Congratulations to 2014 BBA Winners

Nov. 14, 2014

Awards for British Business in Japan | Record-breaking event showcases close bilateral ties

British innovation, business success and social contributions in Japan were recognised this evening at a gala event in Tokyo attended by almost 300 guests.

Organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), with winners chosen by a panel of independent judges from business, media and government, the British Business Awards (BBA) has become one of the biggest annual events of the foreign business community in Japan and a unique showcase for British creativity, culture and lifestyle. 

Photo by Antony Tran / BCCJ ACUMEN

For the seventh consecutive year, the event was supported by an exciting range of member companies and friends.

Inter FM's London Hit Radio (LHR) DJs Guy Perryman and Madoka Kato, were the bi-lingual Masters of Ceremony.

The 'UK's best unsigned band' Stone Foundation were flown in from London by British Airways and Virgin Atlantic as part of VisitBritain's Music is GREAT campaign. And upon arrivial, guests were treated to classic British hits on the piano, by musician Mika Ohta.

The 2014 BBA trophies, created by celebrated UK-Japan artist Kate Thomson of Ukishima Sculpture Studio, Iwate, were presented to winners by the British Ambassador to Japan, Tim Hitchens.

The Ambassador said: “It has been a great pleasure to again present trophies to the deserving winners of the British Business Awards in recognition of their creative and pioneering business skills, hard work and generous community contributions.” 

Hitchens added that the UK and Japan are fortunate to share over 400 years of diplomatic, trade and cultural relations. "These awards", he said, "now in their seventh year, shine a light on organisations and individuals forging new successes and partnerships between our two countries. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for tonight’s winners and all 50 nominees, and encourage others with ties to both countries to consider entering next year’s BBA.”

The five judges were: Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Section Editor Keiko Akaho; Japan Cabinet Office Special Advisor William Saito; GlaxoSmithKline Japan President Philippe Fauchet; Flourish Global Ambassador Sue Hunt; and Odgers Berndtson Chairman Richard Boggis-Rolfe. The Person of the Year winner was chosen through a vote by BCCJ members.

BCCJ President David Bickle said: “The BCCJ applauds all nominees and congratulates the winners on their remarkable achievements. Competition for all awards was intense, reflecting the high quality of the nominees and the strength and vibrancy of the British-Japan business relationship.” 

The 7th BBA, held at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku, drew a record 50 nominations for the six awards. Nominees came from global corporations, SMEs, NGOs and entrepreneurs in a number of traditional and modern industries as well as from the public sector. Attendance at the event set a new record of almost 300 guests.


2014 BBA winners:

  • Company of the Year: The British School in Tokyo
  • UK-Japan Partnership: TELEHOUSE International Corporation of Europe / KDDI Corporation
  • New Market Entrant: Rhino Rugby Japan

  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Elizabeth Handover (Lumina Learning Asia)
  • Community Contribution: Fermenstation Co., Ltd.
  • Person of the Year (People's Choice vote, by BCCJ members): Sue Kinoshita






今年で7回目を迎えるBBAは、多くのBCCJメンバー企業やスポンサー企業の協力のもとに開催され、Inter FM's London Hit Radio (LHR) のDJを務めるガイ・ペリマンと加藤円夏がホストを務めました。また、同式典で授与されるトロフィーは、 岩手にある浮島彫刻スタジオの著名な彫刻家、ケイト・トムソンによって制作され、駐日英国大使ティム・ヒッチンズによって受賞者に手渡されました。


BCCJ会頭 デイヴィッド・ビックルは、「日英間の活気あるビジネス関係を反映し、2014年ブリティッシュ・ビジネス・アワードには、今年も、数多くの優秀な方々そして企業がノミネートされました。在日英国商業会議所は、厳しい受賞者選考の中、候補となられた皆様に惜しみない拍手を送るとともに、受賞者の方々のすばらしい業績および貢献に心よりお祝いを申し上げます。」とコメントを残しました。

BBA 2014 受賞者一覧

  • Company of the Year: The British School in Tokyo
  • UK-Japan Partnership: TELEHOUSE International Corporation of Europe / KDDI Corporation
  • New Market Entrant: Rhino Rugby Japan
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Elizabeth Handover (Lumina Learning)
  • Community Contribution: Fermenstation
  • Person of the Year (People's Choice vote, by BCCJ members): Sue Kinoshita

BBA 2014 審査員一覧

  • Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Section Editor Keiko Akaho
  • Japan Cabinet Office Special Advisor William Saito
  • GlaxoSmithKline Japan President Philippe Fauchet
  • Flourish Global Ambassador Sue Hunt
  • Odgers Berndtson Chairman Richard Boggis-Rolfe. 



Sincere thanks to the 2013 BBA sponsors, without whom the BCCJ's annual, black-tie event would not be possible:

Headline sponsor: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Supporting sponsors: Compass Offices, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Jaguar Land Rover, Pathways KK, Thermo Fisher Scientific, VisitBritain

In-kind Sponsors: Berry Bros. & Rudd, BrewDog Japan, British Airways, Fevertree, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Hasselblad, London Hit Radio (via Inter FM), Sipsmith, Virgin Atlantic, VisitBritain

Media Partners: Custom Media, Financial Times, Guy Perryman

Prize Draw: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Andaz Tokyo, Compass Offices, Dale Carnegie, Diageo Japan, Dyson, Euro Mercian Fashions, The Gate Hotel, Grand Hyatt Tokyo, Hasselblad, Hilton Tokyo Hotel, Hombo Shuzo, Jaguar Land Rover, Machiya Momiji, Mizutani Bicycle Company,The Peninsula Tokyo, Tokyo American Club, Walk Japan

Goody bags: Xebio (NEXT), Unilever Japan, GSK Japan, British Council

In association with: Visit Britain, British Council, British Embassy


Related media

2014 BBA Nominee list in full HERE

2014 BBA Judging begins HERE

2014 BBA Judges on the Spot HERE

2014 BBA Event (all event details) HERE

2014 BBA Programme HERE

2014 BBA Nominee photo gallery (photos taken at 2014 BBA on Nov 14) HERE