Winners of the 2012 British Business Awards
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The British Business Awards 2012 Winners

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Entrepreneur of the Year Award -- CRCC Asia

Winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

CRCC Asia pioneered the establishment of workexperience programmes for international students and graduates in China, and continues to run the leading and biggest Internship Programme in China. Founded by two young graduates, Daniel Nivern and Edward Holroyd Pearce with minimal funds the company has grown within six years into a multi-national company with five offices in London, Beijing, Shanghai, San Francisco and Pennsylvania, with more than 40 employees spread across the globe.

“The nomination is an inspiration to all of our teams to continue building innovative programmes that educate young professionals around the world about China and help to foster relations between Chinese youth and their international counterparts,” says Nivern.  To date CRCC Asia has provided over 3,000 internships across a broad spectrum of industry sectors to young professionals from over 100 different countries.“China is the perfect location for us because its’ growing economy and vibrant business environment has become a focus for students around the world,” explains Nivern.

www.crccasia.com

Q&A with CRCC Asia, Winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

We wanted to gain recognition as the leaders in our sector and to be the very best that Britain has to offer. With such a great stamp of approval, we now aim to spread our reach even further and try to bring more and more young people to have a once in a lifetime opportunity in China.

 2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

Alongside the promotion of international exchange to China, we were hoping to give a big boost to all of our teams around the globe who work hard to provide great programs for international students in China. Winning the Award is a big thank you to all of them.

 3. What have you learnt about your business by entering?

That we are a socially responsible British company, providing a high quality service and helping to prepare the next generation of leaders who will manage the growing political, economic and cultural ties between Britain and China.

 4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

We hope that this will encourage more universities and corporations to work with us so that we can provide as many China Internship Programs to as many students around the world as possible. We feel that international education exchange is the best way to develop relations between China, the UK and the rest of the world.

 5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in China in the future?

Winning the Award has given us the confidence to increase our targets. We hope that by the end of 2013, we will be helping more than 2000 students per year to do high quality internship programs in various locations across China.

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British Company of the Year Award -- GKN China

Winner of the British Company of the Year Award

GKN is a global engineering group whose technologies and products are at the heart of vehicles and aircraft produced by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers.  Over twenty years ago, GKN was the first Western company to invest in the automotive components industry in China. Today, GKN operates from 12 locations and employs over 5,000 people in China. Currently the company is expanding its operations, investing in new facilities in Changchun, Wuhan and Jiangsu province and establishing new partnerships in Aerospace and Land Systems.

To stay the distance in China “requires a clear vision, excellent local leadership, talent pool and strong partners,” according to GKN China’s President, Stefan Magirius. “A fully localised product range and supply chain as well as on the ground engineering capabilities and best business practices will create a platform for long-term success,” he adds. This, together with China’s speed of execution and knowledge of domestic markets, has helped GKN’s businesses in China to become world-class operations.

www.gknchina.com

Q&A from GKN China-winner of The British Company of The Year Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

BBA has been and continues to act as testimony to the depth, breadth and success of British business operating in China. By entering the BBA, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the Chinese market and to be recognized as a successful sustainable business.

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

–         An opportunity to celebrate our achievements with our employees;

–         Promote GKN as a successful business and supplier of choice;

–         Share the success with our local partners and customers;

–         Demonstrate our commitment to growth in China;

–         Recognition of our contribution to the China-UK relationships.

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

Winning the Award is recognition of GKN’s long-term commitment to serving customers both directly and through strong partnerships. It also acknowledges GKN’s success in developing a sustainable business, its continuous efforts to foster Chinese talents and its dedication to support UK-China relationships.

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in China in the future?

The award will inspire us to further excel in our growth strategy in China.

6. No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title. Does it inspire you to be the first?

Yes! We are confident that GKN will become an even stronger business in the future.

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Financial & Professional Services -- Award Standard Chartered Bank

Winner of the Financial & Professional Services Award

With 150 years of continuous presence in China, Standard Chartered Bank’s motto ‘Here for good’ is one few could quibble with. Standard Chartered is not only the oldest foreign bank in China, but the also the oldest bank in China, “testament to the fact that we remain open for business no matter how tough things become,” states Standard Chartered.

The bank continues to invest in its expansion on the Chinese mainland, now having a presence in 24 cities, with 90 outlets and employing around 7,000 people.  “With strong growth of the Chinese economy, our business in China has grown in tandem with income increasing by 23 per cent to RMB 5,540 million in 2011,” states Standard Chartered. Standard Chartered’s support for the development of banking in China and Shanghai as an international financial centre “is an extension of our continued commitment to a country that is such an integral part of our history”.

www.standardchartered.com.cn

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Creativity Award -- TECAstudio

Winner of the Creativity Award

TECAstudio was founded at the Royal College of Art in 1998 and opened a permanent office in South China, Shenzhen in 2004. TECAstudio is a design and innovation company specialising in market targeted product design with a track record of high volume sales and successful patented design innovation.

