Nominate for the 2018 British Business Awards

Oct. 4, 2018


Nominating for a 2018 British Business Award is simple. Click on the category you would like to nominate for, fill out the PDF form, and submit it to:



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

Now, in the lead up to our platinum 2018 BBA, to be held on the evening of November 2nd at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo, you have the opportunity to nominate your favourite companies and individuals—and even your own company—to win a BBA trophy.

Supported by the BCCJ's key partners, Department for International Trade (DIT), and the British Council, the 2018 BBA provide a fantastic platform for companies and individuals to highlight and honour special achievements.



2018 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, judges will be looking for winners who: are an example of excellence, innovation and best practice; who drive employee engagement and stakeholder motivation including Diversity & Inclusion in the Japan market; and who contribute to the community.

The 2018 BBA categories are:

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.

Why nominate?

Our annual event is a "must-attend" for anyone with an interest in the UK-Japan relationship.

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. 

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


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.

Our 2018 BBA judges line up is diverse and accomplished. More information to be revealed very soon!


Previous winners say . . .

The BBA is a great opportunity to gain recognition for staff and colleagues and to highlight all the good work they do. It was such a joy to bring the news back to the office after winning the award and was very good for boosting team morale.
Matt Burney, British Council, 2016 Japan-UK Partnership

It is really easy to nominate, it's free, and it's an excellent way to gain exposure in the local business community. It's a wonderful night out, and if your company wins, it's a big buzz for the team. I would definitely recommend companies get involved.
Philippe Fauchet OBE, GSK, 2016 Company of the Year

I believe that it [the BBA] is reconfirmation and rediscovery of the excellence of the British companies and institutions and their ties with Japanese partners.
Arata Oguri, Arup Ove Arup & Partners Japan Ltd, 2015 BBA Company of the Year

[The BBA] was a great chance to meet new people with ambitious goals. I was inspired by many of the people I met at the ceremony and it gave me extra energy the following Monday. I think we can all benefit from sharing ideas and seeing each other succeed as a strong group.
Junko Kemi, kay me International Ltd. (EY Winning Women Network), 2015 BBA Entrepreneur of the Year

Ready to honour your valued employees and / or strengthen your brand? 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 months and years to come!


How to Nominate

The BBA nomination process is simple - and free!

Select the category for nominating your company, or your chosen nominee.

Click on, 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 1200JST on 18 October (Thursday) 2018


2018 BBA Theme

Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the BCCJ, our theme this year is 'Platinum: a Tradition of Innovation". That means heritage, style and modernity will be instilled into every aspect of the gala ceremony, acknowledging 7 decades of innovation, endeavour and commercial breakthroughs that unite the UK and Japan. With large doses of excitement and glamour woven through our prestigious annual event, this will be an awards ceremony you do not want to miss!