Award Categories

Rising Star Categories

1. Rising Star of the Year (Brand)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a brand, who has made a significant impact to the brand’s advertising / marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future. Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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2. Rising Star of the Year (Creative Agency)

Rising Star of the Year (Creative Agency) This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a creative agency, who has made a significant impact to the agency’s advertising / marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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3. Rising Star of the Year (Digital)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a brand, who has made a significant impact to the brand’s digital advertising / marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future. Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

• Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
• Creativity and innovation
• Strategic thinking
• Excellent execution
• Successful results against objectives / KPIs
• Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
• Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed.

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020


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4. Rising Star of the Year (Events / Experiential)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a brand, who has made a significant impact to the brand’s event marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

• Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
• Creativity and innovation
• Strategic thinking
• Excellent execution
• Successful results against objectives / KPIs
• Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
• Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed.

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020


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5. Rising Star of the Year (Independent Agency)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by an independent marketing agency, who has made a significant impact to the agency’s advertising / marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020


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6. Rising Star of the Year (In-House PR)

This category recognises outstanding work from a PR professional aged 35 or under*, employed by a brand / organisation in an in-house team, who has made a significant impact to their company’s PR efforts and shows potential to be a PR star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in PR campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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7. Rising Star of the Year (Media Agency)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a media agency, who has made a significant impact to the agency’s advertising / marketing efforts and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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8. Rising Star of the Year (Media Owner)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by a media owner, who has made a significant impact to the company’s advertising / marketing efforts – whether for owned products (events, display, subscriptions etc.) or creative solutions for external clients – and shows potential to be a marketing star of the future. Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed


*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020



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9. Rising Star of the Year (PR Agency)

This category recognises outstanding work from a PR professional aged 35 or under*, employed by a PR agency, who has made a significant impact to the agency’s PR efforts and shows potential to be a PR star of the future. Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in PR campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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10. Rising Star of the Year (Social Media)

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual aged 35 or under*, employed by either a brand or an agency, who made a significant impact to their organisation’s social media efforts and shows potential to be a social media marketing star of the future.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in social media campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Willingness to learn and develop their range of skills
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client / agency testimonials are welcomed

*Individual should be aged 35 or under on the date of the awards on 24 July 2020

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People Categories

11. Agency Account Manager of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work by an account manager who has made a significant impact to their agency’s reputation and business performance while managing either a single or portfolio of accounts. There is no age limit to this category.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular account as evidence to form their entry or can combine aspects from various accounts, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • New business wins
  • Identifying business opportunities for current accounts
  • Client retention, positive relationship management and successful conflict resolution
  • Skilful management of internal and external stakeholders
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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12. Creative Strategist of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual agency professional whose contribution of breakthrough strategies made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output. There is no age limit to this category.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Strategic thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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13. Media Owner Account Manager of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work by an account manager employed by a media owner, who has made a significant impact to their organisation’s reputation and business performance while managing either a single or portfolio of accounts. There is no age limit to this category.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular account as evidence to form their entry or can combine aspects from various accounts, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • New business wins
  • Identifying business opportunities for current accounts
  • Client retention, positive relationship management and successful
  • conflict resolution
  • Skilful management of internal and external stakeholders
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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14. Media Strategist of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from an individual media agency professional whose contribution via breakthrough strategies has made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Strategic thinking
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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15. Most Innovative Marketer of the Year

This category recognises innovation excellence from a brand-side individual who has demonstrated creative and advanced thinking by introducing new ideas, making a significant impact to their brand’s overall advertising / marketing output and helping to distinguish the brand clearly from its competition.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or they can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Creativity, innovation and originality of ideas
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Business impact from innovative work
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed

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Team Categories

16. AdTech Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team working for either a brand or an agency who has made a significant impact to their organisation’s programmatic efforts. This team could have managed the programmatic buying for a specific outstanding campaign or whose day-to-day work with programmatic buying has made a step-change to the organisation’s overall marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but they must show evidence of:

• Outstanding achievement in programmatic buying
• A true understanding and insight into their targeted audience
• Strategic thinking
• Excellent execution
• Successful results against objectives / KPIs
• Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client / agency testimonials are welcomed.

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17. Brand Marketing Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a brand-side marketing team which has made a significant impact to the brand’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed

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18. Content Marketing Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a marketing team which has made a significant impact to the brand’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

• Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
• Strategic thinking
• Creativity and innovation
• Excellent execution
• Successful results against objectives / KPIs
• Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manage / client testimonials are welcomed.