“Being one of the first UK design companies to open an office in China we have placed great importance on nurturing and developing creative talent and provided a platform where everyone can develop and grow their ideas,” explains TECAstudio’s Founder, Andy James Lee. As well as manufacturing its products in China the company is also developing and researching new products specifically designed for the domestic market which are also selling around the world. Lee adds, “we have put creativity at the core of our business not just as deliverables but as a core philosophy to pioneer new ways on creating value for everyone by making better products that last longer and that are better for the environment.”

www.tecastudio.com

 

Q&A with TECAstudio, Winner of the Creativity Award

1.   Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

 Being one of the first UK Design companies to open an office in China TECAstudio has placed great importance on nurturing and developing creative talent and provided a platform where CREATIVITY can grow in China and around the world. The British Business Award is promotes BEST OF BRITAIN and CREATIVITY and that is what we are about.

 2.    What were you hoping to get out of it?

 TECA is about making better products that last longer and that give the user and the world something positive and beneficial. We aim to make products that solve problems and enhance the lives of its users. China is the place where more products are and will be used and this notion here is more important than anywhere else in the world.

 3.   What have you learnt about your business by entering?

 Coming back to Shanghai the changes in the city were breathtaking. China is moving faster than we can understand and participating in challenging competitions with grilling questions and tough interview is essential.

 4.   What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

 We are part of the development in China to move from engineering departments to innovative design strategy teams. Winning the award has inspired us to engage more in new technology, push the boundary of design and stand up for innovation and CREATIVITY.

 5.   How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in China in the future?

 TECA has put Creativity at the core of its business not just as deliverables but as a core philosophy to pioneer new ways on creating value for everyone by making better products that last longer and that are better for the environment. It is a great honor to receive the support and recognition from the British Business award and encouragement to continue. 

6.   No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title.  Does it inspire you to be the first?

We drove from Shenzhen to Shanghai to promote ‘great’ British CREATIVITY in the coastal cities and arrived in Shanghai to the fantastic surprise of winning the award. We want to initiate, encourage and inspire much more CREATIVITY all around the world and many more winners.

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Chinese Investor of the Year Award (joint winner) -- Chongqing Machinery & Electric Co., Ltd

Joint Winner of the Chinese Investor of the Year Award

Chongqing Machinery & Electric Co. (CME) is focused on becoming a major international manufacturer and technology supplier. The company is investing in businesses globally to increase R&D capabilities and product development, especially in the UK “where innovation is clearly a strength,” says Liao Shaohua, CME’s Director and Vice President.

CME acquired Precision Technologies Group (PTG) in 2010. PTG’s principal activities are design, development, manufacturing and commissioning of special purpose, high precision, advanced machine tools and production systems. Since its acquisition, CME has invested heavily in the growth of PTG. “The UK managers bring to us a wealth of experience of international business and product strategy implementation” says Liao Shaohua. “In return, we are investing in manufacturing capacity, staff, facilities and R&D, for the long term success of our UK business.”

For CME the UK’s positive business environment and banking strength, are key for its future development plans such as the establishment of CME’s overseas headquarters in the UK based at PTG.

www.chinacqme.com

Q&A with Chongqing Machinery & Electric Co., Winner of the Chinese Investor of the Year Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

The British Business Awards 2012 provided an opportunity for us to assess the perceived value and strength of CQME’s investment and strategy in the UK, as viewed from the perspective of UK government.  We encourage strong links between our subsidiary companies and official agencies, and have been particularly pleased about the engagement between our leadership team and UK Trade & Investment. 

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

We wanted to check our leadership view to help us make decisions about future investments, and of course we hoped to win and achieve public recognition.  In a very competitive business environment, where the best companies want to attract the highest quality people and partners, such awards have a very positive impact on CQME’s public profile.

3. What have you learnt about your business by entering?

We have benefited by ‘standing back’ from our business and looking at things from an ‘external’ viewpoint.  This has enabled us to take a fresh look and validate our initial thinking and strategy.

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

The Award is excellent recognition of our business and sends very positive signals to the investment community by raising CQME’s public profile.  Also, the Award is warmly welcomed by our senior management teams in China and UK, and is seen as recognition for a great deal of hard work.

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in the UK in the future?

Winning the Award is a testimony to our technological and investment strategies, and serves as a platform for future planning.  We expect to increase our investments and develop our UK business further, to the benefit of the whole of CQME and its employees around the world.

6. No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title.  Does it inspire you to be the first?

Yes it does.  We plan to continue with our winning formula, and intensify our efforts, so that we have an even stronger case next year!

