We have been pleased to work together with Business Weekly as sponsor for a new category for the 29th Annual Business Weekly awards, the UK|China Business Award, showcasing the enormous potential of UK|China collaboration.  The award is for the company who has been an effective ambassador for UK|China trade and trust, showcasing the best of the many companies in Cambridge making the most of the potential for collaboration with China. Jinzhao Li, co-founder of Cambridge China Centre, said of the award, “While it is recognised that China’s economy presents rich opportunities for UK|China collaboration, the accomplishments of many Cambridge-based enterprises can go unnoticed. We are sponsoring this new award to recognise and highlight recent success stories and to encourage further relationships”.

Trade with China can be difficult area for businesses to crack, however as part of our judging for the Business Weekly Awards and the Pitch Event we are organising the following day, we’ve been very excited by the scope of businesses in Cambridge that are already doing business successfully in Cambridge.

Some of the companies which got our attention are (in alphabetical order):


As an innovator in reagents and tools, Abcam provide the research and clinical communities with tools and scientific support. They offer highly validated biological binders and assays to address important targets in critical biological pathways. Abcam opened their China office in 2014 and have seen immense growth in that time.


A key member of the Cambridge Life Sciences cluster, with industry leading sales expansion in China, AstraZeneca continued to outperform rivals in the world’s second biggest drugs market, where it is turning increasingly to smart tech to drive sales.

Cambridge Design Partnership

Cambridge Design Partnership has carved a potentially lucrative niche to provide product design and innovation capabilities to companies in the new high technology zone in the Chinese city of Wuhan.  It is part of a programme to establish a permanent link between Cambridge and Wuhan to which UNESCO has awarded the title ‘Capital of Design’ due to its location in the economic and geographic centre of China and its excellent infrastructure.

Cambridge Mask Company

Cambridge Mask Co has grown fast, and now has offices in UK, Beijing and Hong Kong and a client list including schools, hospitals and embassies. In 2016 we gained investment from Y Combinator (YC) via their Fellowship Programme. YC is the incubator behind Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit and many more. Together with the YC partners, the company is working on exciting technological developments that will change the way we think about clean air.


Congenica, the global diagnostic decision support platform provider, announced it has entered into an agreement with a new strategic partner Digital China Health Technologies Cooperation Limited (DCHealth), further extending Congenica’s commitment to the Chinese market. The new partnership will see Congenica develop a version of its Sapientia™ platform designed to enable clinicians and patients in China to benefit from the clinical genomics and personalised medicine revolution.


CyanConnode is a world leader in the design and development of Narrowband RF mesh networks that enable Omni Internet of Things (IoT) communications. With a wealth of expertise and experience in smart technology, the Group provides customers with long-range, low-power, end-to-end networking solutions and high-performance applications that help them enhance service delivery, improve business efficiency and save energy.

Horizon Discovery

Horizon Discovery are a fully integrated life science company that provides enabling products, services and research programs to clients engaged at every stage of the healthcare continuum from sequence to treatment.

Meteor InkJet

With a track record of reliability and a reputation for technical expertise, Meteor’s printhead driving solutions are endorsed by the world’s leading industrial inkjet printhead manufacturers.

Moeller Centre

The Møller Centre is a world-class, dedicated residential leadership development and conference centre at Churchill College, in the University of Cambridge. Having recently announced more than one Executive Education partnership with China, they are getting attention for their international work.


As sponsor of the new UK|China Business Award, we are looking forward to building long term relationships with the many companies in Cambridge that are carrying out effective trade with China.

Cambridge China Centre is a membership organisation that helps members build UK|China business relationships through monthly culture events, quarterly networking events, an annual business forum, job postings, and cross-cultural business support. Click here for more information about membership.