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19. Creative Agency Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team employed by a creative agency, which has made a significant impact to the agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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20. Digital Agency Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team employed by a digital agency which has made a significant impact to their agency’s overall digital marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in digital campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client / agency testimonials are welcomed

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21. Events/Experiential Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team which has made a significant impact to the brand’s overall advertising / marketing output via outstanding events and experiential campaigns.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

• Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
• Strategic thinking
• Creativity and innovation
• Excellent execution
• Successful results against objectives / KPIs
• Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manage / client testimonials are welcomed.

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22. Media Agency Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team employed by a media agency which has made a significant impact to the agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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23. Media Owner Creative Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a creative team employed by a media owner, which has made a significant impact to the company’s overall advertising / marketing solutions developed for clients across any media platform.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  •  Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client testimonials are welcomed

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24. Media Owner Marketing Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a media owner’s marketing team which has made a significant impact to the advertising / marketing output for the organisation’s in-house products. Products could include events, display, subscriptions etc.

Entrants can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but all work must have taken place within the eligibility period and they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in marketing campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategy thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / agency testimonials are welcomed

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25. Social Media Team of the Year

This category recognises outstanding work from a team working for either a brand or agency who has made a significant impact to their organisation’s overall social media output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they can use one particular campaign as a case study of evidence to form their entry or can use aspects from various projects, but they must show evidence of:

  • Outstanding achievement in social media campaigns
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Successful results against objectives / KPIs
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award. Manager / client / agency testimonials are welcomed

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Legend Categories

26. CMO of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from a brand-side chief marketing officer or marketing leader who has made a significant impact to their brand’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Stability or improvement of the brand’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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27. Creative Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of creative agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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28. Digital Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of digital agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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29. Independent Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of independent agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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30. In-House PR Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from PR / Comms heads or leaders of an in-house team at a brand / organisation who have made a significant impact to their company’s overall PR output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Stability or improvement of the organisation’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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31. Media Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of media agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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32. Media Owner Marketing Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from a marketing leader of a media owner organisation who has made a significant impact to their company’s overall advertising / marketing output – whether overseeing a team that develops campaigns for owned products (events, display, subscriptions etc.) or creative solutions for external clients.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • Stability or improvement of the brand’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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33. PR Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of PR agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall PR output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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34. Social Media Agency Head of the Year

This category recognises outstanding leadership and excellence from heads of social media agencies who have made a significant impact to their agency’s overall advertising / marketing output.

Entrants can nominate themselves or a colleague; they should show achievements against objectives and evidence of business impact in the following areas within the eligibility period:

  • Creativity and innovation
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent execution
  • New business wins
  • Stability or improvement of the agency’s business performance
  • Having built or maintained a positive working environment for their teams
  • Contribution to the wider industry
  • Any other exceptional achievements or work that especially merits this award

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Company Categories

35. Agency Excellence in Learning & Development

This category recognises an advertising / marketing agency that best helped advance the learning, development and skills of its employees while maintaining and improving employee engagement, retention and productivity levels in the workplace in support of wider business aims.

Entries do not have to be for new initiatives but the outcomes must be specific to the eligibility period.

Entrants must show evidence of:

  • Innovative and well-structured talent, learning & development objectives
  • How the objectives were achieved
  • How the programmes / initiatives aligned with business goals
  • Outcomes, results and findings of initiatives / programmes
  • Innovative design and / or delivery of initiatives / programmes
  • Leadership support from the top of the agency for this learning & development initiative
  • Evidence / testimonials from employees are welcomed

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36. Agency Health & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year

This category recognises an advertising / marketing agency that best helped advance the health & wellbeing of its employees while maintaining and improving employee engagement, retention and productivity levels in the workplace in support of wider business aims.

Entries do not have to be for new initiatives but the outcomes must be specific to the eligibility period.

Entrants must show evidence of:

  • Innovative and well-structured health & wellbeing objectives
  • How the objectives were achieved
  • How the programmes / initiatives aligned with business goals
  • Outcomes, results and findings of initiatives / programmes
  • Innovative design and / or delivery of initiatives / programmes
  • Leadership support from the top of the agency for this health & wellbeing initiative
  • Evidence / testimonials from employees are welcomed

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37. Best Place to Work

This category recognises the marketing agency or brand that best demonstrated staff satisfaction and excellence in providing an outstanding workplace environment for their agency staff or in-house marketing teams.

Entries do not have to be for new initiatives but the outcomes must be specific to the eligibility period. Brands entering must have initiatives and results specific to their in-house marketing teams.

Entrants must show evidence of:

  • Measures taken to support employee health, mental health and wellbeing
  • Measures taken to support employee learning, development and career growth
  • Measures taken to support and maintain gender and cultural diversity
  • A demonstrable effort to understand staff concerns and improve staff satisfaction
  • Actions taken to continually improve working environments based on employee feedback
  • Retention and staff turnover figures
  • Evidence / testimonials from employees are welcomed

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