British Business Awards 2023 – Judging Process

Written by BCCJ
October 6, 2023


Written by BCCJ
October 6, 2023

The application period for the British Business Awards 2023 (#BBA2023) will close on Monday, October 2 at 1700JST. The judging period will run from October 9 – October 27.

British Business Award (BBA) nominations are judged against specific criteria, based on the BBA values of success, innovation and ethics. Each year, the BBA employs a well-defined and tested framework to ensure that the judging process is fair and free of influence.

The decision on a winning BBA2023 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 unrelated judges, who independently score the submissions of three categories using the same scoring matrix.

The BBA 2023 application categories are:

  • Company of the Year
  • UK-Japan Partnership
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion of the Year
  • Responsible Business
  • Digital & Tech Innovation


For each BBA2023 award category, the Application Forms contain “criteria for applications”. Our BBA judges are looking to see each of these criteria addressed in submissions. Points are awarded using the following scoring matrix:

0 point          No evidence
1 point           Minimal evidence
2 points        Reasonable evidence
3 points        Good evidence
4 points        Clear, strong evidence


To ensure transparency, each judge will independently return their 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 application 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, 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 black tie gala, on November 2, 2023 (1800-2200).

Please note: Judges are carefully selected for categories in which there is no prejudice or association with nominees.


Who are the BBA2023 Judges?

Introducing 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 are currently putting 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


About the BBA

Now in its sixteenth year, the British Business Awards (BBA), a not-for-profit event organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), recognise excellence and promote success and innovation across all industries. The awards also acclaim the important social contributions made by organisations through their commitment to community, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.

Submitting a nomination for the BBA provides organisations with the opportunity to review business performance and highlight core strengths, setting a benchmark for industry standards. Nominations are judged against specific criteria, founded on the BBA values of success, innovation and ethics. The BBA employs a well-defined and tested framework to ensure that the judging process is fair and free of influence.

Winning a BBA trophy is a prestigious endorsement of an organisation’s projects, initiatives, products or achievements. Winners are acknowledged as industry leaders and named the best in their respective categories. This is a valuable measure of success that can be used in a variety of communications creating publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened credibility. Winners are eligible to publicise their achievement in all their marketing collateral, providing they state the category and year in which the award was won. Winning a British Business Award is the ultimate seal of approval for your business and a subject to talk about with clients for many years to come!