19th Annual Business Awards - The Future of Work

The 19th Annual Business Awards are now closed for entries. Look out for news of our finalists, and join us on the 27th September 2018 for the British Chamber's big night out for business! Click here for event details.

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The 19th 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 27th September 2018. Our Guest of Honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, delivered a keynote speech, with the evening hosted by Haslinda Amin. You can view the evening's photos here.


We were delighted to be joined in our 2018 awards campaign by Title Sponsor and Future of Work Sponsor Prudential Assurance Company Singapore and Category Sponsors BarclaysJardine Cycle & Carriage and Vistra. Thank you also to our Supporting Organisations the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Singapore Business Federation (SBF)With special thanks to our official Event App sponsor, Concise, who have delivered the event platform and opportunity for live audience voting for the UK & Singapore in ASEAN category.


The winners of the 19th Annual Business Awards have been announced here, and we'd like to thank all those who entered!


For more information on the awards process read the tabs below which give more detail on the Categories, the Rules for entry, answer your FAQs, and describe the Judging Process



Please familiarise yourself with the following rules before submitting your entry.


  1. The Annual Business Awards are open to any business with a registered office in Singapore

  2. Companies from any sector and of any size may enter. The British Chamber of Commerce awards consider companies of all sizes on a level playing field

  3. All shortlisted entrants must commit to attend the Gala Presentation Dinner on 27th September 2018 with a minimum of 5 tickets. Please click here to reserve your tickets

  4. Entering more than one category is allowed, provided you meet the category criteria and submit a unique entry

  5. All entries will be automatically acknowledged

  6. Entries submitted after the closing date will not be accepted unless previously agreed with the organisers as an exceptional circumstance

  7. Following the closing date, your application(s) may undergo an eligibility check

  8. For each category, up to 5 entrants can be shortlisted as a finalist

  9. All shortlisted and unsuccessful entrants will be informed. The shortlist will be published on the British Chamber of Commerce communication channels

  10. Shortlisted finalists in the UK & Singapore in ASEAN category must make themselves available on request for a professional video to be filmed at their location for the purposes of live voting at the Gala Presentation Dinner. Any such video will remain the property of the British Chamber of Commerce and can be used in relation to the awards marketing campaign and awards ceremony production

  11. Judgement of the winning entrants will be based on the quality of the entry against the category criteria as outlined here. An entrant's previous track record in the awards, whether successful or not, will have no relevance on the outcome of the decision. The judge's decision is final.

  12. All details provided in entries will be treated as confidential and will not be disclosed to any outside party, with the exception of professional videos created for the UK & Singapore in ASEAN category, as outlined above

  13. Winners will be announced at the Gala Presentation Dinner on 27th September 2018

  14. Award winners and shortlisted finalists will be issued with an official logo which may be used in their promotional collaterals

  15. All businesses are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony regardless of any status in the competition

  16. Cancellations of tickets for the Gala Presentation Dinner must be received in writing no later than 16th August 2018, after which refunds will not be considered

  17. Attendees to the awards ceremony may transfer their ticket to a colleague from the same company by notifying zoe@britcham.org.sg no later than 13th September 2018, including details of any special food or accessibility requirements

  18. Special food requirements should be noted on the Gala Presentation Dinner registration form at the point of booking, or be notified to zoe@britcham.org.sg no later than 13th September 2018



Entries are now closed, thank you for your interest, please contact zoe@britcham.org.sg with any queries


The categories of the 19th 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.

UK & Singapore in ASEAN

Celebrating Singapore's Chairmanship of ASEAN for 2018, this unique award recognises organisations which compete and do business in all three markets. Judges will be looking for impact on the national economy & workforce, collaboration examples and achievements across multiple jurisdictions. This category will feature live voting by the audience during the Gala Presentation Dinner on 27th September 2018. For those shortlisted as a finalist in this category, please refer to the Rules for further information required.



Start-Up Excellence

This award recognises companies who were incorporated less than 5 years ago (from 1st May 2018). Judges will be looking for organisations that showcase vast development & achievements based on growth, innovation and impact with their product/services.


