BBA 2023 Nominees: Company of the Year

Written by BCCJ
October 18, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 18, 2023

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2023 (#BBA2023) nomination period, we had received 45 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 8 organisations are now in the running to lift the BBA Company of the Year trophy.

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


BBA 2023 company of the Year Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

Drax Group PLC 

One year on from the launch of Drax Asia Japan K.K., with a permanent office headquartered in Tokyo, Drax has been proud to be a reliable and resilient supplier of biomass, meeting all commitments and supporting businesses to phase-down the use of fossil fuels. Despite difficult supply conditions and global energy security crisis, Drax’s end-to-end experience has been able to uniquely support Japan on its decarbonization journey.


ES Global Japan

ES Global Japan KK is proud of its ground-breaking approach to sustainable innovation. Their pioneering design and construction of semi-permanent and demountable structures brings a new offer to the Japanese construction market. With projects including Tokyo 2020 venues and pavilions at the 2025 World Expo in Osaka, ES Global Japan KK shows its commitment to the circular economy, delivering long-lasting structures and venues that redefine event sustainability standards.


EY Japan

EY Japan focuses on enhancing long term value for society, based on the strong connections between the EY purpose and the passion of each person at EY. We are growing our investment in human capital in tandem with working on co-creation within the organization and external partners to provide valuable solutions and Build a Better Working World.


FGS Global (Japan) GK 

FGS Global, the strategic advisor to the stakeholder economy, is helping to break new ground in Japan. With its unique blend of consulting services and traditional PR functions, we are helping Japanese companies boost their profile on the international stage by strategically communicating to each of their unique stakeholder groups.


Harrow Appi

Harrow Appi’s application centres on pioneering the Japanese education market, offering top-notch British international education. The move enhances educational choices for Japanese citizens, fosters economic growth through international students, and diversifies education beyond urban areas, profoundly shaping Japan’s educational landscape.


Intralink KK

We had an unprecedented year in helping companies succeed in Japan. We enabled more than 100 to expand in the country, secured 80 deals for them with Japanese companies and helped 30 Japanese corporations develop their business. This propelled Intralink to record revenues of £14.7m and attracted a £19.6m investment from Mobeus Equity Partners to enable us to deliver our services to more companies in more markets.


London Stock Exchange Group Japan (LSEG)

As we rebrand our well-recognized services such as Refinitiv, FTSE Russell, LCH, TORA, etc. to our new single brand “LSEG”, we view British Business Awards as the prominent opportunity for us to heighten visibility as one of the leading British companies in Japan and further inspire excellence across the markets.


Sasuga Communications K.K.

As Japan cries out for more female leaders, many women need role models and reassurance that they can excel professionally without sacrificing their personal lives. Sasuga Communications this yearhas launched The #LessEffortMoreImpact Movement for Women in Business and continues to provides proven programs to help busy women make a greater professional contribution in a way that works for them.



The decision on a winning BBA 2023 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 27 October 2023 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, 2023 online.


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2023 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.

Hiroyo Hiramatsu | Director, Numbering Plan Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications
Kazuki Yamada | Conductor, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Greg Clark | UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Japan
Moriaki (Mori) Kida | Chairperson and CEO, EY Japan
Mitsuru Claire Chino | Managing Executive Officer General Manager, Corporate Communications Division, ITOCHU Corporation
Lubna Shuja – President of the Law Society of England and Wales & Nick Emmerson – Vice President of the Law Society of England and Wales