2016 BBA Nominees: Entrepreneur of the Year

Nov. 1, 2016

By the conclusion of the 2016 British Business Awards (BBA) nomination period, on Friday 28 October at 17:00, we had received 28 nominations across 6 categories.

The following 6 people are now in the running for the title of 2016 BBA 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."


2016 BBA Entrepreneur of the Year nominees (in alphabetical order):

  • Ian Gibbins (Swan & Lion)

For bringing great tasting modern British food to the Japanese and expat community in Tokyo, opening a British deli and bakery this year in Tokyo Kundanminami, and changing the image of British food among Japanese consumers.

  • Helen Iwata (Sasuga! Communications)

For publishing the book Eigo no Shigoto-jutsu, embracing digital technology to help more people overcome the mottainai of wasted talent, and for helping people communicate with more clarity and confidence in global business.

  • Emily Le Roux (Mums in Business)

For building a vibrant, diverse community of over 200 working mothers in Tokyo; for achievements in organising innovative networking events; and for the inspirational promotion of businesses launched and supported by the group.

  • Tamao Sako (The British Pudding)

For her success as a Japanese expert on British baking and cuisine; her popular classes, blogs, TV show, and UK tours; and for receiving this year’s Gourmand World Cookbook Grand Prix prize for her British cook book.

  • David Syrad (AKI Japan K.K.)

For leveraging Japanese and international networks on four continents to build business in Japan, the UK and Europe; identifying investment and business opportunities in several sectors and developing them innovatively; and for significant business expansion.

  • Chris Wells (STJ Advisors K.K.)

For providing leading IPO advice on the Tokyo Stock Exchange; for significant business, staff, and revenue expansion; and showing how British best practice and British innovations can benefit Japanese companies.


2016 BBA - Judging

  • 2016 British Business Awards - Judging process HERE
  • The 2016 BBA judging period will run from October 31 - November 8
  • The 2016 BBA results will remain confidential until the evening of the BBA ceremony (November 11, 1830-2230, Hilton Hotel Tokyo)

We wish all 2016 BBA nominees the very best of luck!



About the BBA

Now in its ninth year, the British Business Awards (BBA), a not-for-profit event organised by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) recognise excellence and promote success and innovation across all industries. The awards also acclaim the important social contributions made by organisations through their commitment to community, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.

Submitting a nomination for the BBA provides organisations with the opportunity to review business performance and highlight core strengths, setting a benchmark for industry standards. Nominations are judged against specific criteria, founded on the BBA values of success, innovation and ethics. The BBA employs a well-defined and tested framework to ensure that the judging process is fair and free of influence.Winning a BBA trophy is a prestigious endorsement of an organisation’s projects, initiatives, products 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. Winners are eligible to publicise their achievement in all their marketing collateral, providing they state the category and year in which the award was won.