Future Leaders

This award is the only category to be awarded to an individual and may be entered through self-submission or by nomination. Entrants must be aged 30 or under. Judges will recognise the remarkable young professionals based in Singapore who have demonstrated strong leadership and potential for the future through their actions, contributions and impact on others.

Customer Experience

This award recognises organisations that deliver an exceptional customer experience throughout the customer journey, both online and offline. Judges will be looking for evidence that organisations have created & implemented a strategy that has benefited both the business and their customers with measurable & demonstrable results.

Diversity & Inclusion

This award recognises an organisation's exceptional contribution towards improving diversity & inclusion within their industry. Judges will recognise organisations that demonstrate a holistic & long-term commitment to equality and have delivered significant progress in both creating a diverse & inclusive workplace, as well as pushing the inclusion agenda forwards.


Digital Innovation

This award represents the pinnacle of the digital revolution, encouraging and recognising those organisations who are pushing the limits of what is possible, as well as making a difference in business, culture and society. Judges will be looking for best-in-class technology and entrants must show why their work is innovative.

Our Annual Business Awards judges are at the height of their industry to ensure our winners are the best in class. The British Chamber of Commerce maintains the following formal judging process.




The Annual Business Awards opens for entries on 14th May 2018 and closes on 13th July 2018, when the judging process will begin. All entries are eligibility checked to ensure they meet the required criteria of their category before being benchmarked for shortlisting.




Our Annual Business Awards committee consider all entries against the criteria of each category and independently judge each entry on a scoring basis. The highest scoring entries will be shortlisted as finalists in their category. Up to 5 companies may be shortlisted in each category.




Our expert judges consider all shortlisted entries and make their final winner selection in each category. The judges decision is final. 'The UK & Singapore in ASEAN' category will feature weighted voting from the judges plus audience voting at the Gala Presentation Dinner on 27th September 2018. 


Entering the Annual Business Awards is easy. Simply upload your video along with a one-page summary of your company, or just a written version, on our website.


What are the Annual Business Awards?


Open to all, the British Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards welcome applications from all businesses and sectors, regardless of size and industry, in a celebration of business excellence and high levels of achievement. 


How do I enter and what do I need to include?


To enter, you can submit a brief elevator-pitch style video, up to 3 minutes long, showcasing your success in the chosen category, and/or a written entry. The criteria for each category can be found on the awards pages of our website. All qualities of video are acceptable at this initial entry stage. All videos should be accompanied by a one-page summary document of the company and initiative(s) as described on the entry form. Submissions must be made on the British Chamber of Commerce website.


If you are entering the UK & Singapore in ASEAN category, please note that shortlisted finalists must make themselves available for a professional video to be filmed in their location to be used for live voting at the Gala Presentation Dinner.


Can I enter more than one category?


You can enter as many categories as you wish, providing you meet the set category criteria and provide a unique entry relevant to each one. 


Will entries be treated confidentially?


Of course. All entries and information submitted to the Annual Business Awards are treated in the strictest of confidence and viewed only by the shortlisting committee and judges. Professional videos created for shortlisted finalists of the UK & Singapore in ASEAN category will be made visible to the public at the awards ceremony and may form part of the British Chamber's marketing campaign(s).


Where do I send my entry?


All entries must be submitted online at www.britcham.org.sg/annualbusinessawards.


Is there a fee to enter the Awards?


Entering the Annual Business Awards is free of charge.


Can I attend the awards ceremony even if I do not enter, or I am not shortlisted as a finalist?


Of course, we encourage all to attend and celebrate the achievements of their peers in business excellence.


What can I expect at the Gala Presentation Dinner?


The Annual Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner is a night to remember, regardless if you have entered or not. Your colleagues and clients will enjoy the best in hospitality, cuisine and event production with opportunities new to 2018 for you to get involved in voting on the night.


How can I keep up to date with the latest Awards news?


Look for out updates on the British Chamber of Commerce website, newsletters and our social media channels.


Who should I contact with any questions?


You can contact us via the methods below:


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