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Chinese Investor of the Year Award (joint winner) -- Bosideng UK Limited

Joint Winner of the Chinese Investor of the Year Award

Founded in 1976, Bosideng’s unwavering commitment to quality and innovation has led the company to become the leading down apparel brand in China.

On 26th July 2012, the day before the London Olympic Games, Bosideng UK opened its first UK flagship store in London’s West End showcasing its European menswear collection. “We chose the UK as a foothold to Europe, which is our key overseas market”, states Bosideng UK’s CEO, Wayne Zhu. “Bosideng has been partnered with a British company for years in order to study the market potential, consumption patterns, competitive brands and establish its own team. Due to this, we know the UK better than any other market and London being one of the world’s fashion hotspots is a major advantage for the brand.

The UK’s local resources, design expertise, manufacturing and marketing are key to the company’s global expansion.

http://company.bosideng.com

Q&A from Bosideng-winner of Chinese Investor of The Year Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

The British Business Awards are extremely prestigious, and recognition from the British Chamber of Commerce in China is significant both in China and the UK, particularly in the early stages of Bosideng’s expansion. 

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

Bosideng’s expansion into Europe through its flagship store in the UK has been a major development for the brand and leads the way for other Chinese companies. Recognition through the British Business Awards, in the category of Chinese Investor of the Year, has helped position Bosideng as a leader, particularly in the clothing retail sector. We hope that it will also increase the recognition and appeal of Bosideng in the UK market. 

3. What have you learnt about your business by entering?

When you are working on a project such as this, it is easy to focus on what’s required at the time to make it a success. We have learnt that the growth and expansion of Bosideng into the UK is much more significant in terms of the retail sector and UK-Chinese business relations, as this type of move has not happened before in this sector. 

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

Due to the prestige of the award, it is of course very important to Bosideng. We are honoured to have received such an award in recognition of the brand’s growth and its support of UK-China business relations. 

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in the UK in the future?

Bosideng’s move to the UK has been a major investment, and that includes investment in staff. The award will not necessarily change the way that we will do business, but it does suggest that we’re doing things right and that we should progress and develop in the same way. 

6. No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title. Does it inspire you to be the first?

Of course it would be fantastic to break the trend and win two successive British Business Awards. We are looking forward to a strong year ahead developing the brand in the UK, and we hope that this will lead to success in the next edition of the awards.

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Chinese UK Alumnus of the Year Award -- Huan Wang

Winner of the Chinese UK Alumnus of the Year Award

The UK’s strong reputation in life sciences led Huan Wang to choose Queen Mary, University of London to study for her PhD in Biological Science specialising in Gene Silencing.  She then went on to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Liverpool studying human type II diabetes.

A strict supervisor coupled with a very difficult research topic engendered Huan Wang with a new found confidence and courage to tackle tough challenges in her professional life.   On her return to China, she took the position of Manager of Discovery Biology with Centaurusbio BioPharma Co, a successful pharmaceutical company.  She set up its first biology department focusing on new drug discovery for anti-cancer and type II diabetes.

She is currently studying part time for a Masters in Project Management in order to better manage the projects and biology team. www.centaurusbio.com

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Q&A with Huan Wang, Winner of the Chinese UK Alumnus of the Year Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

I have experienced a very tough PhD training in UK. Once I have overcome all the obstacles to receive the degree, I found myself to be much stronger and capable. After I was back to China, I have been working hard and got achievements I am proud of. To enter the award is some kind of way to express myself and be recognized of.

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

To be nominated already made me surprised and excited. To win the award was really unexpected because there are so many outstanding applicants. I just tried to express myself well and enjoyed the process.

3. What have you learnt about yourself by entering?

I always cherish the experiences I had in UK and be proud of the current job I am working for. I am so pleased to be recognized by the BBA judges. All the hard work I have done is worth it.

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

Winning the British Business Awards 2012 is the recognition of the efforts I have paid for my study and work both in UK and China. It is one of the particular life experiences I am proud of. It definitely makes me more confident and greatly encourages me to get more achievements in the future.

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way you conduct your professional life in the future?

I am a scientist of new drug discovery. Winning the award greatly encourages me to work harder in the future for better serving the people and contributing to the society. It also makes me to have more responsibility to contribute for the UK and China partnership.

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Sustainability Award -- Unilever China

Winner of the Sustainability Award

Unilever is one of the largest fast moving consumer goods companies with over 400 brands in over 190 countries.

2010 saw the launch of its global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP). Unilever China developed three platforms to deliver its sustainability agenda. ‘A better future for the planet’ is committed to reducing the environmental impact of Unilever. Since 2006, “we have achieved significant reduction in CO2, water and waste across China factories by 42%, 35% and 80% per production tonne respectively,” states Unilever China’s Strategic Communication Director, Marina Wu. ‘A better future for children’ programmes benefitting over 300,000 children and their families each year. ‘A better future for farming & farmers’ focuses on developing sustainable agricultural sourcing programmes in China.

