2019 BBA Nominees: Company of the Year

Written by BCCJ
October 23, 2019


Written by BCCJ
October 23, 2019

By the conclusion of the 2019 British Business Awards (BBA2019) nomination period, on Friday 18 October at noon, we had received 32 eligible nominations across 5 categories.

The following 6 companies are now in the running to lift the 2019 BBA Company of the Year trophy.

Company of the Year nominees are required to show excellence and innovation across all aspects of their organisation in Japan, focusing on outstanding achievements in the past 12 months / most recent financial year.

2019 BBA Company of the Year nominees
(in alphabetical order):

AstraZeneca K.K.

2019 is a milestone year for AstraZeneca in Japan (AZ). By pushing the boundaries of science, we delivered 4 new innovative treatments that meet unmet medical needs in Japan. This helped us become by far the fastest growing pharmacutical company in Japan. But for society, business growth with sustainability matters. So, we introduced a Sustainability Strategy.



British Airways Plc

This year British Airways restarted our direct flights to Osaka from London, making a significant step forward in connecting the two countries. This will allow ease of both business travel as well as tourism to go beyond Tokyo and comes just at the right time to support the UK in Japan 2019-2020 campaign.



Custom Media K.K.

With diversity, ethics and sustainability Custom Media celebrates 10 years of publishing BCCJ ACUMEN for the UK Community and Anglophiles in Japan. CM also expanded its business video online channel to also feature culture, sport and lifestyle; recruited professional rugby stars as RWC Influencers, and launched a luxury property magazine.




Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Over the years, hundreds of Japanese organisations across all sizes and industries have rapidly adopted Darktrace’s cyber AI to allow them to instantly identify and stop sophisticated cyber-threats in real time, resulting in its unprecedented growth in Japan.




ESR is the largest APAC-focused logistics real estate platform and the largest developer in Japan, founded by two Brits. Our team has the ability to understand the shifting patterns of the logistics industry, and dares to shape its future. We have an ongoing commitment to empowering women in the workplace, and to providing free childcare for our employees. This autumn, we achieved Hong Kong’s 2nd largest IPO listing.



NTT Limited

NTT Ltd., the world-leading global technology services provider, commenced on 1st July, 2019 bringing together 28 companies and brands from over 70 countries into one global US $11 billion technology services provider. Pulling on the combined capabilities from across the new company, NTT is helping some of the world’s largest organisations as they transform digitally.



The decision on a winning BBA2019 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score each submission using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 7 November 2018 and the results are tabulated confidentially by the BCCJ Executive Director. The scores from each judge are then totaled for each nominee, and the nomination with the highest accumulative score is declared the category winner.

In the event of two nominees receiving the same final score, all judges will be asked to review their scores for these companies / individuals, and the submission with the highest score from this second round of judging will be declared the winner.

The final results remain confidential until the BBA ceremony – held on the evening of November 8 2019 at the Hotel Gajoen Tokyo.


Nominees for BBA2019 awards must be one or more of the following:

– British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) Member
– UK-owned and Japan-based firm
– Japan-based firm or individual with significant UK links


Good luck to all BBA2019 nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories!