Peer to Peer Action Groups
We offer 50+ Free Member Events per year
As a member of the Alliance why not contribute, learn from and network with peers at a diverse range of thought provoking groups. Our Member Groups are led by members for members, facilitated by the Alliance, and encourage you to have your say!
All Member Groups provide the opportunity for members to have their say and share knowledge that can feed into the future direction of the Alliance and the industry as a whole. The Alliance prides itself on engaging everyone in its member agencies .
Our Member Group events are all shown below:
New Business is vital for every successful and thriving agency and the people who take responsibility for generating opportunities for growth need to be constantly on top of their game. The Alliance New Business group meet every quarter to network and learn from experts and each other. Challenging existing processes and picking up knowledge, insights, and ideas to become even more effective in winning new business and growing existing clients. This group also benefits from the expert guidance from the team at JFDI.
When we ask CEOs what are the biggest challenges they face invariably the subject of talent is high on their list. No wonder there is always lots to talk about when the Talent Group meet every quarter. How do we attract new talent to the industry, how do we retain and develop this talent, how do we manage and get peak performance from our teams? What can we do to promote diversity? Collectively we can begin to find solutions and the sharing of knowledge accelerates the process. We also look at practical aspects like developing a Code of Conduct for Recruitment Agencies.
We prefer to call this group the Diversity & Inclusion Action Group because they are committed to taking actions that make a difference. They meet regularly to help us fulfil the vision that our Member Agencies have workforces that are truly representative of all sections of society and each employee feels respected and able to give their best. The Alliance is committed to optimising diversity and inclusion in our Member Agencies. We expect all member agencies to be fully committed to the D&I journey because we know it makes great business sense.
Members of our Future Leaders Group are committed to building their careers in the agency world. They want to be part of a network of like-minded people and wish to contribute to the wider community of independent marketing agencies. It is more a factor of attitude and mindset than age, experience, and knowledge. We learn so much from their enthusiasm and fresh perspectives and they have driven our programmes around Wellbeing and Sustainability.
We have created a programme for Commercial Directors to meet, learn, share, and debate important issues in the world of agency management. They get together, often with expert input, to cover critical topics like benchmarking trends in profitability, property strategies, remuneration models, negotiation, and budgeting. They are keenly aware of the key performance indicators in independent agencies and share thought leadership in successful approaches to problem solving.
Independent agencies are proud of the output from their creative teams and understand their unique ability to solve client problems in innovative and effective ways and with an agility that sets them aside. Our Creative Group meets to ensure they remain at the cutting edge of the communications process and cover topics as diverse as recruitment, training, idea generation and award-winning campaigns.
Our latest new group will meet quarterly to remain constantly informed of the latest tools and resources to assist them in their vital work of maintaining the wellbeing of their agency people. They share, discreetly, the issues they face and mentor each other in best practise. They provide vital input our the Alliance programme of support which includes the annual Festival of Happiness.
The Regional Agencies Action Group ensures that the needs of member agencies operating across all disciplines in all communities across the UK have a voice.
During Covid the reach and engagement of the Alliance extended throughout the UK but were equally made aware that there were communities within communities, especially outside of London.
So the Regional Agencies Action Group, central to its remits within the Alliance, is to ensure that as many agencies across the UK join the Alliance (so no London bias) and their interests are fully catered for, whether that is engagement with national activities, shaping the national programme or running bespoke events in specific cities and communities.
This year was quite a year for any experiential or events agency. This is a chance for members of the Alliance to form a group and put our heads together to discuss what’s needed in 2021 to build on a very turbulent 2020. We’ll be chatting about short term issues like when live events will return to long term topics such as measurement. It’s informal and for any anybody that works directly on brand experience work for clients.
2021 sees the launch of our Alliance Strategy group. It’s a chance for anybody in membership with a role in strategy and planning to form a new community. The first meeting will be a chance to pool ideas around what the group can achieve and discuss challenges and opportunities for the year. We then have a presentation to launch a mentoring/internship programme within the group for junior strategists and new talent, inviting feedback and participation from the group. If you’re a planner, strategy director or similar and could benefit from a community specifically for you please come along.
The CEO Summits are one of the key events in the calendar for the Alliance that are both targeted at agency CEOs and are by invitation only.
The CEO Summits, that take place every quarter, is restricted to 20 invited guests for each event, who get together along with an invited expert in their topic, sit around one table and hold a single conversation/discussion for 90 minutes.
Previous topics have included Scaling Your Business at Speed, Selling your business or managing the mental health and wellbeing of your team, amongst many others that are relevant to that specific moment in time.
