The 6th annual China-Scotland Business Awards will return in 2023 to recognise and celebrate achievements in trade and investment between Scotland and China. The awards will be presented in Glasgow on the 26 January 2023 during the Chinese Burns Supper. Apply here
Applications are now open and will close at midnight on Friday, 2 December 2022. Early applications are encouraged. Interested parties can apply for five different categories: Exporter of the Year, Educational Partnership of the Year, Chinese Investor of the Year, the Award for Climate Action and Entrepreneur of the Year. Read more about the categories below. The awards are once again being delivered in partnership with Scottish Enterprise & Scottish Development International.
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 2023 and beyond.
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.
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 ‘Investor of the Year’ is awarded to inward investment that has had a significantly positive impact on the Scottish economy and society.
Award for Climate Action
The ‘Award for Climate Action’ is a celebration of international collaboration between Scotland and China in climate action. China’s continued engagement in these initiatives 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.
Entrepreneur of the Year
The ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award 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.
Last Year’s China-Scotland Business Awards Winners
Exporter of the Year: Glencairn Crystal
Educational Partnership of the Year: City of Glasgow College / Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZJTIE)
Chinese Investor of the Year: Virens Technology
Award for Climate Action: Sunamp
Entrepreneur of the Year: Yuxuan Zhang
Lifetime Achievement Award: The Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, Professor Sir Jim McDonald.