the7stars

We’re the UK’s largest independent media agency working with some of the world’s best-known brands, as well as fresh and innovative start-ups.
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UK media agency the7stars UK Ltd said of this year's Best Companies competition: “This will hopefully be our ninth consecutive year as a Best Company, something that we are very proud of and – alongside our three-star accreditation in previous years – something we work very hard on to keep employee engagement at the heart of everything we do.”

The London-based agency, founded in 2005 by Jenny Biggam, Mark Jarvis and Colin Mills, has purposely built a culture that puts people before process and prides itself on being a business where individuals move forward fast. Clients include Iceland, Warner Music, Ladbrokes Coral Group, Nintendo and Suzuki.

When the first lockdown struck, one of the first tasks at the7stars was to make sure it could still run its weekly all-staff meeting via video link. This was up and running by the second day. And the senior management team all agreed that taking a 10% voluntary pay cut across April to June was in line with the agency's Do The Right Thing value, in showing support to those on furlough.

Employee engagement throughout the pandemic saw successful campaigns that included a brief to get Stormzy's new Vossi Bop – his first major release in two years – to debut at No 1 in the UK Singles Charts. He beat Taylor Swift to top spot.

Another undertaking was to publicise the Sandals & Beaches resorts' Turn of Year sale, offering luxury holidays to the Caribbean with up to 45% off. Despite uncertain times, this became the best-performing campaign the7stars undertook for Sandals.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

96% of staff agreed

The leader of this organisation runs this organisation based on sound moral principles

The agency organised training opportunities for everyone, including those on furlough, to ensure lockdown didn't prevent people's personal development. It also actively moved from being a non-racist company to an anti-racist company: all staff attended workshops with Belovd Agency, founded in the summer of 2020 in the wake of George Floyd's murder in the USA.

My Company

92% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

The7stars has significantly changed its recruitment process to attract a broader, more diverse range of candidates. It now uses the Workable recruitment platform to ensure that all employee positions advertised go live across a number of key job boards, saying: “This enables us to attract a vast range of talent from various sources.”

Giving Something Back

96% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

At the end of 2020, the7stars asked staff to record themselves singing along to Last Christmas and sent the result as a Christmas card to friends of the company asking for donations for good causes such as Link To Hope, the charity that helps to rebuild lives and communities in Eastern Europe.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2005
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
30
Employee average age
43% : 57%
Male : Female employee ratio
63%
Employees earning £35k+
13%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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