Nominate for 2017 British Business Awards

Written by Sam Maddicott
October 11, 2017


Written by Sam Maddicott
October 11, 2017


For the past ten years, the BCCJ’s British Business Awards (BBA) have been celebrating and rewarding the best of UK-Japan business relationships.

Now, in the lead up to our tenth anniversary 2017 BBA, to be held on the evening of November 2nd at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, you have the opportunity to nominate your favourite companies and individuals – and even your own company – to win a BBA trophy.

Supported by the BCCJ’s key partners, Department for International Trade (DIT), and the British Council, the 2017 BBA provide a fantastic platform for companies and individuals to highlight and honour special achievements.

2017 BBA Theme

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the BBA, this year’s theme is “red-carpet”, with glamour and style running through all stages and components of the event, complementing the special achievements and successes of all participating firms and individuals.


2017 BBA Categories

The BBA recognise excellence and promote success across all industry sectors, and acclaim important social contributions made by companies through their commitment to community and ethical behaviour.

This year, judges will be looking for winners who: are an example of excellence, innovation and best practice; who drive employee engagement and stakeholder motivation including Diversity & Inclusion in the Japan market; and who contribute to the community.

The 2017 BBA categories are:

Company of the Year
Nominees are required to show excellence and outstanding achievement in all aspects of their organisation in Japan, focusing on the past 12 months.

Entrepreneur of the Year
Nominees should be individuals who exemplify entrepreneurialism and have driven commercial success through an entrepreneurial spirit. Nominees will typically be leading non-listed organisations in Japan with 25 employees or fewer.

UK-Japan Partnership
Nominees should be joint ventures or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK–Japan economic or commercial relationship.

Community Contribution
Open to any eligible company in Japan that has driven exceptionally effective community programmes or initiatives. Nominees should not be NPOs.

Nominees should be companies that have enjoyed commercial success through practicing innovation. Nominees should have released onto the market a successful product, service or solution from January 2016.


Why nominate?

Winning a BBA trophy is a prestigious endorsement of an organisation’s projects, initiatives, results and/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.

All nominees enjoy:

  • pre-event publicity
  • on-the-night publicity

Winners will receive a variety of promotional benefits including:

  • exposure on BCCJ website and BCCJ-owned social media channels
  • priority mentions in relevant industry media throughout subsequent years
  • winner interviews and subsequent articles on BCCJ website and communication channels


Nominations are judged against specific criteria, founded on the BBA values of success, innovation and ethics. We employ well-defined and proven methodologies to ensure that the judging process is fair and free of influence.

This year’s judges are:

  • Philippe Fauchet OBE, Chairman and Representative Director GlaxoSmithKline K.K.
  • Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman of The Institute of Directors
  • Astrid Klein, Architect, Klein Dytham architecture
  • Bill Sweeney, CEO of the British Olympic Association
  • Esther Williams, First Secretary and Head of Trade, British Embassy Tokyo



Previous winners say . . .

The BBA is a great opportunity to gain recognition for staff and colleagues and to highlight all the good work they do. It was such a joy to bring the news back to the office after winning the award and was very good for boosting team morale.
Matt Burney, British Council, 2016 Japan-UK Partnership

It is really easy to nominate, it’s free, and it’s an excellent way to gain exposure in the local business community. It’s a wonderful night out, and if your company wins, it’s a big buzz for the team. I would definitely recommend companies get involved.
Philippe Fauchet OBE, GSK, 2016 Company of the Year

I believe that it [the BBA] is reconfirmation and rediscovery of the excellence of the British companies and institutions and their ties with Japanese partners.
Arata Oguri, Arup Ove Arup & Partners Japan Ltd, 2015 BBA Company of the Year

[The BBA] was a great chance to meet new people with ambitious goals. I was inspired by many of the people I met at the ceremony and it gave me extra energy the following Monday. I think we can all benefit from sharing ideas and seeing each other succeed as a strong group.
Junko Kemi, kay me International Ltd. (EY Winning Women Network), 2015 BBA Entrepreneur of the Year

Ready to honour your valued employees and / or strengthen your brand? Put yourself in the running to win a BBA trophy  – the ultimate seal of approval for your business and a subject to talk about with your clients for many months and years to come!


How to Nominate

The BBA nomination process is simple – and free!

Select the category for nominating yourself, your company, or your chosen nominee

Click on, complete and submit a nomination form, from the list below:



Nominees for awards must be one or more of the following:

  • British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) Member
  • UK-owned and Japan-based firm
  • Japan-based firm or individual with significant UK links

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations should:

  • Cover all nomination criteria for the category concerned – included on nomination form(s)
  • Be sent in an email attachment in PDF format along with a high resolution nominated company logo to: [email protected]
  • Reach the BCCJ office by the deadline of 1200JST on 18 October (Wednesday) 2017