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.


2011年、BCCJは「Small is Great 〜小さな力が生み出す大きな力〜」(以下SiG)の取り組みを開始しました。起業家や中小企業(SME)がネットワークを構築し日本市場における成功例を活用できるよう、開かれた場を提供することを目的としています。








Past Event Roundups
Small is GREAT XVI: Wild Tame: From Zero to a Million

Small is GREAT XV – Law and Disorder with Catherine O Connell 7/19/2019 

Small is GREAT XIV – The Unintentional Salaryman -03/26/2019 

Small is GREAT XIII – Tips for Budding Entrepreneurs – 9/26/2018  

Small is GREAT XII – The Foundation for a Happy Life – 4/19/2018  

Small is GREAT XI – Success as a Serial Entrepreneur in Japan – 5/23/2017 

Small is GREAT X – Fintech: Equity evaluation made easy – 12/7/2016

Small is GREAT IX – Entrepreneur’s Group: The Digital Nomad – 6/7/2016

Small is GREAT VIII- The Secret to Business in Japan – 1/28/2016

Small is GREAT VII – “If I can do it, you can!” – 11/27/2016 

Small is GREAT VI – Entrepreneur’s Ecosystem – 5/22/2014 

Small is GREAT V – 4/16/2014 

Small is GREAT IV – 5/21/2013 

Small is GREAT III – 11/28/2012 

Small is GREAT II – 3/27/2012 

Small is GREAT I – 11/1/2011

*updates in progress