BBA 2020 Nominees Company of the Year

Written by BCCJ
November 2, 2020


Written by BCCJ
November 2, 2020

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2020 (#BBA2020) nomination period, we had received 37 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

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

‘Company of the Year nominees are required to show resilience, excellence and innovation across all aspects of their organisation in Japan, focusing on outstanding achievements in the past 18 months.’


BBA 2020 Company of the Year Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

AstraZeneca K.K.

AstraZeneca Japan (AZ) has shown extraordinary business resilience in a year of unprecedented challenges. Standing out for its COVID-19 response, AZ donated 300,000 masks to the Japanese government for use by healthcare professionals and committed to delivering 120 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in a UK-Japan non-profit collaboration like no other.


CHATEAU SCHOOL is a lifestyle pre-school designed to help parents in the creative industry and bring together children and the international community through it’s signature World Diplomacy program. The school covers over 100 countries in 9 months, and interacts with about 110 embassies and cultural organisations in Tokyo to develop this special program.

The Economist Corporate Network

The Economist Corporate Network (ECN) has consistently been the leading platform for the business leaders in Japan to meet and exchange ideas providing the highest level of insights from The Economist Intelligence Unit and guiding executives in the most difficult year in the recent decades.


ESR continued its rapid growth in multiple aspects throughout 2020. In addition to completing a US$1.8 billion IPO, it achieved record leasing, fundraising and development completions in 1H2020, thus consolidating its position as the largest APAC-focused logistics real estate platform, while accelerating its Environmental, Social and Governance endeavours.

Nihon Cyber Defence Co., Ltd

2020 has been a record growth year for Nihon Cyber Defence despite Covid-19 related challenges. In 2020 we exceeded our pre-Covid-19 forecasts adding many new clients from Japan’s leading institutions in both the enterprise and government sectors bringing some of the UKs leading cyber professionals and technology to the Japanese market while maintaining our core pillars of confidentiality, trust and protection.

STH Japan K.K.

Despite the challenges this year has brought, we have continued to build on our partnership with JTB. It is now stronger than ever with us soon launching a travel business. This new arm of our company will be offering global sport travel packages including to major events such as Rugby World Cup France 2023.


The decision on a winning BBA 2020 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score assigned submissions using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 3 November 2020 and the results are tabulated confidentially. 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 5, 2020 online. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE

Good luck to all BBA 2020 nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories!


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2020 judges – a truly great line up of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK-Japan relations! This esteemed panel of judges will put into practice their expertise and specialist experience to decide which companies and individuals should receive a prestigious BBA trophy.

Koji Tsuruoka | Former Japanese Ambassador to the UK
Anna Dingley | Founder Japan Connect Ltd. Non-Executive Director, Nihon M&A Centre Inc. Japan
Robin Takashi Lewis | Co-founder, mymizu / Representative Director, Social Innovation Japan
Sue Kinoshita | Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy, The British Embassy Tokyo
Susumu Kaminaga |
Former President of Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd.
Carolyn Burnett & Kaori Hida |
Japan House London

More information on all the BBA 2020 judges HERE