18th Annual Business Awards

Thank you to all who have entered this year's Awards. Congratulations to the winners, who are listed here.

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 culminated in a gala awards dinner presentation on Thursday 28th September 2017. Our Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker for the evening will be Josephine Teo, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, and Second Minister for Manpower and Foreign Affairs. You can view the evening's photos here.




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 winners of the 18th Annual Business Awards have been announced here, and we'd like to thank all those who entered!


For any queries relating to next year's awards entry process, sponsorship opportunities or gala dinner, please contact zoe@britcham.org.sg


As pioneers of high-value advanced aerospace manufacturing activities in Singapore, Rolls-Royce’s remarkable synergy between its Singapore- and UK-based teams, in addition to a strong partnership with the Singapore government, has resulted in growth of the aerospace industry.
Judge Chow Wan Thonh, Head of Global Banking & Head of Corporate, Financials & Multinationals Banking for South East Asia, HSBC? Singapore, was particularly impressed by Rolls-Royce’s ability to “develop talent in the country, collaborate with the local university and build a regional hub in Singapore through knowledge transfer from UK.”
Rebel & Soul are revolutionising brands’ and consumers’ perceptions of the memorable impact which events can achieve. Creating holograms, presenting the world's first real time virtual DJ's, and staging augmented reality golf games are some of many ways in which Rebel & Soul have combined neuroscience and marketing technology to craft truly novel experiences.
Judge Phil Townend, Chief Commercial Officer at Unruly APAC applauds Rebel & Soul on their ingenuity in combining multiple disciplines and media while achieving performance objectives.
“Rebel & Soul are pushing the boundaries of innovation at the nexus of technology, music, experience and immersion. The future is theirs to own!”
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SPO has worked out their commitment to develop employees in technical expertise as well as ground them in the company's core values, nurturing professionals who are not only skilled but also embrace humility and integrity in their pursuit for excellence.
Judge Phil Townend, Chief Commercial Officer at Unruly APAC, speaks highly of SPO's practices, which have resulted in measurable success.
"SPO is a multi award winning organisation that invests 6% of its turnover in people initiatives, and has a structured and demonstrable program which clearly delivers."
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Jonathan is a design graduate, self-taught businessman and entrepreneur who grew his coworking space network to 13 times its founding size in the past four years. He now owns and operates a group of high-performance companies aligned to his vision of empowering businesses and the people within them.
His resilience and foresight in blazing a trail, coupled with a genuine desire to catalyse his clients' success, won the vote of the judging panel. Phil Townend, Chief Commercial Officer at Unruly APAC says of him: "This is a remarkable story of entrepreneurship, betterment and a relentless drive to succeed. A fearless contributor to the ecosystem."
"His eagerness to learn, test new business concepts, and achievements in such a short time is impressive. His willingness to give back is a differentiation," added Chow Wan Thonh, Head of Global Banking & Head of Corporate, Financials & Multinationals Banking for South East Asia, HSBC? Singapore.
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As champions of cultural dexterity, PwC executes D&I programmes not as an obligation, but a determinant of success in their business. They have developed a Global Inclusion Index that requires its firms to use data analytics to plan, execute and track the progress of their D&I programmes.
These programmes, which the judging panel deems “brilliant” and “progressive” are designed to attract, develop, and advance the most talented individuals regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity.
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Nova Satra Dx has a mandate to empower patients and physicians through advanced developments in molecular diagnostics. Led by an impressive management team, this start-up has raised over US$2m from institutional investors towards a game-changing blood test they’ve developed, capable of providing non invasive, convenient and accurate detection of cancer based on Asian-specific epigenetic biomarkers.
Our judging panel has great hopes for Nova Satra Dx's past and future achievements, citing them as "potentially transformative medtech developed specifically for Asia. This will potentially enhance the lives of thousands."
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Our judging panel was on a lookout for business models that not only conform to legal standards of best practice and governance but also contribute to and invest in the community in which they operate.
Judge Phil Townend, Chief Commercial Officer at Unruly APAC, was appreciative of the company’s “brilliant set up to de-risk and catalyse infrastructure projects which are changing the lives of thousands, whilst driving inward investment by the private sector.”
“Activities undertaken have strong positive impact to the local community and environment,” added judge Chow Wan Thonh, Head of Global Banking, Singapore. Their projects "work across all countries, are low-cost and sustainable," commended Judge Bal Bagary, Interim Country Manager, Barclays Singapore & CFO, Barclays Asia Pacific.
Our judging panel looked for strong and publicly visible customer-centric values that generate demonstrable improvements to customer satisfaction and profitability. With customers at the heart of their business, Tower Transit Singapore have achieved "fantastic reach", as pointed out by Judge Bal Bagary, Interim Country Manager, Barclays Singapore & CFO, Barclays Asia Pacific.
"An absolute tour de force (excuse the pun) of a case study in multi touchpoint consumer engagement. Bringing personality, technology and community activation to what has been a stagnant sector," said Judge Phil Townend, Chief Commercial Officer at Unruly APAC.
As Asia’s very own online social fundraising platform, SimplyGiving enables non-profits and social enterprises to crowdfund for donations and social loans that support causes in ASEAN and beyond. They work with over 950 partners and 34,000 donors and fundraisers across 20 countries, providing tailored online tools and support in order to increase donor reach.
"An amazing example of a digital organisation whose platform touches the lives and communities of thousands across the region. Customised by language and currency, Simply Giving is a truly region-wide community contributor," our judging panel affirms.






























