2017 BBA Nominees: Company of the Year

Oct. 19, 2017

By the conclusion of the 2017 British Business Awards (BBA) nomination period, on Wednesday 18 October at noon, we had received 25 eligible nominations across 5 categories.

The following 5 companies are now in the running for the title of 2017 BBA Company of the Year.

"Company of the Year nominees are required to show excellence and outstanding achievement in all aspects of their organisation in Japan, focusing on the past 12 months."

2017 BBA Company of the Year nominees 
(In alphabetical order): 

  • Aston Martin

"To recognise Aston Martin Lagonda for driving trade and investment between the UK and Japan in its latest deal, announced August 2017, which is worth up to £500 million over the next five years. The deal will support British manufacturing, the Japanese supply chain, and the development of the brand in Japan."


  • Burberry

To recognise Burberry’s success in transitioning from an indirect license model to a direct business model in Japan, and in showing excellence in sustainability, particularly related to the environment.


  • Darktrace

To recognise Darktrace for excellence in creating and delivering the world’s first operational Enterprise Immune System; for rapid growth; for innovation; and for securing a number of high-profile awards.


  • Robert Walters Japan

To recognise Robert Walters for supporting the growth of companies facing the threat of labour shortages by providing assistance with the hiring of bilingual specialists through more than 30 dedicated teams, and to recognize a commitment to contribute to the further growth of global companies operating in Japan.


  • SThree K.K.

To recognize SThree's growth within the recruitment industry in Japan through the bespoke services and vertical market specialisms that are extremely successful with customers, despite only being in this market for 5 years. For SThree's focus on value-added services that it can bring to its clients and candidates, especially through one's dream job or livelihood.



The decision on a winning 2017 BBA entry is the result of the combined score of 5 separate judges, who independently score each submission using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 1 November 2017 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totaled for each nominee, and the nomination with the highest accumulative score is declared the category winner.

In the event of two nominees receiving the same final score, all judges will be asked to review their scores for these companies / individuals, and the submission with the highest score from this second round of judging will be declared the winner.

The final results remain confidential until the BBA ceremony - held on the evening of November 2 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

Good luck to all 2017 BBA nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories! www.bccjapan.com

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