22nd Annual Business Awards Winners

Award Winners


Congratulations to the Winners of our 22nd Annual Business Awards!

We’re excited to crown 10 deserving champions celebrating the best of business excellence.

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Business Transformation of the Year

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– SQREEM Technologies
 


Customer Service Provider of the Year

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8build
 

Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year

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(with Barclays)
– Arup
 

Employer of the Year

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Arup
 

Individual Contribution of the Year

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Nicola (Nikki) Hewett Hewett, Climate & Energy Attaché, UK in Singapore

 

Start-up of the Year

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(with Globalization Partners)
Speedoc

 

Sustainability Champion of the Year

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- Sentosa Golf Club

 

Technological Impact of the Year

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SQREEM Technologies

 

UK Exporter of the Year

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Challs International Ltd

 

UK Impact in Singapore (Live Voting Category)

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St. James's Place Wealth Management – Asia


Once again, Congratulations to all our Winners!

Our Awards would not be possible without the support from our Partners –

Title Partner – Prudential Assurance Company Singapore,

Category Partners – Barclays & Globalization Partners,

Supporting Partners – Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)Enterprise SingaporeSingapore Business Federation,

Video Partner – AsiaWorks,

Prize Partners – Heavens PortfolioShangri-La Hotel, Singapore, The Hari Hong Kong & The Datai Langkawi 

Entertainment Partner, SongDivision.

A special thank you goes to Sharanjit Leyl, our host for the awards year on year, thank you for your support.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Virtual Awards Ceremony.

We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who submitted their entries this year. All your entries are truly inspirational and we would like to congratulate everyone on your efforts.



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Please refer to the below descriptions of each category. 


BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION OF THE YEAR

This award recognises the organisation which has made the greatest strides in transforming its business operation in the past 12 months into a cost efficient, agile and customer-centric model.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of growth in business results and outcomes
  • Evidence of innovation and the transformation of operations/processes
  • Outcomes of transformational initiatives

CUSTOMER SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Have you gone the extra mile for your clients in the past 12 months?

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence that the organisation puts customers first
  • Evidence of a customer-centric business culture with ongoing employee training and process review
  • Customer service metrics

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

This award recognises organisations which promote progressive equality and inclusion values, from the boardroom to the shop floor, and to the demonstrable benefit of all stakeholders.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of diversity & inclusion strategies or initiatives that demonstrate impact beyond legislative requirements
  • Evidence of the impact of these initiatives to your people, your customers and the wider organisation over the past 12 months
  • Evidence that diversity and inclusion is embedded in the culture of the organisation
  • Evidence of measurement, monitoring and evaluation of the strategy
  • Evidence to show the organisation’s commitment to attracting new diverse talent whilst encouraging and supporting existing diverse talent
  • Evidence of any groups/networks set up to support the initiatives, including feedback from members of any such groups

EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises organisations that have created a stimulating and supportive work environment, and a genuine commitment to the welfare of its employees, resulting in high staff satisfaction levels and a well-motivated, ambitious and integrated workforce.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of clear policies that create a stimulating and supportive workplace
  • Evidence of clearly communicated pathways to career advancement for employees
  • Evidence of your company values and how employees are aligned with them
  • Examples of employee benefits, training schemes and wellbeing support

INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR

This award can either be self-nominated or nominated by an organisation on behalf of an individual. The individual who enters/is nominated must be employed by a Singapore-registered business. No age brackets apply.

This award recognises a remarkable individual for achievements in the workplace and/or community over the past 12 months.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of recognised achievements
  • Impact/results of their activities
  • Testimonials from colleagues, business leaders and/or community leaders as appropriate

START-UP OF THE YEAR

This award recognises an outstanding start-up, which must have been registered in Singapore within the past 5 years prior to the awards launch (April 2021).

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of the customer value proposition
  • Evidence of an outstanding growth trajectory in business results and outcomes
  • Projections or evidence of market expansion and export
  • Evidence of social impact

SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

This award recognises organisations with an effective, comprehensive and purpose-driven responsible business programme that is credible, results driven, addresses your core business function and reinforces your commitment to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of initiatives and activities demonstrating a commitment to purpose-driven sustainability, improving core business practices and showing support from senior management level down
  • Evidence of the impact of the programme over the past 12 months, including elements such as the measurement and reduction of the organisation’s carbon footprint, waste management and overall positive impact on the environment; the motivation, engagement and participation of partners, supporters and supply chain
  • Evidence of strategies or initiatives that demonstrate impact beyond legislative requirements
  • Evidence of measurement, monitoring and evaluation of the strategy

TECHNOLOGICAL IMPACT OF THE YEAR

This award recognises a company that has identified a problem, market gap or innovation and created an effective and successful solution in the form of products or services using innovative technology.

