Jun 252013

The Shelf Awards 2013 are almost here. Every year since they began back in 2001 they have helped a new generation of talent to get started in the creative industry – over 140 graduates in fact. And one of things of which we are most proud is that The Shelf Awards have always been free to enter, both for the graduates themselves and their universities. And it’s thanks to our supporters, who donate time, expertise and financial help, that we are able to keep them free. So we would like to say a very big thank you to the following supporters of The Shelf Awards.

In alphabetical order

Alternative Genius

Alternative Genius is a company for creatives and innovators. It believes creativity is the most important thing in the advertising industry. It champions fresh thinking, making sure that marketing doesn’t just disappear. It developed an alternative brief that guarantees a more creative approach and wants creatives to get paid directly for their ideas, so the incentive to produce different, better ideas is real. And it wants the creative community to own the success of the company so it distributes 25% of its profits every year to a group of creatives who regularly contribute successful ideas.


Another Production

Another Production is the leading outsourced artbuying company in the UK.  It offers clients smarter, more efficient and cost effective ways of managing their art buying and production requirements.


Apple and Ink

apple&ink, headed up by Rachel Gott, is a recruitment agency for creative people. It admires big ideas and it finds the people who have them. They meet smart art directors, copywriters, creative teams and designers, full-time or freelance. And they work with agencies who are serious about their people and who don’t accept mediocrity.


Creative Fuse

Creative Fuse, headed up by Dianne Vanderlis, has the skills, experience and technology to help professionally and personally, saving inordinate amounts of time and trouble for clients looking to fill permanent, freelance and special service vacancies. They work in advertising, animation, architecture, copywriting, design, digital media, illustration, interior design and post production. They are also a highly successful, long established London-based internet recruitment agency, who have recently gone global in 50 countries and now offer the opportunity to display vacancies, adverts and jobs on their job board giving free access to their talent pool of candidates from all around the world.


Direct Recruitment

Direct Recruitment prides itself on building relationships. It builds long lasting relationships with candidates, listening to their needs and helping them to make the right career decisions. It builds strong relationships with clients, taking the time to find out what they need and what kind of people will best suit their culture. Listening to its candidates and clients has been at the core of its business since it started and has consistently resulted in success for both parties. It has helped build many great careers and businesses in digital, direct and integrated marketing.


Hub Westminster

HUB Westminster launched on 28th October 2011, with a mission to help 1,000 entrepreneurs and impact businesses and changemakers to start, grow and scale. Located in Pall Mall right in the heart of London, Hub Westminster is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and changemakers drive the impact economy.


Johnnie Pakington

Johnnie Pakington is a London based professional photographer with over 20 years experience shooting for corporate and editorial clients. He has worked for companies such as British Telecommunications PLC, Cisco Systems, Sony Ericsson, and not-for-profit organisations including Childrens Workforce Development Council, Edge and the General Teaching Council for England. Whether in the studio or on location, for a brochure, annual report or a tight deadline clients are assured of an unparalleled mix of professionalism and creativity.



Know likes to make people’s lives a little bit better by creating products and services that really add value through digital ‘things’ they actually want to use. In short, they simplify and enrich customer’s lives.


Major Players

Major Players are the UK’s number one creative industry and marketing recruiter, supplying high-calibre professionals to the country’s top agencies, in-house and clientside divisions, across all levels within both the freelance and permanent markets. They are made up of 13 specialist divisions who interact constantly, working as one big team. This is what makes Major Players unique, providing their candidates with the best opportunities to cross disciplines as well as work with the biggest names in the industry. This also means providing their clients with an unrivaled talent pool and expert market knowledge.



Muse believes in great ideas that work across all chosen media channels, ideas that build brands, ideas that produce tangible results and ideas that make budgets work harder. If their clients are being noticed, they are being noticed – ideas, it’s how they’ve built their business. They are also approachable, listening carefully to the demands asked of their clients – time constraints, budget constraints, market conditions, natural disasters – giving an honest answer as to what can be achieved, by when and how much. Always working in partnership with their clients to ensure the best solutions are delivered. As a small motivated team, they ensure that they understand what the brief needs to deliver. Finding clarity is always best achieved when working in partnership, through discussion, interrogation, complete understanding to develop a sound strategy on which to build ideas for great campaigns. And they deliver on time or earlier. They also look forward to going to work everyday, enjoying generating ideas, enjoying delivering ideas and enjoying celebrating the success afterwards!


Smoke and Mirrors Design

Smoke & Mirrors Design is renowned for its collection of creative talent producing the very best design, cgi and retouching for print and digital media.


Sue Frost Recruitment

Sue Frost Recruitment offers a particularly specialised and personalised service within the creative industry, matching carefully chosen candidates with the right opportunity at the right stage of their career. Sue is also enormously liked and respected for her sincerity and genuine passion.


The Industry Club

The Industry Club deals with creative recruitment and consultancy. Whether a candidate or an agency it’s vital to know who you are working with and it is the quality of industry experience, insight and contacts that sets The Industry Club apart. All of their consultants are ex agency employees who’ve had extremely successful careers in their specialist fields. They offer guidance and direction to all of their candidates based on relevant and recent agency experience. They place art directors, copywriters, teams and designers. Also account producers, campaign managers, project managers and client services managers. And they work with digital front and back end developers. It’s the depth of people and relationships that make the difference and as they like to say “Be a member not a number”.


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