Franco-British Trade & Investment Awards 2022
The Franco-British Trade & Investment Awards are an opportunity to recognise and promote excellence in technology and innovation, clean growth and SME success in the Franco-British business community. Run as a collaboration between the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Paris and the Franco-British Chamber, our Awards celebrate commercial and economic success stories between France and the United Kingdom across strategic sectors, underlining shared business priorities and partnerships as a key part of the Franco-British bilateral relationship.
Companies of all sizes and from across the UK and France are encouraged to apply for our Awards. Businesses need to demonstrate commercial success and a commitment to Franco-British business ties. The Jury will look to reward both large and small businesses’ success stories in terms of cross-Channel trade and investment.
This year, our Awards have a special focus on regionalisation through our Levelling-Up award. We want to promote successful businesses headquartered across the different regions of the UK and France, and those larger British or French businesses investing in regions outside of London, the South East of England and Paris and Ile-de-France. Any UK or French company committed to creating jobs and economic growth in regions on both sides of the Channel is encouraged to apply for the special Levelling Up award.
The 2022 Award categories are the following:
A judging panel including members of the Commercial Section of the British Embassy in Paris, the Franco-British Chamber and our sponsors will assess applications in November 2022.
Our Awards Ceremony will take place at the British Ambassador's Residence in Paris on 1 December 2022, with opening speeches from His Majesty’s Ambassador to France Dame Menna Rawlings and Thierry Drilhon, President of the Franco-British Chamber. A special speaker will be announced shortly.
Who should apply
To be eligible for the Franco-British Trade & Investment Awards you need to meet the following general criteria, in addition to the individual criteria for each category:
- Your company must have an HQ in France or the UK.
- Your company should have a relationship to both France and the UK, either through exports, investment, business operations or R&D.
- Your business must have been registered for at least two years.
- You must agree to the full Terms and Conditions set out here.
We encourage as many Franco-British businesses to apply as possible. This is a chance to showcase your success, growth and potential.
Click here for more information about the application process and timeline.
Technology and Innovation Award
The Franco-British Trade & Investment Awards will celebrate innovation across all economic sectors in the UK and France. Companies of all sizes and in any sector are encouraged to apply, so long as they are champions of innovation as well as advocates of technology and new talent in France and the UK.
Clean Growth Award
The SME of the Year Award
The SME of the Year Award recognises a company that has successfully exported or invested into the French or British market for the first time. In spite of the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and global economic difficulties, companies remain committed to exploring the French and UK markets. Recent trade figures demonstrate green shoots and causes for optimism, both in terms of cross-Channel exports and investment.
Levelling Up Award
The Levelling Up Award will recognise either a British or French company that is headquartered outside of London or Paris, or a major British or French investor that has shown a commitment to regional development and growth.
In 2021, we received 37 applications across 4 categories, from businesses of all sizes based in France and the UK. The winners were:
Clean Growth – Winner: JCB and Runner-Up: Natwest
Technology & Innovation – Winner: Connecting Food and Runner-Up: Virtual Reality Empathy Platform
SME of the Year – Winner: CXB Hub and Runner-Up: Tinware Direct Ltd
Jury Award – Winner: Direct Access and Runner-Up: Sesame Access Ltd