Judges will be looking for:

  • An outline of the problem or market gap which the product or service resolves
  • Evidence of the innovative technology which has been developed
  • Evidence of the impact or results of the innovation

UK EXPORTER OF THE YEAR

This award recognises a business headquartered in the UK, with evidence of exports of British-produced products to Singapore for the entire period of 2018-2021.

Judges will be looking for:

  • Evidence of exports during the period of 2018-2021 and future projections
  • Evidence of ongoing distribution of the relevant products in Singapore
  • Supporting statements from distributors, retailers and/or customers in the Singapore market

UK IMPACT IN SINGAPORE

This special award will be voted for live on the evening of the Gala Awards Ceremony.

For this category, we are looking for organisations representing the important relationship between the UK and Singapore, who have made an impact on Singapore's economy and society, contributing to the strengthening of the ongoing relationship between the two countries.

 

 

Please familiarise yourself with the following rules:

  1. The Annual Business Awards are open to any business with a registered office in Singapore. Exceptions:
    • UK Exporter of the Year – the business must be headquartered in the UK, with evidence of British-produced exports to Singapore for the entire period of 2018-2021.
    • Start-up of the Year – the business must have been registered in Singapore within the past 5 years prior to the awards launch (April 2021).
    • Individual Contribution of the Year – the individual who enters/is nominated for entry must be employed by a Singapore-registered business.
  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 finalists are expected to be represented at the Gala Awards Ceremony.
  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 deadline will not be accepted unless previously agreed with the organisers as an exceptional circumstance
  7. Following the closing date, your application(s) will undergo an eligibility check and be scored against a set of benchmarking standards for shortlisting purposes
  8. In each category, no more than 5 entrants can be shortlisted as a finalist
  9. All shortlisted and unsuccessful entrants will be informed. The shortlist will be published via the British Chamber of Commerce communication channels
  10. Shortlisted finalists in the UK Impact in Singapore 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 Awards Ceremony. 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. 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 including videos will be treated as confidential for shortlisting and judging purposes, and will not be disclosed to any outside party, with the exception of professional videos created for the UK Impact in Singapore category, as outlined above
  13. Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony in October 2021. 
  14. Award winners and shortlisted finalists will be issued with official branding which may be used in promotional collateral
  15. All businesses are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony regardless of any status in the competition

 

 

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 a formal judging process as below.

Entries
The Annual Business Awards opens for entries on 21 April 2021 and closes on 12 August 2021 (extended from 26 July) when the judging process begins. All entries are eligibility checked to ensure they meet the required criteria of their category before being benchmarked for shortlisting.


Shortlisting 
Our Annual Business Awards shortlisting 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.


Winner Selection
Our expert judges consider all shortlisted entries and make their final winner selection in each category with the exception of the UK Impact in Singapore category, which will be voted for by the audience at the Virtual Awards Ceremony. The judge’s decision is final.


Our Judges

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Thank you to all of our Partners for their support with this years edition of the Annual Business Awards.


Title Partner: Prudential
 

Prudential

 

Prudential have been the Title Partner of our Annual Business Awards since 2018. An indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Prudential plc, Prudential Singapore is one of the top life insurance companies in Singapore, serving the financial and protection needs of Singaporeans for over 85 years.

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Category Partner: Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year: Barclays

Barclays

Barclays is our Official Diversity & Inclusion Partner. A transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, Barclays has a strong presence in their 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 83,500 people. 

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Category Partner: Start-up of the Year: Globalization Partners

Globalization Partners

Globalization Partners enables companies to quickly and easily expand internationally across six continents and 187 countries. Their Global Employer of Record (EOR) model allows companies to hire employees in as little as 12 hours without having to navigate complex international legal, tax, and HR issues. When companies find top talent, that team member is put on their locally compliant payroll. Globalization Partners have teams and offices worldwide with global headquarters located in Boston and California and regional headquarters in London, Ireland, Singapore and Dubai.

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Official Video Partner: AsiaWorks

 

AsiaWorks

 

AsiaWorks is a creative video agency, founded over twenty years ago by a vibrant and talented group of producers, journalists and cameramen. They are video specialists with round-the-clock offices in Bangkok, Jakarta, and Singapore, providing high-quality regional video production services with an unrivalled network of crew, creatives and production professionals across Asia.

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Supporting Partner: Singapore Economic Development Board

EDB

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent.

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Supporting Partner: Enterprise Singapore

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Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. They work with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise. They also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups. As the national standards and accreditation body, they continue to build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.

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Supporting Partner: Singapore Business Federation

SBF

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment and industrial relations. It represents 27,200 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers. 

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