BritCham Announces the Winners of the 17th Annual Business Awards

The winners of this years Annual Business Awards were announced at a Gala Presentation & Dinner at the Shangri La Hotel on 29th September 2016

Congratulations to the winners of our 17th Annual Business Awards who were celebrated at a Gala Presentation and Dinner of almost 300 guests on 29th September 2016 at the Shangri La Hotel. The Awards were presented to the winners in nine categories by our Guest of Honour Minister S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry), Chamber President Bicky Bhangu and His Excellency Scott Wightman, the British High Commissioner.  The BBC’s Sharanjit Leyl presented the Awards for the 11th year. 

 
 

Here are the winners in each category: 

 

OUTSTANDING UK-SINGAPORE COLLABORATION  

 

 

This newly created award celebrates Singapore-registered enterprises that demonstrate strong collaboration between Singapore and the UK. The judges, His Excellency Scott Wightman, British High Commissioner, was looking for successful collaborations which lead to growth, innovation, job opportunities and investment, whether in the UK, Singapore or ASEAN.

 

Discussion the winning entry, His Excellency stated: 

 

"Dyson have developed the strong collaborative relationship between their world class team of engineers and scientists in the UK and their R+D team in Singapore. This has been instrumental in the launch in the last 12 months of Dyson's new Supersonic hairdryer, conceptualised in the UK and developed by the cross-functional Singapore-based team, working across electronics, mechanical and design engineering. This is a great example of UK/Singapore collaboration at the cutting edge of technology and design, contributing to economic growth and high quality jobs in both countries."

 

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CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT

 

 

 

This award recognises companies that demonstrate business growth by putting the customer at the heart of its business. The judge, Russell Anderson, Managing Director APAC for Jaguar LandRover, looked for strong and publicly visible customer-centric values that generate demonstrable improvements to profitability and customer satisfaction.

 

Discussion the winning entry, he stated: 

 

"Rolls Royce were able to clearly and succinctly demonstrate that Customer Satisfaction and Engagement was being placed at the heart of their plans whilst at the same time demonstrated their customer service improvement and the measurement of the success of their Customer Engagement.."

 

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EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATION

 

 

Innovation drives the longevity and success of an organisation or a brand. Judge Steve Leonard, CEO of SG Innovate, looked for entries that demonstrated how businesses have made innovation key to their success, or have utilised innovative approaches to overcome a problem or challenge.

 

Discussion the winning entry, he stated: 

 

"Lloyds have clearly articulated their business story, their challenges, how they were tackling those challenges and how they were committed to future initiatives around innovation. The Lloyds story was powerful because “innovating” in a 300 year old institution is much more difficult and the Lloyds chairman has made public statements about their commitment to continuous innovation and this reinforces their commitment to the future."

 

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TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION

 

 


As the pace of digital evolution increases, this award recognises businesses that embrace new technologies. The judge, Wynthia Goh, Chief Digital Officer for Aviva Asia, looked for smart uses of technology to improve business results, productivity and customer satisfaction.

 

Discussion the winning entry, she stated:

 

"Kaer’s story and achievement in its business journey demonstrated the most impactful transformation on itself, its customers and its customer’s customers. They have changed the business and process model of how air conditioning systems should be managed. Kaer’s business leaders understand the value of transformation, successfully executed their business and technology transformation with clear, measurable results."

 

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SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

 

 


Any business, big or small, has an impact on society be it social, cultural, economic or environmental. This award highlights and recognises businesses and business models that not only conform to legal standards of best practice and governance but also contribute and invest in the community within which they operate. Judged by Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer for City Developments Ltd.

 

Discussion the winning entry, she stated:

 

"DBS has demonstrated firm commitment to CSR. It has an effective strategy to embrace its CSR initiatives to its business to create an impact and add value to its business. The extent of its initiative and outreach is impressive and it is a deserving winner."

 

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INVESTING IN PEOPLE

Unleashing and channelling the untapped potential of its people is a challenge that leading organisations see as critical to their success. Judge Su-Yen Wong, CEO of the Human Capital Leadership Institute, looked for businesses with modern and people-embracing policies as well as in house training and development schemes.

 

Discussion the winning entry, she stated:

 

"Even as relatively young organization, Salt has implemented a holistic approach to the business, including structured processes and systems, to enable future growth. Salt’s emphasis on creating a culture and instilling behaviours that enable business performance stand out. Salt demonstrate that regardless of company size or stage of development, there is a compelling case for investment in people. And, there are specific initiatives that can be implemented to attract, retain and develop talent."

 

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EMBRACING DIVERSITY

 

 

 

 

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. Judged by Dr. Tanvi Gautam, Program Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Singapore Management University's Executive Development Programmes.

 

Discussion the winning entry, Dr. Gautam stated:

 

"The way the British Council has woven itself into the local fabric is impressive. Their approach of education and arts and a view to the future is inspirational."

 

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SME EXCELLENCE

 

 

This award will go to an outstanding company with less than 50 employees worldwide that demonstrates strong business growth, implementation of innovative business strategies and market leadership in its sector. Judge Callum Laing, Partner at The Marketing Group and Unity Group, looked for Singapore-centric evidence of ingenuity, impact of initiatives through measurable results, consistent performance, long term plans and initiatives in the overall business.

 

Discussion the winning entry, he stated:

 

"It is clear Capital Springboard have credibility and authority in their industry through the team and other businesses. Capital Springboard are addressing a very real problem for small business owners and creating an opportunity for investors. Capital Springboard clearly demonstrated their success and their ability to scale up the solution."

 

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OUTSTANDING YOUNG PROFESSIONAL - ROSANNA TRIGG, THE YARD

 

 

Young professionals are instrumental in the success of a business. Judge Goh Swee Chen, Chairperson of Shell Companies in Singapore, looked for Singapore-based professionals of 35-years of age and below who have outperformed and made a measurable impact within their organisation or industry. 

 

Discussion the winning entry, she stated:

 

"Rosanna is a young lady who combines what she loves with a business venture that she single-handedly built. She is tenacious in pursuing her dreams, brings creativity into what she does and importantly, works tirelessly to improve the lives of many who share her passion. She has made a broad impact in the Singaporean sports & fitness scene."

 

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We thank our sponsors, supporting organisations, members of the Awards committee and all participants who contributed to the success of this initiative, now in its 17th year.
 
 
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