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The 9th Greater China Business Awards proved a great success with a sell out dinner and record entrants.  

The UKTI Greater China Business Award rewards the company or organisation that has made the most significant contribution to developing business or network links with Greater China, including bi-lateral trade or investment.

This year the Rochdale based Precision Technologies Group (PTG Holroyd) won the overall prize, the Greater China Business Award for the North West.

Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development for UK Trade & Investment North West said: “There was an outstanding level of entries for this year’s Greater China Awards, across a wide range of sectors from advanced manufacturing to food production and from IT to chemicals.

"The 2014 winners are the companies who have showed the most evidence of a commitment to the market and who have successfully expanded their business in mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.”

The event was organised by UK Trade & Investment North West and sponsored by Finnair, HSBC and Klako Group. The winners received international flight tickets, courtesy of Finnair.

The Greater China Recognition Award, given to an organisation or individual that has contributed greatly to furthering relationships with Greater China went to Janice Russell.  She is the Senior International Manager of HSBC Spinningfields, Manchester and a great friend of Tree Communications so we’re really pleased she got this award.  UKTI in this region have worked closely together with her to help companies develop their International Trade.  She has chaired Greater Manchester’s International Committee and been consistent in her support of UKTI’s work in the region.

Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment North West, said: “Exports from our region to Greater China in the 12 months ending September 2013 were around £2 billion, and China has been the North West’s strongest growth market for several years.  Our 3rd biggest export customer, it has overtaken historically big markets such as Ireland and the Netherlands.

“We are extremely proud of our success in China, and I would strongly encourage other companies in the North West to make sure the region is winning the global race in the Year of the Horse by following the example of our winners and exploring opportunities there with the help of our Asia-Pacific business team.“

Other winners included Biomass Engineering Ltd from Newton-le-Willows who were named as the Greater China Rising Star and the University of Salford was given an award for being the most successful in establishing educational links with Greater China.

All winners and runners up were presented by Fredrik Charpentier from Finnair and the finalists announced by Consul General Pan Yundong. The ceremony also included a celebration dinner to welcome in the Chinese Year of the Horse.

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