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. While we celebrated the momentous 60th anniversary of the BMCC last year, our gaze remains firmly fixed on the future. This year's Gala Dinner promises to be more than just a celebration; it's a dynamic springboard propelling us into a new era of UK-Malaysian business excellence.

Awards Gala Dinner Recap

It was a night to remember. After months of planning and much anticipation, the BMCC Business Excellence Awards 2024 concluded with a spectacular Awards Gala Dinner. This year, after challenging bouts of evaluation from our panel of judges and assessors, 20 exceptional companies came out on top!

"Congratulations to all our winners for standing out amid stiff competition. This year’s nominees presented strong submissions that showcased remarkable achievements and commitment to sustainable business practices. Given the exceptional quality of submissions, this year marked the introduction of a presentation and Q&A session, providing our judges deeper insights into our top nominees. Kudos to all nominees for being such strong contenders, and for giving our panel of judges much to consider."

- Mak Joon Nien, Chairman of the BMCC

“Congratulations to all the winners and nominated companies and organisations for their continued contributions to the thriving business relationship between the UK and Malaysia. Moving forward we can expect greater things to come when the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) enters into force for the UK later this year. As Malaysia is already a member, it will effectively create the first free-trade agreement between our countries, liberalising trade and opening up new business opportunities for UK and Malaysian companies alike. It will also lead to better choices and affordability for consumers and businesses. Additionally, the inaugural meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) in London this summer will address trade barriers and enhance cooperation in sectors like education and legal services.”

- Her Excellency Ailsa Terry CMG British High Commissioner to Malaysia

“We are proud to recognise and celebrate the robust partnership between Malaysia and the United Kingdom, especially in the digital sector. Malaysia is committed to enhancing digital infrastructure through governance strengthening, data intelligence, talent empowerment, and the adoption of new technologies. Our aim is to create efficient, smart, secure, and agile government services. We are optimistic about the future achievements that our collaboration with the BMCC will bring, emphasising our shared goal of building a resilient, inclusive, and forward-thinking digital ecosystem.

As Malaysia stands on the brink of unprecedented technological advancements, our bilateral collaboration in digital initiatives is more crucial than ever. By fostering innovation and driving economic growth, we can create a future where technology serves as a catalyst for prosperity. We see the UK as a valuable partner in this journey. Together, we can explore new frontiers in areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and digital entrepreneurship, paving the way for a vibrant digital economy and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens.”

- Yang Berhormat Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Digital Malaysia

UK-Malaysia Business of the Year
Smith & Nephew Operations Sdn Bhd

The pinnacle achievement at the BMCC Business Excellence Awards, 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 by building on its successful local businesses; bringing mutual economic benefit to both nations.

This year, Smith & Nephew Operations Sdn Bhd claimed the UK-Malaysian Business of the Year Award in a near-unanimous decision by our judges. Having clinched the Outstanding ESG award in 2023, Smith & Nephew is no stranger to successful sustainability practices. Amidst their achievements in providing quality orthopaedic products for a worldwide market, they also impressed judges with their dedication to pioneering digital transformation through automation, committing to investment, and giving back to the community with environmental and social programmes.

First Runner-Up:
ActivPayroll Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  Second Runner-Up:
One Complete Solution Sdn Bhd

UK-Malaysia Partnership of the Year
AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd partnership with Clinical Research Malaysia

This award goes to any organisation that has successfully partnered with a UK or Malaysian counterpart 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.

This Award is sponsored by Sunway Group

For the UK-Malaysia Partnership of the Year Award, AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd, who won the same title in 2022, is the winner for its breadth of partnerships with Clinical Research Malaysia, which included clinical trials, governance meetings, and site visits. These partnerships bear clear socio-economic benefits through advancing medical technology, boosting investments, strengthening local employment numbers, and providing equitable healthcare.

First Runner-Up:
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) – Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI) partnership with University of Dundee, School of Medicine
  Second Runner-Up:
Gamuda Land Sdn Bhd partnership with Astir Living Limited

UK-Malaysia Education Institutional Partnership of the Year
Cardiff Metropolitan University and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

This outstanding award goes to a partnership between a UK higher or further education institution and a Malaysian organisation(s) that delivered a significant impact in the last five (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.

This Award is sponsored by British Council Malaysia

In a similar vein, the award for UK-Malaysia Education Institutional Partnership of the Year went to Cardiff Metropolitan University and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM). Their strategic partnership produced reputational enhancements and significant contributions through successful grant applications and innovative initiatives like a dual PhD programme for STEM engagements. This collaboration’s portfolio included championing gender equity and science communication and demonstrated a long-lasting partnership that has great potential for progress.

First Runner-Up:
UCSI Education Sdn Bhd partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU)
  Second Runner-Up:
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) partnership with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Technology and Innovation
Dyson Manufacturing Sdn Bhd

This award is given to an organisation that successfully pursued new solutions through the application of digital, innovative, and disruptive technologies to operate with greater efficiency and ultimately contributing to Malaysia’s productivity enhancement and paving the way towards technological advancement, especially in the last three years.

This Award is sponsored by HSBC Bank Malaysia

No stranger to the Technology and Innovation Award, our member Dyson Manufacturing Sdn Bhd who won the award in 2018, is once again exhibiting great innovative capability in their business vision and development of top-of-the-line household products. The design and development of their state-of-the-art Dyson Submarine in their in-house Global Development Campus utilised close partnerships with Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) to develop engineers, showcase the application of robotics, machine learning, and AI, and create new employment opportunities in Malaysia.

