Photo of the Born and Raised team accepting the Prolific North award

Ah, you’ve got to love a good awards do. The teary acceptance speeches. The outfits. The past colleagues you haven’t seen for years, and probably won’t see again for years too. And of course the dancing (but more on that later).

Make some noise for Born + Raised

However, The Prolific North Awards night turned out to be a really rather special one. When it was announced that Born + Raised had won the Integrated Agency of the Year (under 29 employees) 2018 Award it was the icing on the cake for what has been an amazing year. Not least because it happened in our first year of becoming Born + Raised. Proving that rethinking our brand was exactly the right thing to do. It’s certainly propelled us towards even bigger and better things and now we’ve got a shiny new award on the shelf to prove it.

The glittering and very stylish Prolific North Awards event took place at The Principal in Manchester, where a raucous bunch of around 700 guests gathered around candlelit tables to recognise their contribution to the North’s creative, digital and media industries while being told off by the host for not listening.

A prolific night for Sheffield

The awards marked a significant moment for Sheffield as well. We’d barely finished shaking hands with our Jaywing friends, than they were being called up to collect an award too. They’d won the Integrated Agency of the Year (30+ employees) award. And the Sheffield successes didn’t stop there. In all, four agencies from our city picked up awards on the night. Evoluted were worthy winners of Digital Agency of the Year (11 – 25 employees) while The SEO Works are now proud owners of the SEO and PPC Agency of the Year Award. What’s more, our buddies at Content on Demand and the team at Diva were also shortlisted. As if we needed any further proof that Sheffield is a thriving hub for the creative and digital sector.

We’re delighted that Sheffield is being more widely appreciated for its creative and cultural vibrancy. From the wealth of talent, breadth of creative businesses, to the work of the universities, and our world class theatre and music scenes, the creative output of Sheffield is being increasingly recognised on a national and international stage. Of course, those of us who work here know that, but it seems the message is finally reaching the rest of the UK.

Award winning dancing

The celebrations continued into the early hours and we’d also like it noted that the entire Born + Raised team was still on the dance floor when they switched the lights on and security staff politely told us all to bugger off home. And still miraculously in possession of our award (inside Joanne’s handbag). A feat worthy of an award in its own right.

Prolific North Awards 2018 award