The British Business Awards 2016 Celebrate UK-Sino Business Success

On 3 November, 11 winners of the British Business Awards (BBA) 2016 were announced at the InterContinental Shanghai Pudong. 

Hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai, the BBA 2016 consists of eight award categories to recognize excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour, in the British business community in China.

Patron of the BBA 2016, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward CMG OBE, addressed to the guests, ”Thank you all for joining this wonderful evening. Whether you have been nominated or not, whether you are British or Chinese, or international, thank you for everything that you do day in, day out to build the trade ties between the UK and China. Tonight, above all is a celebration of that.”

Competition was fierce as the quality of this year’s applications was higher than ever. Head Judge of the BBA 2016, and Chairman of the British Chamber Shanghai, Barry Piper, commented, ” The applications that we have received across all categories are truly impressive. They represent very different businesses in very different parts of China. But they all have one thing in common, they embody the spirit of enterprise that is at the heart of Britain and China’s economic future.

Tonight we celebrated the leadership in manufacturing and exporting, to education and innovation, and from services to looking after our planet… these awards are rightly the Oscars of great British business.”

UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, sent his congratulations via a video message to all the BBA participants and shared his encouraging prospects for future Britain-China collaborations by stating that, “The future between our countries is clearly bright and as China seeks to expand its service economy, there will be almost unlimited opportunities for British and Chinese business to exchange knowledge and expertise”.

The BBA 2016 came in a momentous week for the UK in East China, which saw the second UK-China Regional Leader Summit take place in Shanghai; and eight Vice-Chancellors from the UK’s Russell Group universities visit Shanghai to meet with leaders from China’s C9 universities.

The British Business Awards 2016 winners are

Best New Exporter to China Award

Best New Exporter to China Award (Sponsored by Department for International Trade)



Peak Scientific Instruments | 比克气体仪器贸易(上海)有限公司 a leading innovator in the design, manufacture and support of high performance gas generators.

Education Institutional Partnership of the Year

Education Institutional Partnership of the Year (Sponsored by The British Council)



University of Nottingham (Ningbo) | 宁波诺丁汉大学, the first Sino-foreign university to open in China in 2004. The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate British degrees awarded by the University of Nottingham, one of the UK’s top ten universities.

Chinese Investor of the Year Award

Chinese Investor of the Year Award* (Sponsored by the University of Manchester China Centre)

Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG) | 北京建工集团 , a leading construction and engineering company in China and is already active in global markets.

New Business Award

New Business Award (Sponsored by The British Consulate-General Shanghai)

The Happy Monk, a “London-style” cocktail bar/restaurant in Guangzhou serving a broad range of drinks and food.

Best Services Award

Best Services Award (Sponsored by KPMG)

SIP Project Management | 上海申英基建咨询有限公司, China’s leading, independent construction project management consultancy.

Sustainable Business Award*

Sustainable Business Award* (Sponsored by The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai)

BP China | 英国石油, an international oil and gas company operating in over 70 countries and its major business activities include exploration and production, refining and marketing, petrochemicals and lubricants.

British Company of the Year

British Company of the Year (Sponsored by British Airways)

Jaguar Land Rover China | 捷豹路虎中国, a British automotive manufacturer possessing two premium luxury car brands.

Finalists of the 2016 British Business Awards

Chinese Investor of the Year Award

Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG)

Sanpower Group

Education Institutional Partnership of the Year Award

Bangor University/CSUFT (Hunan)

Coventry University/ SWUPL (Chongqing)

University of Huddersfield/ Sino British College (Shanghai)

University of Nottingham (Ningbo)

Xi’an Jiaotong/Liverpool University (Suzhou)

New Business Award


The Happy Monk


IX Cameras Ltd

VeInteractive Asia Limited

Best Services Award

Amec Foster Wheeler

Control Risks

InterContinental Hotels Group

SIP Project Management

Rentokil Initial China

Innovation Award

Eco Capacity

MicroTek Processes




Sustainable Business Award

BP China


Jaguar Land Rover China


Spirax Sarco


Best New Exporter to China Award

Karro Food Group

Peak Scientific Instruments


New Look


British Company of the Year Award


InterContinental Hotels Group

Jaguar Land Rover China


University of Nottingham