BBA 2022 Nominees: Company of the Year

Written by BCCJ
October 28, 2022


Written by BCCJ
October 28, 2022

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2022 (#BBA2022) nomination period, we had received 49 eligible nominations across 7 categories.

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

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


BBA 2022 company of the Year Nominees

(In alphabetical order)


AstraZeneca K.K.

AstraZeneca K.K. has consistently demonstrated leadership in driving innovations in medicine and in finding solutions to address unmet medical needs. They have revolutionised digital services that improve medical practice efficiency and patient access to treatment through collaboration work across industries. AstraZeneca K.K. has continued to advance industry cooperation to advance I&D and further promote sustainable living in Japan.



BBC Global News Japan

BBC Global News Japan successfully built a modern go-to news source for international news. BBC’s live coverage of the biggest news stories are available to millions of viewers in Japan through various media services including Yahoo! News, which posted the BBC’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine and the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on their top page.


Drax Group PLC

Drax Group is a global renewable energy company that engages in renewable power generation, the production of sustainable biomass and the sale of renewable electricity to businesses. In 2022, Drax expanded its operations and launched Drax Asia, located in Tokyo, Japan. Drax has been supplying sustainable biomass to Japan since 2009, supporting the transition from coal to renewable energy and supporting the nation’s decarbonisation ambitions. The launch of Drax Asia builds on its collaboration with Japanese trading companies to not only accelerate renewable energy generation, but to also capture carbon from the atmosphere and keep global temperatures below 1.5 °C.


ESR has become APAC’s largest real asset manager and the third largest listed real estate investment manager globally, following the acquisition of ARA Asset Management in January 2022. In Japan, in addition to logistics facilities, ESR has expanded into data centre development, increased its focus on renewable energy, and continues to set ambitious new milestones.

Matador Japan KK

Small companies can have a big impact and this is what Matador strives to achieve. Among other things, in 2022 Matador has made significant contributions to pharmaceutical research and development, collaboration between Japanese life sciences and the outside world and pro-actively pushed its “Powered by Diversity” message to its client base.

Michael Page

Michael Page Changes Lives. They do this through the pursuit of opportunity in employment, providing economic prosperity for candidates. The benefits of employment opportunities are felt beyond simply the candidates placed. The chance to prosper benefits families, friends and their wider community, benefiting the lives of millions of people.



The decision on a winning BBA 2022 entry is the result of the combined score of 7 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 31 October 2022 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totalled 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 2, 2022 online.


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2022 judges – a truly great lineup 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.

John Amari | Writer and Innovation Consultant
Louise Dalgliesh | 
Assistant Coach, Japan Womens XV
Yoko Ishikura | 
Professor Emeritus, Hitotsubashi University
Adam Marshall CBE | 
Senior Adviser to HSBC UK/Former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce 
Mika Masuyama |
 President, Masuyama & Company
Andrew Ramroop OBE CMTT  | 
CEO, Maurice Sedwell (Savile Row) Ltd. / Principal, Savile Row Academy 
Hideo Suzuki | 
Executive Advisor, Nippon Steel