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.





PHIL TOWNEND, Chief Commercial Officer, Unruly APAC


Phil joined Unruly in 2010 when it was still a startup in a leaky office in East London’s emerging tech hub.  As EMEA/ UK MD, Phil grew the European business to 6 offices before leaving for Singapore to launch Unruly APAC in April 2014.   Unruly now has offices in Singapore, Japan, Australia, South Korea and India with another 3 to open across South East Asia in early 2017.


Before joining Unruly, Phil held various roles within ad agencies, broadcasters and ad technology start-ups.  A digital ‘early adopter’, he moved from TV into digital marketing in 1999 and remembers his then boss at Carat telling him that ‘internet advertising will never take off’!


Phil is also a board member of IAB Singapore and passionately believes that great branded content and non-invasive ad delivery will be key to preserving the future of the ‘free internet’.





Bal Bagary, Interim Country Manager, Barclays Singapore & CFO Barclays Asia Pacific


Bal is currently Country Manager, Barclays Singapore and CFO Barclays Asia Pacific. He has worked in investment banking for the majority of his career, having previously held positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan, covering a variety of finance-related roles. Bal has worked outside the UK since 2000 and has lived in London, New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Prague throughout his career. He sits on the Board of Directors for a number of Barclays subsidiaries incorporated in the UK and across the Asia Pacific region. Bal graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Southampton, trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in the UK and a Member of the Institute of Directors (UK). He sits on the Banking and Finance Committee of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and the Board of Directors of Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association. Bal is also a member of Singapore Management University’s School of Accountancy Advisory Board and is a Male Champion for the Financial Women’s Association of Singapore.





Chow Wan Thonh, Head of Global Banking, Singapore & Head of Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking for South East Asia, HSBC Singapore


Wan Thonh has more than 20 years of banking experience.  She started her banking career in Citigroup and joined HSBC in 2005 as the Head of Financial Institutional Group in Singapore.
In 2008, she moved to Hong Kong and spent the next 3 years with an expanded role, as Head of Financial Institutional Group Client Management for Asia Pacific.
Wan Thonh is currently the Head of Global Banking, Singapore & Head of Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking for South East Asia.  She is responsible for driving the business across transaction banking, capital markets and strategic advisory for the Global Banking clients.
She is part of the senior management team and a member of the Executive Committee, Risk Management Committee and the Asset & Liability Committee in HSBC Singapore.
She is also a board member of HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited and a member of the Global Banking Asia Pacific management committee.


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.

Sponsor: Lloyds Bank


Lloyds Banking Group is a leading UK based financial services group providing a wide range of banking and financial services, focused on personal and commercial customers.
The Group’s main business activities are retail, commercial and corporate banking, general insurance, and life, pensions and investment provision. The Group operates the UK’s largest retail bank and has a large and diversified customer base.
Services are offered through a number of well recognised brands including Lloyds Bank, Halifax, Bank of Scotland, and Scottish Widows, and a range of distribution channels. This includes the largest branch network in the UK and a comprehensive digital, telephony and mobile services.
Lloyds Banking Group is quoted on both the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange and is one of the largest companies 
within the FTSE 100.


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Sponsor of the Success in ASEAN Category


Jardine Cycle & Carriage (JC&C) is a leading Singapore-listed company and a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.
A long-term shareholder of market-leading businesses in Southeast Asia, JC&C has a strategic interest in Astra International, a strong automotive presence through its Direct Motor Interests, as well as diversified businesses comprising Other Interests in key economies.
Together with its subsidiaries and associates, JC&C employs over 240,000 people across Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. www.jcclgroup.com


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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

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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 www.hawksford.com  or contact us at info@hawksford.sg, +65 6222 7445 for more information.


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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


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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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Sponsor of the Investing in People Category


St. James’s Place is one of the largest wealth management companies serving the expatriate community living and working in Asia, with many years of experience and offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore.
As a UK FTSE100 company which is looking to grow its footprint in Asia, St. James’s Place is delighted to support The British Chamber of Commerce Singapore.
The strength of the St. James’s Place business is underpinned by satisfied clients, their referrals and the dedication of the unrivalled team of St. James’s Place Partners. The key to this success is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of a diverse client base and being personally committed to providing quality face-to-face advice and the very best client service.
Official Video Partner: AsiaWorks
AsiaWorks creates meaningful and compelling video content on all digital platforms to help you build your audience, and promote your business. From testimonial and case study videos, to full-blown commercial and branding campaigns, we know how to communicate and engage with the people you want to reach. Our teams work closely with you to create transformative experiences for your audience. With offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Singapore and Jakarta, we’ve been telling stories in Asia for over 20 years. Let us help tell yours. www.asiaworks.com For a free consultation, drop us a note at: contact@asiaworks.com

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