China-Scotland Business Awards 2020

Scotland's only China-focused business awards are set to return for their third year in 2020. Recognising and celebrating achievements in trade and investment between Scotland and China.
The event will take place at the iconic Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
The event will take place at the iconic Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.
Use the hashtag #ChinaScotBusinessAwards on Twitter to follow the event.
Use the hashtag #ChinaScotBusinessAwards on Twitter to follow the event.
The Awards will once again link up with the Chinese Burns Supper.
The Awards will once again link up with the Chinese Burns Supper.

About the China-Scotland Business Awards

Scottish firms have been working hard over the year to forge business partnerships with China and deliver commercial success. The China-Scotland Business Awards provide an opportunity to recognise their innovation, effort and commitment and celebrate their outstanding export successes. In doing so, the awards also serve to showcase the best Scotland has to offer and to encourage other businesses and organisations to look to China as an opportunity.

In 2020, the China-Scotland Business Awards will return for the third year running. The awards will be presented following the Chinese Burns Supper, a vibrant cultural event bringing together Chinese and Scottish traditions, which is returning for its seventh year in 2020. This year's Burns Night will fall on Chinese New Year - making the fusion of these two celebrations more pertinent than ever. 

Set against the stylish backdrop of the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, on 30th January 2020, the event offers valuable networking opportunities, with the CBBC Board sitting in Glasgow the following day, and a plethora of contenders for the Business Awards set to attend.

CBBC and longstanding Event Partner, the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow, are excited to announce a special collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who are set to deliver a first class line-up of entertainment for our guests, drawing upon their much coveted jazz department. 

We are proud to announce that this year's awards will be in partnership with Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise, with sponsorship already confirmed from Huawei, Bank of China (UK) Limited and Heriot-Watt’s Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communication.


Award Categories

Exporter of the Year
  • Exports are at the heart of Scotland’s trading relationship with China, and an increasingly important area of development as the Chinese market develops an appetite not just for Scottish engineering and financial services, but also its food and drink. Open to companies of all sizes and all sectors, this category aims to celebrate Scottish exporters who have shown innovation, resilience and growth over the past 12 months, as well as a powerful strategy for 2020 and beyond.

Innovation in Education
  • Collaboration is vital to a positive China-Scotland relationship and never before have we seen such a degree of partnership. Collaboration and partnership underpin the co-development and innovation of our educational institutions and so the ‘Innovation in Education’ award celebrates innovation by educational partnerships/projects and consortia between Scotland and China.

Chinese Investor of the Year
  • Investment from China in Scotland and its workforce is at an all-time high. Investment is fundamental to the wider China-Scotland relationship and so the ‘Investor of the Year’ is awarded to inward investment that has had significant positive impact on the Scottish economy and society.

China Welcome of the Year
  • Whether through the introduction of Mandarin services or amenities that Chinese visitors enjoy, the ‘China Welcome of the Year Award’ celebrates businesses that have gone above and beyond in welcoming Chinese visitors to Scotland and enhancing their experience while here.

Entrepreneur of the Year
  • A new category in the China-Scotland Business Awards 2020, the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ seeks to celebrate an outstanding individual who has shown exceptional entrepreneurship in growing their business in China and/or Scotland. Open to any entrepreneur-led business active in the Scotland-China business community.


Shortlisted Contenders

The five entrants for the Award for Innovation in Education, sponsored by Huawei, are:

The three companies shortlisted for the Investor of the Year Award are:
  • Carbon Science Holding Group Ltd who have invested in several Scotland-based life science companies and one new material company in 2019
  • Huawei for their investment and development of the Huawei Edinburgh Research Centre 
  • PolyDigi Tech Ltd for investment in the Data Driven Innovation Project and Blockchain Identity Lab

The five companies shortlisted for the Exporter of the Year Award, which is sponsored by Bank of China UK Limited, are:
  • Babcock LGE, an Engineering, Procurement and Project Management business that designs and supplies systems for new build liquefied gas ships built in China and Korea
  • Calnex Solutions, a developer of leading edge electronic test and measurement equipment and software, supplying China’s telecoms and networking industry
  • Care Visions Group for its pioneering dementia service model projects in China
  • Edrington for their recent growth in China with an industry-leading portfolio of super premium spirits
  • Holland & Sherry, a premium fabric exporter supplying luxury fabric to more than 200 tailors in Mainland China

The five businesses shortlisted for the China Welcome of the Year, sponsored by the Scottish Confucius Institute for Business and Communications, are:
  • Gretna Green, a 5-star Visit Scotland rated attraction and family run business since 1885 catering to increasing numbers of Chinese visitors
  • Johnstons of Elgin, producers of fine cashmere and wool products offering Mandarin-led tours of the only vertical mill in Scotland
  • Laings, Winner of the Award in 2018, is a prestigious family run jeweller established in Scotland in 1840, now with a significant Chinese clientele
  • S-CITA, the Scotland-China Innovation and Technology Association, for their work in bringing one of China’s leading environmental organisations to Scotland and fostering of subsequent commercial outcomes 
  • WangPing Travel Limited, one of the first Chinese tour operators in Edinburgh, established in 2001, providing Chinese tourists with guided tours of Scotland

The four individuals shortlisted for Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Laings, are:
  • Josh Hutchinson of ARX Maritime, a company specialising in risk management solutions for the maritime industry
  • Rachel Jones of SnapDragon Monitoring Ltd, a company specialising in protecting businesses from counterfeiting crime
  • Thorranze Cheung of Red Unit, a design studio in Scotland specialised in providing innovative and tailored Chinese market entry solutions
  • Yvette Jelfs of Yvette Jelfs Ltd, an established British hat designer, working with some of the best international designers and fashion houses now breaking into the Chinese market.


Previous Winners

  • Innovation in Education - China-UK Low Carbon College
  • Investor of the Year – Ctrip
  • Exporter of the Year – Wood
  • China Welcome of the Year – Rabbie’s Trail Burners​

  • China Welcome of the Year - Liangs
  • Chinese Investor of the Year - Sanpower/House of Fraser
  • Exporter of the Year - Peak Scientific Instruments Ltd
  • Education-Business Collaboration of the Year - The International Diabetes Centre, Shenzhen
  • Special Award for Contribution to Scotland-China Relations - Bank of China
  • New to China Exporter Award - Findlay Irvine Ltd


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