China-Scotland Business Awards 2021

Scotland's only China-focused business awards are set to return for their fourth year in 2021. Recognising and celebrating achievements in trade and investment between Scotland and China.
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About the China-Scotland Business Awards

Despite the obvious challenges, Scottish firms have been working hard over the past 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 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 2021, the China-Scotland Business Awards will return for the fourth year running. In these times of global uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to support the continuing trade and investment between the two countries and celebrate businesses that have achieved success despite the challenges that they have faced in 2020. Unfortunately due to the restrictions on travel this year we have regretfully decided to put on hold one of our Award categories: China Welcome of the Year. We are confident that the sector, and category, will return with vigour in 2022.

We are proud to announce that this year's awards will once again be in partnership with Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise
 
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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 resilience and determination to get through the challenges of the past 12 months, as well as a powerful strategy for 2021 and beyond. 
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Educational Partnership of the Year
  • Scotland’s education sector has been one of the most pioneering in fostering ties with China in the past few decades. The diverse projects undertaken are almost always in partnership with other organisations, forming the beating heart of innovation between our two countries. The Educational Partnership of the Year award aims to recognise excellent examples of such collaboration for the impact they have on the next generation of young people and cutting-edge research, as well as the wider Scotland-China business community.
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Chinese Investor of the Year
  • Investment from China in Scotland has traditionally been in the energy sector, which is still very dominant, but in recent years the tech sector has also been a key area of activity. 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. 
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Award for Climate Action
  • Brand new this year, the 'Award for Climate Action' has been introduced at a time when Scotland will be at the heart of global Climate Change negotiations with COP26 taking place later in 2021. China’s continued engagement in these is essential if they are to be a success. What Scottish businesses with Chinese connections have been doing to mitigate the impending climate emergency will be celebrated through this award. 
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Entrepreneur of the Year
  • 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, who have demonstrated resilience and creativity in facing up to the past year of challenges. 
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How to Apply & FAQ

Click on the button below to learn how to apply and see the answers to frequently asked questions:

 

 
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Previous Winners

2020:
  • Innovation in Education - Donghua Edinburgh Centre for Creative Industries
  • Chinese Investor of the Year - Huawei Technologies
  • Exporter of the Year - Calnex Solutions
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Rachel Jones, Snapdragon Monitoring
  • China Welcome of the Year – Gretna Green

2019:
  • 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​

2018:
  • 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
 

Sponsorship

Information on sponsorship opportunities is available upon request. Please email James.Brodie@cbbc.org or Wilson.Barrie@cbbc.org to learn more.
 
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