BBA 2022 Nominees: UK-Japan Partnership

Written by BCCJ
October 27, 2022


Written by BCCJ
October 27, 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 partnerships are now in the running to lift the BBA UK-Japan Partnership trophy.

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


BBA 2022 UK-Japan Partnership Nominees

(In alphabetical order)



The first time that a UK-based healthcare fund, 4BioCapital, succeeded in co-leading an investment round with Japanese VCs (DCIP and FTI) in a revolutionary technology! Investment in LUCA Science, a biotech company with a springboard in Oxford, is the 2nd-largest Series B round for a Japanese biotech since 2014 and the first backed by a UK private investor.


Bango and NTT Docomo have formed a long-term, strategic partnership. Through this partnership, Bango technology enables millions of customers in Japan to charge physical and digital goods to their NTT Docomo bills, opening-up access to many more products and services from merchants across the globe. 


BT Group – Toshiba Group

Toshiba and BT have researched collaboratively for over 20 years to pioneer a solution to mitigate the threat to data security posed by quantum computers. That research has now developed into a commercial partnership that will deliver major economic and technological advantage for Governments and organisations around the world. 


Drax Group PLC – Drax Group Asia Japan KK 

Drax Group is a global renewable energy company engaged 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 decarbonization goals. The launch of Drax Asia affirms it’s commitment to collaboration and builds on existing partnerships with Japanese trading companies in its global operations.

Imperial College London – Hitachi

A joint research centre to tackle key technical and societal challenges in decarbonisation and climate repair has been established by Imperial College London and Hitachi for collaboration in research to drive the transition to net zero and beyond. The Centre will focus on the decarbonisation of energy, carbon dioxide removal and biodiversity protection.

SSE Renewables – Pacifico Energy K.K.

SSE Renewables, a part of the integrated UK-listed energy group, and Pacifico Energy, one of Japan’s largest developers of renewable energy, formed a Joint Ownership Company (SSE Pacifico). The way they combined their skills and experiences is unique and could be inspirational to develop the UK-Japan business and to achieve a net zero future.


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