The British Business Awards 2016 Celebrate UK-Sino Business Success
Winners of the eight categories are announced
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 recognise 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.”
Liam Fox, UK Secretary of State for International Trade, 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 (Sponsored by Department for International Trade)
Peak Scientific Instruments, a leading innovator in the design, manufacture and support of high performance gas generators.
Education Institutional Partnership of the Year (Sponsored by The British Council)
University of Nottingham (Ningbo), 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* (Sponsored by the University of Manchester China Centre)
Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), a leading construction and engineering company in China and is already active in global markets.
Sanpower Group, a large private conglomerate whose expertise in the technology and modern service industries act as a base for its three-pronged business strategy of developing synergies among its businesses in the finance, healthcare and commerce sectors.
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.
Innovation Award* (Sponsored by InterContinental Hotel Group)
MicroTek Processes, manufactures a range of Ultraviolet (UV) products for the treatment of food and beverages using non-thermal sterilisation technologies.
Sensewhere, a company deliver low cost, scalable and accurate indoor positioning by automatically mapping radio-frequency signals inside buildings along with top-shelf software algorithms developed in Scotland.
Best Services Award (Sponsored by KPMG)
SIP Project Management, China’s leading, independent construction project management consultancy.
Sustainable Business Award* (Sponsored by The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai)
BP China, 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.
Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in over 190 countries.
British Company of the Year (Sponsored by British Airways)
Jaguar Land Rover China, a British automotive manufacturer possessing two premium luxury car brands.