2021 British Business Awards: Nominations CLOSED


By the conclusion of the 2021 British Business Awards (BBA2021) nomination period, on Monday 18 October at 17:00JST, we are very pleased to have received 38 nominations across six award categories.

The BCCJ team is now preparing judging packs to send to our BBA2021 Judges!

With many thanks to everyone who’s participated in this year’s nomination process, and best of luck to all BBA2021 nominees.



Company of the Year
Company of the Year nominees are required to show excellence and innovation across their organisation in Japan, focusing on outstanding transformations in the past 12 months.

UK-Japan Partnership
Nominees should be joint-ventures, alliances, or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK-Japan commercial relationship over the past 12 months.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Nominees should be individuals who exemplify entrepreneurialism and have created commercial success through an entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will typically be leading non-listed organisations in Japan with 25 employees or fewer.

Responsible Business
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective responsible business (social / environmental) programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 12 months. Nominees should not be NPOs.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.

Digi-tech Innovation
Open to any eligible company that has driven transformation through the delivery of effective Digital / Technological Innovation, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.


What’s next?

– Stay tuned over the coming days to find out which organisations and individuals have been nominated for each BBA2021 award category.

– The judging period for the BBA2021 will run from Oct 18 – Nov 4.

– BBA2021 winners will be announced at the BBA ceremony and virtual gala on Friday Nov 5 2021.


Over to the Judges!

The decision on a winning BBA2021 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 unrelated judges, who independently score submissions using the same scoring matrix.

Nominations are judged against specific criteria, founded on the BBA values of success, innovation and ethics. The BBA employs a well-defined and tested framework to ensure that the judging process is fair and free of influence.

BBA2021 – Get Involved

You are invited to join the BBA2021 – this year’s largest celebration of UK-Japan culture and commerce – to be held on the evening of November 5 (1900-2030JST), in a variety of ways.

– As an attendee (book HERE)
– As a nominee (nominations NOW CLOSED!)
– As a sponsor (please email [email protected])

Raffle – open to everyone! (Buy raffle tickets Oct 5 – Nov 5 HERE)

About the BBA

Now in its fourteenth year, the British Business Awards (BBA), a not-for-profit event organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) recognise excellence and promote success and innovation across all industries. The awards also acclaim the important social contributions made by organisations through their commitment to community, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.


We are looking forward to celebrating your success.


Further reading

British Business Awards gala 2021 (event page and booking) HERE

Nominations now open for the British Business Awards 2021 (August 6 2021) HERE

BBA 2021 Judges Revealed! HERE