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Champions Awards – 2024 Shortlist

The prolific north champions awards recognise the organisations, teams and individuals putting the north on the map in the creative and digital sectors.

The 2024 winners will be revealed at our live ceremony on 9 May at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford. Scroll down for the full shortlist.

Tickets for the live ceremony are now on sale! Don’t miss you chance to join us for an unforgettable night!

Recognising Agencies, Production & Creatives

INDEPENDENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR

  • Bonded Agency
  • Edison Media Limited
  • EXP
  • Laser Red
  • Manifest
  • Northern Artillery
  • Tall
  • Truth
  • Wish Agency
  • Hollywood

Large Independent Agency of the Year

  • Anything is Possible
  • Evoluted
  • Flowd
  • Live & Breathe
  • Soar With Us
  • StraightIn
  • Tangent
  • THG Studios

Integrated Agency of the Year

  • Bonded Agency
  • Fishtank Agency
  • Manifest
  • Simul Digital
  • SLG Agency
  • Soap Media
  • Wish Agency
  • Jaywing

Small Integrated Agency of the Year

  • EXP
  • Move Marketing

PR Agency of the Year - sponsored by the eastern blok

  • Aberfield Communications
  • LUYA
  • Smoking Gun
  • Viva
  • Brazen

Digital Agency of the Year - sponsored by sedulo

  • Evoluted
  • Initiative Health
  • Soap Media
  • StraightIn
  • The Guide Liverpool

Large Digital Agency of the Year

  • 26
  • Cantarus
  • CDS
  • Tangent

New Agency to Watch

  • adam+gary
  • Another Concept
  • Inked PR
  • Matter
  • ME comms.
  • PR By Whitney Williams Limited
  • Fore Studio
  • Redbricks Media
  • Simul Digital

Production Company to Watch

  • Jen Spence Production
  • New Take Films
  • PLAN Productions
  • Sam Teale Productions
  • The Guide Liverpool

Creative Studio of the Year

  • Bubble Design
  • Fishtank Agency
  • HUB
  • Our Studio Ltd
  • THG Studios
  • Windle Creative Ltd

Recognising Campaigns & Innovations

B2B Marketing Campaign of the Year - sponsored by bubble design & marketing limited

  • Bonded Agency, Cravens & CEF: Sparking Excitement for CEF Live!
  • Lesniak Swann & Polypipe Building Services – Smart use of tactics helps to drive £multimillion in enquiries
  • Lesniak Swann & FSi Promat – Who says creativity and effectiveness aren’t natural bedfellows
  • Lesniak Swann & JELD-WEN – Opening the door to growth in the commercial construction market
  • Matter & YLEM Energy – Decarbonising the UK: The Path to 24:1 ROI
  • novi.digital & Carbon Neutral Britain – Planting the Seed of Doubt
  • SLG & VELUX – Transforming and enhancing VELUX for heritage and conservation

B2C Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Bonded & Pink Boutique – Using paid channels to deliver record revenue
  • Digital Rewards Group Ltd & Marks & Spencer – Sparks Days Out X Kids Pass
  • Hello Earth Agency & McQueens Dairies – Making Milkmen Cool Again
  • Manifest & Jameson – Jameson Black Barrel Ignites
  • Powerhouse & Majestic Wine – There’s a story behind every glass
  • Rhino Group Events: Mercedes-Benz Sales Event Campaign
  • STMGRP & Epaderm – ‘Just in Case’ Campaign
  • Theodore Communications & Quickline – Don’t settle for second best
  • Trafford Centre – Celebrating 25 Years of Style

B2B PR Campaign of the Year

  • Aberfield Communications & The Compleat Food Group – Establishing the reputation of The Compleat Food Group in the UK grocery sector.
  • BIG Partnership & NorthEdge – Driving ESG excellence across private equity
  • BIG Partnership & The Cumberland Building Society – Supporting Scotland’s Hospitality Industry
  • Urban Splash – US30: Celebrating three decades of property’s first ‘brand’
  • Lesniak Swann & Finning UK & Ireland – Driving a £multimillion uplift in Finning rebuild leads
  • Lesniak Swann & Reynaers Aluminium UK – Amplifying Reynaers share of voice by making sustainability second nature
  • Refresh & Polypipe Building Products – A Question of Regs
  • Smoking Gun & Reapp (Dee Set Group) – Taking Reapp to Retail Fame

B2C PR Campaign of the Year

  • BIG Partnership & Pall Mall Medical – Poo Protest for Bowel Cancer Awareness
  • Brazen & Joie Stadium – Joie Stadium for Manchester City Women FC
  • Hop&Co. & SCI-MX – Reigniting the brand
  • Manifest & Tommee Tippee – The Social Feed
  • Manifest & Jameson – Jameson Black Barrel Ignites
  • Scoop & Popeyes® UK – Landing Popeyes® UK in the North
  • Smoking Gun & Alton Towers Resort – The Curse at Alton Manor: She Just Wants To Play

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Culture

  • Havas Media Manchester & BBC – Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Special: Saving a cultural icon
  • Jam & Manchester Pride – Showing our Pride for Manchester
  • Leeds Culture Trust – LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture: Letting Culture Loose
  • The Guide Liverpool – The Guide Liverpool Does Eurovision
  • Transport for Greater Manchester & Read Manchester – Celebrate World Book Day

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Social Impact - sponsored by university academy 92 (UA92)

