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What a night! Over 800 people packed out Event City last night for the fifth running of the Prolific North Awards – and by general consent it seems to have been the best yet.

A room packed to the rafters with talent from across the North’s creative industries sector – digital agencies, production companies, app developers, PR and integrated agencies, research agencies, animation companies, TV stations, radio stations and many more.

Host Justin Moorhouse

Twenty ‘big Ns’ for work that reinforced just what talent, creativity and innovation there exists in this part of the world, with every corner of it represented.

And a chance, for one night, to bring the whole sector together for a unique occasion that is by far the largest of its type outside the capital. It was simply a night not to be missed.

Returning for a second year, host Justin Moorhouse kept an entertainingly firm hand on proceedings while, once the gongs had been handed out and the bottles downed, the familiar figure of Clint Boon soundtracked a collective letting-down of hair.

A huge thanks must go to our headline sponsors Click Consult and Dock10, our event sponsors Pitch Consultants (Twitter Wall) and Better Placed (SnapChat) and our category sponsors Manchester Metropolitan UniversityCDi Yorkshire, Steamhaus, Beever and Struthers, Pitch Consultants, Better Placed, The Loop, Quantcast, Bing, Group IMD and Digital Gurus.

Thanks also to Putting Edge for providing the mini-golf entertainment, Dock10 for putting together a video mash-up of the year’s big Prolific North headlines, and Mosquito Digital for a video review of Prolific North Live.

We Are Boutique picking up the award for Small Integrated Agency

So down to the awards themselves. First up to collect the award for Animation/Graphics Company was Flipbook Studio – the company’s third success in four years in this category – with the judges impressed by how it had increased turnover by 35% and invested in staff, technology and premises.

Best Small Digital Agency went to Altrincham-based Marketing Signals, who had enjoyed a “cracking year” and increased staff numbers from six to 11. The judges especially loved the company’s “no bullshit approach”.

Best Large Digital Agency went to Leeds-based CDS, who had impressed the judges by investing significantly in its infrastructure and personnel, resulting in an “exemplary year of profitable and substantial growth”.

Independent Production Company included the night’s first Highly Commended, which went to Audio Always, with the winner announced as True North who had enjoyed an “outstanding” year topped off with new investment from Sky Vision.

More Yorkshire glory came in the next category – for Small Integrated Agency – with We Are Boutique winning for increasing sales by over 50% in the past three years, with staff growing from 14 to 21.

Large Integrated Agency went to Sheffield agency Jaywing, who had grown turnover to £36m and were delivering “best in class” data science solutions.

The Media Agency category went to AKA North, based in Manchester, where profits are up 59%. The judges particularly liked its “passionate approach and clear focus on the sectors they target and their evident commercial nous”.

A hotly contested Media Sales category saw a Highly Commended nod for More Media Sales before Channel 4 claimed the trophy with judges hailing the “exemplary sales performance” at its Manchester HQ.

Event City was packed for the 800-strong occasion

Small PR Agency was awarded to Roland Dransfield in Manchester, who had impressed judges with the way it had diversified from its long-time property focus.

Brazen was named Large PR Agency, with the Manchester agency praised for reworking itself into a “new period of strong growth”, with UK staff numbers up to 32 and profits up 15%.

True North & Channel 4’s “highly original piece of programming”, The Lie Detective, picked up the Broadcasting – Entertainment prize.

Search has become the fastest-growing division within MEC Manchester and it was duly recognised with the SEO & PPC Agency award, while Content Team went to MEC WAVEMAKER, who had grown to 24 content specialists in a “cracking” debut year.

The Digital/Social Media Campaign category saw a Highly Commended for Rule 5’s Half Way to a Billion campaign for British Cycling, with Modern English taking home the award for its Foo Fighters Glastonbury campaign. The judges hailed the agency’s “chutzpah” to fly to LA and deliver a campaign that reached 50 million people.

B2B Marketing/Integrated Communications Campaign went to 3ManFactory’s work for Innova Solutions, with the Preston agency praised by the judges for an “exceptionally creative campaign”.

Best Broadcasting Commercial was won by PHD’s “original & somewhat controversial” work for BMB, which saw a “significant” uplift in sales.

Host Justin Moorhouse with award presenter Tom Cheesewright

The Website category went to Childline, created by Amaze, with the judges impressed with how the Manchester agency had anchored its approach on identifying what young people actually wanted from the site, while Best App went to Silverchip’s Bolster Systems app, which had delivered an “exceptional” ROI of 560%.

