As a personalised T-shirts agency, we tend to work with many event planners which is why we pay close attention to the industry. Every year, we like to take a look at the main players in the sector and compile a list of the ones we consider the top British event agencies. We take a look at their list of clients, turnover, past projects and technology available.
Top British event agencies for 2019
Bear in mind that these are not necessarily the ‘best’ agencies. These are simply the companies in the events industry that we considered to be the most interesting from the outside. In the future, we would like to work with them to also be able to evaluate their customer service.
Without further ado, in no particular order, here is our list:
This agency prides itself in being independent. They argue that it allows them to do the best work they possibly can and it seems to be working! Today, you can find Mother offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Shanghai. Some of their clients include IKEA, Greenpeace and KFC.
The Fresh Group
The Fresh Group was founded in 2004 to ‘create and deliver inspirational communications for their clients,’ which include Hyundai, dfs and Dixons Carphone. They honour their name by bringing the talents of over 80 professionals to come up with creative solutions to some of the biggest challenges in the industry.
With locations in seven different countries, Cievents is an event planning agency dedicated to the international corporate market. Among its clients, you’ll find Hays, Home Retail Group UK and Thompson Reuters.
Self-described as ‘the experience agency’, this company is all about connecting brands with people. TRO is an international agency that specialises in experiential, live and retail events. Among its clients, you’ll find Volvo, Nissan and Guinness.
‘It’s easier to complicate than simplify’ with this statement, this agency opens up their ‘principles’ section. Thanks to the minimalistic approach, this agency can create campaigns and organise events of high impact.
For them, the idea is everything. Or so they say on their website. Their key industry sectors are automotive, electronics and financial services, among others. SMYLE has managed events for Red Bull, the X Factor and Intel.
WRG seeks to create and deliver unforgettable content and experiences. Most of their clients are in the pharmaceutical, financial and IT industries. In which we can find Clarks, EE and Wella, among others.
BCD Meetings & Incentives
After more than 30 years in the events industry, these guys don’t show any signs of slowing down. These experts in meetings and events management have worked with companies like Good Year, GoDaddy, Chili’s.
Bartle Bogle Hegarty
Their mission is to differentiate their clients from the rest. To do that, they have a team of experts and over three decades of experience. One of their coolest projects was a Facebook campaign they organised for Depeche Mode where, during a year, every day a different fan would manage their account.
Every year they deliver over 16,000 meetings and 500 events. Tied with CWT, Banks Sadler had an event-based turnover of £36.2 million in 2016. Among their most important clients is SBM (Saudi Business Machines).
Capita Travel and Events
Capita prides itself in creating and delivering smarter travel, meetings and events. Among their clients, you’ll find Direct Line Group, Virgin Media and Pearson. With a staff of 850 people, they’re one of the biggest event agencies in the UK.
DRP works with brands like SAP, Vodafone and Box. Since 1980, this agency has dedicated itself to find a creative solution to every challenge. Their mantra is ‘anything is possible’ and imagination is at the core of every project they undertake.
Previously known as We Are Vista. this agency now goes by the name of ICF Next. This is an ALL in-house service, from the obvious event management to content strategy to audience research and internal communications. On their clients’ page, you’ll find Asda, Lloyds Banking Group and Harrods.
CWT Meetings and Events
This agency works with brands from the automotive, financial and pharmaceutical industries. Unlike other names on this list, CWT is purely events oriented. One of their highlights is an influencer getaway they planned for a cosmetics company.
Ashfield Meetings & Events
Mostly dedicated to the healthcare sector, Ashfield works with 20 of the biggest pharma companies in the world. They are specialised in the organisation of conferences, congresses, exhibitions, meetings, incentives, product launches and training.
This agency is known for creating custom stands that go the extra mile. Thanks to its technology and original graphics, Freeman has made a name for itself in the events industry.
Bompas & Parr
Talk a multi-sensory experience! Sam Bompas and Harry Parr became known for their jelly-making but, thanks to their background in architecture and marketing, they’ve become a staple instead of being just a novelty. One of their most popular concepts is ‘alcoholic architecture’ — an inhabitable cloud of gin and tonic.
ATPI Corporate Events and Sports Events
With a premise of ‘events are our world’ this agency presents itself as the organisers that will go far and beyond. Their premise? To leave it all to them. ATPI will take care of a production from beginning to end. Among their clients, you’ll find Heineken, Microsoft and Hyundai.
Jack Morton Worldwide
Jackson Morton Worldwide has worked with pretty much everyone and done pretty much everything. Among their clients, you’ll find T-Mobile, Nespresso and Magnum for whom they’ve organised events with a turnover of a whopping £79 million.
Chillisauce specialises in team building activities, incentives, meetings, conferences and Christmas parties. From their headquarters in London, they’ve worked for companies like Deloitte and Microsoft.
So there you have them, our top 20 UK event agencies of 2019. Are there any other you’d like to see added to the list? Then let us know in the comments below.
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