Winners announced of inaugural Horasis China Business Awards

Published 7th November 2017 at 6:57am

Winners of the first ever Horasis China Business Awards were presented with their prizes by Sheffield City Region at a packed Sheffield Cathedral last night (Monday 6 November) as part of the closing dinner for the Horasis conference.

The Horasis China Meeting took place at a range of venues across Sheffield on 5 and 6 November, attracting more than 300 delegates from across the world.

Organised by the Horasis Global Visions Community, the event was co-hosted this year by Sheffield City Region (SCR) and held in partnership with the Government’s Department for International Trade, Visit Britain, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

As part of the Horasis China Meeting, SCR chose to celebrate the achievements of SCR businesses in the Chinese market, as well as the successes of Chinese businesses in the region, by launching the Horasis China Business Awards.

Awards were given out to the following winners:

  • High Growth Award: Scarborough Group International
  • High Impact Award: New Era Development
  • China Collaboration Award: Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield
  • Best in China Award: Appt Online Solutions Ltd

The prizes were presented by Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He said: “I was delighted to present these awards tonight, to very worthy recipients who are a credit to their respective fields. Here in Sheffield City Region we have shared heritage, resilience and learning with China and these awards are further testament to that.

“I was proud to see that the winners range from young, innovative and newly-established businesses, such as Appt Online Solutions, right through to Scarborough Group International, which is a well-established major player on the world stage.

“It was a pleasure to pay tribute to the success of these city region companies at the culmination of the extremely successful Horasis China Meeting. Bringing the event here to Sheffield has been a huge accolade for the city region and further proof of our ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic, which harnesses drive and ambition.”

The High Growth Award, to recognise a SCR company that has experienced significant growth via trading with or investment from China, was presented to Scarborough Group International, founded by Kevin McCabe in 1980.

A UK and international real estate investor and developer, SGI has grown from its UK base into a global organisation focusing predominantly on real estate in the United Kingdom, continental and eastern Europe, as well as Hong Kong, China, North America, Australia and India.

Commenting on receiving the award, Mr McCabe said: “I am thrilled that SGI has won the High Growth Award.

“As a UK and international investor and developer we established our Far Eastern Headquarters in both Shenzhen and Hong Kong some 15 years ago.

“Strong relationships and friendships have been established by us in the Far East over this period, which has led to partners we have supported in their own territories, now investing in SGI’s developments, specific to the Northern Powerhouse, and of course here in my home city of Sheffield.

“We are working on further initiatives with Sheffield City Council which are earmarked to also involve Far Eastern partners in the years to come.”

The China High Impact Award, to recognise a Chinese company or a SCR company that creates a positive impact to the city region via trading with or investment from China, went to New Era Development.

New Era Development is a multi-million-pound property developer based in Sheffield, which was founded in 2013 by a consortium of six Chinese investors to develop the New Era Square project at St Mary’s Gate.

A mixed-use £65m scheme, New Era Square is currently under construction and will include residential and commercial opportunities including apartments for 589 students, 14 private homes atop a 20-storey tower, a mix of international restaurants, cafes and retailers, parking for 90 cars and 150 bicycles, conference and exhibition space, private dining and office space including a China-UK Business Incubator (CUBI).

The Best in China Award, to recognise a company or an organisation that demonstrate excellence in trading with China or is developing significant links between SCR and China, went to Appt Online Solutions

Digital company Appt Online recently expanded into China, and is realising its ambition to offer digital services that enable businesses to successfully reach a Chinese market. It now has offices in both Sheffield and in Kunming, China.

And the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield was presented with the China Collaboration Award. The Institute aims to provide a bridge on business, industry and healthcare between China and the UK.

It not only offers high-quality Mandarin courses, but also organises seminars for the business community and all levels of government, bridging the UK-China trade and promoting cultural exchanges. Since 2007 it has grown from having 12 classes and 143 students to, in the last academic year, having 188 teaching classes with 2,845 students.

Sir Nigel added: “Presenting these awards provided a fitting finale to the very successful Horasis China Meeting.

“I know that the event has deepened relationships between Sheffield City Region and China, and I look forward to seeing these relationships grow and flourish in the weeks, months and years to come.”

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