  • Bonded & Story & Fresh – Using real survivors to encourage quitting smoking
  • GMCA, Hitch Marketing & EY3 Media – #IsThisOK
  • Headstock – Remembering Ian Curtis: in aid of Shout
  • ILK Agency & CILT & Logistics UK – Generation Logistics
  • Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner & Lancashire Constabulary – #OpCenturion: Getting Tough On Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Manifest & Tommee Tippee – The Social Feed
  • Sam Teale Productions & Years.com – STP makes viewers ball by showcasing our love for dogs!
  • The Cumberland Building Society, GOOD Agency, Intro PR agency & FareShare Lancashire & Cumbria – Kinder Kind Of Kitchen
  • Wriggle Marketing & South Tyneside Council – Young Carers: A Better U

Not-for-Profit Campaign of the Year

  • Dinosaur x NHS Greater Manchester – What Will You Miss?
  • One SC Media & Hull 4 Heroes
  • Evoluted & Flux Rotherham – SEO Support that WOWed
  • Ilk Agency & CILT & Logistics UK – Generations Logistics
  • Ilk Agency & Couch to Fitness – Cost of Living Campaign
  • Refresh & The Boys’ Brigade – Shining a light on youth organisations
  • Transport for Greater Manchester – Bee Network: Say Yellow
  • Waterfall & Universities UK International – #WeAreInternational

Innovation of the Year - sponsored by powerhouse

  • On Wellbeing, the world’s first science-based behaviour change app by Aspire Software Systems Ltd
  • Harrison Carloss & YMCA England & Wales – Connecting YMCA’s with Y-Hub
  • Matter – Revolutionising B2B Data with Cutting-Edge AI Classification
  • Maxwellia & LoviOne – breaking down barriers to emergency contraception
  • Noumi Digital – Receipts, Loyalty, Rewards & More
  • Simul Digital – We develop innovative tools to drive client success
  • Space & Time Media Ltd & Positec (Europe) Ltd – Kress Robotic Mowers: A media first for cross platform data use

Recognising Tech Driven Companies or Work

Tech Company of the Year

  • Axiologik
  • BOXT
  • BrightHR
  • FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics
  • Salesfire

Tech for Good Award

  • Bolser & The Football Foundation – PitchPower app
  • Morhill Ltd & Cress – The online marketplace for sustainable children’s products
  • Nexus Vehicle Rental – Driving tech innovation in fleet sector
  • Evoluted & Roundabout Ltd – Bangers & Cash Art Trail: On It Like a Car Bonnet
  • Hydra Creative & The Saviour Trust – Digital transformation that transforms homeless lives
  • Live More Offline – Digital Culture Diagnostic and digital learning
  • Miniml Refills – Closed Loop System: Tackling Plastic Waste in the UK Households
  • Pet Trust UK – Digital NFC DogTag & Microchip
  • The Bigger Boat & Leeds Baby Bank – Facilitating a smooth referrals process via Zoho

Tech Platform of the Year

  • bd2 – The Senator Group Portal
  • Harrison Carloss – Connecting YMCA’s with Y-Hub
  • Hotaly – Seamless Event Planning
  • Teads – Teads Ad Manager
  • Workspace 365 – Simplifying business IT to unlock the ultimate digital work focus

Web/Product Development Agency of the Year

  • Anything
  • Bubble Design
  • Quba digital Ltd
  • Reckless
  • Soap Media
  • Tangent

Recognising Organisations & Teams

Best Client Services Team

  • Initiative Health
  • KINESSO UK&I
  • Lesniak Swann
  • OurCreative.

Best In-house Marketing Team - sponsored by hub

  • Corecom Consulting
  • eStar Truck & Van Ltd
  • Leasing Options
  • The Medical Protection Society
  • The Cumberland Building Society
  • Trafford Centre
  • Transport for Greater Manchester

New Brand to Watch

  • Maxwellia – LoviOne – a new brand of accessible emergency contraception
  • Building the Bee Network – Transport for Greater Manchester

Made in the North & Making Global Waves

  • The Medical Protection Society – International Medical Graduates
  • StraightIn – LinkedIn Marketing Agency
  • Sun Branding – The rise of Sun Branding: Innovation, creativity, and Yorkshire grit.
  • ThinkOTB Agency – Pioneering Global Innovation and Impact

Best Workplace Award

  • Brazen
  • Digitaloft
  • Leasing Options
  • OBI Property

Recognising Individuals

Prolific Leader of the Year

  • Abdul Kawsar – Primo Dialler
  • Abigail Scott Paul – Leeds Culture Trust
  • Hayley Clucas – Caspian Insurance
  • Kimberley Waldron – SkyParlour Started
  • Lucy Lomas – Luma Marketing
  • Mitchell Harrison – Wriggle Marketing
  • Paula Robinson – Aqueous Digital
  • Rachel Mcelroy – Axiologik
  • Sam Royle – SoSquared
  • Sherin Mathew – Ai Tech UK
  • Zreen Mansha – Biz Women

This award is decided by a combination of judge’s scores and public vote. Voting is now CLOSED. You can find out the winner at our live ceremony on 9 May! Get your tickets here.

Prolific Rising Star of the Year

  • Ally Boldan – instantprint
  • Ben Catherall – Rhino Group Events
  • Caitlin Allan – Aqueous Digital
  • Connor Alma – Powerhouse
  • Dion Williams – Wriggle Marketing
  • Georgia Dixon – Access HR Ltd
  • Jacy Davis – Fishtank Agency
  • Lucy Beaumont – IF Agency
  • Nile Henry – The Blair Project
  • Sam Teale – Sam Teale Productions
  • Subhash Chatterjee – One SC Media
  • Toby Shaw – Teads
  • Tom Appleton – THG Studios
  • Victoria Collins – Evoluted
  • Zac Hancock – Full Send Studios

This award is decided by a combination of judge’s scores and public vote. Voting is now CLOSED. You can find out the winner at our live ceremony on 9 May! Get your tickets here.

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Our Sponsors

University Academy 92

Bubble Design

Powerhouse

The Eastern Blok

HUB

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