HKABA: A Very Successful 2013

 There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association.

 

 

For Pitcher Partners, a South Australian member of the Hong Kong Australia Business Association since 2012, winning the Success Story Award at the 2013 Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide Awards, has been a most welcomed and unexpected one.

Past Australian winners of this high-calibre award include ABC Tissue (which holds 40 percent of the Australian tissue market) and Emperor’s Garden (one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Sydney).

Pitcher Partners is an accounting and business advisory firm with a strong reputation for providing personal service and quality advice. The firm has been working closely with Australian and Chinese companies to make the process of collaboration and business expansion into China smoother and easier. HKABA Jan web

Principal, Mr Andrew Faulkner said it had been a big moment for the firm to win the award. 

“It’s a big moment for us and we are happy to support HKABA-SA,” said Mr Faulkner.

“Chinese firms looking to expand operations globally also present significant opportunities for collaboration with Australian businesses, often resulting in mutually beneficial alliances.”

*Pictured above: HKABA-SA receiving their award. 

Pitcher Partners has nine principals and more than 65 staff providing the full suite of accounting, audit and advisory services to a diverse range of clients and a broad range of industries.

“This means we are large enough to have technical depth and breadth and yet our flat structure allows us to maintain close and personal involvement with clients and each other.”

“This is our first award from the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide Awards 2013 and we are very delighted with it.”

Pitcher Partners Adelaide also won the Export of Goods/Services Award at the annual HKABA-SA Business Wards in 2013. In addition, HKABA-SA also won the Outstanding Membership Award – Percentage Increase Achiever and Best Initiative Award. Other notable awards went to HKABA-WA, which also won an Outstanding Membership Award – a stunning achievement for the HKABA’s two smaller Australian chapters.

Meanwhile, 2013 saw many achievements throughout Australia.

The National Office held its second National Business Awards, together with Cathay Pacific in May, with The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips presenting the keynote speech and The Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister of Immigration attending as a special guest.

The Queensland Chapter also hosted its second Business Awards with the attendance of Mr Robert Cavallucci, MP, Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs.

In New South Wales, the Business Awards dinner was graced by Mr Li Huaxin, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China to Sydney, Mr Steve Barclay, Mr David Lawson and Mr Ashley Spencer, Vice President of Operations, Hilton Australasia.

Victoria’s Business Awards dinner had a record attendance of 350 guests with special guest, the Hon. Gordon Rich-Phillips.

The South Australia Chapter Business Awards also had a record attendance of 320 guests. Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer and Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission, Hieu Van Le were honoured guests.

In Western Australia, the Food & Wine Appreciation event was celebrated with 12 Australian wineries showcasing their fine wines. Over 100 social and business networking events were held throughout Australia to help celebrate and promote Hong Kong as an economic hub and gateway to China.

Upcoming Events 2014 

National Office

Feb 27 – Boardroom Lunch

Oct 3 – AGM

TBA  – 3rd National Business Awards

Dec – Hong Kong Forum

Dec – World SME Expo

NSW

Feb 10 – Chinese New Year Cocktail Reception

Oct 3 – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Annual General Meeting

Dec – Hong Kong Forum

Dec – World SME Expo

Victoria

Feb 18 – Chinese New Year Cocktail Reception

TBA – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Annual General Meeting

Dec – Hong Kong Forum

Dec – World SME Expo

South Australia

Feb 19 – Chinese New Year Cocktail Reception

TBA – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Annual General Meeting

Dec – Hong Kong Forum Dec World SME Expo

Queensland

Feb 5 – Chinese New Year Cocktail Reception

TBA – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Annual General Meeting

Dec – Hong Kong Forum

Dec – World SME Expo

Western Australia

Feb 20 – Chinese New Year Cocktail Reception

TBA – Business Awards Dinner

TBA – Annual General Meeting

Dec – Hong Kong Forum

Dec – World SME Expo

To join as a member of the Association, or for further information on any events, contact us via

E: hkaba@hktdc.org or T: +61 2 9267 3158

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