The BMCC Business Excellence Awards was established in 2018 to celebrate the long-standing business relations between the UK and Malaysia by recognising and honouring the best of UK and Malaysian companies across various achievement categories. Through our momentous annual iterations, the Awards symbolise an epitome of recognition offered to companies that have excelled and progressed in the business landscape of both countries.

The Annual Business Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is the Chamber’s largest and most prestigious event, recognised for its night of spectacular and joviality among our distinguished guests comprising C-suite executives, professionals and government leaders. With the BMCC celebrating its 60th Anniversary, this year’s Gala Dinner will be amplified to signify this important milestone of UK-Malaysian Business Excellence. This acclaimed jubilee event awaits your organisation’s participation in celebrating and reminiscing on how far the BMCC has traversed to be where it is today – a catalyst of change and continuous reciprocity among our fellow esteemed business leaders and members.

Commemorating 60 Years of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Celebrating the 4th Business Excellence Awards

We successfully celebrated 60 years of the Chamber’s unwavering commitment to fostering and strengthening business relations between the United Kingdom and Malaysia, while acknowledging the exceptional accomplishments of both nations’ business communities through the 4th Business Excellence Awards.

The Gala was a testament to the remarkable journey the Chamber has embarked upon over the past six decades. Over 600 distinguished attendees, including C-suite executives, professionals, and government officials, gathered to commemorate the BMCC's 60 years of fostering change and continuous reciprocity among esteemed business leaders and members.

A big thank you to our Guests of Honour for gracing the event:

YB Liew Chin Tong
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
Mr Richard Graham
The UK Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Malaysia

“This year's Gala Dinner holds special significance as we celebrate the BMCC’s 60th Anniversary. It is an occasion to reflect on our journey and the remarkable progress we've made in advancing 'UK-Malaysia Business Excellence,' the spirit and essence of our Chamber. The support and unwavering dedication of our members, both British and Malaysian companies, have been the prime catalysts in the Chamber's success and in strengthening the business ties between the two nations."

Mark Arthun
Chairman, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce

The Gala provided a remarkable opportunity to reflect on the BMCC's journey, highlighting the remarkable progress made in advancing "UK-Malaysia Business Excellence." Over the years, the chamber has witnessed significant achievements, groundbreaking partnerships, and exemplary leadership that have propelled its success and strengthened the business ties between the two nations.

As part of the celebrations, the 4th Business Excellence Awards recognised exceptional companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in their respective fields. These awards not only acknowledged their outstanding achievements but also served as a benchmark for others to strive for greatness.

This year's Awards witnessed an overwhelming number of outstanding nominations across various categories. With so many strong submissions, the assessors and judges decided to acknowledge the first and second runners-up for the first time!

All the award nominees have, in one way or another, contributed to the ever-growing UK-Malaysia trade relationship. Bilateral trade increased 8.9% and reached £5.6bn in 2022. With the UK having concluded negotiations to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), British and Malaysian businesses will soon be able to take full advantage of the new opportunities ahead.”

His Excellency Charles Hay MVO
British High Commissioner to Malaysia
Chair of the BEA Judging Panel

UK-Malaysia Business of the Year Award
This award recognises a UK company investing in Malaysia or a Malaysian company investing in the UK, having displayed a stellar track record of investment in the opposite country over the last 2 – 5 years by building on its successful local business; bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.

Winner: YTL Corporation

The panel was unanimous in its decision on YTL Corporation, for the organisation's impactful contribution to the UK economy, community, job creation, and many SDGs through the corporation’s diverse businesses, with clearly-defined strategies and commitments for the future.

YTL’s investments in Wessex Water, Brabazon, and GENecon have demonstrably had a positive impact on the UK economy. What has been commendable and impactfully demonstrated is local community engagement whether through Wessex Academy, or partnerships in creating carbon-neutral beer.

First Runner-Up: GSK Malaysia   |   Second Runner-up: Smith & Nephew Operations Malaysia

UK-Malaysia Partnership of the Year Award
This award recognises an organisation that has successfully partnered with a UK or Malaysian counterpart focusing on its successes over the last 2 – 5 years. 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.

