Friday 2nd August 2019 / 10am – 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

More speakers still to be announced

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!


more original agency sessions

Marketing

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.

New business

Mike Lander   Here’s an idea: what if you could make procurement your ally – not an obstacle?  Mike explains how your agency can win more work and cut stress by learning to “speak” procurement. Essential for any agency serious about growing its business.

Mike Lander

Here’s an idea: what if you could make procurement your ally – not an obstacle?

Mike explains how your agency can win more work and cut stress by learning to “speak” procurement. Essential for any agency serious about growing its business.

Leadership

Megan Macedo   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.

Megan Macedo

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.

Strategy

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.