Best Video went to an “uplifting and inspiring but unashamedly simple” video created by the Manchester United Foundation.

B2B Marketing/Integrated Communications Campaign ( Less than 50k) was won by Prohibition’s “brave” and “innovative” work for Interflora, while the B2C Marketing/Integrated Communications Campaign (Over 50k) award was picked up by BJL for its “quirky, fun and extremely engaging” #RonsealAdBreal for Sherwin Williams.

Finally, Best Broadcasting Programme for News & Factual saw a third award of the night for Leeds-based True North, whose Breaking the Silence was an “exemplary example of effective cross platform delivery” with over 800,000 viewers.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees – and don’t forget we’re back at Event City in October for the eCommerce Show North and the Northern eCommerce Awards.

The Prolific North Awards 2017: The Winners

Here is the full list of winners from last night’s Prolific North Awards, held at Event City in Manchester:

MMU_logoAnimation / Graphics Company – sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University

Winner: Flipbook Studio

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Bearded Fellows
Digital Imaging fx
Flow Creative
Process Moving Image

Small Digital Agency (Up to 25 Employees) – sponsored by Steamhaus

Winner: Marketing Signals

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Corporation Pop
Fluid Digital
Modern English Digital

Large Digital Agency (25+ Employees) – sponsored by Bruntwood

Winner: CDS

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Building Blocks (part of Dept)
Click Consult
Clicky Media
hedgehog lab
Latitude Digital Marketing

Independent Production Company – sponsored by The Loop

Winner: True North

Here’s why they won:

Highly Commended: Audio Always

Also nominated:
Blakeway North
Endemol Shine North
LA Productions
Nine Lives Media
Veracity Digital
WhiteNoise Media

Small Integrated Agency (Up to 29 Employees)

Winner: We Are Boutique

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Fantastic Media
Hitch Marketing
The if agency
ZEAL Creative

Large Integrated Agency (30+ Employees) – sponsored by Better Placed

Winner: Jaywing

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Intermarketing Agency
Stein IAS
Workhouse Creative Marketing

Media Agency – sponsored by Quantcast

Winner: AKA North

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
MEC Manchester

Media Sales

Winner: Channel 4 – Nations & Regions

Here’s why they won:

Highly Commended: More Media Sales

Also nominated:
Guardian News & Media
Immediate Media Co.
Time Inc

Small PR Agency of the Year (Up to 20 Employees)

Winner: Roland Dransfield

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Avant PR
KC Communications (Marketing)
Smoking Gun PR

B&S logo 2016Large PR Agency of the Year (21+ employees) – sponsored by Beever and Struthers

Winner: Brazen

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Weber Shandwick Manchester
Havas PR UK
PR Agency One

SEO & PPC Agency – sponsored by Bing

Winner: MEC Manchester

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Bring Digital
Click Consult
Latitude Digital Marketing
Marketing Signals
The SEO Works

Content Team


Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Flipbook Studio
Lime Pictures
Search Quest Europe
The Content Market

Broadcasting Programme – News & Factual

Winner: True North – Breaking the Silence

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Audio Always for BBC Radio 4 – The Best Exotic Etiquette Academy
Blakeway North – Panorama – Revealed Britains Mental Health Crisis
Endemol Shine North – Idris Elba Fighter
Lizardfish TV & BBC Learning – Early Civilisations BBC Teach for 7-11 year olds
Made in Leeds – On The Aire – When Local Went Live
Nine Lives Media & CBBC – Ground-breaking documnetary to help breakdown the stigma of mental illness
True North – First Day at Big School

Broadcasting Programme – Entertainment

Winner: True North & Channel 4 – The Lie Detective

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Blakeway North – 1966 – A Nation Remembers
Blakeway North – Julian Clary’s Greatest Ever Christmas Ads
Lime Pictures Digital Team – Hollyoaks Live from Facebook HQ #HollyoaksNoExit
Made in Tyne and Wear – Made with Pride
True North Productions – Teen Mom UK – MTV
True North Productions for Channel Four – A New Life In The Sun
True North Productions for More 4 – Homes By The Med

Broadcasting Commercial – sponsored by Group IMD

Winner: PHD & BMB – Rubicon Spring – grabbing the water market by the mangoes

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Equinox Film and TV Productions – Oak Furniture Land
On The Eighth & Transport for Greater Manchester – Radio Awareness Campaign
Uber Agency

