Publisher December 2010 / January 2011

BBA: Behind the Scenes

Big thanks to organizers, sponsors, judges, entrants, nominators

Annual awards are an end-of-year tradition and 2010 was no exception. So congratulations not only to the winners of the third annual British Business Awards (BBA), but also those of the latest Michelin stars.

Much hard work over many months goes on behind the scenes at the BBA, and this is a good place to recognise the special people who spent hours to make this year’s event the best yet.

Central to the success of the BBA — from planning and ideas, recruiting sponsors and attracting nominations, to publicity, coordination and right through to the gala climax — was Vice-President Paul Atkinson, who was expertly helped by last year’s organizer President Philip T Gibb. The Secretariat was also brilliant, with Ms Samata earning a rapturous applause at the BBA.

Custom Media played a small part, too, with Managing Director Robert Heldt assisting Paul, and by producing at cost the winners’ framed certificates with a fresh design and authentic calligraphy on special paper and offering concessions to sponsors. We also provided the photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, so if any Members would like his excellent images please contact me.

Thanks also to the generous sponsors: ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Banyan Tree Private Collection, Berry Bros. & Rudd, British Airways, Conrad Tokyo, Cornes & Co. Ltd., Custom Media, Dunhill, Freshfields Bruchhaus Deringer, HSBC and Maltcity. The benefits of sponsoring are many, so if you’d like to know more please contact the BCCJ.

To the expert judges — Ambassador David Warren, Stuart Milne, Jiro Kitaura and Tony Grundy — who generously contributed their objective opinions, and at least one Sunday, to wade through the nominations and choose the winners, your efforts are also most appreciated.

Finally — and sorry if I have left out anyone—the entrants and their nominators, including the runners up. By way of encouragement, I can only say that one of the winners was on its third attempt — so please try again in 2011, the date of which is 4 November.