BCCJ Event June 2011

New Events Strategy

Five categories expand the range of speakers, activities and networking opportunities

The BCCJ Events Committee is very pleased to announce an exciting new strategy for 2011–2012 that includes the introduction of five event categories. The change is designed to increase the value members derive from the BCCJ, while clarifying the nature and objectives of all events throughout the year.

We begin with our Headliners, including the British Business Awards and events led by world-class speakers such as Cherie Blair and Sir John Beddington. These are must-attend events, with high-profile guests who reflect the best of Britain.

Our second category is Banner Events, at which topical issues will be addressed and small groups of members will have a chance to interact with speakers who are key opinion leaders.

These events, delivered in our breakfast, lunch or Brown Bag Lunch format, will be held at the British Embassy Tokyo and other venues. A recent example of a Brown Bag Lunch is “The Globalisation of Japanese Science and Technology”, that was led by Chris Pook, the embassy’s science and innovation counsellor.

Also included in this event category are our Quarterly Question Time panel discussions, such as the recent “Social Media—the last word in marketing?”, and our upcoming discussion on property.

Inside My Company
A new category we are unveiling is Inside My Company. CEOs of member firms will provide a look inside their organisations, giving BCCJ member firms an opportunity to share stories, strategies and stances, as well as to tell members about their respective firm’s history, current performance, ambitions and challenges. We welcome all suggestions from members regarding both speakers based in Japan and any visiting global heads who might be interested in engaging with our membership.

Another new category is the Toolbox events, at which members will receive tips on functional business topics. The gatherings will be led by BCCJ member firms that have services they wish to share, or issues—requiring a deep level of understanding—they are keen to discuss. The issues might concern HR, recruitment, taxation, branding or other vital areas that, when addressed and mastered, will help member firms perform better in this challenging market.

Just for Fun
Finally, on a lighter side, our popular 51 Night series of social evenings provides a great opportunity to unwind with other members at some of Tokyo’s top locations.

We also have an annual Pub Quiz evening, usually held in autumn and designed to get the grey matter in gear, as well as a number of opportunities to host joint events with other chambers of commerce in Tokyo.

That said, we would love to receive your ideas for this all-important category. How about a pub games evening, or a sports-related activity?

Remember that the BCCJ is only as strong and successful as its members. As always, we welcome your suggestions and feedback, and look forward to welcoming you to an event in the very near future!

Feel free to email us any time at: info@bccjapan.com.