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The Prolific North Awards 2019 – The Winners


The Prolific North Awards 2019 took place last night and brought over 700 people to Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse to celebrate the fantastic work done by the North’s booming marketing and creative sectors. 

BBC 5 Live’s Will Perry presented the awards, which spanned 27 categories, after everyone had finished their three-course dinner. 

The Prolific North Awards were supported by event organisers Don’t Panic, while thanks also go to the category sponsors: CDi Yorkshire, JaywingFlipbook Studios, Bank of Creativity and Dock 10


Entries and judging

Entries were submitted by the region’s most creative and forward-thinking agencies and groups from multiple industries – so thank you to everyone who made an entry. The shortlist only goes to show the immense talent, imagination and hard work at play in the North.

We’d also like to thank the industry experts who made up our panel of judges:

Neil Barnes, Media and Content Manager at Benenden Health; Paul Billingham, Co-Founder of Knight Corporate Finance; Andrew Binns, Director of Havas Lynx; Jamie Boulger, Group Head of Digital at Bruntwood; Leanne Buchan, Principal Officer for Culture and Sport at Leeds City Council; Thea Burrows, Co-founder & MD for Maker Projects; Simon Butterworth, VP Digital Marketing at MAG-O; Martin Carr, non-exec director of three creative agencies & independent Brand Consultant; Tom Cheesewright, Founder of Applied Futurism Practice, Book of the Future; Richard Collingwood, Brand and Digital Manager for Riverside Group; Alex Connock, MD of Missile; Jon Corner, CEO of The Landing; David Edmundson-Bird, Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise Associate Director for Digital Innovation at MMU; Ellie England, Sales Director at Microsoft; Richard Gregory, Non-exec Director and advisor; Tom Greveson, CEO of Revolution Viewing; Alex Hamilton, Head of PR and Social at One; Ben Hatton, MD at Praetura Ventures; Gareth Healey, Non-exec Director at Beyond Noise; Emma Hunt, Head of Marketing at Vimto; Kristal Ireland, Head of eCommerce and Retail Technology for London North East Railway; John Jones, Corporate Partner at Beever & Struthers; John Kehoe, CEO of Media Agency Group; Richard Kenyon, Director of Marketing & Comms at Everton Football Club; Steve Kuncewicz, Partner at BLM Law; Alison Last, Corporate Affairs Manager for UK & Ireland at Kellogg’s; Rob McLoughlin, Founder of Carm Productions; Rose Marley, CEO of Sharpfutures; Neil McKay, CEO of Endless Gain; Terry McStea, Network Manager for Design Network North; Steve Miller, Membership & Partnerships Director at PRCA; Karen Milligan, Director of CREATE at dock10; Paul Mousley, Scriptwriter; David Parkin, Founder of; Rob Shaw, CEO of Jaywing; Duke Tanson, Head of Digital Marketing at BooHoo; Richard Walker, Co-Owner & Director at Mustard; and John Woodall, Managing Director at Space 48


The Prolific North Awards 2019: The Winners

Animation / Graphics Company of the Year: Atomhawk

Also nominated were:

  • Flipbook Studio
  • Fuzzy Duck
  • Our Studio Ltd
  • Stone Soup
  • Wyzowl

Small Digital Agency of the Year: We Are Bind

Sponsored by CDi Yorkshire

Also nominated were:

  • 6B Digital LTD
  • Acquiro Digital
  • Click Tap Media
  • Embryo Digital
  • Mashbo
  • MountDigital
  • Pinpoint Designs

Large Digital Agency of the Year: Dept

Also nominated were:

Independent Production Company of the Year: Air TV

Also nominated were:

  • Blakeway North
  • Daisybeck Studios
  • Hurricane Films
  • Lizardfish TV
  • Powerhouse
  • Title Role
  • Workerbee

Small Integrated Agency of the Year: Move Marketing Ltd.

