Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

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THE PEOPLE AT Abbott Mead Vickers (AMV) know that they work for the best. It is the largest communications agency in the country, with clients including Heinz, Guinness and Walkers, and people are proud to be part of it (a 90% positive score and a top-three result). David Abbott, Peter Mead and Adrian Vickers founded the company 37 years ago. Abbott, who died last May, was responsible for some of the most memorable advertising campaigns of his era. Developing great creative work is still at the heart of what the business aims to do today. The agency is part of the BBDO network, which has 288 offices in 80 countries and represents more than 90 brands. It is a force on the digital landscape and in the traditional advertising arena, and has won awards for posters, radio and TV adverts, documentaries, Twitter campaigns and interactive websites. It also claims to have the fastest-growing YouTube channel in the UK. Staff rank AMV third out of all mid-size companies for being proactive (69%), and are excited about where it is going (82%). Mead believes that a business need not be ruthless to reach the top. He is vice-chairman of the Omnicom Group, which bought AMV in 1998. The company's Bud programme encourages charitable activities (92%). Last year, 412 staff undertook an 842-mile relay from John O'Groats in Scotland to the London headquarters. The event contributed to the staff's sense of family (88% and a top-10 score). A total of £32,000 was raised for the Brain Tumour Research charity. In September, 102 staffers transformed a neglected urban site into a community market garden for employment charity Tomorrow's People. It all contributes to the firm ranking 12th nationally for My Team. Just as Abbott is remembered, the Rob Hughes award recognises the person who has shown extraordinary levels of commitment, diligence and hard work, with the recipient receiving a £5,000 tax-free bonus. Dave May and Matt Elliott, two further late members of the AMV family, are also honoured and staff can receive an extra month of holiday or a travel bursary for helping others or radiating positivity. The agency's people believe it is run on strong principles (86%). www.amvbbdo.com

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My organisation encourages charitable activities

Allowing the people of AMV to have a voice, is embedded in the company's culture. They have several processes in place to enable people to feedback ideas and suggestions. One example is the Account Management department suggestion box, in which everyone within that department is encouraged to post suggestions for improvements. The box is regularly checked and all suggestions are considered. Secondly, all employees at AMV have a free voice. It is engrained in their culture and everyone is supported and encouraged to share their ideas, thoughts and feedback to members of the management team. Thirdly, AMV use Survey Monkey surveys to conduct reviews of particular AMV offerings, which provides everyone with the opportunity to share anonymous feedback and insights and to share their thoughts on possible improvements.

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Allowing the people of AMV to have a voice, is embedded in the company's culture. They have several processes in place to enable people to feedback ideas and suggestions. One example is the Account Management department suggestion box, in which everyone within that department is encouraged to post suggestions for improvements. The box is regularly checked and all suggestions are considered. Secondly, all employees at AMV have a free voice. It is engrained in their culture and everyone is supported and encouraged to share their ideas, thoughts and feedback to members of the management team. Thirdly, AMV use Survey Monkey surveys to conduct reviews of particular AMV offerings, which provides everyone with the opportunity to share anonymous feedback and insights and to share their thoughts on possible improvements.

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94% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

AMV Grow saw 102 of their employees transform a neglected urban site into a community market garden over a two week period. This involved demolishing three garages, shifting 17 tonnes of soil and two tonnes of gravel, using 85 scaffold boards, 25 oil drums, 39 planters and planting over 380 plants. The project was in aid of the charity Tomorrow's People, who work to rehabilitate ex-offenders and help the unemployed into work. Tomorrow's People have now begun to place young people in horticultural training programmes on site. Secondly, AMV's charitable programme ‘Bud' encourages AMVers to make a difference to the world we live in, by helping others realise their potential. Over the past 12 months, this has included working with school pupils to guide them with their career choices, providing work placements for disadvantaged young people, and providing interview and job application advice to homeless clients of charity Crisis. Coordinating large-scale fundraising events, such as AMV BBDGO – 412 AMVers took part in a long-distance relay which involved the entire agency and raised over £30,000 for Brain Tumour Research. Pro-bono brand consultancy for charities such as The Prince's Trust and Mediatrust. AMV have a long-standing commitment to The Big House - a unique residential facility for London's long term homeless. This ‘second stage house' facilitates the final step back into mainstream society and is the result of a fifteen year innovative partnership between AMV and the West London Mission. AMV now act as an independent advisor for Social Work Mission and help with fundraising and branding advice.

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