The provision of leading-edge products or services to the Chinese market, that support the development of other sustainable businesses and the growth of the broader economy
• A business that not only seeks to deliver improved shareholder performance but also promotes economic prosperity, improved environmental quality and social equity
• A commitment to develop and maintain socially responsible cooperation throughout their supply chain by working with customers, suppliers and other stakeholders
• A commitment to the education of their employees, customers and the wider community as to the importance of sustainability
• A commitment to ethical operations and conformance to business conduct supported by a sound corporate governance structures and systems

Education Institutional Partnership of the Year Award will be presented to a UK higher or further education institution that has partnered with a Chinese organisation to deliver significant impact in the last 24 months. This is a great opportunity for UK HE or FE educational institutions that are actively engaged with China to be recognised for their contribution to UK-China collaboration and to raise awareness of their success in doing so among audiences in both the UK and China.

Award Criteria:
• Eligibility is restricted to UK higher and further education institutions that are listed on the UKVI Register of Licensed Sponsors (Tier 4).
• Partnerships must have started no earlier than 2016.
• Nominations must be endorsed by a Vice-Chancellor or College Principal.

Judges will look for evidence of the following:
• Has the collaboration led to other projects or long-term partnerships?
• Has the collaboration enhanced the UK institution’s international profile and contributed to the Chinese partner’s internationalisation?
• Has the collaboration made a significant contribution to local and regional development in the UK and China?
• Has the collaboration had a significant impact and exceptional performance in at least three of the following areas?
o teaching
o graduate employability
o student experience
o industry links
o alumni relations
o academic development
o civic engagement
o research and innovation

The Innovation Award seeks to recognise British excellence in bringing innovative ideas, products or processes to the Chinese market, which have contributed to the growth of their sector, or companies that have leveraged existing approaches in a new and creative manner.

The judges will look for evidence of:

• Development. Innovative designs, products or processes that have been developed for China
• Execution. How well a design, product or process was successfully introduced to the Chinese market?
• Implementation. Introduction of best practices or advanced techniques into their China operations.
• Commercial. Success of an innovative idea, product or process in the Chinese market.
• Commitment. A focus on the development of local talent or investment in R&D in China.

Chinese Investor in the UK Award acknowledges Chinese companies that have established a business in the UK and have demonstrated strong growth, innovative strategies and important market presence.
*Entrants must be Chinese companies headquartered in mainland China with a presence in the UK.

Judges will look for evidence of:

• An ongoing contribution to strengthening UK-China business relations
• Investment in the development of British staff/UK based staff
• Companies that have embraced the use of British R&D expertise
• A long-term commitment to building a sustainable business that benefits both countries
• The commercial success of the investment or joint venture in China or the UK
• Engagement in community initiatives or a commitment to corporate social responsibility

Belt & Road Initiative Award celebrates the contributions that UK companies are making in the area of development, infrastructure, investment, and consultancy to economies across the Belt and Road project.

The judges will look for evidence of:

• A long-term commitment to sustainable development across the Belt and Road project
• Embraces the use of British infrastructure expertise
• Sustainable and successful financing solutions, particularly in investment
• Facilitating the improvement of local and globally connectivity projects
• Successful economic development of projects, both short and long-term
• Embracing and leveraging innovative technologies and approaches across projects.
• Positive developments in the sustainability of local communities through social and economic programme

The Inspiring Women Award celebrates women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievements in a field of expertise. This award will celebrate and shine a light on the achievements of women from all walks of life, and showcases examples of extraordinary courage, compassion, transformation, and triumph.

The Inspiring Women Award will go to an individual who has made a significant impact on others’ lives or made a noteworthy accomplishment in her own life. She will be considered an inspiring role model for demonstrating an unwavering passion and commitment to empowering women and girls through her work, values and beliefs.

This is a fantastic opportunity for inspirational women who have gone above and beyond to champion the contribution of women in education, business and society; to build the aspirations of women and girls in tackling gender stereotypes and to raise awareness of their success in doing so among audiences in the UK and China.

Award Criteria:
• Candidates must be female mainland Chinese or British nationals currently residing in mainland China.
• Candidates should have made a positive contribution towards an individual, group, or community over the past ten years.

Judges will look for the following evidence:
• Is the candidate considered as a role model by her peers and within her community? Is her contribution to transforming the lives of women and/or girls considered outstanding?
• Has the candidate enabled women and/or girls to improve their own lives and those of others? Have the results had an economic, social and/or political impact?
• Has the candidate supported women and/or girls in tackling gender stereotypes? Has she created an enabling environment for women and/or girls to participate in different spheres?

The British Company of the Year Award recognises British organisations in any industry sector in China that exemplify the UK’s commitment to developing sustainable business and cultural relations between the UK and China.

The judges will look for evidence of:

• A long-term commitment to building a sustainable business in China
• An innovative approach to the running of a business, or a unique corporate strategy that sets the company apart
• Products or services tailored specifically to the Chinese market
• Active support of the development of UK-China relations
• An open and inclusive working environment with provisions made to embrace British and Chinese working cultures
• Engagement in community initiatives or a commitment to corporate social responsibility
• Exemplary CSR policy in action

The 改革开放 – 40 Years of Reform Award celebrates the milestone of 40 years since the opening up reforms introduced by Deng Xiaoping. This award recognises British companies that have leveraged this atmosphere of openness to successfully build businesses in China and who have made long-term commitments to the China market.

The judges will look for evidence of:

  • • A long-term history of and commitment to building a sustainable and successful business in China
    • A history of engagement in community initiatives and a proven commitment to corporate social responsibility
    • Proven examples of contributions that have strengthened UK-China business relations
    • How the company has specifically tailored their business operations since the launch of the opening up reforms
    • Long-term and continued commitment to using innovative new techniques and best practices, particularly showing how these work specifically in the Chinese market