What are the British Business Awards?

The British Business Awards 2018 are being hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce Beijing, where the winners of 9 awards will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 15 November, in Beijing.

The British Business Awards recognise and promote excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour in the British and Chinese business communities.

Consisting of nine categories, they highlight organisations and individuals from a variety of disciplines who are achieving outstanding results and who demonstrate commitment to trade and investment in China. They also recognise the accomplishments of Chinese businesses operating in the UK and of British and Chinese graduates of UK universities.

The British Business Awards have grown in stature since the inaugural edition in 2008 to become a key feature in the business calendar in China. The gala dinner awards ceremony regularly attracts close to 350 eminent guests from Chinese and British business, government and mainstream media.

The awards is supported by the British Consulate General Shanghai, The British Chamber of Commerce in China, British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, The British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China, British Council, the Confederation of British Industry, and the China-Britain Business Council.

What are the Award Categories?

There are nine award categories:

Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Sustainability Award
Education Institution Partnership of the Year Award
Innovation Award
Chinese Investor in the UK Award
Belt and Road Award
Inspiring Women Award
British Company of the Year Award
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Who can enter?

To enter the British Business Awards, you have to be:

A British-owned company or organisation operating in mainland China.
A company or organisation operating in mainland China that no matter whether in reality or apparently British-owned, the general public and/or business community would perceived as being ‘British’.
If in doubt with regards to the eligibility of your company, please contact Steven.lynch@cbbc.org.cn

To enter the Chinese Investor of the Year Award, you have to:

Be a Chinese company headquartered in mainland China operating in the UK.

To enter the Education Institutional Partnership of the Year Award you have to:

Eligibility is restricted to those UK institutions who are listed on the UKVI Register of Licensed Sponsors (Tier 4).
*Nominations must be endorsed by the Vice-Chancellor of the institution.

How can I enter the Awards?

The British Business Awards will accept online entries only. You may apply online as soon as entries open on 11 June 2018.

Once applications are open, click on the Enter the Awards button on our website, select the categories you wish to enter and complete the online application form.

The closing date for submissions is 7 September 2018.

Can I enter more than one award category?

Yes. Each entry must be made separately by an authorised person.

Can I enter more than one project, product or service for a single award?

Yes. Each entry must be made separately by an authorised person.

I/our organisation entered last year; can we enter this year?

Yes. There is no limitation on the number of years in which an individual or organisation is entered for an award.

What is the selection process?

After entries close, entries will be reviewed by a separate judging panel in each of the nine award categories, who will select shortlists of five entrants per category by 7 September 2018.

Finalists are then invited to interview with the judging panels who will pick their top 3 finalists.  Concurrently, an online vote will take place, with voters asked to choose their top 3 finalists.  After this, an Advisory Panel, made up from DIT, BritCham, CBBC, CBI, British Council and Mofcom also choose their top 3 finalists from each Award.

These votes are then compiled with the winner being the result of the 3 systems combined. This system is used to eradicate any potential bias from any one judge, online vote or advisory panel member.

The winners will be revealed at the gala awards dinner in Beijing on 15 November 2018.

How many judges are there?

For each awards category there is a panel of five judges, including one lead judge.

Who are the judges?

The judging panels are composed of prominent members of British and Chinese industry and government.

How will I know if my entry was submitted successfully?

You will receive an automated note generated by our online system.

How will I know if I have been chosen as a finalist?

Finalists for each award category will be contacted individually and announced on the British Business Awards website.

The organisers will only inform those organisations and individuals that have been selected to progress to the second judging stage. The entrant’s designated contact will be formally notified by email after the announcement.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the gala dinner awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 November 2018.

To ensure the integrity of the Awards, no details of any winners will be available to the public, including the media, before the gala dinner.

* The details in this document are correct at the time of going to press and subject to change.

* The judges’ decisions are final.

* The British Business Awards Committee reserves the right to alter the rules of the competition at any time.