9 February, 2009
Organisations from across Greater Manchester triumphed at the Greater China Recognition Awards for the Northwest on Thursday 5 February.
The Recognition award, sponsored by UK Trade and Investment and the Northwest Development Agency, is given in recognition of named individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to developing links with Greater China during 2008.
The overall prize was won by Manchester Metropolitan University, who have developed strong links with mainland China via the EU China Management Exchange and Training programme at MMU Business School and who have successfully implemented a number of other initiatives including a touring art exhibition; master classes and agreements with Peking University Guangzhou Academy of Arts and Xiamen University; academic links with several Chinese Universities and research links between the MMU Business School and the Economics and Management School, Wuhan University.
Joint runners up were the Chi Yip restaurant group from Middleton, and Suman Education International based in Old Trafford.
Under the dynamic leadership of Stewart Yip and Jack Lui, Chi Yip has forged two-way trade links in Greater China. With the opening of the EU poultry market to China, Chi Yi is in a strong position to bring UK buyers to the Chinese market. The Group runs a highly successful Award winning chain of restaurants in major cities in the UK, specialising in Beijing and Sichuan cuisine with top chefs from North East China. The popularity of the ‘Red Chilli’ restaurants have heightened local awareness of authentic Chinese food culture and interest in Greater China.
Apart from having a thriving business Stewart and Jack have been active in local community work and have held public appointments such as President for the Chinese Aid Trust (UK), Vice President for the World Eminence Chinese and Returned/Overseas Chinese Scholars Association and committee member for Oldham NHS and the Greater Manchester / China Steering Group.
Stewart is also the President of the Federation of Chinese Associations of Manchester , who have held numerous fundraising events for ROSA,NSPCC,CHIC, Christie’s Hospice, tsunami in South Asia, snowstorm and earthquake victims in China.
Suman Education was set up by Dr Yanzhong Xu as a strong education link between mainland China and the North West of England.
SUMAN derives its name from the Jiang-su Province of Eastern China, which the organisation is closely affiliated to and Manchester.
Suman has hosted over 6,000 teachers and students from China and led teachers and students from Manchester to China. The education organisation has established a sister school in the Jiangsu Province and continues to act as a Centre for Training and Education Programme Unit linking China to hundreds of schools and colleges in the Northwest region promoting friendship, business and trade between China and United Kingdom.
Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development for UK Trade & Investment, said: "There was an outstanding level of entries for the Northwest region this year, and our winners of the Greater China Recognition Awards are the individuals who have shown the greatest commitment to forging links with mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan.
"All three of the winning organisations have demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to the region and have established worthwhile links which are beneficial to both the North West and Greater China."
Clive Drinkwater, International Trade Director for UK Trade & Investment Northwest, said: "This year’s Northwest England Greater China Recognition Awards are a great celebration of those organisations which have done the most to strengthen the links between our countries, and we would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the extremely worthy winners."
The winners were announced at the Northwest of England Chinese New Year Dinner, held at Haydock Park Racecourse, Merseyside on Thursday, 5th February 2009. The awards were also supported by Finnair, which provided flights as a prize for the winning company.
Source: UK Trade & Investment (Northwest)