Custom Media wins Company of the Year Award

Custom Media has been named Company of the Year at the British Business Awards.

Michael Woodford, the Olympus whistleblower, and Jon Harding, chief operating officer of UK Trade & Investment, were among the six independent judges who awarded the Tokyo-based media and design agency the coveted gong.

The award recognised the company’s values, diversity, growth and development in the past year, and for BCCJ ACUMEN magazine, which it has been publishing since December 2009 in an era of bankruptcies, deflation, disinvestment and natural disaster.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ), which hosts the annual gala event, had appointed a panel of six senior leaders based in Japan and the UK to judge 51 nominees in six categories.

Before revealing the winners, British Ambassador to Japan Tim Hitchens CMG LVO congratulated UK businesses for their achievements in Japan. “This evening is a wonderful testament to what has been happening in the British business community here in the last 12 months”.

Receiving the award, Robert Heldt, president of Custom Media, said it was a great honour and surprise to win the Company of the Year award, especially given the illustrious opposition. The other nominees were Rolls Royce Japan, Co., Ltd.; Bentley Motors Japan; British Airways; PwC Japan; Oxford Instruments K.K.; and Robert Walters Japan K.K.

I want to thank my business partner Simon Farrell and Jane Best, the CEO of Refugees International Japan, who nominated Custom Media for this award, as well as our great team at the office, the BCCJ executive committee and secretariat, and our loyal advertisers and other clients.
Robert Heldt
President and Co-founder

Founded in 2008, Custom Media employs 15 full-time staff at its Akasaka office. The company also produces the Business in Japan TV (BIJ.TV) online video channel and publishes the ACCJ Journal for the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Attended by 220 guests, the November 1 black tie event at the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo was as British as the Dover sole and clotted cream on the menu. The meal also featured toasted English muffins, baked Scottish salmon and truffle-flavoured lemon chutney, along with beef and grain mustard gravy, fidget pie, and braised red cabbage with Earl Grey. A bottle of scotch decorated each table while guests also enjoyed Stilton, nut and dried fruit hot tart, with Cotswold honey ice cream and blackcurrant compote.

Conspicuous this year in Japan have been British business, culture and diplomacy, with the BCCJ marking its 65th anniversary and various events being held to commemorate 400 years of UK–Japan ties.

GoConnect Debuts at Expat Expo

GoConnect Debuts at Expat Expo

On November 6–7 at Kamiyacho Trust Tower, the first public exhibition for international residents was held—Expat Expo Tokyo 2020. Custom Media’s recently rebranded platform GoConnect made its public debut at the event, with lots of giveaways from the platform and its Partners, as well as a raffle in support of a very worthy charity.

This is GoConnect!

This is GoConnect!

In March, we launched Connect by CM—a free digital marketplace platform to support local businesses economically hit the hardest by Covid-19, as an extension of the Custom Media website. Constantly innovating and adding new features by listening to our Members and Partners, the platform quickly grew beyond its earlier purpose.

Meet Custom Media’s Advisor

Meet Custom Media’s Advisor

I am mainly helping my Japanese clients to effectively access global audiences. Custom Media is based in Japan, and many of our customers are international executives living in Japan. They often play the role of an “international window,” since they are influencing people and frequently liaising with their counterparts back in their home countries.

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