BBA 2020 Nominees UK-Japan Partnership

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 3 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA UK-Japan Partnership trophy.

“Nominees should be joint-ventures, alliances, or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK-Japan economic or commercial relationship”.


BBA 2020 UK-Japan Partnership Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

The Alan Turing Institute / Toyota Mobility Foundation

This Collaboration works to provide innovative and equitable solutions to some of the world’s pressing mobility needs. The collaboration is international by design, which ensures our outputs are widely applicable across countries and cultures. The partners have complementary skills and resources, and are united by a common vision.

Nihon Cyber Defence Ltd / Nihon Cyber Defence Co., Ltd

Nihon Cyber Defence has built a very strong client base with many of Japan’s leading institutions in both the enterprise and government sectors bringing the UKs leading cyber professionals and UK technology to the Japanese market while maintaining its core pillars of confidentiality, trust and protection. We are recognized in Japanese government as being a leader in fostering and promoting UK-Japan Cyber and Security relationships and partnerships.

Rolls-Royce Japan Co., Ltd. / Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.

This nomination is to honour the relationship between Rolls-Royce and Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) in regards to aero engines and components supplies. The partnership is central to innovation technology, and is a leading example of what UK-Japan partnerships can achieve.


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