For Unilever, there is no inherent contradiction between growth and sustainability. “In fact, in our experience sustainability drives growth,” explains Wu. “We have found that once you start looking at product development, sourcing and manufacturing through a sustainability lens, it opens up great opportunities for innovation and cost reduction.” www.unilever.com.cn

 Q&A with Unilever China, winner of the Sustainability Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

As part of Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) launched in November 2010 globally, Unilever China develops its sustainability agenda with clearly identified vision and set of values, successfully embedding sustainable business strategy and practices across the operations in China. Entering the sustainability award provides us with a cherished opportunity to review our strategy and activities in China.

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

We would like to leverage this award platform to share our great achievements with external stakeholders, and more importantly to learn best practices from peer companies.

3. What have you learnt about your business by entering?

As the global economy is still recovering from the recent global economic turmoil, new business model of sustainable growth is demanding. UK businesses in China are increasingly taking a leadership role in creating a more sustainable world – environmentally, economically and socially, especially in such a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous market. We are proud of being one of the contributors to the local communities for a better future through green initiatives.

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

Winning the sustainability award provides us with high recognition for the business in China. It demonstrates that we are on the right path to deliver Unilever Sustainable Living Plan and develop sustainable business model in China. It encourages us to keep striving to raise the bar as we set the example for the world as a business that leads the way on sustainable living and consistently delivers sustainable growth.

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in China in the future?

Unilever has a long-term commitment to sustainable growth in China. The three platforms of sustainability in China – ‘A better future for the planet’, ‘A better future for children’ and ‘A better future for farming and farmers’ will be remained, and we will continue to develop many programs and initiatives which help to deliver the global Unilever Sustainable Living Plan targets and make more contributions to a better future for the local communities we are part of. We seek to be a responsible employer, business partner, good corporate citizen, and will continue to deliver sustainable growth in China.

6. No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title.  Does it inspire you to be the first?

It’s our great honor to be credited with the “sustainability award” in the British Business Awards 2012, which also inspires us to continue the journey in terms of sustainability. The business model we are pursuing is sustainable growth. We will keep the good momentum and always encourage practices that both benefit the business and benefit the brand. We are in good progress, ready to scale up, and seek more opportunities to share our progress in the future.

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Innovation Award -- Elementis PLC

Winner of the Innovation Award

Elementis PLC is a global specialty chemicals company, employing over 1,200 people at more than 30 locations worldwide,. Deuchem (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Elementis, is the principal operating Group entity in China and is a de facto ‘One-Stop Total Solution Provider’ to the coatings industry in China.

For Elementis, setting up R&D in China is crucial in order to bring new technologies and products to the markets it serves.  Working closely with the company’s global R&D centres, the Chinese technical team developed a resin which “will fill the technological gap that the global coatings industry has been waiting for over the past decade,” states Dr Mark Su, Vice President & Managing Director, Asia at Elementis.  Hypomer MT-2350 can be used in the production of high quality matt-finish paints for application on a range of products. For Su, this is “an excellent example of a successful global collaboration, [demonstrating] the technological capability of Elementis as a leading world-class specialty chemicals company.”

www.elementis.com

Q&A with Elementis PLC, Winner of the Innovation Award

1. Why did you enter the British Business Awards 2012?

Elementis has been diligently promoting environmental sustainability in China for the past 2 decades. By participating in the BBA 2012, we aimed to demonstrate Elementis’ efforts and capability in developing innovative environmental-friendly products in China and hoped that such endeavor would help promote UK-China partnership.

2. What were you hoping to get out of it?

We’re hoping that our efforts in innovation and sustainability could be duly recognized by the market sectors that we are serving as well as the community of British businesses that we belong to.

3. What have you learnt about your business by entering?

There are more than 30 companies in different market sectors applying the “Innovation award”. Only 5 finalists were selected and finally Elementis won this award. It illustrates that “Innovation, Commercialization capability, Team works and Persistenceare vital elements for success”.

4. What does winning the British Business Awards 2012 mean to you?

It’s the recognition for technical innovation and commercial achievements of Elementis as a leading world-class specialty chemicals company.

5. How will it affect, if at all, the way that you do business in China in the future?

Armed with this prestigious recognition, Elementis will continue to invest in R&D, manufacturing facilities and human resources in China to serve our Chinese customers with high-performance and environmental friendly products. We are striving to move closer toward being an “Innovative and Value-creative British Enterprise”.

6. No company has ever successfully defended their BBA title. Does it inspire you to be the first?

Yes, we shall try our best to defend our BBA title in 2014.

The British Business Awards 2012 Finalists