Merry Christmas from drp

2017 has been an epic year for the drpteam on so many levels, we’ve seen our relationships with existing accounts develop and grow, whilst welcoming many new clients into our family.

Our investment in all areas of the business has continued. We are heavily reliant on technology so continual investment in the latest innovations is vital, along with our ever-growing R&D into new techniques. This investment in facilities and infrastructure have allowed us to diversify into new areas around digital solutions, social media campaigns and using the studio complex to host such programmes as Channel 5’s Gadget show.

Our external client educational program lead by Head of Insight & Innovation Callum Gill, and the drptalk’s, which have become an extremely popular platform to share knowledge and keep our clients informed as to the latest ways of working across our industry. Over 60 online blogs have been produced, 3 drptalk dinners, and the second drpbigtalk, held at the drpHQ in September, seeing over 150 clients and industry experts enjoy a day and evening of education and networking.

We expanded the group’s family back in September, when event agency Penguins became part of the group. The Windsor based company is extremely well respected within the industry and is a fantastic cultural fit within the group. They will continue under the Penguins brand as we support them to grow and develop further.

With a growing team, we’ve had a fantastic 47 new starters this year, bringing us to a total of 231 team members. Following this growth, we launched the drpacademy, bringing together all the great team development initiatives under one umbrella. Using a combination of internal and external training providers, we have had a diverse programme of activity, from the board through to the entire organisation. Our investment in people has been recognised again this year as we were awarded for the 6th year running, 'Investors in People' Gold status.

As the year comes to a close, on behalf of the drpteam, I would like to thank all our clients and partners for a fantastic year and wish everyone a great Christmas and prosperous New Year.

We were proud to be involved in the development and launch of the industry’s event management apprenticeship scheme, while we have many apprentices across all the other areas of the business, the events world was dragging its feet.

An area we have paid particular attention to is training around security, both physical and data. We have an ongoing commitment in these important areas, and were awarded the ISO27001 standard and Cyber Essentials this year. With the impending GDPR we are investing heavily in our data management and security systems. With regards to physical security, we have worked closely with police forces, developing robust crisis management processes, which have now been rolled-out across all the drpteam. Additionally, we are driving awareness across the industry, through various educational events and other channels.

Our CSR programme has supported countless local and national charities to raise funds and create awareness. Using our skills in communication across all the channels we operate in, we can make a real difference to people’s lives. Environmentally we are leading the way through our objective led department programme, this year once again being awarded with ISO14001 and ISO20121 standards for sustainability, with the independent auditors commenting we are at the highest level when it comes to the standard.

2017 has been a fantastic year for being recognised for our work across all areas of our business, winning 32 awards. Including two Agency of the Year awards wins, at the EVCOM Industry Awards and The Drum UK Event Awards.

So, as the year comes to a close, on behalf of the drpteam, I would like to thank all our clients and partners for a fantastic year and wish everyone a great Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Best wishes