The Greatest Awards on Earth returns in style


B2B AwardsLast night saw the return of the B2B Marketing Awards and the evening was a great success.

Held at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London, the Awards sold out for the first time – a reflection of the number of excellent nominations received.

The venue was transformed into a circus, complete with fire-eaters, stilt-walkers, jugglers, and acrobats, while fairground mirrors greeted guests as they entered the reception area.

After a delicious three-course meal, host and comedian Romesh Ranganathan entertained everyone during the awards ceremony, which saw over fifty trophies handed out.

We were proud to organise and sponsor the event once again, and we hope everyone had a brilliant time.

Read more about our work for the Awards here.

Stirling Prize winner revealed


Everyman TheatreThe new Everyman Theatre in Liverpool has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

Haworth Tompkins’ winning project replaces the original Everyman Theatre, which was in a state of disrepair, with a new and sustainable building that recognises its heritage.

Stephen Hodder, RIBA President, said: “Complementing beautifully with the surrounding listed buildings, it is a ground-breaking example of how to build a daring, bold and highly sustainable large public building in a historic city centre.”

The award, which is given to the best building of the year, is now in its nineteenth year.

Find out more about the winner here.

BCO reveals most innovative workplaces


BCO awardsThe British Council for Offices has announced the winners of its national awards.

The BCO annually recognises the ‘best and most innovative’ workplaces in the UK, awarding ‘visionary office design and functionality’.

The prizes up for grabs included the President’s Award, Commercial Workplace, and the Innovation Award.

Winning offices are located in London, Rochdale, Manchester, and Derby.

You can find out more about the awards, which have been running since 1992, here.


Asendia Internal Communications Camapign

Developing an internal values campaign for an organisation with offices in 15 countries is always a challenge; however, it is doubly so when it also involves the merger of two separate businesses.

Working with the Asendia, a joint venture between Swiss Post and La Poste, we developed an engaging and interactive internal campaign that not only communicated the values on a global basis but also encouraged understanding and enactment throughout the organisation. Asendia is an international mail provider, formed by La Poste and Swiss Post in 2012, providing a range of international mail solutions for ecommerce, direct marketing, publishing and direct marketing.

The Think Tank was invited to pitch for the Asendia’s global branding activity in 2013 and the Value’s campaign was the first of a series of international integrated marketing campaigns. We are now pleased that the success of this first campaign has been recognised in our being shortlisted in the Best Employee Engagement category of the Corporate Comms Awards.

The campaign was designed to bring together the 1,100 Asendia employees around the world, who had previously worked for either La Poste or Swiss Post, and embed a core set of values within the business and encourage them to include them in everything they did.

The campaign was a great success with significant engagement across the organisation and continues with an awards programme that recognises those that have acted upon these values in their everyday working lives.

Fingers crossed for the awards on 26th November.

Stirling Prize shortlist revealed


The ShardRIBA has released the shortlist for its prestigious Stirling Prize.

Six new buildings have been shortlisted for the Prize, which is awarded to the project that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the United Kingdom.

The nominations, which include Renzo Piano’s The Shard, are drawn from the public, commercial, and educational spheres.

Zaha Hadid, a previous recipient of the Stirling Prize, has also been nominated for the London Aquatics Centre.

The winner will be announced by RIBA on the 16th October.

Find out which buildings have been nominated here.

The Think Tank listed among best agencies for social media


Marketme has released a list of its top 500 Social Media Agencies, according to Klout scores, and we are pleased to announce our accounts feature twice – at 46 and 54 respectively.

Klout scores are metric units that quantify the levels of influence your presence is having social media platforms.

The @thinktanklondon twitter account is ranked at number 46, and the @thethinktankpr account features at number 54.

Take a look at the top 500 agencies here, and tell us if you agree with the rankings.

Latest World Design Rankings released


World Design Rankings has released the 2013 list, which sees the United States remain at the top of the aggregated rankings.

The list ranks countries by their success in internationally juried design competitions and has been accumulating them in the current list since 2010.

It breaks down into ‘design business insights’ (strengths, weaknesses and opportunities), which reveal how countries perform in different areas of design, such as architecture, art and technology.

Arranged by the A’ Design Award & Competition, the list ranks sixty-nine countries, including this year’s newcomers Iceland and Puerto Rico. The United States tops the table with 112 awards between its designers, followed closely by Turkey (89) and Hong Kong (81). The United Kingdom is in a respectable fifth place with 55 awards.

You can see the whole table here – do you think this is a good way to represent design achievements?

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