BEST COVID-19 RESPONSE IN MEDIA / CREATIVE INDUSTRIES (UP TO 75 EMPLOYEES)
At BoxMedia, we’ve always been proud of our working culture, but it was well and truly tested in the wake of COVID-19. In response to an unpredictable and demanding pandemic, we immediately created a remote working environment that centred staff wellbeing and performance. By implementing daily well-being calls, thoughtful care packages and task management restructures, Box skilfully adapted to the new normal with their staff at the heart of the agenda. We decentralised our information and streamlined our channels of communication. The experience has allowed us to strengthen our professional and creative bonds, and consider perspectives that we might never have before. We feel confident that we can adapt and thrive in the face of any crisis.
Using their expertise, Delivered Social have supported their local community throughout the pandemic. From free social clinics for businesses to the first COVID-secure catering event and even the development of the Guildford App – the team have focused on serving their beloved town throughout. Assisting over 1000 businesses and continuing to provide support to charities with their digital marketing skills, the team have built a solid reputation as Guildford’s top agency. And, have certainly made a name as a business at the very forefront of the community.
DOOH.com – #MyHeroes: International Campaign to Celebrate Key Workers
MyHeroes’ purpose was to highlight the heroes who, until the pandemic hit, were taken for granted. In response to lockdown & the OOH industry’s almost 70% loss in bookings, together & overnight we changed OOH from an advertising channel into a broadcast channel for good – celebrating 14.5m key workers in the largest ever micro-targeted national campaign. MyHeroes empowered people, contributed to saving lives & proved the industry’s trusted relationship with the public. It was a catalyst for the government to see OOH as the lead media channel in its COVID campaigns, aiding the OOH’s recovery & revealing its channel dominance in influencing behavioural change.
Evenco International is an executive conference organizer devoted to the asset management community throughout Europe and the Americas. Throughout the crisis, Evenco doubled in size. The only events company to do so. Due to our bottom up approach, where we construct events based on demand, we identified opportunities and innovative ways to pivot.
Evoluted is a leading independent digital agency in Sheffield, established in 2006 by entrepreneurs Ash Young and Gareth Davies.Operating from our office in an 18th-century steelworks, Evoluted’s team of 35 digital professionals apply the same high-quality approach to each client – ensuring the focus is on building long-term relationships, working collaboratively and providing lasting results Evoluted’s team draws upon experiences across leading agencies and in-house teams to bring together expertise across all facets of digital in one highly effective team.However, more crucially than that, we have achieved this growth in a way that every member of the team genuinely buys into and feels proud to be a part of Evoluted.Winning this award would demonstrate why it’s important to have values that aren’t just about company profits, client growth, and having the biggest or fastest-growing team in the world.It would recognise the immense amount of positive mental energy and time that has been committed to retaining Evoluted’s company culture throughout the COVID crisis by everyone on the team; and the additional effort that has been directed towards ensuring our clients were able to keep the lights on and keep their own staff paid throughout the pandemic.
PPA – PPA’s Response to Covid-19
The PPA is the main membership association for the UK consumer and business magazine media industry. The achievements of this small team of nine during the pandemic, were nothing short of outstanding. Throughout the pandemic, the PPA provided additional support to its members and the wider industry through events, networking, meetings, lobbying work and the dedicated COVID-19 Advice Hub. The newly launched PPA Live! webinar series provided practical, informative and entertaining sessions, our public affairs team confirmed key worker status for those working in production/journalism to ensure our members could continue working during lockdown, and we facilitated additional business specific meetings and developed new working groups to tackle pressing issues such as Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainability, to make sure members had sufficient avenues to connect with each other. This extra activity was in addition to the regular PPA activity which continued alongside. The PPA maintained the COVID-19 Advice Hub and coronavirus news hub, giving members the most up-to-date and relevant information when they needed it most. Despite the many challenges, we have much to be proud of as an industry. By working together, sharing together, and celebrating together, the PPA continues to bring the whole industry together.
Proctor and Stevenson
At Proctors, our people make us who we are. Brave. Imaginative. Resilient and adaptable. The team spirit and collaboration from all areas of the company is the reason we have thrived and not simply survived. No one could have forecast the impact Covid-19 would have on our lives and the business landscape. The uncertainty was unsettling; however, the resilience and adaptability of our team has brought us together, stronger than ever before. Despite the massive impact on the creative industries over the last two years, Covid-19 has created new opportunities for our business to develop in areas that had not been considered before. Our finances, work, people, wellbeing and our future have adapted and improved. Our relationships with stakeholders are stronger than ever, we have received fabulous feedback from clients, and we are excited for what the new normal has to offer. We continue to treat wellbeing as the highest priority for our staff. Although this has been a tough time to manage and market a business, we have maintained our strong foundation and commitment to our values, which has allowed us to work on exciting projects and grow with our fantastic teams.