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.



Applications will open from 28th October 
  • Apply for Exporter of the Year here
  • Apply for ​Innovation in Education here
  • Apply for Chinese Investor of the Year here
  • Apply for China Welcome of the Year here
  • Apply for Entrepreneur of the Year here
To view the application terms click here


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


Information on sponsorship opportunities is available upon request. Please email or to learn more.