BCCJ | Request for Proposal: Website design & development

Written by BCCJ
February 5, 2019


Written by BCCJ
February 5, 2019

The BCCJ is now accepting proposals to design, develop and host the Chamber’s website
Deadline: February 7, 2019

About the BCCJ

Established in 1948, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) is an active and ever-evolving not-for-profit business network that serves over 200 member companies across 40 industries, via nine communication channels. The BCCJ’s mission is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all corporate members, and actively encourage new British business into the Japanese market as well as Japanese investment into the UK. The organisation creates value for its membership by offering a wide range information services, a high-value events programme, business exchange and networking opportunities, promotional opportunities, a “business concierge system” and access to influential institutions and individuals.

Why are we changing our website?

The current BCCJ website was launched in 2012. While easy to use for many front- and back-end users on desktop, the site is now six years old and requires redevelopment.

In an organisation-wide communications review begun in October 2017, it was concluded that since the BCCJ website is our most important marketing channel it should be redesigned, restructured, and optimised for mobile. Further, at their Away Day in May 2018, the BCCJ’s Executive Committee noted that using the current website is often unintuitive; they also observed that the BCCJ’s Member Directory is an under-utilised asset; finally they reported that it is often difficult for them, their colleagues, and PAs to find business intel and information, and book events.

Subsequently, at their monthly Excom meeting in July 2018, Excom decided that a new website should be designed in order to optimise BCCJ objectives and present a fit-for-purpose “shop-face” for the Chamber, encouraging business exchange and development amongst its members and potential members during an exceptionally important time for UK-Japan relations.

About this RFP

The BCCJ is now accepting proposals to design, develop and host the Chamber’s website. This is a concept to completion production, which should be built on a scalable open-source framework that will further enhance the Chamber’s online presence.

The website should clearly and simply reflect the Chamber’s current vision, business objectives and position as an “innovation hub”. It should showcase the Chamber’s professional standing, while maintaining a clean, fresh and forward-facing design. The site should in due course have a positive impact on business performance. It should harness the most relevant digital advancements such as mobile optimisation; support the BCCJ office team with data-driven decision making; and as far as possible be future-proof.

The purpose of this RFP is to provide a fair overview for all companies wishing to submit a proposal.