Record Entrants for 2009 HK-NSW Business Awards
The Hong Kong-Australia Business Association (HKABA) NSW Chapter held its annual BUSINESS AWARDS on 23 October 2009. The Business Awards celebrated its tenth year anniversary. The Awards recognizes NSW companies that excel in all aspects of international trade between NSW and Hong Kong SAR, China.
The Awards, widely regarded as a prestigious badge of honor, were presented to winners at a ceremony held this evening at the Hilton Hotel Sydney in attendance of around 500 guests. The Award’s Guests Speakers were: The Hon. Kevin Greene MP and The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP
This year’s Business Awards and The Grand Award were awarded to the most outstanding amongst the following six categories’ winners:
• Export of Goods- AUNEW
• Export of Services-Global Experience
• Import of Goods-Bay Bee Cino
• Import of Services- KVB Kunlun
• Creative SME- Hong Kong Dim Sim Kitchen
• Contribution to Industry- Master Builders Association-NSW
• Grand Award - Master Builders Association-NSW
The independent judging panel was chaired by The Hon. Sir Laurence Street AC KCMG QC, and comprises The Hon. Henry Tsang OAM MLC with other professionals and industry heads from Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Austrade, Qantas Airways, Aon Risk Services, CMC Markets, and Volkswagen Group Australia
Ms. Belinda Wong Chairman of the 2009 Business Awards Organizing Committee mentions
“We were greatly impressed by the high standards and enthusiasm of the entrants in this year’s competition and warmly congratulate all entrants. We had an increase of entrants by 50%. This is an outstanding result which reflects the fact that our Business Awards is a popular platform being used for local SME’s for recognition and publicity”
Mr Peter Sinn President of the HKABA-NSW Chapter mentions “Despite the harsh global economic conditions, it is pleasing to see our entrants, finalists and winners striving hard to succeed by using innovative and creative methods of growing their business using the strong trade links between Australia (NSW), HK S.A.R and China”
Winner: Master Builders Association of NSW
The Master Builders Association of NSW has been successfully delivering the Certificate IV in Building program since 2004. Feedback regarding work practices from local Master Builder divisions highlighted the issue of licensed builders being “undercut” on their quotations by illegitimate contractors.
Despite the endeavors of the Office of Fair Trading and Work Cover in enforce legal action on those contracting illegally, there remains an element of ignorance and lack of comprehension of what is required to become qualified for licensing.
The Chinese community is an example of where highly skilled, and those professing to be skilled, work with their own community and seldom venture out due to fear of being caught by the authorities governing residential building works in NSW.
The “carrot vs stick” approach was undertaken by the Master Builders in an endeavor to bring those skilled workers up to the level expected by the consumer and government authorities instead of allowing them to be fined for undertaking illegal building works.
This program has also opened up a new market for membership of the association which provides updated information and continuing professional education in line with the licensing laws of NSW.
Whilst the Master Builders is a non-profit organisation, a positive return on investment has been realised equating to 19 per cent of total Certificate IV profits. This has allowed for reinvestment into the provision of interpreting services for participants and has also provided ongoing marketing and promotional support for the program. This additional benefit has allowed a planned investment into other qualifications to ensure the sustainability of the program for participants with a non-English-speaking background to attain a national qualification.
The HKABA-NSW Business Awards Platinum Sponsors: Qantas Airways Ltd, Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd and CMC Markets, E.W.H. Food Services and Volkswagen Group Australia