The Drum Network Awards return for their 10th year to recognise not only brilliantly managed agency businesses, but also the fantastic marketing work that agencies like you create for their clients throughout the year. We are looking for agencies who are pushing the boundaries in terms of revenue and profit growth; agencies who are operating at the leading edge of our increasingly technological and innovative industry; and agencies who deliver impressive ROI for their clients time and time again. These awards are a great way to raise your agency’s profile, reward the loyal staff that make your agency what it is and to put your clients in the spotlight for a night. So, grab your hat and throw it in the ring and enter The Drum Network Awards 2018.

Key Dates

Your most important dates are: 

Entry Deadline - Tbc (announced at launch)

Nominations announced – tbc (announced at launch)

Awards date – 27 November, Marriott Grosvenor Square 

How do I enter?

  1. Register as a member to set up your account or sign in/submit entries f you have already created your account and are ready to enter.
  2. Decide which categories you are going to enter. You may enter as many categories as you like but each must be treated as a separate entry and paid for accordingly.
  3. When signed in you will be in your dashboard. To start your entry, click "add in entry" and follow the upload steps. 
  4. Add a short description of no more than 60 words as an overview of the project. In the event your entry is nominated, this text will be used on the website to give insight into the project.
  5. You are also able to acknowledge another company if the work has been jointly created.
  6. You will need to the entry report template to write your entry. The appropriate entry template for your chosen category can be downloaded from the category section of the website. Please upload as a PDF document.
  7. Upload at least one high res image (maximum of 3) to support your entry. This is important as these images will be shown online and during the show if nominated.
  8. There is also an option to ass YouTube or Vimeo URLs for any supporting videos.
  9. Once you have uploaded all of your entries, select dashboard from the menu at the top of the page and then ‘My Companies’ from the drop down. Select the relevant company and add all entries to your basket.
  10. Proceed to pay for your entries. Please note: you will only receive the second entry rate discount if you submit all of your entries at once so leave your entries in your basket until they are all complete.
  11. Once payment is processed, you will be sent an email confirmation and a VAT receipt will be posted to the billing address.
  12. If you would like to make any change to your entry, please do so before you submit as changes cannot be made after this stage. 

Why enter?

Why is it great to be part these awards?

  • To demonstrate your skills and talent to current and potential clients and partners – who doesn’t love a show off?!
  • To stand out from your competitors as an award-winning marketing agency
  • To gain fantastic PR opportunities
  • To boost the morale of the staff throughout your business and to help attract the best industry talent in the marketplace
  • To reassure your current clients that they are working with a solid and reliable agency business

Tips for entering

  • The awards are judged by a panel that have different backgrounds and experience within the marketing industry.  Keep this in mind when writing your report and explain things clearly.
  • Don’t assume that the judges know your company, campaign or product/service.
  • When discussing figures, tell the judges what the actual figures were, rather than just using percentages (increases). This will add credibility to your submission and give the judges a better understanding of your successes.
  • Keep your submissions concise and straight to the point. You may use bullet points and tables to cut down lengthy paragraphs but still cover your key details. 
  • Entry templates have been created for all sections of categories to help structure your report on the website.
  • Make sure you cover all of the points that are required for your specific category. You can find this information in the entry pack. 

Entry rules

Entry rules. 

  • Entries must be received no later than the published deadline date. 
  • All submissions must be made online. 
  • Entries must have been live to market at some point between 1 September 2017 and 15 August  2018. Entries do not have to be created within this timescale.
  • Do not include password protection or if essential, include passwords for judges to access.
  • All entries must be supplied and conform to the category rules/submission formats.
  • Work entered into more than one category must be treated as a completely separate entry.  Multiple entries can be made but separate payment must be made for each.  Please note: you will ONLY receive the 2nd entry rate if you enter all your submissions at the same time. Leave your entries in your basket until you are sure they are complete. Refunds will not be given.
  • The judging panel will only read and use the entries/reports for the purposes of the judging and are required to sign NDAs.
  • The judges reserve the right to re-allocate entries that in their view are entered in an incorrect category.   The judges also reserve the right to remove categories where entries do not meet the standard for nomination. These entries will not be refunded as they will have been judged accordingly.
  • The judges’ decision is final. 
  • Due to the number of entries received, the awards cannot give feedback on individual entries.
  • By entering these awards, you give the organisers the right to publish/exhibit screen grabs and/or submitted report. If you wish to upload a modified /less commercially sensitive version for publishing purposes, please do so on the entry upload form.
  • Entering physical work is at your own risk – entries will not be returned. Whilst every care will be taken in the storage of entries, the organisers will not accept responsibility for loss or damage of entries.
  • The organisers reserve the right to verify that all entries have been commercially produced for a commercial client where relevant.
  • All entries submitted must be legal. Any entries containing offensive material will be disqualified. Any entry that has a complaint upheld against it by the Advertising Standards Authority will be disqualified.

Deadline & cost

Deadline: August 15


£195 + VAT (First entry)
£95 + VAT (subsequent entries)


As part of your package, your are entitled to two free entries. Please contact us to request your discount code. Entries thereafter will be charged at the regular prices listed above.


Please Note: the discounted 2nd entry price of £95 will only apply when you pay for all of your entries at the same time so leave your entries in your basket until you are ready to submit.

When will nominations be announced?

The finalists will be announced on the website on Wednesday 2 October at 3pm.

All entrants will be notified when the announcement has been made and nominees will receive a congratulatory email.  

Winners will be announced at our Awards Ceremony Tuesday 27 November at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square. 

The Awards Ceremony

The 10th anniversary Drum Network Awards is not only an awards presentation but it provides suppliers to the industry with the perfect platform to network with potential clients and those they wish to do business with.

Event Details

Date: 25 April 2018
Venue: London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square 
Time: 6.45 - 7.15pm - 1am
Dress code: Black-tie 

Included in your ticket is:

  • Entrance to the awards
  • Drinks reception
  • 3 course dinner
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • Entertainment
  • The opportunity to catch up/network with colleagues.

Tickets are priced at 

Single tickets: £285 + vat 
Table 10: £2645 + vat 
Table 12: £3230 + vat 


About the Drum Network

The Drum Network is an organisation that helps make marketing service agencies more successful – by giving them the skills and tools to build a higher profile and the knowledge to increase their profits.

This is the Drum Network Awards and anyone can enter! But only if you are as passionate about great marketing as us… we throw a kick ass party to celebrate it too!

For one low annual membership fee, The Drum Network helps get its agency members on to the radar of potential clients, recruits and other business partners by giving them access to The Drum’s wide range of on and offline editorial products and channels; these include the UK’s largest marketing website, visited by more than 600,000 marketers a month, and the UK’s Business Magazine of the Year 2013.

On another level membership also plugs ambitious independent agency owners into our vast range of contacts, helping to facilitate their development and the honing of the key business skills that are vital to winning in today’s fast moving agency sector.

Contact if you are interested in joining...