Winner of the 2010 British Company of the Year Award
Lloyd’s Register (LR) provides independent assurance to companies worldwide operating high-risk, capital-intensive assets in the energy and transportation sectors. In China they currently employ over 630 staff in 14 offices across China. Marine is their core business.
“Through our constitution, Lloyd’s Register is committed to upholding the ‘safety of life, property and the environment’ and to ‘advance public education within engineering and technological disciplines’ and we carry this out in China in areas that span the marine, high-speed rail, energy and quality assurance sectors,” explains Lloyd’s Register Marine Manager Nick Brown. The 250-year-old quality assurance company has been operating in China for 140 years and is committed to continuing to develop that relationship. Registered as a charity as well, the group sponsors 83 scholarships at eight universities for Chinese students. According to Brown, long-term success in the China market is a matter of delivering quality and value. “You need expert local knowledge, the skills and resources to adapt to the local market, solid partnerships and very strong and effective client relationships,” he says. In this regard, Lloyd’s focus on “independence, quality, insight and safety” has proven a potent match for China’s drive and determination to excel.
“ There are very few opportunities for elite multi-national organisations to be benchmarked against each other. It was an honour for Lloyd’s Register to be chosen against global giants such as BP/Sinopec, Costa Coffee and Standard Chartered Bank. Winning the award was one of the proudest moments of my career in that it proved to our whole organisation that our unwavering focus on technical excellence and public benefit not only resonates with our clients, it is valued by the wider business community. We have been in China for 140 years, and the award clearly recognised our employee’s efforts. It confirmed that we are adding value to society by securing high technical standards for the design, manufacture, construction, maintenance, operation and performance for the safety-critical assets and systems we certify. Thank you BBA for the recognition and encouragement!”
Nick Brown, Area General Manager and Marine Manager, Greater China