Nominations now open for the British Business Awards 2021!


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

Now, in the lead up to the BBA 2021, to be held on the evening of November 5th in an exciting hybrid format, you have the opportunity to nominate your favourite companies and individuals – and even your own company – to secure the most prestigious title of “BBA winner”.

Supported by the BCCJ’s key partners, and a range of member companies and friends, the BBA 2021 provides a fantastic platform for companies and individuals to gain recognition for their achievements throughout what has been a challenging year.

We are pleased to announce that the BBA 2021 theme is


The BBA 2021 nomination categories are:

Why nominate?

Winning a BBA trophy is a significant endorsement of an organisation’s projects, initiatives, results, and achievements. BBA winners are acknowledged as industry leaders and named the best-in-class in their respective categories. Winning a BBA is a valuable measure of success that can be used in a variety of communications – creating positive publicity, exciting organisational profiling and heightened credibility among your industry peers, investors, clients, customers and the wider community.

All BBA 2021 nominees will enjoy:

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

BBA 2021 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
  • a free ad in BCCJ ACUMEN magazine (Winter 2021)


Nominating for a British Business Award 2021 is simple

  1. Click on the category you would like to nominate for
  2. Fill out the PDF form*
  3. Submit your form to: [email protected] (deadline of October 18 2021)


*Please complete and save your form on a PDF reader other than your web browser (your browser might not save your work)!


Deadline for nominations: October 18, 2021



  1. Can I nominate my own company?
    Yes, the BBA welcome self-nominations, provided your organisation meets the criteria for nominations in your chosen category.
  2. Can non-BCCJ members nominate?
    Yes, the BBAs is an inclusive showcase of British and Japanese business excellence. As long as your organisation matches one of the following criteria, your organisation is eligible to nominate for a BBA:
    – Japan-based and UK-owned firm
    – Japan-based firm, organisation or individual with significant UK links
  3. Does it cost to nominate?
    There is no cost attached to submitting a BBA nomination.
  4. Can my company nominate for more than 1 award?
    Nominations are limited to 2 categories per company.


BBA 2021 categories

The BBA recognises excellence and promotes success across all industry sectors, and acclaims the important socially responsible 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;
  • drive employee engagement and stakeholder motivation;
  • contribute to the community; and
  • have shown a commitment to our core BCCJ 5.0 pillars: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Digital & Technological Innovation, and Responsible Business.

The BBA 2021 categories are:

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

UK-Japan Partnership
Nominees should be joint-ventures, alliances, or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK-Japan commercial relationship over the past 12 months.

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

Responsible Business
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective responsible business (social / environmental) programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 12 months. Nominees should not be NPOs.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.

Digi-tech Innovation
Open to any eligible company that has driven transformation through the delivery of effective Digital / Technological Innovation, services or solutions in Japan over the past 12 months.



Nominees for the BBA 2021 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 October 18, 1700, 2021


We are looking forward to celebrating your success.