Top 50 Digital Agencies imageLeading digital agencies’ owners and senior managers will come together for a unique gathering on Thursday 26 June to celebrate excellence and innovation following the publication of the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies. Our two guest speakers are Anil Pillai of DigitasLBi and Keith Hunt of Results International.

The Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies was published on 12 February this year and followed our Top 50 PR Agencies and Top 50 Integrated Agencies rankings.

We will be announcing details for the follow-up integrated agencies event on Thursday 3 July, in association with Better Placed Recruitment, in a few days’ time.

The publication of the digital ranking was supported by MLP Solicitors and SEO agency Click Consult and the event is being hosted by Barclays Bank at its Northern TMT (Technology Media Telecoms) base in Manchester.

Mustard Research managed the research process.

We are fortunate to have secured two outstanding guest speakers for the event: Anil Pillai of DigitasLBi and Keith Hunt of Results International.

Anil Pillai 2014Anil Pillai, chief executive officer, UK at DigitasLBi

Anil has been in his post since May 2011, having previously been chief executive, managing director and client partner of LBi UK. He was a founder member of Oyster Partners, one of the agencies that evolved into DigitasLBi.

In addition to helping brands including Lloyds TSB, E.ON, Honda and Virgin Atlantic, Anil is also chair of the IPA Digital Business Committee and sits on the iMedia steering panel.

One of his roles at DigitasLBi is managing the ‘What’s Next’ initiative for the agency.

Anil will be sharing his experiences of growing his agency into the £50m plus company it is today and also sharing his thoughts on the changing digital landscape.


Keith Hunt Results InternationalKeith Hunt, managing partner UK, Results International

Keith started his career with Ernst & Young, rising through the ranks to become head of media M&A and ultimately head of M&A. He joined corporate finance advisory firm Results International as managing partner in 2005. The firm works with companies seeking to build and realise value in the global digital marcoms, technology and healthcare industries.

Results works on a range of transactions including disposals, fund raisings, acquisitions, IPOs, joint ventures, mergers, MBOs and MBIs. Clients include The Group, Incite, Flip, Figtree, Spannerworks, Flamingo, Brand X, Hotwire, SAS, Monitor Media, Transactis, Punktilio, Synergy and AIA.

Closer to (Prolific North) home, Results International advised on the sale of Lakestar to McCann and Amaze to St Ives plc and the advisory boutique continues to work with a number of companies in the North as they seek to realise value from their businesses.

Keith is an executive board member of BIMA and is a frequent commentator on the industry.

Keith will be sharing his views on what makes creative and digital agencies successful and attractive to would-be suitors and his presentation will discuss a range of issues relating to the successful development of companies in the UK and internationally.

The informal event at Barclays offices in Spinningfields Manchester starts at 4pm and closes at 6pm. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Our colleagues from MLP Solicitors, Click Consult, Barclays and Mustard Research will also be represented.


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The event on 26 June is by invitation only and Jackie Stuttard of MLP Solicitors will be issuing invites to all those agencies listed in the ranking, along with others who Mustard Research initially contacted, over the course of today and this week.

Space is limited at the event but there may be some availability depending on numbers and for those who are interested in attending, please email Jackie on to register your interest – but please remember, this event is likely to booked up quickly.