18th Annual Business Awards - Calling for entries now!

Entries for the 18th Annual Business Awards are now open. To learn more and to enter, scroll down the page

The 18th Annual Business Awards, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce, are the longest running awards initiative by an international chamber of commerce in Singapore, recognising the impact and achievements of businesses. Acknowledged as a prestigious commendation by our supporting partners including the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and Department for International Trade (DIT), this year’s entries will culminate in a gala awards dinner presentation on Thursday 28th September 2017.


To be eligible for the awards, you must be applying either as a Singapore registered enterprise or the employee of such (for individual categories). Membership of the British Chamber of Commerce is not a pre-requisite. This is an ideal opportunity to nominate your team for their efforts and achievement throughout the previous year, or for a specific project.


Entries are assessed by our Judging Panel of leading experts in their area on a concise summary of the company/individual including objectives and culture; concise outline of the business story including achievements; clearly visible initiatives undertaken which are relevant to the selected awards category, and evidence of the impact of these initiatives in transforming your organisation and beyond.



The Awards are free to enter via the simple 4-step form below. Entries must be received prior to the deadline of 9th June 2017.


Please have the following information readily available before you proceed:

  1. Contact details
  2. Awards category for submission. Please review the Categories tab for a synopsis of each. To enter multiple categories, submit the form separately for each, providing appropriate responses and supporting documents related to the topic. You will need to refresh the webpage after each submission is complete to access a new entry form
  3. Supporting documents relevant to your submission. Note that the maximum limit for uploads is 6MB each and only Word, PowerPoint and PDF files are accepted. You must click 'Upload Files' for documents to be attached to your submission. An option to paste charts or images into a RichText editor is also available
  4. Acknowledgement of your acceptance of the award terms and conditions

For any queries relating to the awards entry process, sponsorship opportunities or gala dinner, please contact zoe@britcham.org.sg. An offline version of the entry form is available here


Email Address*
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Supporting Document(s)

Accepted: Word, pdf, powerpoint (max 6MB each)


Please paste any additional charts or graphics in the box below.

Terms and Condition

I am submitting my awards entry on behalf of a Singaporean registered enterprise, or in the case of Outstanding Young Professional the person is an employee of a Singapore registered enterprise.


I acknowledge that all entries are reviewed by the awards committee for the purposes of shortlisting against a scoring matrix prior to final evaluation by the Judging Panel. The entry with the highest total in each category will be declared the winner. In the event of two companies in the same category receiving the same final score, the Chairperson of the Judging Panel will have the final decision on the winning entry. Results will be calculated confidentially and announced at the gala awards presentation dinner on Thursday 28th September 2017.


I confirm that efforts will be made to ensure representative(s) of our enterprise will be available to attend the gala presentation awards dinner on Thursday 28th September 2017 in the event that our awards entry is shortlisted as a finalist. 


The categories of the 18th Annual Business Awards reflect the priorities and achievements of the business community within Singapore and beyond. Entrants may choose from a single or multiple categories to enter, in which case the entry details provided on each submission should be relevant to the specific category.


This award will go to a Singapore-registered enterprise that demonstrates strong collaboration between Singapore and the UK. Judges will look for successful collaborations which lead to growth, innovation, employment and investment, whether in the UK, Singapore or ASEAN.



This award is dedicated for Singapore registered companies that have proven results within the ASEAN region. Judges will look for a concisely executed ASEAN strategy with objectives embedded in the organisation that demonstrate regional connectivity.



Innovation drives the longevity and success of an organisation or a brand. As the pace of digital evolution increases, this award recognises businesses that embrace new technologies. Judges will look for entries that demonstrate how businesses have embraced innovation to overcome challenges, and have deployed technology to improve business results, productivity and customer satisfaction.



This award will be going to an outstanding new company established in Singapore from 2014 onwards that demonstrates business growth, implementation of innovate business strategies and market leadership in its sector.



Young professionals are instrumental in the success of a business. Judges will look for Singapore-based professionals of 35 years of age and below who have outperformed and made a measurable impact within an organisation or industry. Companies may enter on behalf of their outstanding employee or business owners may nominate themselves.


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Unleashing and channelling the untapped potential of its people is a challenge that leading organisations see as critical to their success. Judges will look for business with modern and people embracing policies as well as training and development schemes.



An organisation’s success depends on its people and its culture. This award recognises organisations that demonstrate and lead a working culture that values the differences between people and provide unbiased and equal opportunities.



All businesses have an impact on society be it social, economic or environmental. This award highlights and recognises businesses and business models that not only confirm to legal standards of best practice and governance but also contribute to and invest in the community in which they operate.



This award recognises companies that put the customer at the heart of their business. Judges will look for strong and publicly visible customer-centric values that generate demonstrable improvements to customer satisfaction and profitability.



Entries are assessed by our Judging Panel of leading experts in their area on the following criteria:

  1. Concise summary of the company/individual including objectives and culture
  2. Concise outline of the business story including achievements
  3. Clearly visible initiatives undertaken which are relevant to the selected awards category
  4. Evidence of the impact of these initiatives in transforming your organisation and beyond

All entries are reviewed by the awards committee for the purposes of shortlisting against a scoring matrix prior to final evaluation by the Judging Panel. The entry with the highest total in each category will be declared the winner. In the event of two companies in the same category receiving the same final score, the Chairperson of the Judging Panel will have the final decision on the winning entry. Results will be calculated confidentially and announced at the gala awards presentation dinner on Thursday 28th September 2017.




