International Business Leadership Prize from China for Tratos CEO

The CEO of a Liverpool-based global manufacturing company is to be honoured with one of China’s business community’s most prestigious awards.

The Big Ben Committee’s International Business Leadership Prize has been awarded to Knowsley-based Tratos Ltd CEO Dr Maurizio Bragagni MBA.

The Big Ben Award, organised by the British Chinese Youth Federation (BCYF) recognises the people who contribute most to the relationship between China and the nations it trades with.

Devised to help more people understand Chinese business, culture and development, the awards aim to celebrate high achievers within China and the rest of the world.

The award committee also focuses on young achievers across various fields, including technology, economy, education, culture, medical, sport and more.

With a goal to encourage greater professional entrepreneurial excellence within younger Chinese people and contribution to western countries’ business communities, the awards also have a charitable remit which sees it fund help for people in need.

The awards also seek to promote ‘brand China,’ incentivise personal achievement and spotlight the most outstanding young people in business, sport and the arts.

Previous luminaries to have received one of these awards include snooker World Champion, Junhui DING, celebrity violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson and House of Fraser Chief Operating Officer (COO) Peter Gross.

Tuscany-born Dr Bragagni, who has an MBA from Cass Business School, heads one of the most successful independent cable-makers and has championed a culture of innovation within the company.  He accepted the award in London on Friday (November 24th).


  • Dr Bragagni, 42, directs operations at Tratos UK and has a Masters in Law from the University of Pisa.
  • Tratos UK has invested heavily in new facilities, creating much-needed employment and state of the art centres of excellence for manufacturing and developing next-generation cables.
  • Dr Bragagni is behind a number of campaigning initiatives to drive better business in the UK and a devoted patron of the arts.   He recently launched the charity Esharelife – which provides a sales-platform connecting artists’ work and customers – with a share of sales benefitting good causes.
  • He is a board member of PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers Association), a member of BCA (British Cables Association), ANIE Federation (representing the electrotechnical and electronic companies operating in Italy), EEF (The Manufacturers’ Organisation) ACI (Approved Cables Initiative), IOD (Institute of Directors) and Oil & Gas UK.  
  • He is also a non-executive director of UK mobile personal health monitoring start-up siHealth Ltd.  siHealth’s app technology enables real-time self-monitoring to help wearers prevent skin damage from overexposure to UV.
  • Late last year (2016) Dr Bragagni saw his company recognised with the Keynes Sraffa Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK – for Tratos’ ongoing commitment to promoting greater co-operation between the two countries.


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