Also nominated were:

  • Agent
  • AKA North
  • Bugler Smith
  • Moirae Creative Agency
  • RMS
  • Wish Group
  • Woven

Large Integrated Agency of the Year: Wavemaker North

Sponsored by Jaywing

Also nominated were:

Media Sales Winner: Channel 4

  • Media Sales Silver: Transport for Greater Manchester

Also nominated were:

  • Digital Cinema Media
  • Immediate Media
  • More Media Sales
  • OPEN Media

Small PR Agency of the Year: Prohibition

Also nominated were: 

Large PR Agency of the Year: Citypress

SEO Agency of the Year: CandidSky

Also nominated were:

Content Team of the Year: Wavemaker North

Also nominated were:

  • CREATE at dock10
  • Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
  • Evoluted
  • Fircroft
  • Hattrick
  • MediaCom North
  • Shoot the Moon 

News & Magazine (Printed or Online): Lancashire Business View

Also nominated were:

  • Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, MC Magazine
  • Warrington Guardian
  • Yolklore Magazine

Broadcasting Programme – News, Factual, Entertainment or Drama: Air TV – 999 Rescue Squad, UKTV

Sponsored by Flipbook Studio

Also nominated were:

  • Blakeway North – Manchester Bomb: Our Story
  • Blakeway North – Stacey Dooley Investigates: Second Chance Sex Offenders
  • Blakeway North – The Voices in my Head
  • Radio City Talk – The Mental Health Marathon
  • Title Role – Paedophile Hunters: The Rise of the Vigilantes
  • Workerbee – Murdertown 
  • Workerbee – The Big NHS Singalong Live 

Broadcasting – Commercial / Advertising: Wash Studio & N by Hyundai – Brand launch campaign ‘Turning Petrol Heads’ 

Also nominated were: 

  • ABF Pictures & Peacocks – Where The Magic Happens
  • Channel 4 & Dr Oetker Ristorante – Igniting Real Romance With First Dates
  • Equinox Film and TV Production & Motorpoint – We Put The Super Into Car Supermarket
  • Flipbook Studio & Brass Agency – Harrison Spinks – The True Bedmakers
  • Groundbreak & Brother – Crystals Commercial
  • Groundbreak Productions – Brother Food Commercial

Website of the Year: IGOO & Utility Design – 

Also nominated were:

  • e3creative, Part of Dept & Ascot – 
  • Extreme & BishopSound – 
  • Modern English & WBR, #DuaMoods – 
  • NetConstruct & Marshalls – 
  • Propaganda & Gym King – 
  • Sputnik Digital & Swinton Insurance – 
  • Strawberry & Tropic Skincare – 

App of the Year: Wild in Art and Mediaworks – Bee in the City

Also nominated:

  • MadeByPi, M&C Saatchi World Services & The International HIV and AIDS Alliance – Ready+ HIV Adherence App

Video of the Year: Mfour & Flipbook Studio – Manchester Makes Memories

Also nominated were:

  • Citypress & Brother – All The Little Things
  • CREATE at dock10 – This Is Our Story 
  • Groundbreak productions – Brother Crystals Commercial
  • Our Studio Ltd – 2 Ruskin Square for Schroders – Stanhope
  • Powerhouse and Marks & Spencer – M&S Best Ever Steak Pie
  • Stein IAS & Trelleborg Marine & Infrastructure – SafeTug 360° Video
  • Untold & Budweiser Budvar – True Bohemians

B2B Marketing Campaign of the Year: Upp B2B and CHEP – Thanks to you campaign

Also nominated were:

  • 438 Marketing & Element – ONE Alliance’ global integration & branding project
  • BJL & BASF – Black Grass
  • Born + Raised & Arco – ‘CE Failings’ 
  • Cameron Wells Communications and Willis Towers Watson – That Feelgood FTSE Feeling
  • ClientsFirst & Accord Mortgages – The Growth Series
  • Prohibition & Huthwaite International – The cure and the cause: surviving and thriving in Med Tech
  • Stein IAS & Trelleborg Marine & Infrastructure – Smart Marketing Marketing Smart

B2C Marketing Campaign of the Year (Less than £50k): Bring Digital & Ann Summers – 30-day Sex Position Challenge

Also nominated were:

  • Digitaloft & Veygo – Driving SEO Success with Digital PR
  • Extreme & Nisa – #ChristmasLocally
  • Extreme & The Stable Company – Building an industry leader in education construction
  • Jaywing & First direct – Making mortgages properly personal
  • Mosquito & Flexitol – Discover Your Travel Personality 
  • RMS & Swizzels – Sweetest Invention
  • Shoppertainment Management and Charter Walk Shopping Centre – Budding Burnley

