Singapore companies win 4 out of 8 new awards at British Chamber’s 15th Annual Business Awards

Winners of the 15th Annual Business Awards received their trophies from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, HE Antony Phillipson, British High Commissioner and Hugo Walkinshaw, Chamber President. 

Singapore, 01 October 2014: Singapore based companies - Collective Works, IECO, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources, and The British Club took home four out of the eight Awards at British Chamber of Commerce’s 15th Annual Business Awards held at the Shangri-La Hotel this evening.
The Annual Business Awards which have become a feature in the Singapore business calendar saw a strong showing of local entries this year, with several submissions coming from local organisations. Despite changing the categories this year, the Awards had an overwhelming number of submissions for all eight categories. In all, the Annual Business Awards Committee shortlisted 18 organisations and six individuals, of which 10 nominations were from local firms.
The new categories launched this year and the winners are:
Leadership in Customer Focus: The British Club
Leadership in Diversity: BP
Leadership in Innovation & Productivity: IECO
Leadership in Sustainability: Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
Success in Business: Reading Room
Small Business Rising Star: Collective Works
Young Professional of the Year: Miles Gooseman, The Fry Group
Community Star: Andrew Colyer, Barclays
Winners received their awards from Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources who was Guest-of-Honour at the Gala Dinner which had an attendance of over 400 guests. Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said: “The fundamental problem is not the environment – the fundamental problem there is misaligned economic interests”, encouraging companies to take a long-term view and consider long-term impacts on the people and environment in which they operate.
The keynote for this year reflected on the need for sustainable business practices. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever also echoed the Minister’s thoughts and commented; “Business should be running in a sustainable manner and not just focus on quarterly fiscal performance.” He also said that there is a huge challenge ahead of us in meeting the demands of the fast-growing population of the world.
Rudi Geerdink, Country Executive of RBS Singapore and Chairman of the 15th Annual Business Awards Committee said, “We saw some strong contenders for this year’s awards and it was a close call between the finalists. The winners were chosen based on merit and in some cases, Singapore corporates are comparable to global MNCs and on a similar level playing field. It is this availability of talent, dynamism and excellent business practices that continue to contribute to Singapore’s economic success.”
Established in 1999, the Awards was organised in order to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements across the various business sectors. It has since grown in stature to become one of Singapore’s most prestigious accolades garnering the continued support of the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Business Federation (SBF) as well as the UKTI, British High Commission and EuroCham.
The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is the British Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards’ title sponsor and has been in for the past nine years. Category sponsors include Barclays, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Cognita, Grayling Asia, Portfolio Builders and The British Council.
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