Prizes acknowledge companies' contributions to the trade relationship between the two countries WINNERS OF THE 2006 AustCham Australia-China Business Awards were announced last night at a black-tie gala presentation dinner that had all the excitement and glamour of a Hollywood bash. International retail and residential property group Bovis Lend Lease Project (Shanghai) won the Qantas Business Excellence Award in the Large Company category. Law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, and Woodhead International, an architectural firm, received certificates of excellence in the same category. The awards were in recognition of Australian businesses with more than 50 employees that demonstrated the most outstanding performance in greater China during the preceding year. Laservision, which produces the nightly Symphony of Light over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, received the Business Excellence award in the Small to Medium-sized Enterprises category. The award is in recognition of an Australian business with less than 50 employees that demonstrated the most outstanding performance in Greater China over the preceding year. The Financial Partners International Business Entrepreneurial Award went to Suzaar, which produces high-end designer furniture, homeware items and retail fixtures under licence in the mainland. The award is in recognition of a small or medium-sized Australian business that demonstrated entrepreneurial excellence in Greater China. The Cheong Kong Infrastructure Business Innovation Award went to Medic Vision (Asia). The award is in recognition of an Australian business whose significant innovation has resulted in the successful development of opportunities in Greater China. The Austrade Business Promotion Award went to Chef's Garden Hong Kong/Macau. Luen Cheong Hong received a certificate of excellence in the same category. Chef's Garden imports high-quality foodstuffs from Australia, and Luen Cheong Hong imports medical supplies and pharmaceuticals. The awards recognise local businesses in Greater China that have shown excellence in promoting or marketing an Australian product or service. Peter Osborne, awards chairman, judge and the Australian Trade Commission's senior trade commissioner for Hong Kong, said judging this year's awards was a difficult and challenging task. 'The range and diversity of Australian businesses and their products and services achieving success in the mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan is exceptional,' he said. AustCham chairman Alan Johnson was equally upbeat. 'This is a great opportunity for us to acknowledge the Australian business community throughout Greater China and to reward the contribution made to the important and growing trade relationship that exists between Australia and China.' According to Shane Darcy, group director of the Page Kirkland Group, which provides consultancy, project management, and cost management services to the property development and construction industries, the awards symbolise the enthusiastic support that Australian businesses receive from the Australian government and the Australian people in promoting their products and services in China and throughout the rest of Asia. 'Whether you win or lose is not the point. They have made it more than a competition. There is a glamorous night with an awards ceremony and lots of fun along the way which, I think, is very unique,' Mr Darcy said. This year's Australia-China Business Awards were organised and promoted by AustCham Hong Kong and Macau in association with the China Australia Chambers of Commerce in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou and the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Taipei. Two key Australian-based organisations, the Australia China Business Council and the Hong Kong Australia Business Association, also endorsed the awards programme. The Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong was formed more than 19 years ago to facilitate business development and networking opportunities for its members. It is the largest Australian chamber outside Australia, and among the largest international chambers of commerce in Hong Kong. AustCham has grown over the past 19 years to more than 1,000 members and now represents more than 600 companies. Nearly 55,000 Australians live in Hong Kong and 1,000 live in Macau. The body's membership comprises senior representatives from major Australian companies in Hong Kong and Macau, Australians holding senior positions in local and multinational companies, companies selling Australian products and services, and Hong Kong and China nationals with interests in or connections to Australia. All of the major industries and service sectors - including banking, legal, accounting, IT and financial services, construction and infrastructure, hospitality, tourism and leisure, media and marketing, trading and manufacturing - are represented. Member companies employ more than 250,000 people in Hong Kong, accounting for more than 7 per cent of the city's total workforce.