Award Mar / Apr 2020

BCCJ Wins International Chamber of the Year 2019

Gonged for 5.0, BBA, UK–Japan ties, mentor series and ACUMEN

For the third year running, cloud platform provider EventBank, which specialises in chamber of commerce manage­ment solutions, held the APAC International Chamber of Commerce Awards. And when the winners were announced on 17 January, the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) topped the International Chamber of the Year category.

The BCCJ was recognised specifically for its BCCJ 5.0 initiative, as well as its annual British Business Awards gala and professional delivery of member services.

Work that matters

The BCCJ was also singled out for its contribu­tions to members and the furtherance of UK–Japan relations over the past year.

“The BCCJ has a wide range of high-quality offerings for all its stakeholders— from electronic data interchange, through business services to business awards, and beyond. Their activities even cover the needs of international investors,” said judge Asli (Akdeniz) Özelli, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce, Turkey.

BCCJ ACUMEN was also acknowledged for its vital role in promoting and sustaining the 5.0 project. Özelli told Custom Media Publisher and ACUMEN Editor-in-Chief Simon Farrell that it is important for the BCCJ to have a sustainable PR tool. “I believe it is important to inform all these stakeholders about the 5.0 project”.


This year the APAC Chamber of Commerce Awards saw a record number of nominations across eight categories:

  • Large Chamber of the Year
    Junior Chamber International (JCI) Manila
  • Small Chamber of the Year
    Australia Africa Chamber of Commerce
  • International Chamber of the Year
    British Chamber of Commerce in Japan
  • Local Chamber of the Year
    Cowra Business Chamber
  • Rising Star of the Year
    Stella Soh, manager of marketing and branding, American Chamber of Commerce Singapore
  • Executive of the Year
    Daniel James Alexander, president of the Australian–New Zealand Chamber of Commerce Philippines
  • Excellence in Technology & Innovation
    British Chamber of Commerce in China
  • Best Event of the Year
    AmCham Women HERo Awards (American Chamber of Commerce Singapore)

The organisers said that the judging panel, which comprises worldwide senior-level chamber experts, was looking for outstanding achievements of chambers of commerce around the Asia-Pacific region, and that those chosen made the greatest impact and are at the very top of their game.

Diverse winners

Eric L. Schmidt, chief executive and co-founder of EventBank said: “Chambers of commerce help businesses band together and address important concerns and issues for the business community. It’s wonderful to see their hard work and innovative ideas rewarded at this exciting initiative. I’d like to congratulate this year’s hugely diverse range of winners whose positive impact reflects the very high standard in the chamber of commerce industry and leadership across the Asia-Pacific”.