2019 Marketing Agency Event and Networking Highlights

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    • 17th December 2018

    2018 is coming to an end, so we're looking ahead to next year's networking opportunities and events for marketing agency directors.

    Going to dedicated events (for new business, networking, design or digital) is an excellent way to grow your business, find new clients, or just maintain your knowledge of your industry.  

    Read on to find the perfect networking event for you and your business, before learning how Gloss, as a marketing recruitment agency, can help you find the perfect candidates for your agency.

    Digital Marketing Events

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    Digital opportunity awaits

    Leeds Digital Festival 2019

    Tuesday 23rd April–Friday 3rd May

    Billed as a ‘celebration of all things digital’, the Leeds Digital Festival is open to any individual or business. 2018’s event saw 20,000 attendees, 400 companies and 600 speakers; that’s more tech events in Leeds than in San Francisco! Topics of discussion included AI, the nature of open platforms and how digital can improve transport, making this an excellent choice for anyone working in digital right now.

    With a bigger and better festival planned for next year, we can’t wait to learn more about the exact specifics of 2019’s event. It’s definitely one for a marketing agency of Leeds to put in the calendar. Visit the official website to register your interest.


    Thursday 11th April–Friday 12th April

    & Thursday 12th September – Friday 13th September

    BrightonSEO is a comprehensive marketing conference and training event that specializes on SEO. The event is so prominent that it happens twice a year.

    It boasts some of the world’s best speakers from the world of search engine optimization. Look out for the likes of Screaming Frog, MOZ, Staffordshire University and Verve Search at the event. Together with the other speakers, they’ll be discussing outreach emails, link building and how to stand out online.

    If you’re looking for some more in-depth training, BrightonSEO offer several different courses. This year, attendees can learn more about content creation, Google Analytics, on-page SEO and much more. There’s even a range of options for in-company training, whether you need a half-day refresher or a week-long, in-depth effort.

    Read all about it—and book tickets—at the official BrightonSEO website.


    June 2019

    This event is the biggest search marketing event in the North of England, with a strong focus on actionable advice. It was created to reflect Leeds’ thriving search community, and best of all, it’s completely free to attend.

    Last year’s event featured 36 different speakers, with topics like technical SEO, content marketing and paid media. But you don’t have to take our word for it! A playlist of talks from last year’s event is available on YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

    As a director of a Leeds marketing agency this is either one to attend as a guest or a speaking opportunity to showcase your agency’s know-how.

    Dates for next year’s event haven’t been announced yet, but you can learn more about the event at the SearchLeeds website. You can also follow them on Twitter for more frequent updates.


    18–19 September

    This event is a showcase for some of the most thought-provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry. Running over two days at the Sofitel London Heathrow Hotel, it’s perfect for learning about the latest technologies and best practices in digital marketing.

    Attendees can immerse themselves in topics as diverse as content strategy, customer engagement, social media and analytics. Last year’s conference mixed master classes with networking, general sessions and receptions, ensuring there’s plenty of chances to both learn and make new connections. Alternatively, you can attend the event as an exhibitor, and connect with dozens of professionals in an exciting business environment.

    For further details on this event, visit the official DigiMarCon website.

    New Business Events

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    Get ready to talk business

    Huddersfield Business Show 

    September 2019

    Taking place at Huddersfield Town Football Club, this event is a goldmine for any business leader. It offers seminars on key business topics, exhibitions from many local organisations, and business networking to connect you with new clients. Last year’s show featured attendees like Northern Print Solutions, Calder IT and JCG Copywriting; whatever your business, you can be sure you’re in good company!

    Entry to the event (and all its seminars or sessions) is free, but you can pay £10 to attend the Breakfast Networking event from 9am to 10am. For more details on next year’s event, check out the official website here.

    Leeds Business Week

    October 2019

    Leeds Business Week is a program of events that’s perfect for today’s creative professionals. Last year’s programme examined a diverse range of topics, such as the advantages of online and self-published platforms, the power of digital marketing and improving your website SEO. There’s also opportunities for networking, brand consultation, improving your public speaking skills and much more.

    It’s an ideal event for marketing agencies in Leeds to gain new business and get their brand out there.

