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Prolific North: The events and initiatives to look forward to in 2023


What a year it’s been for Prolific North.

2022 – our 10th year in business – has been a 12 months packed full of industry-leading events, benchmark-setting research and thousands of stories documenting the continuing growth of the North’s digital and creative industries.

In the last quarter alone, we’ve hosted a sold-out Prolific North Tech Awards at the Hilton Manchester and then turned the spotlight on the North’s early-stage start-up sector with our inaugural Tech Companies to Watch event.

We’ve heard from some of the region’s most successful agency leaders with our Prolific North Live event, hosted at KPMG’s Northern HQ, that looked at creativity and the power of partnerships.

A panel session at the Tech Companies to Watch event

We launched the latest edition of the Northern Agency Guide – the most successful one yet – with a packed event in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

And we’ve hosted a special event for the PR sector where agency and brand PR leaders discussed how to navigate a recession, as well as a fascinating roundtable with JAM looking at marketing for the 40-60 market.

Much more happened across the year, but our attention is now turning to our 2023 schedule.

Here are some of the events and other initiatives you can look forward to.


Digital City Festival 2023

March 27th-31st

Join us once again for a series of fantastic events across Manchester and beyond – from 27th – 31st March 2023. We’ll have more details on our exciting plans early in the new year.

Prolific North Top 50 Integrated Agencies 2023


We’ll be back in February with the latest edition of our benchmark ranking of the North’s best-performing integrated agencies (see last year’s Top 50 here). Keep an eye out in early January when we’ll be putting the call out for information from agencies hoping to included on the list. 


Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies 2023


Last year we saw our first new number one in six years, with IDHL Group edging out Stickyeyes for the first time. We’ll be back with the 2023 edition of our ever-popular ranking in May.


Prolific North Champions Awards

May 18th

Our flagship awards event returns to Lancashire Cricket Club for a special 10th anniversary edition.

Uniting hundreds of professionals across the digital, creative, media, marketing and tech worlds, this year’s event features a number of new categories across the broadcast and media sectors, including Broadcasting Programme and Journalist of the Year.

There are a number of new and returning free-to-enter categories next year too, including Tech For Good Award, Outstanding Rising Star and Outstanding Contributor to the North.

Read more about our plans here.

Prolific North Creative Awards

June 22nd

Arriving in June, our brand new awards event will showcase the North’s outstanding creative. More details about the location and our innovative new format will be revealed in the new year.

See you in 2023!

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