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The Gate London was crowned small agency of the year at last night’s Oystercatchers Awards. Judges said: “Ballsy. Culture is strong; loved the idea of sending staff home energised and ready for the weekend.  All the judges decided they wanted to work here. Highly creative and innovative.  Expect something spectacular to follow.”

The Marketing Industry glitterati joined The Oystercatchers Club at the incredible St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel on Wednesday 21 November for the relaunched Oystercatchers Awards. Guests donned their sparkly glad-rags for the fun filled extravaganza of an evening.

20 senior clients and business leaders, such as Centrica Group CMO Margaret Jobling, Barclaycard Marketing Director Alex Naylor and Managing Director for Group Brands and Marketing at Lloyds Banking Group, Catherine Kehoejudged the awards entries.  

The award ceremony saw agencies large and small including Brainlabs, Uncommon, The Gate and adam&eveDDB winning trophies for their outstanding work in driving the industry forwards.  The ceremony culminated in the presentation of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. This was chosen by Oystercatchers and presented to Dame Cilla Snowball, chair AMVBBDO.  Syl Saller, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer of Diageo presented the award and commented, “Those of you who know Cilla know that in her mind, it is literally never about her. It’s about the work, the team, the clients and AMV/BBDO has had a great year, a great 14 years in fact, under her leadership.”

Suki Thompson, co - founder and CEO of Oystercatchers said, “In our tough, changing but exciting industry, our awards show how the best agencies are evolving with their clients to deliver growth, creativity and excellence that constantly - despite 20 years in the industry -surprises and delights me. Tonight is to celebrate and enjoy the work, the partnerships and the friends we’ve made over the year.”

The awards had the backdrop of the Oystercatchers and Rankin Marketing Influencersexhibition of game changing industry chiefs that has so far raised over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

This year Oystercatchers treated the Club guests to a night of wild entertainment including: The multi-award winning, seven foot, cabaret star Gingzilla, Australian powerhouse vocalist Christy Sullivan, dancers Rosy Nevard and Jenny Logan and Anna The Hulagan a burlesque hula hoop extraordinaire. Oystercatchers very own comedy actress and voiceover artist Katie Reddin- Clancy was the Voice of God and a DJ played our guests into the night. 

The evening was sponsored by MiQ, Hogarth, Oracle Cloud and Rankin.