Small is Great

In 2011, the BCCJ launched its “Small is Great” series, designed to create an open platform for entrepreneurs and SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) to build networks and leverage success stories in the Japan market.

Around 35% of BCCJ member companies are SMEs, and this group is invited to meet 3 times a year.

Just as every entrepreneur has to carve out a unique journey, SiG introduces from within the BCCJ network a new theme, and speaker with a story to tell and lessons to share.  We design our SiG event series so that delegates feel energised, inspired, and better prepared for the challenges that may lie ahead.

We believe that the communal nature of small business ownership is what keeps many entrepreneurs going, and therefore encourage anyone with an interest in starting their own business to join us for our next session!

About SMEs in the UK

At the start of 2019 there were 5.82 million small businesses (with 0 to 49 employees), 99.3% of the total business. SMEs account for 99.9% of the business population (5.9 million businesses). SMEs account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK private sector.

About SMEs in Japan

According to the latest figures from Japan’s Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, there are 3.25 million small businesses (with 0 to 20 employees) operating in Japan, comprising 85.1% of all businesses. SMEs therefore account for 99.7% of the business population. The service industry accounts for 41% of total businesses in Japan.