UKGCC Business Excellence Awards
On December 2nd, 2017, the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce hosted the first annual Business Excellence Awards & Dinner Gala at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. This gala celebrated not just Ghana, but our members and their businesses. It gave an opportunity for intimate interactions between our member companies, high-level members of the Ghanaian government and other key players in Ghana’s corporate community.
Special Guests of Honour
H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
H. E. Iain Walker, British High Commissioner
The nominees and awards to be given are listed below.
Employer of the Year
This award recognizes the company that has an employee strategy that best attracts, retains and develops talent – and how it contributes to sustainable growth and being an employer of choice.
Exporter of the Year
This award recognizes the business that has achieved the highest and most sustainable levels of international growth through exporting, focusing on all aspects of exporting and looking for sustainable exporting models and innovative practices.
SME of the Year
Celebrating the contribution of SMEs to the economy, this award recognises those who have maintained consistent growth and strong financial performance, understands their customer, has an engaged workforce with effective leadership, and is continually innovating to support future growth.
BEST CSR Project
This award recognises the company that successfully applies any form of Social Responsibility, celebrating the ideas that have had the greatest impact on an organisation or industry.
Winner: Vivo Energy
Best Logistics Company
Open to any organisation operating in logistics, this award recognises those best optimising all aspects of logistics and operations to achieve growth and strong financial performance through exceptional customer experience.
Winner: McDan Shipping
Financial Institution of the Year
Recognizing the financial institution that has played a significant role in improving trade relationships between Ghana and the UK. The winning institution is one that consistently delivers on trade finance, transaction banking, and other financial services that support not only trade, but also the economic growth of Ghana.
Winner: Barclays Bank
Best of British
This category recognizes British Companies operating within Ghana.
Best Brand of the Year
Celebrating those organisations demonstrating the link between customer service and profit, the Best Brand Award recognises those constantly striving to exceed customer expectations, industry leading standards of service, and innovation around customer experience.
Best CEO of the Year
Focusing on the contribution of a dynamic, creative and visionary leader, this award recognises the personal impact of the most high profile leaders on the culture and success of their organisations. The winner is an individual who has achieved sustained levels of growth and strong financial performance through a culture of innovation, resilience and an ethos of inspiring others through their leadership style.
Winner: Charles Darko, Tullow Oil
Most Successful Company of the Year
This award goes to the company that best demonstrates exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies, and market leadership in its sector. The panel will look for evidence of inventiveness, ethical credentials, good stakeholder relationships and long term planning balanced by the flexibility to deliver consistent results in dynamic market conditions.
Best Think Tank
This award recognises a think tank that has made important contributions to improving the landscape for enterprise and entrepreneurship in their regions.
High Commissioner’s Special Recognition
Improving Trade between Ghana and the UK
This award celebrates two individuals that help to increase trade by creating platforms for networking, developing relationships and implementing, recognising the impact of ‘enablers’ that offer value beyond support products and services.
Winner: R. Yofi Grant & Adam Afriyie
Best Social Impact Project
This award celebrates a project that brings their values to life through a range of social impact initiatives. Recognising the company achieving social impact through partnership, investment, pro-bono work, or employee-led initiatives.
Winner: Aqua Africa
Best in Innovation
The panel looks for evidence of a clearly expressed and widely communicated strategy, mainly focussing on actions which demonstrate a civic responsibility. The actions should seek to calculate risk and proactively drive improvement from a commercial, environmental, and social responsibility perspective which goes beyond legislative requirements.
Winner: Strategic Security Systems
British Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates vision, a persevering approach to enterprise expansion that places them at the heart of the business by identifying opportunity, understanding objectives, formulating ideas and making decisions and acting as an inspiration to others to achieve greater business success.
Winner: Ann Brewin, Clifton Homes
Best Engine Graduate
If you are a high performing Engine Graduate with an innovative edge and something to shout about, this could be your award. This award recognises the graduate that has exceeded their initial targets for growth and already shows a significance within the industry.