Orient Magazine Issue 89 - November 2022 | Page 30


Winners Announced at our 23rd Annual Business Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year ' s Annual Business Awards , announced on 13th October . The awards are the longest running by an international Chamber in Singapore and have the support of the Department for International Trade , Enterprise Singapore , the Economic Development Board and Singapore Business Federation . Prudential Singapore continued to show their commitment to the awards as the Title Partner for the 5th year .
At the Gala Awards Ceremony , attended by 200 C-suite professionals and business owners at the Shangri-La Hotel , Dr . Tan See Leng gave the keynote address in his role as Minister for Manpower and Second Minister of State for Trade and Industry . Also speaking at the Ceremony were Chamber President Damian Adams , and Her Excellency Kara Owen CMG CVO , the British High Commissioner to Singapore .
British Chamber of Commerce Singapore President , Damian Adams , said in his opening remarks : “ Twenty-three years ago , the President of the British Chamber at the time , Shanker Iyer , presented an idea to establish an annual award recognizing the growing number of exceptional small businesses in Singapore , and the contribution of the British business community to the country . The British Chamber SME Award was born . And here we stand , twenty-three years later , proudly celebrating business excellence . The achievements that our finalists have made , whether championing sustainability , building a programme to support a truly inclusive workforce , going above and beyond their day jobs to make a real impact , and being at the forefront of technology to drive your business growth , are exemplary .”
The winners in full :
• For Business Transformation of the Year : Collinson
• For Sustainability Champion of the Year : NatWest Markets
• For Individual Contribution of the Year : Dr Sarah Meisch Lionetto , British Council
• For Technological Impact of the Year : Rolls-Royce Singapore
• For Start-up of the Year : Muuse
• For Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year : Standard Chartered
• For Customer Service Provider of the Year : Gardens by the Bay
• For Employer of the Year : Prudential Singapore
• For UK Impact in Singapore : Dover Court International School
Watch the highlights reel : https :// www . youtube . com / watch ? v = fVLCBl8PjBk
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