B2C Marketing Campaign of the Year (Over £50k): Wavemaker North & Vimto – How to Engage the Unengaged

Also nominated were: 

  • Access and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) – Together Campaign
  • Banana Kick for Leeds Cares – Launching a world-class charity brand
  • BJL & Swinton Insurance – Nagging Doubt 
  • CandidSky & Buddy Loans – Demonstrating true value
  • Click Consult & Liverpool ONE – Be Our Guest – Welcoming Record Numbers to Liverpool ONE
  • SOWN Agency and PhD Nutrition – Use Your Fear #PerformSmart
  • Wavemaker North & Original Source – Mattering to Millennials

B2B PR Campaign of the Year: Intelligent Conversation & Alliance Manchester Business School – Demystifying the Apprenticeship Levy

Also nominated were:

  • Context Public Relations & Check Point – The Tech That Turned Against You
  • Future – Launching Work.Life in the Northern Powerhouse
  • Grayling – Cummins engineers a comeback
  • Instantprint – Secret Santa Campaign
  • Refresh PR – Heating Installer Awards
  • Refresh PR and Eurocell – The Future Homes Campaign
  • Skout & Miele – PR that’s Immer Besser

B2C PR Campaign of the Year: Smoking Gun & Childs Farm – The Miracle Cream

Also nominated were:

  • Big Brand Ideas and Ei Publican Partnerships – National Pub Fortnight 2018
  • BIG Partnership and North West Cancer Research – Tackling skin cancer one #suncreamselfie at a time 
  • Citypress & British Gas – Keeping Britain Warm in Winter
  • Everton Football Club – Jack’s virtual mascot 
  • Kellogg’s – Better Starts
  • Social Communications & One Manchester & The Royal Exchange Theatre – Can You Hear Me From Up Here?
  • W North – Launching the inaugural Cycle Expo Yorkshire

Digital / Social Media Campaign of the Year: Hatch & CREATE at dock10 – Rugby League World Cup 2021, A Digital Host City Announcement

Also nominated were: 

  • Banana Kick & Plusnet – The Yorkshire Citizen Test
  • Digitaloft & Veygo – Driving SEO Success with Digital PR
  • Mosquito & Zoflora – Crufts
  • Return & Pink Boutique – Too glam to give a damn
  • SKV Communications & TfGM – Noel’s Back!
  • United Utilities & Delineo – Reservoir Safety 2018
  • Zero Suicide Alliance – Suicide – Let’s Talk campaign

Content Campaign of the Year: Edit and – Global Relaxation

Also nominated were:

  • Accord Marketing & Age UK Mobility – Supersizing Age UK Mobility’s Content
  • Cameron Wells & Willis Towers Watson – That Feelgood FTSE Feeling
  • Channel 4 & Thomas Cook – The Secret Lives of 5 Year Olds on Holiday 1 & 2
  • Digitaloft & Veygo – Driving SEO Success with Digital PR
  • Reach & The Story Lab & Carat with Halfords – Really Ready for Summer 
  • Wavemaker North & Dr. Oetker Ristorante – The Perfect Date Night
  • Wavemaker North & Original Source – Mattering to Millennials

Integrated Campaign of the Year: Prohibition & CEWE – My Inspiring Moments 

Sponsored by Bank of Creativity

Also nominated were:

  • Agent – Better By Bus 
  • CandidSky & Buddy Loans – Demonstrating true value
  • Click Tap Media and Liverpool One Integrated – Light up Your Christmas
  • Havas & BBC One – Luther: This Will Hurt  
  • Science and Industry Museum – The National Tour of Tim Peake’s Spacecraft
  • Skout and Miele – Marketing that’s Immer Besser
  • Upp B2B and CHEP – Thanks to you campaign

Search Campaign of the Year: Jaywing Intelligence & Domino’s – Using AI to discover new audiences & drive revenue

  • Search Campaign of the Year (Silver): MAG-O – Short Term Parking, Long Term Gainz

Also nominated were:

  • CandidSky – Evolution Money
  • Digitaloft & Veygo – Driving SEO Success with Digital PR
  • Return & Printerland – Getting the right sale equals sustainable profit
  • Salience & Lingerie Outlet Store – Making Lingerie Outlet Store 835% More Visible

Prolific Northerner Award: Nicky Unsworth, CEO of The BJL Group

Sponsored by Dock10

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