The BD100 Annual Awards

On Wednesday 20th November 2019, The BD100 held its second annual awards event, bringing together over 100 business developers and like-minded individuals for an evening celebrating new business and recognising the best in business development.


Business Developer of the Year

Helen Lee
Marketing & New Business Director
Wunderman Thompson
Following a highly successful year that included wins with Selfridges, Nestlé Purina, Bose, Panadol and a place on Shell’s agency of the future roster. Helen said of the achievement: “It was absolutely overwhelming to win, it’s an amazing feeling. It was a brilliant getting all our peers together in the new business community.

The Rising Star of the Year

Alex Johnson
Senior New Business Manager
Born Social
Alex moved across from client services to business development this year and helped Born Social add Kopparberg, Nando’s, Veet, Tinder, Snickers and BrewDog to their client list. Alex offered advice to those new to Business Development saying “you’ll always be held accountable to targets, and sometimes the pressure to hit those targets will be high. But don’t let the pressure cloud your judgement, and don’t let your progression to target dictate the choices you make. New Business has the opportunity to shape the agency by every new client you bring on, so instead focus on doing your best by the business and by every new prospect.”

Business Development Team of the Year

ENGINE, who undertook a big agency restructure and rebranded earlier in the year took the award  Richard Dutton, Marketing Director at ENGINE said of the achievement “We are extremely proud of winning Business Development Team of the Year. This year we have had win after win, across a broad range of clients and capabilities. Being recognised by The BD100 for our efforts makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

New Business Win of the Year

mcm creative group
Huw Wigley, Client Engagement Director said “we often get recognition for delivering an exceptional project, but rarely is the win itself celebrated, beyond our four walls. Being awarded as part of The BD100 shines a light on the hard work that goes in, from all the team, on all new business pitches. We often say, ‘the hard work starts now’ when we’ve won. This award recognises that an equal amount of hard work went in to securing the business.”