It is an open conversation, under Chatham House rules, and provides the opportunity for CEOs to discuss openly with their peers the big issues not only across the industry for independent agencies but also for those matters that are significant in the CEOs own agency. We look forward to inviting you to our next CEO Summits.
Network Events & Thought Leadership
Our members are independently, united.
Our annual events programme provides a hub for innovation, connectivity and debate. We have teamed up with thought leaders and beyond, to offer a cutting edge, inclusive and dynamic programme
- Inspirational Talks
- Panel Discussions
- Industry Update Sessions
- Speed Networking
All of our events are open to a wide range of individuals from across the sector, at different levels of experience, and provide the opportunity to learn, debate and be inspired, while connecting with others. The Alliance Members receive priority access to all of our events.
Learning & Development
We connect independent minds with the best thinking in the business.
The Alliance Learning & Development programme has been designed through consultation with our members, trainers and industry leaders, providing relevant and timely interventions to meet the changing needs of our industry. We provide comprehensive training for the entire organisation.
The Learning & Development programme includes:
- Half day workshops
- Full Day Courses
- Bespoke Training
- Online Training
- Mental Health First Aid Champions (MHFA) – Certification
- The Diploma in Integrated Marketing
The Alliance is a partner of Oystercatchers the leading senior client and agency community. As part of our partnership the Alliance Members can present on the Oystercatcher platform their latest work, thought leadership and be a part of industry discussion. The Oystercatchers Club is featured on Marketing Week that reaches 4,000 active client marketers per day, 400,000 unique visitors per month and 1.2M page views per month.
JFDI runs a quarterly session for member agencies to provide help and education in building a successful new business operation.
We partner and work closely with Globality to ensure agencies grow client connections. Globality is a platform that brings clients to the independent services sector through the latest search technology. We have direct contact with the Globality team in London and can fast track your application to their platform.
thenetworkone create virtual networks of agencies to respond to client global briefs. As a member of the Alliance you can get access to membership of thenetworkone at half price.
Raising Awareness & Championing Issues
On the issues that matter to you, your business and your people, we are always right by your side.
We work tirelessly to champion the work of the sector in order to protect and amplify the issues and challenges facing the industry.
The Debating Group
The Alliance are partners with The Debating Group who have been holding debates in the House of Commons since 1975 to discuss the contentious political issues which surround marketing. As a sponsoring organisation we host debates at the House of Commons and bring our members, marketers, politicians, journalists and the public together.
The Alliance are proud to have signed up to the Timeto Code and we are encouraging the Alliance members to also do so, so together we can successfully put an end to sexual harassment in the Industry.
Festival of Happiness.
Mental Health and Wellbeing is a subject that affects all industries. The Alliance have an annual event called The Festival of Happiness which is part of The Alliance’s Happiness Programme and takes place during Mental Health Awareness Week. This is a part of the Alliance’s Happiness Agenda which consists of training and events throughout the year.
Member of Ad Association Council
As a key UK trade association, the Alliance are also members of the Ad Association. The Ad Association is the Group that brings together all the marketing trade groups to promote, protect and support their collective interests to Government and the population at large.
The People Pulse
The People Pulse is a quarterly benchmarking survey that covers areas such as leadership, diversity & inclusion, security and purpose. All areas that impact the culture and performance of the agency and the happiness your staff.
With the world changing so quickly right now, we decided a shorter but more regular update would be more valuable to agency leaders than the traditional annual staff satisfaction report. It’s a simple 10 questions that will take just 3 minutes to complete and will be delivered quarterly.
Feel free to distribute the link internally, a minimum of 6 responses per agency qualifies to get results returned each quarter. Alliance members get the benchmarking report in addition to full results.
The people pulse is in partnership with Question & Retain
The Commercial Pulse
Being connected to a community to benchmark both your concerns and confidence around the commercial aspects of running an agency will help provide insights…or just a bit of relief that you’re not alone. we have teamed up with Fortus to launch a Commercial Pulse survey for Alliance members and friends. It’s a quick temperature check for agency leaders around key indicators from pressure on client fees, furlough and salaries to flexible working.
The people pulse is in partnership with Fortus
You can trust us to help on all legal and rights issues, always.
In partnership with Lee&Thompson we offer 30 minutes free full scale legal advice, including employment, contractual, IP. Available per agency per month.
You come up with ideas, together we protect them.
Protecting your creativity is important. We work with Lee&Thompson to provide Pitch Protection to deter clients from stealing your ideas. Find out more about the Alliance Pitch Protection
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