Nominations OPEN for British Business Awards 2015

Sept. 1, 2015

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

Now, in the lead up to the 2015 BBA - to be held on the evening of November 13 at the Palace Hotel Tokyo - you have the opportunity to showcase YOUR greatness, by nominating your favourite companies and individuals to win a BBA trophy.

Supported by the BCCJ's key partners - UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), VisitBritain and the British Council – the 2015 BBA provide a fantastic platform for companies and individuals to highlight and honour special achievements.

2015 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, we are very pleased to unveil a new category - Innovation. This award will honour the achievements of firms which have achieved success through the launch of innovative products or services.

The 2015 BBA categories in full are:

  • Company of the Year
  • Entrepreneur of the Year
  • UK-Japan Partnership
  • Community Contribution
  • Innovation
  • Person of the Year

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:

  • a free ad in BCCJ ACUMEN magazine (Dec 2015 or Jan 2016) 
  • exposure on BCCJ website and BCCJ-owned social media channels
  • priority mentions in relevant industry media throughout subsequent years
  • promotional video about their company and BBA win


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.


Previous winners say . . .

We won the Company of the Year BBA and we are very proud of it. Winning this award for us is recognition of our team’s effort: it's not only a few people, but a team effort, which has been received gladly by our employees.
- Philippe Fauchet, GlaxoSmithKline, 2012 BBA Company of the Year

BBA is the perfect opportunity for you to re-evaluate your mission, strategy, and to celebrate what you’ve achieved. Being a nominee alone provides fantastic visibility for your business.
- Suzanne Price, Price Global, 2012 BBA Entrepreneur of the Year

Winning an award at the BBA was a great honour. It is valuable because it is a great recognition of all of the efforts and the investment of the company . . . 
- Simon Sproule, Nissan, 2012 BBA Environmental Contribution

The award was a great endorsement for my profile which is ultimately linked to my company. Since the award, we have had a significant upturn in our business. 
- Steve Crane, BusinessLinkJapan, 2011 BBA Person of the Year

BBA is a wonderful opportunity for you to review your work and actually celebrate what you have achieved together. It is also a place to learn from other nominees about their best practice.
- Maho Takahashi, LUSH, 2013 BBA Community Contribution

Winning the BBA was great recognition of the effort we put into providing for our clients, and also helps people to focus on the British Japan connection.
David Syrad, Rhino Rugby Japan, 2014 BBA New Market Entrant

Whether to honour your valued employees or to strengthen your brand, why not 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 years to come!


How to Nominate

The BBA nomination process is simple and free!

Select the category in which you wish to nominate yourself, your company, or your chosen nominee

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:
  • Reach the BCCJ office by the deadline of 17:00 on 30 October (Friday) 2015

2015 BBA Booking

For more information on attending the 2015 BBA black tie event and to make a booking, see here

BBA News Archive

BBA news archive (including photos and videos from past events, information on nominees, and profiles of winners)