Friday 2nd August 2019 / 9.30am – 5pm / The Ned, London

A Day of Inspiration for Agency Leaders

Take one day to work on your business – not in it.

• Learn and share with 100 friendly agency leaders, all gathered in one epic venue.
• Hear inspiring talks, join useful workshops, and take part in interactive leader discussions that help you and your agency reach your potential.

Agency Summit lets you fuel your enthusiasm and share your wisdom with 100 other agency leaders.

Agency Summit lets you fuel your enthusiasm and share your wisdom with 100 other agency leaders.

a day of agency Speakers and brilliant workshops

We invite the most interesting agency leaders along, so you can learn from their journeys so far. (Pic:  Lab ’s Jonny Tooze.)

We invite the most interesting agency leaders along, so you can learn from their journeys so far. (Pic: Lab’s Jonny Tooze.)

You’ll hear real, candid stories from agency leaders making the same journey as you.

  • We work hard to find the most interesting and inspiring people to entertain and inform you.

  • Join intimate workshops on crunchy, valuable topics that matter to you – led by agency leaders who speak from experience.

Enjoy some short, interesting talks at the start of the day – then we split up into campfire sessions and workshops across the venue.

Enjoy some short, interesting talks at the start of the day – then we split up into campfire sessions and workshops across the venue.

Connect with other agency leaders in friendly campfire sessions. Here’s  Neomam’s  Danny and Amy Ashton sharing their experience with the EOS agency management system.

Connect with other agency leaders in friendly campfire sessions. Here’s Neomam’s Danny and Amy Ashton sharing their experience with the EOS agency management system.

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Who you’ll hear from

Bruce Daisley /  Twitter MD  How do you make working for your agency more fulfilling, more productive – and much more enjoyable? Bruce lifts the lid on fixing your agency’s work culture.

Bruce Daisley / Twitter MD

How do you make working for your agency more fulfilling, more productive – and much more enjoyable? Bruce lifts the lid on fixing your agency’s work culture.

Rachel Bell  / Shine founder  Serial agency entrepreneur shares the candid lessons she’s learned the hard way, growing and selling some of the UK’s most successful agencies.

Rachel Bell / Shine founder

Serial agency entrepreneur shares the candid lessons she’s learned the hard way, growing and selling some of the UK’s most successful agencies.

Adam Graham , serial agency CEO  How do you build a business that’s more than the sum of its parts? The ex-Weapon7 boss shares his thoughts on agency models – and achieving the ‘agency x-factor’.

Adam Graham, serial agency CEO

How do you build a business that’s more than the sum of its parts? The ex-Weapon7 boss shares his thoughts on agency models – and achieving the ‘agency x-factor’.

Chris Donnelly , Verb Brands  Ever thought of acquiring another agency? Chris has done it. Hear his fascinating story – packed with insightful successes (not to mention a few juicy mistakes too).

Chris Donnelly, Verb Brands

Ever thought of acquiring another agency? Chris has done it. Hear his fascinating story – packed with insightful successes (not to mention a few juicy mistakes too).


meet other FRIENDLY agency leaders

Make connections.  You’ll have the time and space to meet other friendly agency bosses.

Make connections. You’ll have the time and space to meet other friendly agency bosses.

The world of the agency entrepreneur is NOT widely understood.

Mix with 100 other agency owners and leaders – all there to step away from their business for the day to focus on achieving in 2019.

We structure Agency Summit to allow you to spend quality time with people who understand the pressure and the pain of life at the centre of a busy agency.

Share and learn.  Intimate campfire sessions let you explore different topics and share your wisdom with other agency leaders

Share and learn. Intimate campfire sessions let you explore different topics and share your wisdom with other agency leaders

Roll your own experience.  There’s a mixture of formats across the day – you choose what’s most useful for you to be involved with.

Roll your own experience. There’s a mixture of formats across the day – you choose what’s most useful for you to be involved with.

Workshops and Campfire sessions

Here’s some of what we’ll be discussing at Agency Summit

What agency leaders say

Here’s what you said after last year’s post-event survey.

“Varied content, venue, food, great people. Generally had an inspiring day and good conversations!”   Vicki Young , CEO –  Nalla

“Varied content, venue, food, great people. Generally had an inspiring day and good conversations!”

Vicki Young, CEO – Nalla

“Agency Summit has an honesty and an informality, which can be rare at these events.”   Guy Redwood , Founder –  SimpleUsability

“Agency Summit has an honesty and an informality, which can be rare at these events.”

Guy Redwood, Founder – SimpleUsability


“Really enjoyable day. Friendly people, amazing venue, and just useful, down to earth content all the way through.”   Ian Miller , CEO –  Crafted

“Really enjoyable day. Friendly people, amazing venue, and just useful, down to earth content all the way through.”

Ian Miller, CEO – Crafted

“Awesome format and venue. Great speakers and varied schedule. The fireside groups were really useful.”   Emma Sexton , MD –  MYWW

“Awesome format and venue. Great speakers and varied schedule. The fireside groups were really useful.”

Emma Sexton, MD – MYWW

The Venue

Agency Summit takes place at  The Ned  in the City of London. It’s one of London’s most epic conference venues.

Agency Summit takes place at The Ned in the City of London. It’s one of London’s most epic conference venues.

Agency Summit takes place at The Ned, part of Soho House Group.

  • We’re taking over an entire floor of the former Midland Bank HQ. You will adventure through this epic venue over the course of the day – exploring different talks, panel discussions and small interactive workshops with other agency leaders.

  • This isn’t a conference where you sit and get “talked at” all day! You will be relaxed, inspired and involved – and you’ll leave 100% focused on building your agency.

  • There’s a variety of formats over the course of the day for you to get involved in. Explore informal campfire sessions, structured workshops, and facilitated networking opportunities. (Tell us who you want to meet, and we’ll make it happen!)

Amazing food!  We put a lot of thought into this. A lot of conferences don’t care that much – but we make sure there’s an amazing menu of gorgeous dishes to keep you energy up throughout the day.

Amazing food! We put a lot of thought into this. A lot of conferences don’t care that much – but we make sure there’s an amazing menu of gorgeous dishes to keep you energy up throughout the day.

Breakout spaces!  We’ve got the whole place for the day – so there are terraces and corners for you to explore and relax in.

Breakout spaces! We’ve got the whole place for the day – so there are terraces and corners for you to explore and relax in.

What is Agency Summit?

Here’s me – Ian Harris – doing my Billy Graham impression, for some reason.

Here’s me – Ian Harris – doing my Billy Graham impression, for some reason.

Hello! Ian here, I run Agency Hackers and – by extension – Agency Summit. This year’s conference will be the fourth one. The first two happened at the Kensington Roof Gardens, which has closed down. (Boo.)

So what is Agency Summit? Well, when I started this back in 2017 I was aware there were a few other events out there for agency leaders, but often they just seemed a bit ‘meh’ to me.

Speakers would say fairly obvious things that you already know. Attendees were there to show off. The tickets were £800+ each. And the food and venue would be nothing you’d remember.

I thought I could do better by trying a bit harder, and so far the feedback has been really good. I work really hard to make Agency Summit the most useful and inspiring day out you have all year. I hope you can join this one!


Agency workshops

Here’s some of the original and inspiring sessions you’ll take part in at Agency Summit


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“Should you open in eastern europe?”

Agency boss Larry Kotch reckons that Eastern Europe is rapidly anglicising – and the time is right for agencies to start creative teams there.

Larry has recently moved most of his team to Sofia, Bulgaria. He reckons it gives his digital marketing agency Brainbroker a huge "unfair advantage". The average salary in inner-London is £34,473 and the average salary in Sofia hovers around £6,600. “It needs to be done carefully, but the margins are there if you get it right.”

Larry's doing a talk at Agency Summit about how you can develop a team in Eastern Europe and bring them up to UK standard. If you’re interested in building a team in a low-wage, high-skill economy, this is a talk you'll find pretty useful.


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“Radical Transparency”

Steve Parks’ agency Convivio made a £114,187 profit last year. Their turnover was £470,363, and Steve paid himself £50,000.

How do I know? It’s on their blog.