Website of the Year

Winner: Amaze & Childline – Putting children at the heart of digital transformation

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Code Computerlove & MediaCom North – Hillarys.co.uk
Diva Creative & Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust – Move it Boom! Rio
Formica Group & Kagool
Liquid Creative Agency – Southport Flower Show Website Design
Phoenix Digital & Argos Customer Support Website
Reckless & Bateaux London – Setting Sail In The Right Digital Direction
twentysix – New Era EMEA E-commerce website

App of the Year

Winner: Silverchip & Bolster Systems – Bolster App

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Apposing – Liverpool ONE Tree Fairies AR App
Bolser Digital Agency & KFC – KFC Colonels Club App
Code Computerloves – The Higher Lower Game
Forepoint – Deals App produced for Moto Hospitality
TransPennine Express & The App Builder – The Loop
Uber Agency – Sheffield Doc/Fest App

Video of the Year

Winner: Manchester United Foundation – United and Samuel – UnitedandMe

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Anattic, Shortcuts Software & Jam PR – Barber Better Faster Stronger
Bearded Fellows & Global Support Services – Career and Companionship Campaign
Intermarketing Agency & PhD Nutrition – Brand Video ‘The Difference’
Lizardfish TV & BBC Learning -Early Civilisations – How to Look Great Maya
Stein IAS – Cliche Killer Videos
TransPennine Express & Studio North – Platform Providers
Welton Media – Craig’s Story – His fight against pancreatic cancer

B2B Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign

Winner: 3ManFactory & Innova Solutions – When You Dont Have Mark Felix

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
BJL & BASF – Evidence sells Internally and to customers
Cameron Wells Communications & PMI Health Group – Superfoods Integrated FTSE 250 Campaign
Delineo & Aldermore Bank – Lazy Money
Don’t be Shy – ClassFlow – Bringing Learning to Life
Fox Agency & Pagid – Taking the niche to the masses
Outwrite PR & Jackson Fire & Security – securing a hot reputation
Upp B2B & Brian Alfred – Nice one Brian! (Early Tax Rebate)

B2C Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign (Less than £50k) – sponsored by CDi Yorkshire

Winner: Prohibition & Interflora – How good is your birthday?

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
Great Western Railway & MEC Manchester – #TracksOnTheTrack
K2L Marketing & GMPCC – #SittingRightWithYou- Domestic Abuse campaign
Liverpool ONE – Tickle on tour as part of the Tickle the Ivories festival at Liverpool ONE 2016
Markettiers, Playtime PR & BBC Worldwide – Getting the nation hugging for Cbeebies Hey Duggee
Pace Communications & KCOM – KCOM mobile acquisition campaign
Strawberry & Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust – Remarkable People. Extraordinary Place.
Weber Shandwick Manchester & Aldi – Kevin The Carrot

B2C Marketing / Integrated Communications Campaign (Over £50k)

Winner: BJL & Sherwin Williams – #RonsealAdBreak

Here’s why they won:

Also nominated:
BBC Learning – The Mind Set campaign
Channel 4 Nations & Regions – MediaCom Hijacks C4 Comedy Gala
Everton Football Club – 2016/17 Season Ticket Campaign – Nothing Will Be The Same
gyro Manchester – University of Salford Undergraduate Recruitment Campaign 2016/17
Manchester Airport – Hainan Airlines takes off in the UK
MC2 – See Things Differently
More Media Sales, AdMaxim, DAN Network – Pizza Hut; Taste Freedom Christmas Campaign

Digital / Social Media Campaign of the Year – sponsored by Pitch

Winner: Modern English & Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters Glastonbury Announcement Campaign

Here’s why they won:

Highly Commended: Rule 5 for British Cycling – Half Way to a Billion – Taking Track Cycling to the World

Also nominated:
CreativeRace & Ritter Sport UK – Creating Social Magic for Ritter Sport Unicorn
Havas Media Manchester – BBC Eastenders #EELastOrders
I-COM & JMW – Website search visibility and conversion campaign
Prohibition & Interflora – How good is your birthday?
Social Chain X hungryhouse – #LoveTakeawayActually
University of Salford, Tunafish Media and Petal & Co – A Match Made in Salford

Here are some more pictures from the night:


And here are some tweets from the night: