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2016 British Business Awards applications now open
The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai announced the launch of the 2016 British Business Awards at InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin on 14 April. British Consul General in Shanghai John Edwards (below) and Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai Barry Piper, who is also the Chairman and Head Judge of the 2016 British Business Awards, attended.
The British Business Awards (BBA) was established in 2008, is held every two years and has developed into a key event recognising and promoting excellence in innovation, enterprise and endeavour in the British business community in China.
Past winners include BP, GKN, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Standard Chartered, Unilever, Virgin Atlantic and many others. VIPs such as Sir Sebastian Wood, then Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China; His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Sir Roger Carr, then President of the Confederation of British Industry, have also participated.
The 2016 British Business Awards have the support of the British Consulate General Shanghai, the British Chamber of Commerce in China, the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong, the British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the British Chamber of Commerce Southwest China, the British Council, the CBI, the China-Britain Business Council, the City of London, the Manchester China Forum, UKTI and Visit Britain.
Barbara Woodward, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China and patron of the 2016 British Business Awards, said: "I am delighted to be a Patron for the 2016 British Business Awards. Following the visit of President Xi Jinping to the UK last October, we have the potential to build a genuinely golden era in relations between China and the UK. British business will be at the heart – helping to power the UK’s own growth by seizing the opportunities here, of course, but also working with China to upgrade its economic model. British innovation and creativity. British brands and professional expertise. British excellence in education and science, creating tens of thousands of new Chinese “ambassadors” for the UK every year. British openness to Chinese investment. We have a huge amount to celebrate. These awards do exactly that."
Through eight award categories the Awards aim to celebrate and recognise enterprises that have made outstanding contributions in business and cultural exchanges between China and the UK. Below are the award categories:
- British Company of the Year
- Chinese Investor of the Year
- Education Institutional Partnership of the Year
- New Business Award
- Best Services Award
- Sustainable Business Award
- Creative Industry Award
- Innovation Award
The current confirmed sponsors include the British Council, InterContinental Hotels Group and Manchester Business School.
The eligibility for entering the British Business Awards is to be either a British-owned company/organisation operating in mainland China, or a company/organisation operating in mainland China that is perceived as ‘British’ by the business community and general public.
Applications for the British Business Awards are accepted from April through to July. All applications must be made through the official website www.britishbusinessawards.cn. Judges will review applications and select five finalists for each award category who will be announced at the finalist announcement event. Interviews will be conducted in September and the final award winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Dinner held on 10 November 2016 in Shanghai.
Application deadline is 26 July 2016.