Business Excellence Awards 2019
After a successful first year, the BMCC Business Excellence Awards returned for its 2nd edition recognising the best of British and Malaysian businesses with big new winners on a big night!
The Awards is the BMCC’s flagship annual Gala Dinner; the grandest of its kind and the only initiative in Malaysia to acknowledge the accomplishments of both British and Malaysian brands across all industry and scale. It aims to offer a heighten standard of recognition to companies and individuals who have excelled and progressed the business landscape of UK and Malaysia. After another successful sequel, the BMCC Awards will return in 2020!
UK-Malaysia Business of The Year: Sports Direct
Since becoming a joint-venture in 2013, Sports Direct Malaysia has grown aggressively, currently operating 30 retail stores with annual sales of over RM225 million and a workforce of over 706 employees. This rapid growth is only set to continue growing with the evolution of larger format stores, incorporating more than 75 brands. The company owns 28 sports brands globally, many of which were never previously available in Malaysia.
The pinnacle achievement at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards; this award recognises a British company investing in Malaysia or a Malaysian company investing in the UK, having displayed a stellar track record of investment in the opposite country by building on its successful local business; bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.
UK-Malaysia Partnership Award: Sunway Medical Center & University of Cambridge
Through its partnership with the University of Cambridge in 2014, the Clinical Research Centre was established at Sunway Medical Centre, going on to become the first regional site partner for the British university. Researchers from both institutions are working together on researches that focus on prevention, early diagnosis and improved treatments for a range of diseases suited for the Asian genetic composition.
The outstanding Partnership Award goes to an individual, team or company that has successfully partnered with a UK or Malaysian counterpart. The joint-venture collaboration and synergies created through this partnership will have driven exceptional commercial results and shown significant value-creation to the economy; capitalising on the best of UK & Malaysia expertise through a seamless partnership.
UK-Malaysia Business Personality Award: Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah AO
Having founded Sunway Group in 1974 from humble beginnings, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah has since groomed and grown Sunway to becoming one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates with 12 business divisions across various sectors. He pioneered the concept of “twinning programmes” in Malaysia with partnerships between Sunway College and the universities of Leicester, Manchester and Greenwich over the years. More than just a leader with a mind for business, Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah has initiated various initiatives with social goals and talent building.
This award recognises an individual who through his/her UK-Malaysian business interests has made a positive impact in their company, the overall economy, and contributed to the championing of business ties between both countries. This individual would have demonstrated strong leadership skills, creating a culture that motivates and inspires, encourages innovation and ambition in parallel to achieving successes in business.
Diversity & Inclusion Award: PwC Malaysia
PwC Malaysia won the Diversity and Inclusion Award, this year' highest nominated category, having proven its strong commitment through its holistic flex+ programme aimed at fostering an inclusive workforce as well as establishing effective recruiting strategies to drive diversity.
The Diversity & Inclusion Award recognises companies of all sizes, across all industries that have shown their commitment to developing a diverse workforce. This award recognises organisations that have effective strategy, policies and programs with an ongoing commitment to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Innovation Award: Capital DK
The Innovation Award went to Capital DK, whose game-changing solutions that employ Machine Learning, AI, Robotic Automation and Deep Analytics have seen them leave their closest competitors years behind
This award is given to a company that relentlessly pursues new solutions and challenges the status quo in order to operate with greater efficiency and effectiveness. Through developing innovative technologies and taking risks, this company is contributing to Malaysia’s productivity enhancement and paving the way to greater system automation while developing its people’s skill-set to tackle these challenges.
Social Enterprise of The Year: Teach For Malaysia
Teach For Malaysia (TFM) recruits top non-education graduates and young professionals into its two-year Fellowship programme with the vision that all children one day will have access to excellent education, and will be empowered to be leaders of their own learning and leaders of our nation. Through collaborations with various sectors, such as the Fund A Fellow model, TFM is able to financially sustain itself as an independent, not-for-profit organisation.
This new Award category recognises an organisation that has successfully applied business solutions to address social problems. Social enterprises are businesses created to further a social purpose in a financially sustainable way. They make their money from selling goods and services in the open market, but profits are reinvested back into the business or community in pursuit of their social mission.