The BD100: the UK’s top business developers revealed

Now in its third year, The BD100 celebrates the best in the business – of business development, those brilliant agency superstars who have kept driving their teams forward in these most challenging times.

After receiving hundreds of glowing nominations from across the industry, a judging process then ranked business developers based on success, motivation and personality to arrive at our top 100. You can see this year’s 100 below.

The BD100 judges include Kerry Glazer (Chair, AAR), Phil Jones (Founder & CEO, Podge Events Limited), Ian Millner (Co-founder & Global CEO, Iris), Sherilyn Shackell (Founder & Global CEO, The Marketing Academy), Mark Clark (Owner, JFDI), Camilla Honey (Owner, JFDI), Fergus Gregory (Director, Collingwood Advisory Ltd), Kate Bosomworth (Founding Partner, Platform London), Peter Cowie (From Good to Great) and John Pummell (CEO, Confidant)

Jody Osman, Co-Founder of The BD100 and Board Director of Growth at Propeller Group said: “I was glad we had such a strong judging panel this year as there were so many brilliant submissions. Business Developers across the country really have stepped up to the challenges of this year and delivered some exceptional results. The calibre of this year’s BD100 is testament to this.”

The BD100 will be celebrated and the Business Developer of The Year and Rising Star winners announced at the Winning Together event on Thursday 26th November, in partnership with The BD100 and The Drum.

Winning Together will unite the business development community and agency leaders to share insight and experiences, combining high-profile speakers, live panel discussions and interactive coaching sessions. The line-up includes Sam Conniff (Author, Be More Pirate), Camilla Harrisson (CEO, Anomaly), Jerry Daykin (Senior Media Director, GSK). Sherilynn Shackell (Founder, The Marketing Academy) and Jemima Monies (Managing Partner, adam&eveDDB).

Rich McHardy, Co-founder of The BD100 and Founder Director The McHardy Collective adds: “Whenever I tell the story of how we set out on a mission to recognise, support and nurture business development talent to speakers, keynotes, sponsors and other contributory stakeholders, they immediately want to get involved and help – that’s so rewarding and lovely and it’s reflected in our awesome Winning Together speaker line-up and another BD100 cohort brimming with personality, energy and a determination to overcome obstacles.”