A CELEBRATION OF THE CHINA-SCOTLAND BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Glasgow, 31 January 2020
Companies and individuals working at the forefront of the China-Scotland business community were given recognition for their efforts at the China-Scotland Business Awards held in Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel yesterday.
The China-Scotland Business Awards, the only China-focused business awards in Scotland, are organised by the China-Britain Business Council (this year in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, The Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication at Heriot Watt University, Bank of China UK Limited, Huawei, Red Unit and Business Insider.
Now in their third year, the Awards celebrate the strong and expanding trade and investment ties between Scotland and China. Official figures show that exports of goods from Scotland to China quadrupled over the first nine months of 2019 from the year before.
In congratulating the winners CBBC Chair, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles said:
“It is fantastic to see Scottish companies and entrepreneurs seizing the China opportunity to grow their businesses and to create jobs here in Scotland. These Awards demonstrate just how attractive Scotland has become as a destination for Chinese investment, and as a place to visit for Chinese tourists.”
There were a record number of entries from the Scotland-China business community this year, across a wide variety of business sectors. An independent jury selected the eventual winners from a shortlist of 22 organisations.
The winners in each category are detailed below, along with the judges’ comments:
Innovation in Education - Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries
“The calibre of submissions in this category has risen year on year, making it an extremely challenging one to judge. This year, the Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries showcased a novel approach to cross-cultural education – offering students in both countries the opportunity to engage and expand their own creative visions. The range of sustained, impactful activities that this partnership has forged has been impressive and shows no signs of abating in terms of adopting innovative methods of education.”
Entrepreneur of the Year - Rachel Jones, SnapDragon Monitoring
“Rachel’s passion for what SnapDragon does is evident to anyone that meets her. Her story not only demonstrates her great commercial acumen in seizing an opportunity to enter an untapped market, but also her ability to scale up in short order. The past year was key for Rachel: Snapdragon increased its headcount fourfold, whilst embracing technological innovations to realise the greatest impact for its clients in protecting their brands against counterfeiting.”
China Welcome of the Year - Gretna Green
“Gretna Green’s concerted effort over the past two years to apply innovative measures to become more welcoming to Chinese visitors caught our attention. The transformation Gretna Green has undergone has borne commercial fruits: it now creates an excellent and lasting impression as the first stop for the increasing number of Chinese visitors travelling overland into Scotland.”
Chinese Investor of the Year - Huawei Technologies
“The judges felt that the significant growth of Huawei Technologies’ investment in Scotland in the past 12 months, coupled with its confirmed expansion through 2020, merited the award. Its greenfield investment will lead to around 100 high-skilled R&D positions being created in Scotland, drawing upon the strong talent pool coming out of Scottish universities in their area of technological expertise.”
Exporter of the Year - Calnex Solutions
“Calnex Solutions are a fantastic example of what a medium-sized Scottish company is able to do when it excels in a specialised area – in its case the production of testing equipment for the telecommunications sector. Calnex’s client list now includes the giants of the Chinese telecom industry. Despite geopolitical events in 2019 that caused great uncertainty in its chosen industry, Calnex was nimble enough to extend the impressive growth it has enjoyed in the Chinese market over the past few years. In an extremely strong field, its ability to adapt to changing commercial realities made Calnex the stand-out exporter.”