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Time is running out for North West businesses to enter the Greater China Awards and earn recognition for their achievements in this exciting market.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) are urgently seeking final applications for the 2013 Greater China Awards which will be announced in February at a celebratory dinner to welcome in the Chinese New Year of the Snake.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 8 February, 2013.

The awards honour any company or organisation in the North West which has made a significant contribution to developing business or relationships with mainland China, Taiwan or Hong Kong during 2012, including bi-lateral trade or investment and education and community links.

As in previous years, the standard of entries for the competition is expected to be high, and one winner and one runner up will be chosen for each of the following three categories –

the China Business Award, for companies which have had links with Greater China for more than three years, the China Rising Star award – for companies relatively new to the market, which have had links with the region for less than three years, and the China Education Links Award for Universities, Higher Education Institutes and businesses offering training and education links to Greater China.

Judges will be looking for evidence of a direct link between Greater China and North West England, as well as measuring each entrant’s approach and the impact of its China strategy on the overall success of the business or organisation.

The Greater China Business Awards will be held on Friday 22nd February at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.

The day begins with an afternoon seminar with a panel of business experts.  This is open to all businesses with an interest in China and will include a wealth of information on selling, buying and partnering in Greater China.

The seminar will be followed in the evening by a reception, the Greater China Awards Ceremony and Chinese New Year celebratory dinner to welcome in the Year of the Water Snake.   The China Business Award winner will be offered international flight tickets, courtesy of Finnair.

Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development for UKTI says;

“We are looking for companies who have shown outstanding commitment to forging links with Greater China, and have demonstrated a positive and determined approach combined with sound business strategy in order to develop relationships within the region.

“Greater China continues to be of major importance on the global stage and we are sure that our winning companies will be able to enjoy long term rewards and success in return for the time they have invested in furthering their business interests there.”

Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director of UKTI, adds;

“Most businesses are aware of the huge potential offered in Greater China but it takes effort and dedication to do business there, as the nominations we have received so far prove.

“These awards offer a fantastic opportunity to recognise those businesses which have done the most to strengthen the links between the regional economy and that of China and I urge all companies which have worked hard to succeed there to get their nominations in right away.”

Last year’s winners included EDM Ltd, BDP Ltd and Manchester Metropolitan University, and runners up were Precision Technologies Group (PTG) Ltd, Brock Carmichael and the University of Chester.

Entry forms are available from Philomena Chen, UKTI’s Head of Asia Pacific Development. Contact her via email at [email protected], by telephone on 0161 875 2328 or by fax on 0161 873 2234.

There is also a link to the entry forms here:

·         Education Links – For Universities, Higher Education Institutes and businesses offering training and education links to Greater China

·         Business Award – This is for Businesses who have had links for over 3 years with Greater China

·         Rising Star Award – For Business who have had links for less than 3 years with Greater China

Completed forms should be returned to: Greater China Awards Panel, c/o Philomena Chen, UKTI – North West International Trade Team, Warren Bruce Court, Warren Bruce Road, Manchester M17 1LB.

To book a place at the China Event, contact Paul Yuan at [email protected], by telephone on 0161 875 2329 or by fax on 0161 873 2234.

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