16th Annual Business Awards: Celebrating Business Excellence in Singapore

From Left: Hugo Walkinshaw, Steve Price, Simon Bennett, Chris Reed, Yvonne Chan, Malcolm Kay, Joe Tofield, Ben Khoo and H.E. Scott Wightman

Innovation and business excellence dominated this year’s 16th Annual Business Awards, organised by the British Chamber of Commerce, Singapore. The Awards were presented to the winners in eight different categories during a gala dinner ceremony hosted by BBC World News’ business presenter Sharanjit Leyl on 1 October 2015. We welcomed the British High Commissioner, HE Scott Wightman, as our keynote speaker.


In his address, HE Scott Wightman commended the Chamber for organising an initiative like this, which supports British and Singaporean businesses and builds on the UK/Singapore relationship. He also highlighted the strong relationship between the two countries, and cited a few important agreements that were signed recently during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit and the visit of Business Minister Baroness Neville Rolfe.


He congratulated all finalists and winners of the Awards and their contribution to the business landscape in Singapore.


Here are the winners in each category:

Leadership in Customer Focus: Stamford American International School


Leadership in Diversity: British Council (Singapore)



Leadership in Innovation & Productivity: IECO



Leadership in Sustainability: Swire Pacific Offshore



Small Business Rising Star: Black Marketing



Success in Business: Rolls-Royce Singapore



Young Professional of the Year: Joe Tofield, British Council (Singapore)



Community Star: Coutts & Co Ltd



Established in 1999, the Awards were 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. Companies entering the Awards were required to showcase achievements that are Singapore-centric, thus building on Singapore’s brand image. The Awards are open not only to British companies, but also all Singapore-registered companies regardless of membership with the Chamber.


BCCS President Hugo Walkinshaw said, “The business community in Singapore continues to show a high level of engagement and enthusiasm with the Annual Business Awards, demonstrated by the consistently high quality of this year’s submissions. I am delighted to see the level of commitment shown by entrants from across the spectrum of corporate and SME organisations. This reinforces the strength of the ongoing relationship between Singapore and Britain, and is an area that the Chamber will continue to focus on in conjunction with UKTI and the British High Commission. The competition was intense and every organisation that won should be proud.”


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