Winner: EcoWorld International

EcoWorld International was the strongest nominee, as evidenced by its impact on the economy, jobs, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, and society.

With sustainable commitment aligned to UN SDGs, EWI demonstrates commitment towards continuous improvement in addressing climate change, energy, and water use and protecting our environmental biodiversity by achieving 100% diversion of construction waste from landfills in FY2021.

First Runner-Up: Sunway University   |   Second Runner-up: Sunway Medical Centre

UK-Malaysia Education Institutional Partnership of the Year Award
This award recognises a partnership between a UK higher or further education institution and a Malaysian organisation(s) to deliver significant impact in the last 5 years. The joint-venture collaboration and synergies created through this partnership will have driven exceptional results and shown significant value-creation to the education sector in Malaysia and the UK; capitalising on the best of UK & Malaysia expertise through a seamless partnership.

Winner: University of Reading and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

The strategic partnership between the University of Reading and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was evidently shown through the industry links and partnerships built in capacity-building activities, workshops, and talks. The project has gone beyond the funding with more funding opportunities with local government and corporate companies being explored. This partnership has exceeded the initial research and established industry and community links and has great potential.

First Runner-Up: University of Cambridge & Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES) & Universiti Malaya | Second Runner-up: The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh & Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Outstanding ESG Award
This award recognises the achievements of an organisation that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in adopting ESG practices and ultimately contributing significantly towards the environment and communities, as well as advocating for these initiatives within their industry, supply chains and clients.

Winner: Smith and Nephew Operations Malaysia

The panel of judges were impressed by the clear focus of Smith & Nephew's environmental strategy (‘People, Planet, Products’) and how this is delivered via a diverse range of activities, which include both global and local actions (e.g. work with local communities). Their employees receive paid leave to work on community projects, and the company makes major donations to a range of environmental crises.

Their environmental policy has driven changes in their GHG emissions and in reductions in landfill.

First Runner-Up: Press Metal Aluminium Holdings   |   Second Runner-up: Dialight

Technology & Innovation Award
This award recognises the achievements of an organisation that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in adopting ESG practices and ultimately contributing significantly towards the environment and communities, as well as advocating for these initiatives within their industry, supply chains and clients.

Winner: Mott MacDonald Malaysia

The panel was unanimous in their decision. They deemed that Mott Macdonald's modular-based solutions were not only technologically innovative but were also able to help a wide range of businesses, especially the SMEs, which cover the majority of businesses in Malaysia. The impact is far-ranging, and the potential scalability is well observed.

First Runner-Up: Standard Chartered Bank Global Business Services   |   Second Runner-up: Turner & Townsend Malaysia

Diversity & Inclusion Award
This award recognises and celebrates organisations across all industries that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to fostering the spirit of diversity and inclusion within the workplace through effective strategies and initiatives.

Winner: Owen Mumford Sdn Bhd

Owen Mumford has the right approach to D&I by focusing on dignity at work, equal opportunity, and talent development and recruitment, with an emphasis on rural youth development and hiring single mothers. They are mindful of the welfare of their staff and ensure the right rewards, benefits, and work-life balance policies are implemented.

First Runner-Up: YTL Construction   |   Second Runner-up: Mott MacDonald Malaysia

Special Award: UK-Malaysia Business Personality of the Year
This award recognises an esteemed individual who through his/her UK-Malaysian business interests has made a positive impact on their company, the overall economy, and has contributed to the championing of business ties between the UK and Malaysia. This individual would have demonstrated strong leadership skills, creating a culture that motivates, inspires, and encourages innovation and ambition in parallel to achieving success in business.

This award was presented to Tan Sri (Sir) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping PSM, KBE, Managing Director of YTL Corporation Berhad (received on his behalf by his son, Mr Joseph Yeoh, Vice President of YTL Hotels & Properties) for his outstanding contributions to championing business ties between the UK and Malaysia. Notably, his exceptional role in the investment developments in Wessex and Bristol in the UK. It also recognises his passion and commitment to innovation, philanthropy, and extraordinary contribution to sustainability which has left a significant mark, preserving the legacy between the UK and Malaysia.

