2018 British Business Awards: Nominations CLOSED

Oct. 18, 2018


On October 18 at 12:00JST the nominations period for the 2018 British Business Awards (BBA), drew to a close.

A reminder of our 2018 BBA categories:

Company of the Year
Company of the Year nominees are required to show excellence and innovation across all aspects of their organisation in Japan, focusing on outstanding achievements in the past 12 months / most recent financial year.

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.

UK-Japan Partnership
Nominees should be joint-ventures, alliances, or other partnerships that have made demonstrable contributions to the enhancement of the UK-Japan economic or commercial relationship.

Diversity and Inclusion
(We are pleased to be launching a brand new category which honours a key BCCJ guiding principle: Diversity and Inclusion. This award trophy is proudly sponsored by the British Council)
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, services or solutions in Japan over the past 18 months. Nominees should not be NPOs.

Social / Environmental Contribution
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective social / environmental programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 18 months. Nominees should not be NPOs.

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What's next?


- Stay tuned over the coming days to find out which organisations and individuals have been nominated for each award category.

- The judging period for the 2018 British Business Awards (BBA) will run from Oct 19 - Nov 1.

- 2018 BBA winners will be announced at the BBA ceremony and red-carpet gala on Nov 2, 2018.

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Over to the judges!


The decision on a winning 2018 BBA entry is the result of the combined score of 6 unrelated judges, who independently score each submission using the same scoring matrix.

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.

About the BBA

Now in its eleventh 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.

What nominees can receive!

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:

  • exposure on BCCJ website and BCCJ-owned social media channels
  • priority mentions in relevant industry media throughout subsequent years
  • winner interviews and subsequent articles on BCCJ website and communication channels

We wish all 2018 BBA nominees the very best of luck! Stay tuned for updates!