First Runner-Up:
PricewaterhouseCoopers Sdn Bhd
  Second Runner-Up:
AstraZeneca Sdn Bhd

Outstanding SME
HL Design Group Sdn Bhd

This award seeks to recognise the achievements of small and medium enterprises that have demonstrated outstanding achievements in delivering exceptional products and/or services and contribute significantly towards their sector and the overall economy.

As SMEs constitute the backbone of our economy—driving innovation, employment, and economic growth—we inaugurated the Outstanding SME Award category this year. This category celebrates the remarkable achievements of SMEs while championing inclusivity within our awards. It aligns with our broader efforts to bolster and nurture SME growth, fortifying the dynamism and resilience of our business ecosystem. HL Design Group Sdn Bhd earned this honour for their outstanding achievements in upskilling employees, sharing regional knowledge, and committing to sustainability through their unique design models.

First Runner-Up:
London Tea Exchange Trade

Outstanding ESG
Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd

This award seeks to recognise the achievements of an organisation that 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.

This Award is sponsored by bp

Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd clinched the award for Outstanding ESG with their comprehensive sustainability report and clear strategies to uphold ESG principles. Having earned the reputation of being among the top 15 ports globally, PTP has prioritised Process, Technology, and People in their pursuit of a sustainable future, as evidenced by their use of EV, The Green Boats initiative, and dedication to developing young talent.

First Runner-Up:
ARUP Jururunding Sdn Bhd
  Second Runner-Up:
Knight Frank Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Diversity and Inclusion
PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia

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.

The final award for Diversity & Inclusion went to PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia, who astounded judges with their robust D&I policies that affected all employment levels and applied to both internal and external stakeholders. Their emphasis on inclusive leadership and having a dedicated team for D&I efforts, on top of their advocacy for flexible work arrangements, were more than enough reasons for PwC to earn this award.

First Runner-Up:
BP Business Service Centre Asia Sdn Bhd
  Second Runner-Up:
YTL Construction

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Our Sponsors


HSBC Bank Malaysia is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. They serve more than 42 million customers through four global businesses: Wealth and Personal Banking, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets. Their network covers 62 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America, and Latin America. With around 6,000 offices worldwide, they 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 Group was established in 1974, Sunway Group is one of Malaysia’s largest conglomerates with core interests in real estate, construction, education and healthcare, with a unique build-own-operate business model. Their 16,000-strong team across 50 locations worldwide is committed to transformative growth and sustainable progress through their 13 business divisions including real estate, construction, retail, hospitality, leisure, healthcare, education, trading, manufacturing, building materials, and Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).



bp“From International Oil Company to Integrated Energy Company, bp commits to net zero by 2050, with a purpose to reimagine energy for people and the planet.” With operations in Europe, North and South America, Australasia, Asia and Africa, bp delivers energy products and services to people all around the world and plans to do so increasingly in ways that they believe will help to drive the transition to a lower carbon future. bp aims to be a very different kind of energy company by 2030 as they scale up investments in resilient hydrocarbons, convenience and mobility and power trading businesses.

bp celebrates 60 years in Malaysia this year! Their strong presence in Malaysia spreads across a diversified business framework which includes Finance global business services, Technology and Customer and Products. With a workforce of approximately 1,300 employees across the country, bp’s total investments in Malaysia including partner shares amount to over USD2.5 billion, making them one of the largest British investors in country.


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide. They do this through their work in arts and culture, education and the English language. They work with people in over 200 countries and territories and are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 they reached 650 million people.

XCL Education Malaysia provides a diverse selection of educational institutions that prioritise the delivery of high-quality education across seven campuses, 15 schools and over 40 early childcare and education centres. They include Sri KDU International Schools (Kota Damansara, Subang Jaya and Klang Campus) and XCL International School in Penang offering top-tier international education, following an enhanced British Curriculum from Early Years to Sixth Form (A-Level). They offer a range of pathways including intensive English and Chinese language academies, for students to specialise and enable access for all.


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 65 years.


Bluestar AMG is a British-owned, Hong Kong-registered group, with the bulk of its operations in Mainland China and satellite offices across Asia. Their main focus is financial planning and asset management, with additional capabilities in investment property and domestic insurance. What truly sets them apart is their approach. By aligning the interests of their clients and their people, they are able to place the customers’ interests above all others. Their clients can be assured that with them, there is no self-interest—only a shared interest. Advice is given without prejudice and with the utmost integrity, and Bluestar AMG always strives for excellence when it comes to its clients’ investments. To this end, they have a stringent internal compliance process that ensures their procedures are independently monitored and reviewed on a regular basis.


Key Risk Consulting Asia is a leading provider of comprehensive business risk solutions, including the strategic management of intellectual property, due diligence, and other business intelligence, fraud and corporate investigations, crisis containment, and recovery services in Asia. They have on-the-ground operational capabilities in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, the People’s Republic of China, and Myanmar. Key Risk Consulting conducts a wide variety of business risk assignments for clients across multiple jurisdictions within the Asia region.

Our Partners


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As our Awards Sponsor, your organisation will be given exclusive branding recognition through a variety of platforms and other added privileges. With high-profile representations, a distinguished guest list, and widespread media coverage, sponsoring the BMCC Awards guarantees substantial brand visibility and admiration. This opportunity not only offers valuable networking possibilities but also ensures impactful recognition among business elites on both national and international stages. Award sponsors can also tap on the golden opportunity at this celebration, to host a table for their partners, clients, and staff centring around the virtues of appreciation and recognition of excellence.

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