Convivio has embraced “radical transparency”, where you run your agency as an open book. You all decide how to run the agency together.

“Last year we saw that Brexit would impact us. So we decided as a team how to respond. We agreed to focus on short term profitability rather than growth, to build up our cash reserves. We decided to cut back on planned recruitment and take on more work than normal.”

Radical transparency seems like a great way to involve everybody in making strategic decisions. It’s a very interesting and grown up way to run a business.

Join this session with Steve and see if it’s something that makes sense for your agency.


“How to lead as yourself”

Most people don’t run their agency as themselves: they run it under their ‘professional persona’. The problem is, you attract people who fall in love with the fake you – not the real you.

In this original and thoughtful session, Megan will show you the power of showing up as your “real self” in every aspect of your agency.

If you lean towards the “artist” persona rather than the traditional “business” personality, this session could answer a lot of important questions you didn’t even know to ask.

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“Learn to Love Procurement”

What if procurement was your friend – not your enemy?

Procurement is a word that’s guaranteed to make agency leaders’ eyes roll back into their heads.

It doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is, it’s possible to turn procurement into an ally. But to win with procurement, you must learn to think like procurement.

Mike Lander is an ex-procurement professional and Re:signal chairman. He has one foot in the buttoned-down world of procurement, and the freewheeling world of a busy agency.

He’ll talk about how to make procurement your friend – so you can make them your ally instead of your enemy – and how to how to grow your relationship with procurement to the point where it becomes an ‘unfair advantage’ over other agency leaders.

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“The Four Day Work Week”

Jonny Tooze came to Agency Summit last year with a crazy idea: three day weekends!

He stood up on stage and told us what he'd just told Lab's staff:

  • People could stop working Monday to Friday.

  • Instead, they could work Monday-to-Thursday or Tuesday-to-Friday.

  • You'd work the same hours over four days instead of five – and still get paid the same.

Interesting.

But it's almost nearly a year now – so what happened?

Well – at first it did not go well. So they made some changes. Lab are coming to Agency Summit to share the full story with you.

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more great agency leader sessions

Oli Luke   Online is crowded – but you know what isn’t? Direct mail.   Scribble Mail  boss Oli will be sharing some head-spinning methods for winning new business – using good old fashioned post. Expect fun and originality from this lovable guru of offline.

Oli Luke

Online is crowded – but you know what isn’t? Direct mail.

Scribble Mail boss Oli will be sharing some head-spinning methods for winning new business – using good old fashioned post. Expect fun and originality from this lovable guru of offline.

Martin Palethorpe   What if you could conquer the fear you feel leading your agency?  Martin is the quiet guru who works with several high profile agency leaders. In this fascinating session, he’ll get you to think about your ‘quality of mind’ – and help you improve the way you run your business and care for your mental health.

Martin Palethorpe

What if you could conquer the fear you feel leading your agency?

Martin is the quiet guru who works with several high profile agency leaders. In this fascinating session, he’ll get you to think about your ‘quality of mind’ – and help you improve the way you run your business and care for your mental health.

Nick Redding   Nick Redding has reinvented his agency Reddico from scratch.  They did away with managers and let people set their own goals. They let teams pick their own working hours. They started offering uncapped holiday. Result? Their best financial year yet. Nick will talk about what he’s learned making his agency a great place to work.

Nick Redding

Nick Redding has reinvented his agency Reddico from scratch.

They did away with managers and let people set their own goals. They let teams pick their own working hours. They started offering uncapped holiday. Result? Their best financial year yet. Nick will talk about what he’s learned making his agency a great place to work.

Nick Stolerman   When you run an agency everything stops with you. How can you find space to focus on what matters when there’s so much in your head? Nick will be leading a fun and practical workshop on how to use breathing, visualisation and meditation techniques to reduce stress, build resilience and improve creativity. A really useful way to spend an hour.

Nick Stolerman

When you run an agency everything stops with you. How can you find space to focus on what matters when there’s so much in your head? Nick will be leading a fun and practical workshop on how to use breathing, visualisation and meditation techniques to reduce stress, build resilience and improve creativity. A really useful way to spend an hour.