Chairperson: Steven Cranwell, Managing Director & Head of Commercial Banking, HSBC Singapore




Further judging panels details to be announced


Finalists will be announced at a later date


With passion and dedication, our sponsors and partners help us fulfil our mission to recognise and honour the best in Singapore through a number of invaluable contributions. Our sponsors and partners support us and we encourage you to support them.

We would like to thank the continuing support of the following organisations in our Annual Business Awards initiative.




















Supporting Organisation: European Chamber of Commerce Singapore


The European Chamber of Commerce, Singapore (EuroCham) has the mission to represent the common interests of the European business community in promoting bilateral trade, services and investments between Europe and Singapore and Asia-Pacific. It was established in 1991 as the European Business Association and has been active since 2001 when it became a Chamber of Commerce. EuroCham is a non-profit membership fee-based organisation with a membership composed of the European National Business Groups (NBGs) in Singapore as well as direct corporate members. EuroCham provides its members with an information and exchange forum and a lobbying channel to Singaporean and European political & economic circles. EuroCham is the sole European representative at the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) Council.





Supporting Organisation: Singapore Business Federation

As the apex business chamber, the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) champions the interests of the business community in Singapore, in trade, investment and industrial relations. Nationally, SBF acts as the bridge between the government and businesses in Singapore to create a conducive business environment. Internationally, SBF represents the business community in bilateral, regional and multilateral fora for the purpose of trade expansion and business networking. For more information, please visit our website www.sbf.org.sg





Supporting Organisation: Department for International Trade


The Department for International Trade is responsible for promoting British trade acoss the world by:


  • developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe
  • developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries
  • negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)
  • providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment


For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade



This category is sponsored by

Sponsor of the Excellence in Innovation & Technology Category


The Cognita journey began in 2004 with a single school, Quinton House, in the United Kingdom and a clear vision for what defines teaching excellence. The British education system, with its worldwide reputation for quality and rigour, has provided the firm foundation for our growth internationally. Our first expansions outside the UK took place in 2007, with the addition of schools in Spain and Singapore, and since then we have welcomed schools in Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and Chile as well as establishing our first school from inception in Singapore (Stamford American International School). In 2017, Cognita started a worldwide first in Early Years education, and launched in Singapore   a new Early Learning Village through a purpose-built campus for students 18 months to 6 years old. Uniquely developed in collaboration with our two schools - the Australian International School and Stamford American. Founded on the universal truth that the environment nurtures the child, this state-of-the-art facility along Chuan Lane (off Braddell), will offer children access to a 22m swimming pool, large sports gym, learning resource centres and arts and language specialist classrooms. “There’s never been a more exciting time for parents to have their children happy, engaged and learning“ said Michael Drake, CEO of Cognita Asia of the new facility. Today, Cognita has a growing family of 67 schools in seven countries, with more than 30,000 students worldwide. www.cognitaschools.com


This category is sponsored by

Sponsor of the Start-Up Excellence Category


Hawksford Singapore is a leading Singapore-based corporate services firm providing one-stop solution for starting and managing a business in Singapore. Our team consists of seasoned professionals with extensive experience in Singapore’s legal, financial, tax and regulatory frameworks.


Hawksford Singapore provides services for:

·         Incorporation of local companies

·         On-going statutory administration of companies

·         Bookkeeping services

·         Payroll, Leaves and Claims eServices

·         Tax filing for companies and individuals

·         Application for work passes for expatriate staff and business owners

·         Application for business licenses

·         Application for IP and Trademark

·         Virtual/Serviced office

·         And other related corporate services

As part of Hawksford, we draw on the global expertise of a wide network of leading professionals and advisers. We have an established network of partners in many locations and are actively seeking expansion into countries that will bring further benefits to our clients.



If you wish to explore setting up a business in Singapore or any other jurisdictions, please visit our website our website at http://www.guidemesingapore.com  or contact us at info@guidemesingapore.com, +65 6222 7445 for more information.


This category is sponsored by

Sponsor of the Outstanding Young Professional Category



GEMS Education is today an international company with schools and education services in 14 countries. We share a mission - to provide a quality education to everyone. GEMS World Academy (Singapore) provides outstanding learning opportunities to the international student community in Singapore, strengthened by almost 60 years’ experience from our global network of leading GEMS Education Schools. Our students, representing more than 60 nationalities, are taught in an environment of mutual respect, transparency and engagement. Our international syllabus provides a balanced education across Academic, Arts and Sports. To complement our world-class facilities, the inspiring teachers at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) utilise their international teaching experience to enhance our Pre-K to Grade 12 programmes. To explore how a GEMS education will provide your children with the greatest opportunity for success, please visit our website http://www.gwa.edu.sg


This category is sponsored by

Sponsor of the Embracing Diversity & Inclusion Category


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 120,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website barclays.com/ib              



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