    To register your interest for next year’s show (on LinkedIn or via email) visit the Leeds Business Week website.

    Brand Yorkshire Conference

    Thursday 3rd October 2019

    The Brand Yorkshire Conference is an excellent networking opportunity for Yorkshire businesses. Whether you attend as a delegate or exhibitor, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with professionals from marketing, manufacturing, the service sectors and many other industries that are currently shaping Yorkshire’s business landscape. There are also around 13 knowledgeable speakers to look forward to.

    If you’re interested in exhibiting, you’ll have access to two different sizes of stands, each of which comes with WiFi access. Exhibitors will also have their tweets retweeted by Brand Yorkshire, who currently have 41,000 followers, and access to a free networking & coaching event a month prior to the conference.

    To register your interest, visit the Brand Yorkshire website now.

    York Business Week 

    November 2019

    This event focuses on businesses and professionals in York. It’s aimed at business leaders and professionals who want to learn, grow and network. 2018’s event focused all of their events around four key themes: showcasing York’s strengths, growing your business, expanding skills and talent, and embracing innovation. These ideas were expressed in several different events covering topics like the future of the British high street, setting career development goals and preparing for technological change.

    This programme of events takes place over several different venues, so make sure you prepare for them in plenty of time. For more details on next year’s events visit the official website.

    Design Events

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    Stay in the loop with design trends

    London Design Week

    10th-15th March 2019

    Known in the design world as a week of inspiration and knowledge-sharing, the London Design Week is an event to keep in the diary for any marketing agency director.

    The event welcomes visitors from around the globe to the 120 showrooms. You can expect to be part of workshops, talks, demonstrations and product launches.

    As this week champions the excellence of creativity it’s an important event to be aware of, even if you don’t make it down to London in person.

    D&AD Festival 

    Tuesday 21st—Thursday 23rd May 2019

    This festival celebrates the very best in craft, creativity and culture. Boasting 100 speakers across four stages, 2,000 exhibited works and 4,000 attendees, visitors can enjoy events around the clock in London’s Shoreditch region.

    Though we’re still waiting on specifics, we know local studies and agencies will be running talks, tours, workshops and masterclasses. There’s also an exhibition of the world’s best design and advertising, and guest speakers like Dan Goods, the Creative Director of NASA.

    Whether you’re interested in art, advertising, design, fashion or film, there really is something here for everyone to enjoy. Check out the official website for details.

    Design Manchester

    October 2019

    Established back in 2013, Design Manchester is a non-profit organisation that runs design-focused events in Manchester. The highlight of their calendar is DM, an annual design festival, which takes place in the city every October. However, they run several other events covering a range of topics.

    Highlights from 2018 include the Manchester Art Fair, the Manchester Gov Design meet-up (for designers interested in the public sector), an exhibit on Nordic design at the Manchester Art Gallery, and design’s evolving relationship with art, craft and technology.

    This event is a great way for any design agency to keep their finger on the pulse of today’s design landscape. Keep an eye on the Design Manchester website for the latest updates.

    Graphic Design Festival Scotland

    October 2019

    If you’re a little further afield, don’t worry. Graphic Design Festival Scotland is an excellent opportunity for design professionals. Since its founding in 2014, the festival has welcomed 150,000 participants from over 80 countries, and organised more than 120 events. It aims to promote Scotland as a hub of creativity and design, to build networks between Scotland and other countries.

    2018’s main event was a business bootcamp, running over one day in Glasgow. Divided into 12 sections, it covered topics like legal essentials, growing your business and finding clients. Another highlight was the International Poster Exhibition, which showcased contemporary poster design from around the world.

    Learn more about next year’s event by keeping an eye on the official website.

    There’s never a bad time to attend an event to either brush up on your industry know-how to make key business connections. But if you need help in other areas—like finding the best candidates—we’re here to help.

    With Gloss, a top Leeds marketing recruitment agency, your candidate hunt just got a lot easier. We know the creative and digital industries inside out, and our expertise lets us conduct customised searches as quickly as possible.

    We work to build a close relationship with each of our clients, listening to their needs and advising the best course of action. We’ll ensure long-term recruitment success by finding the perfect match for your business, and we guarantee all permanent placements for that added peace of mind.

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