BBA 2022 Nominees: Entrepreneur of the Year

Written by BCCJ
October 26, 2022


Written by BCCJ
October 26, 2022

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

The following 7 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Entrepreneur of the Year  trophy.

Applicants should be individuals who exemplify entrepreneurialism and have created commercial success through an enterprising spirit. Applicants will typically be leading non-listed  organisations  in Japan with 25 employees or fewer.


BBA 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

Aspire Communications Inc. (Conor Aherne and Stephen Daly)

This nomination is to recognise the incredible efforts of the entire team at Aspire Communications in how they have navigated the challenges presented by the pandemic. Without the dedicated and passionate support of all the trainers and back-office staff, Aspire Communications would not have reached the level of success that it has.




Japan Interconnector Inc. (Oliver Senter)

Working from its base in start-up hub Fukuoka City, Japan Interconnector was founded by British national Oliver Senter in 2022 as the first dedicated international interconnector company in Japan, with a mission to trade renewable electricity between Kyushu and Korea by 2030.


KJ Consulting (Kina Jackson)

KJ Consulting was set up by Kina Jackson in order to further her passion for multiculturalism and connecting people. Kina is passionate about finding creative solutions to support and help small businesses, artists and community organisations grow, regardless of their nationality.


Malins Fish and Chips (Phillip Raeside and Ryuhei Takizawa)

Malins Fish and Chips has made its name by providing truly authentic, British-style Fish and Chips using only the finest ingredients. This nomination is in recognition of the success the team has had in promoting a British food favourite in Japan over the past 12-months, expanding into new territory and opening up new shops in Tokyo.


PodLaunch with Jayne (Jayne Nakata)

This nomination is to spotlight the value women bring to the podcast industry in Japan and to support underrepresented voices. PodLaunch with Jayne makes podcasting accessible for underrepresented groups to have a turn at the mic. Jayne has worked with game-changing British talent in Japan as well as BCCJ members including: Jennifer Shinkai, Sarah Furuya, James Nepaulsingh and Catherine O’Connell.


Shalestone Music (Duane Levi)

Shalestone Music has established connections with hundreds of musicians over the years, especially musicians from Australia, the US, Canada and the UK. British musicians in particular have shown interest in developing a long-term fanbase in Japan, so the team at Shalestone looks forward to building more relationships and more opportunities to bridge the culture gap between the UK and Japan.


Wild Tame Co., Ltd. (Joseph Tame and Satoko Tame)

Joseph and his wife Satoko built the creative agency Wild Tame from their spare room. In the past four years, they have grown to a team of 18 creatives generating over GBP 1 million in revenue, with a 40% growth forecast for FY2022. The tight-knit group is driven by a desire to help others, a love for new challenges, and a commitment to delight its clients.


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.


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