Shortlisted for TWO MAA Awards

The Marketing Agencies Association has announced the finalists for their 2016 DoDifferent Awards and ZEAL Creative is shortlisted in TWO of the most prestigious categories. Firstly ZEAL has been shortlisted for Best Breakthrough Agency 2016, an award that recognises the best new creative agencies that have made a fast and significant impact on the industry.

ZEAL is shortlisted for this award alongside the ad agency Lucky Generals and digital content specialists Lost Boys (formerly MRY and part of the Digitas LBI Group). When deciding the shortlist for this award, judges consider all aspects of agency performance from new business wins and overall financial success, to creative work and standards for talent development.

Stewart Hilton, founder and creative director of ZEAL is thrilled with the news:

“To be recognised on the shortlist for Best Breakthrough Agency after just 21 months in business is phenomenal news for the team. The other agencies we are up against have both been around longer than us and it’s a genuine honour just to be named alongside them. Whether we win or not, we hope to use the recognition to help attract the best talent and build our amazing team further as the new business wins keep rolling in.”

ZEAL is also shortlisted for the award for Best Agency for Talent Development 2016. This much coveted award is presented to the agency that does the most to develop and train their team. Previous winners include Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy Action, The Life Agency and The Marketing Store.

ZEAL’s presence on the shortlist is as a result of an entire programme of activities developed to create a culture of ZEAL within the agency. From formal external investment in fast track training to internal initiatives like Personalised Career Development Plans, Thriller Thursday and the 1% Club.

Robert White, founder and planning director of ZEAL has his fingers crossed for this award in particular:

“As we try to build the best team in the world I can think of nothing better than being officially named as one of the UK’s leading agencies for staff training and development. Despite being a young agency, we invest a lot of time and money in finding the right people with the right attitudes and then helping them to achieve their personal career dreams. We love what we do at ZEAL and we want all our team to feel the same every day that they come to the office.”

In this category ZEAL will compete with industry giant Momentum Worldwide and The Hub.

Group account director, Rachel McHale, reflects on the journey so far:

“The last 12 months have been a blur in the agency. We’ve won major clients, done some stunning campaigns and we’ve grown to 12 people. As we continue our recruitment drive this news will help us to attract the very best talent and should help us attract the attention of other major clients that need a little ZEAL in their lives.”

The awards ceremony itself will be held on 3rd March 2016 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London.

If you’d like to work for a Breakthrough Agency that’s one of the best for Talent Development please contact, we’re recruiting at all levels and if you’ve got ZEAL we’d love to hear from you.