Congratulations to all the winners that were selected amid stiff competition. This year's nominees truly demonstrated agility and innovation in their business strategy. The BMCC thanks the panel of independent judges comprising His Excellency Charles Hay MVO, The British High Commissioner to Malaysia; Dr Kalanithi Nesaretnam, Independent Non-Executive Director of IOI Corporation Berhad; and Najihah Abas, Executive Director, Investment Promotion of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), as well as the Judging Panel Advisory Board from The University of Nottingham Malaysia and The British Council Malaysia who undertook the momentous task of selecting the award winners.

To all our nominees, we commend your strengths and we are proud to showcase your achievements as a reflection of the continuous strengthening of UK-Malaysia business relations. We also applaud all our nominees for stepping up to showcase their successes and we look forward to seeing your progress next year.

Finally, the BMCC thanks all our Sponsors, Partners, and guests for making it the memorable and spectacular night it was.
Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Sdn Bhd

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) – a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose to improve the quality of human life through vaccines, speciality and general medicines that are founded on research and development. Backed by its 300-year legacy of helping transform the health, lives, and future of millions of people around the world, today, GSK operates in more than 150 countries including major research and development centres in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Belgium, and China. GSK Malaysia started its ­first operations in October 1958 and has been operating in Malaysia for over 63 years.

Gold Sponsor

HSBC Bank Malaysia Berhad

HSBC Bank Malaysia is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. We serve more than 47 million customers through four global businesses: Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets. Our network covers 71 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America, and Latin America. With around 6,000 offices worldwide, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and ultimately helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City

Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City is the largest private quaternary hospital in Malaysia with a comprehensive range of medical services including state-of-the-art facilities and advanced medical technologies for outpatient and inpatient speciality care, health and wellness programmes and 24-hour emergency services. The flagship hospital of Sunway Healthcare Group (SHG) is supported by a strong system comprising more than 3,300 dedicated healthcare and hospitality professionals.

Silver Sponsor

bp Malaysia

bp’s presence in Malaysia spans a history of more than half a century. Our strong presence in Malaysia spreads across a diversified business framework which includes global business services, innovation and engineering and bp Castrol operations. With a workforce of approximately 1,000 employees across the country, the diverse team supports operations of more than 60 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Australasia, Angola, South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. bp’s total investments in Malaysia including partner shares amount to over USD2.5 billion, making us one of the largest British investors in the country.

British Council Malaysia

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. We call this cultural relation. We build trust and understanding for the UK to create a safer and more prosperous world. In terms of our reach and impact, we are the world’s leading cultural relations organisation. Cultural relations are a component of international relations, which focuses on developing people-to-people links and complements government-to-people and government-to-government contact. We use English, Arts, Education and Society – the best of the UK’s great cultural assets – to bring people together and attract partners to work with the UK. The British Council has over 7,000 staff working in 191 offices in 110 countries and territories.

XCL Education

The XCL Education is one of Malaysia's largest and most successful premier education groups. We own and operate 4 K-12 brands: Sri KDU, REAL Schools, Real Kids & BISP.

SME Sponsor

Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence Sdn. Bhd.

Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence Sdn. Bhd., powered by CRI Group, is an independent certification body established for Anti-Bribery Management System, providing ISO 37001 training and accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS CB number: 10613), making it the leading certification body specialising in global anti-bribery and anti-corruption, risk and compliance management system standards.

Electric Mobility Partner

BMW Wheelcorp Premium

BMW Wheelcorp Premium is one of the largest retail and service centres for BMW in Malaysia with two 4S centres located in Setia Alam and Bukit Tinggi respectively. Being a BMW and MINI authorised dealer, Wheelcorp Premium has a comprehensive range of parts, accessories and equipment for current BMW and MINI models. Both 4S centres have fully-trained technicians and passionate professionals dedicated to providing world-class sales and after-sales services. Wheelcorp Premium records possibly the highest man-hours in training annually, in the local automotive industry, ensuring all staff are updated with the latest innovations and technologies. Benchmarking against the best BMW dealers in the world, customer satisfaction is the top priority at Wheelcorp Premium.

Our Partners