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British Business Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

4 Sep 2020

On 3 September, Finalists of the British Business Awards 2020 was announced at Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai.

From an extensive list of exceptional candidates, 41 exemplary businesses and individuals were shortlisted and applauded for their excellent work demonstrating the spirit of innovation, enterprise and endeavour.

Ray Chisnall, Chairman of the British Business Awards 2020, said,

“The Awards are a joint effort by the British business community in China.  We have seen in total 146 applications and many spectacular entries from a vast range of industries this year. It is a great testimony to the broad range of sectors in which British business is successfully operating in China and exporting to China, which proofs that British business in China continues to go from strength to strength.

We are also delighted to see a doubled number of applications for the Chinese Investor in the UK category. All great companies strive to grow and succeed and contribute to strengthening UK-China business relations.”

Chris Wood, British Consul-General in Shanghai, said,

“It’s a great pleasure to be here and to see a packed room here this evening, which I think is an excellent reflection of the importance of the British Business Awards.

Chinese economy is recovering well, and for businesses here in China, it is also going extremely well. After a challenging few months, it is a great time to celebrate the best of British and Chinese companies, of British and Chinese trade. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and I very much look forward to celebrating and hearing about the winners in October.”

The British Business Awards 2020 Finalists (company name / last name by alphabetical order)

Innovation Award – Sponsored by bp

  • AstraZeneca
  • Crowcon Detection Instruments Limited
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Modern Water
  • Morgan Advanced Materials

Sustainability Award – Sponsored by Houghton Street Consulting

  • bp
  • Halma
  • Modern Water
  • SpiraxSarco Engineering (China) Ltd.
  • Unilever China

Education Institutional Partnership of the Year Award

  • King’s College London
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen’s University Belfast
  • University of Liverpool

Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Sponsored by The British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai

  • Penny Burgess – WE Red Bridge
  • Rupert Hoogewerf – Hurun Report
  • Theodore O’Mahony – KANVID
  • Malcolm Staff – Halifax Fan Group
  • William Vanbergen – BE Education

Chinese Investor in the UK Award

  • China CITIC Bank Corporation Limited
  • China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation
  • Group
  • TusPark Holdings (UK) Limited

British Exporter of the Year Award – Sponsored by CBBC

  • Avenue51
  • Peak Scientific Instruments Limited
  • Renishaw (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd
  • Samarkand Global
  • TPP

Leadership Award – Sponsored by The University of Manchester China Centre

  • Ornella Barra – Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Penny Burgess – CEO, WE Red Bridge
  • Rui Ding – Managing Director, Oxford University Press (Shanghai) Ltd.
  • Thomas Murphy – Chief Financial and Planning Officer, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Barry Piper – General Manager Asia, Cooper Turner Beck

Best Employer Award – Sponsored by Smith+Nephew

  • Dulwich College Shanghai Puxi
  • Smiths Group
  • SpiraxSarco Engineering (China) Ltd.
  • The Happy Monk
  • The Hutong

Best Services Award – Sponsored by KPMG China

  • Ince
  • Pagoda Projects Ltd.
  • Smiths Group
  • The Hutong
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Wood

*Two companies tied for fifth place.

British Company of the Year Award – Sponsored by SpiraxSarco

  • C2W Group
  • Halma
  • Smiths Group
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Wood

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner in Shanghai on 29 October.  Early-bird booking opens on 4 September. For more information, please visit

More photos from the evening can be viewed here.

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