Irish businesses trading with Hong Kong and China are invited to enter the Cathay Pacific China Business Awards 2015 from Friday 6th February. This year celebrating its 10th anniversary, the prestigious award scheme, in association with HSBC, recognises and rewards the best of British and Irish business trading with the region.
Inviting large and small UK and Ireland-based enterprises to enter these awards, the three categories are targeted at SMEs, corporates and not-for-profit organisations that have established successful trading links, shown long-term commitment, or whose projects have displayed either business innovation, environmental or CSR benefits in China.
The award scheme features three award categories, including:
- Continued Commitment Award: This award recognises ongoing sustainable and ethical investment in China and/or Hong Kong, rewarding companies in the UK or Ireland that have demonstrated a continued commitment in the China region.
- Rising Star Award: This award recognises dynamic and innovative businesses that have opened operations in China within the past five years and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair.
- Social Responsibility Award: This award recognises initiatives from any company or Not for Profit organisations that have benefited China in a socially responsible manner.
The awards are judged by Mark Emmerson, Head of Global Trade and Receivable Finance, UK, HSBC; Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, CBBC; Angus Barclay, General Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific; and a representative from The Daily Telegraph.
Companies entering the 2015 China Business Awards will receive a complimentary ‘Taster Membership’ with the China-Britain Business Council for a three-month period. The membership will include one-to-one meetings with a China Business adviser, weekly members’ emails and newsletters, access to CBBC events and a subscription to the E-version of CBBC’s ‘China-Britain Focus’ magazine.
The awards open up a wealth of networking benefits, putting companies right in front of an advisory panel consisting of key business influencers linked to China, including Cathay Pacific, HSBC, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), The Hong Kong Association, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
The winner of each category will receive two Business Class tickets to anywhere on the Cathay Pacific China network and the winners will be presented with their prize at a formal awards ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London. The three winning companies will also receive one Diamond and one Gold membership to Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club. In addition, Cathay Pacific will provide the winners with considerable business networking opportunities in the UK or Ireland and China to help further their business goals.
Companies registered in the UK and the Republic of Ireland that trade with Hong Kong and/or China can submit their entries online at a dedicated awards website and have until 25th March 2015 to do so.
Angus Barclay, General Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific, said: “This year we not only celebrate our 35th anniversary of flying passengers between the UK and Hong Kong, but are proudly marking 10 years of the China Business Awards, making the 2015 event a real milestone in Cathay Pacific’s history.
“The purpose of the Cathay Pacific China Business Awards is to provide a platform to showcase talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit between these two regions. In the last 35 years, trade opportunities between the West and China have continued to build on an annual basis and as Hong Kong’s pre-eminent carrier we are committed to promoting growth and economic prosperity in this dynamic region.”