Hong Kong, Friday 29 May, 2015 - Last night, the 2015 winners of one of Australia’s most prestigious regional awards, the AustCham Westpac Australia- China Business Awards were announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. The awards celebrate recognition of Australia’s most innovative and enterprising companies who have successfully contributed to the China-Australia business relationship.
The awards were organised by the Australian Chambers of Commerce in Greater China and have been sponsored by Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia’s First Bank, since 2009.
The Gala Ceremony recognised outstanding Australian businesses in the presence of such special guests as The Honourable C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR, The Australian Ambassador to The People’s Republic of China HE Ms Frances Adamson, and The Honourable Richard Alston AO, Chairman of China-based Waratah Group and Chairman of Australian resource company AMEX. Mr Alston presented the night’s key note address discussing opportunities with the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Asian Infrastructure Bank and One Belt, One Road Strategy.
‘‘Our "super-connector" role is about more than high finance. We have a free-trade agreement with Mainland China known as CEPA. It gives Hong Kong companies tariff-free access to the Mainland for goods produced in Hong Kong. It also offers Hong Kong service suppliers preferential access to the vast and rapidly growing Mainland market. CEPA is nationality neutral. Australian companies are welcome to partner with Hong Kong companies to take advantage of CEPA's benefits,’’ said The Honourable C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR.
‘‘With the growing number of Australian businesses taking the leap into China, Westpac is proud to be part of the program that helps them on this journey. It is a natural fit that Westpac sponsors the Awards, given that our ethos is to help local businesses grow and flourish in global markets,’’ said Andrew Whitford, Westpac’s Head of Greater China.
For 22 years the AustCham Westpac ACBAs have recognised companies that have worked to deliver Australian products or services to the Greater China region. The awards rotate yearly through each of the cities in the Greater China network and will move to Beijing in 2016.
Winners of 2015 AustCham Westpac Australia-China Business Awards (ACBAs) are:
Business Excellence Award for Agriculture, Food & Beverage
The world’s largest fine lavender farm, Bridestowe has been renowned for generations for the beauty of its fields and the quality of its lavender oil.
Business Excellence Award for Business Innovation sponsored by Cheung Kong Infrastructure
SmartBuyGlasses Optical Group.
A leading designer eyewear e-retailer with websites in over 30 countries and 15 languages. The firm operates a proprietary global platform that they use to service customers throughout the world.
Business Excellence Award for Construction, Infrastructure, Natural Resources
Marshall Day Acoutstics Pty Ltd.
The firm provides performing arts centre acoustic design, architectural acoustics, environment impact assessments and vibration consulting services.
Business Excellence Award for Education and Training sponsored by Australian Trade Commission
University of Wollongong.
In less than 40 years, the university has built a reputation as an enterprising institution with a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and research, underpinned by strong global partnerships and community engagement.
Business Excellence Award for Services Sponsored by China Southern Airlines
King & Wood Mallesons.
The first and only global law firm to be headquartered in Asia, it is connecting Asia to the world, and the world to Asia. The firm is powered by more than 2700 lawyers across more than 30 international offices.
Business Excellence Award for Start-up Enterprises sponsored by CPA Australia
A rapidly growing professional services provider of procurement, project management, auditing and quality inspection services of manufactured industrial products sourced from China.
Business Excellence Award for Sustainability and Social Impact sponsored by CLP Holdings Limited
An Australian leading natural health brand that improves peoples’ lives by delivering the world’s best natural health solutions to become peoples’ first choice in healthcare.
People’s Choice Award for Advancement of Women in Business
Fiona Nott, Director of Aesop.
Fiona is actively involved in gender and diversity issues in Hong Kong. She is a director of AustCham Hong Kong & Macau, Chair of its Women in Business Network and is a regular panellist and advisor on gender diversity issues.
Recognition for Great Individual Impact on the Australian China Bilateral Relationship
Kerry Stokes, Executive Chairman of Seven Group Holdings Limited.
2015 Host City: Hong Kong
Winners of the AustCham Westpac ACBAs are announced at a gala dinner in rotating cities across Greater China each year, with Hong Kong being this year’s host. The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau is the largest offshore Australian Chamber of Commerce globally and is the second largest of 28 international chambers in Hong Kong, with more than 1,500 members, representing over 500 companies.
Westpac in China
Westpac has been the official key sponsor of the ACBAs since 2009. Westpac has operated in Asia for over 40 years and was the first Australian bank into China. In addition to its Asian regional headquarters in Singapore, Westpac’s has branches in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, a sub-branch in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, a branch in Mumbai and a representative office in Jakarta. Westpac’s goal in China is to both support Australian and New Zealand customers in the region, as well as provide a gateway for Chinese firms and individuals with interests in Australia and New Zealand.
Visit: www.westpac.hk or www.westpacbank.com.cn
From left to the right: Paul Tighe, Australian Consul-General Hong Kong & Macau; HE Ms Frances Adamson, The Australian Ambassador to the PRC; The Honourable C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR; Professor Richard Petty, AustCham HK & Macau's Chairman; and Andrew Whitford, Westpac's Head of Greater China.
The Honourable C Y Leung, Chief Executive of the HKSAR says, ‘‘Hong Kong has a long history of friendship with Australia. That's evident in our strong trade and investment links, and our extensive people-to-people links.’’
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