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More leading speakers revealed for Prolific North’s From Growth to Gold event

Agency leaders from Rise at Seven, McCann Central, Stein IAS and more are set to speak at Prolific North’s From Growth to Gold event.

Hosted at KPMG’s offices in Manchester on 29 February, From Growth to Gold: Scaling and selling your agency is an essential event for ambitious agency founders and leaders looking to supercharge their growth and scale up.

Along with our headline partners KPMG and Glaisyers, this afternoon event will be filled with lively discussions, insightful talks, and opportunities for networking and collaboration.

As well as the speakers recently announced here, you will also be able to hear from:

Sam Gregory, Joint CEO at Tangerine

Gregory has previously worked with PR agencies Arena, Triangle and IAS before joining Tangerine in 2011 to head up the agency’s new B2B offering and was subsequently appointed joint CEO together with Mary Harding. In 2017, Tangerine became an employee-owned agency with 110 staff, with turnover now above £5m.

She will be appearing on a panel session on Employee Ownership Trusts, staff engagement & agency development, alongside Dan Appleby, Managing Director at Drummond Central.

Karl Loudon, Chief Commercial Officer at Rise at Seven

Loudon is a commercial agency leader with over 20 years experience in high growth startups, network agencies and global enterprises including board positions at Reprise IPG, digital product agency Mubaloo and more recently as Chief Commercial Officer at Rise at Seven. He is on a mission to destigmatise sales in the creative world and build a more inclusive future for commercial teams.

He will be joining two other successful leaders in a panel session, sharing the lessons learnt along the way.

Rob Morrice, CEO at Stein IAS

Morrice spent his formative years with Scottish advertising agencies before co-founding Smarts in 1990 and sold it exactly 10 years later for £3.2m.  In 2005 he accepted an offer from Media Square plc to run the B2B agency IAS in Macclesfield and he subsequently led a merger with Stein in the US and further offices have been established in Europe and Asia.

He will be joining a panel session with other agency leaders to delve deeper into their successes, including Nicky Unsworth, former CEO at BJL / Dentsu and Karl Loudon, CCO at Rise at Seven.

Dean Lovett, CEO at McCann Central

In addition to his role as CEO at McCann Central, Lovett was recently appointed chairman at McCann Manchester to focus on growth, collaboration and operational excellence. He is responsible for six offices across the UK specialising in integrated comms and award-winning creative.

Neil McKay, CEO at Endless Gain

McKay began adult life as a professional footballer before he became one of the UK’s most prolific digital entrepreneurs, starting with Global Media’s MBO and subsequent sale before moving on to digital agency Lakestar as MD where he oversaw the agency’s growth to a successful nine figure sale to IPG’s McCann Manchester. He subsequently launched conversion rate optimisation agency Endless Gain in 2016 which he sold in 2023 to listed Danish company Columbus for £3m.

Mckay will be sharing his insights in a compelling talk on mergers and acquisitions.

Make sure you join us in Manchester on 29 February. Take a look at the full agenda and book your spot here – spaces are limited!

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