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Cathay Pacific promotes Hong Kong business ties to Europe with awards

03 Mar 2006

Cathay Pacific Airways is further promoting trade and business connections between Hong Kong and Europe by honouring three leading British companies for their achievements and dynamism in developing Hong Kong and China trade in the first UK Cathay Pacific Awards.

Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Philip Chen made presentations to Rolls-Royce, Scientific Generics/SGAI Tech and Arup at a ceremony attended by leading British business figures on Thursday, 2 March, at the Institute of Directors in London.

“Cathay Pacific has for more than 25 years forged connections between Hong Kong and Europe to strengthen Hong Kong’s position as the gateway to the Chinese Mainland and build linkages to the Pearl River Delta,” Mr Chen said.

Mr Chen added: “Cathay Pacific is committed to enhancing these connections through building strong air bridges between Europe and the Chinese Mainland via our home base. Today’s first Cathay Pacific Awards in the UK, honouring three British businesses for their achievements and dynamism in Hong Kong and China trade, further underline our commitment to continue to serve, promote and grow with Hong Kong.”

Cathay Pacific operated its first flight between Hong Kong and London on 16 July 1980 and now offers more flights between Hong Kong and Europe than any other carriers, including 39 weekly passenger and freighter services to the UK. The airline was recently named “Airline of the Year 2006” by Air Transport World magazine.

There are three Cathay Pacific Awards. The Pacific Star Award was awarded to Rolls-Royce in recognition of exceptional commitment to business in China and Hong Kong, from funding aviation training programmes to the development of programmes at Chinese academic institutions.

The Business Wings Award which recognises innovation, creativity and dynamism demonstrated by a UK based company in developing its business successfully in Hong Kong or China, went to technology consultant Scientific Generics for its formation of a partnership, SGAI Tech Ltd, with Automatic Manufacturing Ltd, a Hong Kong based manufacturer.

The Green Ribbon Award recognises a company whose business investment has added value to local Hong Kong and/or Chinese communities and employees where it operates. The recipient was Arup, the engineering and design consultant, for its commitment to the training, development and well being of its employees in Hong Kong and China.

The awards judging panel included: His Excellency Zha Peixin, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the United Kingdom of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Sir John Bond, Group Chairman HSBC Holdings; Sir Stephen Brown, Chief Executive, UK Trade and Investment (Retired); Baroness Dunn, Chairman, The Hong Kong Association; Carrie Lam, Director General, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London; Lawrence Yipp, Regional Director, Western Europe, Hong Kong Trade Development Council; and Philip Chen, Chief Executive, Cathay Pacific.

Two staff members from each of the winning companies will be invited to be the guests of Cathay Pacific for a one-week trip to Hong Kong and China from 28 March 2006. As part of the trip, winners will take part in a private business seminar at the Centre for Overseas Academic and Cultural Exchanges at Tsinghua University in Beijing. They will also be able to enjoy the spectacle of the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, sponsored by Cathay Pacific.