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Agencies4Growth Festival kicks off – agency business solutions coming all week

By Gordon Young, Editor

October 19, 2020 | 4 min read

The time for solutions is now. That’s why The Drum is debuting its first ever Agencies4Growth festival, a week-long online event which starts today.

The Drum's Agencies4Growth Festival kicks off today

The Drum's Agencies4Growth Festival kicks off today

We know that agencies provide powerful expertise and ideation, strategy and skills, content creation and creativity — and more. That’s why as part of our new mission — to be the go-to global solutions source — we created a festival focused entirely on agencies and all they provide for businesses, and the world.

During the darker moments, earlier in the year, there were questions about what would happen to agencies. We knew that we needed to immediately plan a celebration. The premise was simple: to support the agencies that make our industry great and to inspire the industry at large. After months in the making, the week-long Agencies4Growth festival kicks off today, with sessions designed to help agency businesses flourish, and client-agency relationships reach their full potential, even in the most testing times.

So, what do we have in-store? Well quite a lot, actually, and they all of it is focused on growth. Who doesn’t want that?

Just like The Drum, these sessions are global in nature. You get to hear about new business tactics and strategy across the globe: APAC, the US, the UK and all of Europe. You get to learn how cultures are being built in the middle of lockdown. And, best of all, you get to be inspired about what’s possible, what’s next. There is a great deal to be positive about.

Our line-up of inspirational speakers includes:

  • Arianna Huffington, chief exec, Thrive Global (she shares terrific tips for staying healthy mentally in the age of Zoom.)

  • Ogilvy’s new global chief exec Andy Main (formerly of Deloitte Digital. He’s gone to the other side and he’s not shy in sharing tips about battling back against the consultancies.)

  • Acclaimed designer Wayne Hemingway

  • Founder of The Black Farmer, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones

  • Mediacom‘s chief transformation officer Sue Unerman

  • VJ Anand, executive creative director of VaynerMedia

  • And, there’s plenty more, trust me.

Remember that this is only a short-term, highly complex moment in time. We all need to be planning for next year and the future of our businesses. The festival is designed for just that. So, grab a pint, a tea, a coffee or whatever you like, and tune in to learn. We’re happy to have you and we hope that when it’s through you’ll think: “The Drum: problem solved.”

Gordon Young is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Drum

Start watching sessions and plan your week's viewing on the dedicated Agencies 4 Growth hub now.

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