Since 2003, the Golden Bull Award have served as the penultimate award for successful businesses: a crowning glory for years of growth and building innate strength.

The award aims to serve as an effective platform to benchmark successful businesses, inspiring more businesses, both SMEs and corporates, to strive for greater excellence. Excellence is born of a chemistry between perseverance and ideals, virtues embodied by the Golden Bull Award. The nomination select the best by placing emphasis on elimination by process. The award has also come to promote the growth of businesses to contribute to economic prosperity by paying tribute to the efforts of businesses for all their hard-won achievements.


15 Years of Promoting Excellence

Inception of the Golden Bull Award in 2003 heralded the beginning of business recognition in the country. The award soon come to receive the support of then Deputy Prime Minister, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak. His support towards the development of businesses, in particular the SMEs, in Malaysia drove him to establish greater roles played by the government in developing the sector.

In 2013, at the 10th anniversary of the Awards, a new plan was hatched to bring the Golden Bull Award into the international arena, allowing local businesses to grow alongside businesses across Asia. This tie-up between Sphere Exhibits, a division of Southeast Asia’s Largest media organisation, Singapore Press Holdings, and Business Media International, Southeast Asia’s leading B2B media publishers, resulted in the re-introduction of the Golden Bull Award.

Many of the past recipients of the Golden Bull Award have gone on to become industry leaders and listed entities. Many of them are today true examples of what the Golden Bull represents: Strength and Growth.

The 15th Year edition of the Golden Bull Award promises to be even more exciting, with both local and international coverage and recognition.


Impartial and Transparent Judging Process

What sets bona-fide awards from others are the judging process. Golden Bull Award has adopted a stringent process right from the beginning in 2003, which continues to be copied and adopted by many similar programmes. As the industry benchmark, we take pride in continuously innovating to become even more impartial and transparent, so only the best take home the Golden Bull Award.

  • Pre-Qualification
  • Nomination
  • Financial Verification
  • Site-Audit
  • Qualitative Judging
  • Final Scoring and Ranking
  • Final Judging
  • Announcement of Results
  • Awards Ceremony
  • Post-Award Publicity


Qualification Criteria

Emerging SMEs

SMEs with an annual sales turnover below RM5 million.

Maximum number of winners: 20

Outstanding SMEs

SMEs with an annual turnover of RM5 million and above and up to RM100 million in the last 3 financial years. For service sector, the maximum sales turnover is RM50 million in the last 3 financial years.

SMEs from the manufacturing sectors – no more than 150 full time employees.

SMEs from the services and trading sectors – not more than 50 employees.

Maximum number of winners: 100

Super Golden Bull

Business (SMEs and corporates) with an annual sales turnover of RM100 million and above (RM50 million and above for service sector) in the last three financial years.

The number of winners will be based upon the performance of the nominated entries. Where there are no deserving companies in this category, there will be no winners.

Maximum number of winners: 10

The Organisers

Business Media International is Southeast Asia’s leading B2B publishers, with brands such as SME Magazine, HR Asia, Capital Asia, World Halal Business, SME100 and much more. Founded in 2002, the company has been at the forefront of helping businesses grow, by providing them with the business intelligence and opportunities needed.

Sphere Exhibits is a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings, Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.



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