Deadline extended for businesses in the UK and Ireland to enter Cathay Pacific China Business Awards 2015, in association with HSBC

Cathay Pacific has announced that it has extended the deadline for UK and Irish businesses trading with Hong Kong and China to enter the Cathay Pacific China Business Awards 2015, in association with HSBC. The deadline for entries has been extended until Wednesday 8 April 2015.

This year celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prestigious award scheme recognises and rewards the best of British business trading with the region.   

Inviting large and small UK and Irish-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 which have demonstrated a continued commitment in the China region.
·         Rising Star Award: This award recognises dynamic and innovative businesses, which have opened operations in China within the last 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, at HSBC, Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive of CBBC, Angus Barclay, General Manager Europe for Cathay Pacific and Michael Pilgrim, Commercial Editor at 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 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), 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 and China to help further their business goals.  

Previous winners of these awards have included Arup, Haskoll, Sondrel, Jaguar LandRover, Herbal Health, British Standards Institution (BSI), Fired Up, Intertek, Queen Mary University of London, CRCC Asia, Penguin Group, SMD Holdings Ltd, B&Q, Prudential, Cherry Valley Farms, Rolls Royce, and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – to name but a few.  

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 now have until 8th April 2015 to do so.   

Talking about the awards, Angus Barclay, General Manager Europe, Cathay Pacific commented: “This year we not only celebrate our 35th anniversary of flying passengers between the UK and Hong Kong, but are proudly marking ten 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.”  

Mark Emmerson, Head of Global Trade and Receivable Finance, UK, at HSBC added: “HSBC is excited to be supporting Cathay Pacific for the second year running in celebrating British and Irish companies who take advantage of the fantastic business opportunities that Hong Kong and China has to offer.”

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