Nominations now OPEN for the 2019 British Business Awards!

Oct. 1, 2019

Nominating for a 2019 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 twelve 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 the 2019 BBA, to be held on the evening of November 8th at Hotel Gajoen, you have the opportunity to nominate your favourite companies and individuals - and even your own company - to win the most prestigious award for British businesses in Japan.

Supported by the BCCJ's key partners, the 2019 BBA provides a fantastic platform for companies and individuals to gain recognition for their achievements throughout the year.

2019 BBA Theme

This year's BBA theme will be the key pillars of BCCJ 5.0 


2019 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 have shown commitment to our core values: Diversity & Inclusivity, Digital & Technological Innovation, and Responsible Business

The 2019 BBA categories are:

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

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.

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.

Positive Impact
Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective social/environmental programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 18 months. This could include Diversity and Inclusion activities. Nominees should not be NPOs.

Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective Digital / Technological Innovation, services or solutions in Japan over the past 18 months.


Why nominate?

Winning a BBA trophy is a prestigious endorsement of an organisation's projects, initiatives, results, and 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 2019 or Jan 2020) 
  • 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 . . .

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 yourself, your company, or your chosen nominee

Click on, complete and submit a nomination form, from the list below:

Important: Please fill out form on a PDF reader other than your web browser



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 PDFformat along with a high resolution nominated company logo to:
  • Reach the BCCJ office by the deadline of October 18 NOON


Attend the British Business Awards

Making an exciting change from the previous two years, our headline BBA gala will be held at the Hotel Gajoen, a Japanese hotel rich in culture and architectural beauty.

Please book your tables soon, to secure the best seats and avoid disappointment!