BBA 2023 Nominees: Digi-Tech Innovation

Written by BCCJ
October 13, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 13, 2023

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

The following 5 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Digi-Tech Innovation trophy.

“Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Digital / Technology Innovation, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.”


BBA 2023 Digi-Tech Innovation Nominees

(In alphabetical order)


BrioNexus, founded by a woman entrepreneur during the pandemic, is on a mission to empower forward-thinking enterprises that shape and create the jobs of the future. We are dedicated to fuelling innovation in quantum, AI, and semiconductors—critical for both economic security and societal progress. To ensure success for our clients and our broader mission we unite bright minds from diverse sectors (government, R&D, IT sector, and academia), bridging Japanese ingenuity with global innovation. Our aspiration is to become a lasting legacy, a testament to the potential of determination and creative collaboration.



Colt has made remarkable strides in technological innovation in Japan, helping businesses adjust to the future of work and respond successfully to market dynamics. Our SDN-enabled network in Japan has earned acclaim from enterprises and Japanese network service providers for its remarkable agility. This embodies innovation and commitment to excellence, making it a standout choice for enterprises in Japan.


Control Risks

Control Risks, thanks to its strategic partner, Seerist, is leveraging advanced adaptive AI to help Japanese companies protect their people, assets and operations. The partnership of technology plus humans offer the unmatched ability to parse millions of data points to identify trends and threats.
In a changing world, Control Risks provide safety and security to clients, who continue to take on new challenges with combining AI with expert analysis.


Harrow Appi

At Harrow Appi, we prioritise nurturing essential skills for students to excel in today’s tech-driven world. Our focus on staff’s continuous professional development in digital and innovative technology ensures a diverse curriculum, fostering genuine passion for learning and preparing students for future life and leadership challenges. 


Learning Box 

Our achievements this year are groundbreaking for an EdTech company based in a regional city that also contributes to regional revitalization by delivering some remarkable results by review meeting or publishing a joint report in 2023 from a number of industry-academia collaborations between 2021-2023.



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  October 27 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. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE


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.Judging period October 9 – October 27.

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