The Drum Recommends ZEAL again!

The Drum Recommends 2020 Award nominations were published this week and we received the fantastic news that ZEAL has been shortlisted for a total of 9 awards!


With the whole agency working from home, helping our grocery clients respond to the challenges of CV19, the news was a timely boost to team morale.


The Drum Recommends Awards are one of a kind within the advertising industry – winning can be achieved solely through the high regard of clients, in the form of ratings and testimonies on The Drum’s website. At these awards, agencies of all sizes are recognised for their outstanding performance in all key areas of client need.


ZEAL is shortlisted in EVERY SINGLE ONE of the service-related categories for mid-sized agencies (40-99 people);


Shortlisted – Service Delivery

Shortlisted – Creativity & Innovation

Shortlisted – Strategic Thinking

Shortlisted – Client Service

Shortlisted – Effectiveness


The agency is also shortlisted in the combined awards section which focusses on an agency’s core area of strength with ALL agencies judged side by side regardless of size.


Shortlisted – Promotional Marketing

Shortlisted – Advertising

Shortlisted – Events

Shortlisted – Brand Strategy


This unprecedented level of nominations come as a result of a raft of positive client testimonials and service ratings averaging 9.1 out of 10.

Co-founder of ZEAL, Stewart Hilton, believes the news couldn’t come at a better time:


“With so much uncertainty around us and a team scattered geographically it’s wonderful to be able to unite with a bit of good news.  Rob and I have never been prouder of our team and our clients than we are right now.  The intensity that everyone is showing to step up and help the grocery industry deliver for shoppers and retailers is immense. The teams are producing proactive work, providing strategic leadership, crafting brilliant creative and basically helping clients to work through this and prosper. It’s this spirit of ZEAL that has carried us to 3 consecutive years of high nominations in these awards and most importantly allows us, and our clients, to have total confidence in our brilliant team, whatever is thrown at them.”


Rachel Roberts, MD of ZEAL, is equally sure where the credit lies:


“I already marvelled at what our team produce for clients and the passion they bring to work every day. The testimonials that underpin these nominations show this to me regularly. But it’s now, when they are all forced to work from home, when they all need to be self-motivated and resilient that I really see the true strength of this team. I’m so proud of every member of Team ZEAL. I also feel honoured to have the chance to work with equally special clients who passionately represent some of the world’s biggest brands that we have the privilege to work on.”

Co-founder, Robert White, had a clear message for ZEAL’s clients: 


“All of us at Team ZEAL want to say a huge thank you to all our clients. Thank you for taking the time to rate our service. Thank you for making time to write such fantastic testimonials. And thank you most of all for your continued support and your long-term business. Whatever the future holds for all of us, Team ZEAL will be there with you, at your side, facing every challenge that comes your way.”


The date and venue for the awards ceremony is currently unknown but will be announced by The Drum in due time.


See the full list of 2020 nominations here.