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B-Hive 2017: Rewarding Future Talent

Posted over 1 year ago by Ollie Purdom
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1 brief, 4 categories, 26 judges and 40 finalists: B-Hive 2017 was buzzing with activity.  

If you’ve not come across the scheme before, we set it up back in 2009, in the midst of economic meltdown, yet despite redundancies, recruitment freezes and the most challenging commercial climate in memory, we were fortunate to have extremely forward thinking clients, all as passionate as we are about helping identify, nurture and develop future talent.

Despite huge strides forward since the global financial meltdown, students graduating today have a difficult job getting a foothold in the industry. Through B-Hive, we’re committed to giving them an opportunity to do so and it’s always hugely exciting and rewarding seeing the level of talent coming through.

B-Hive’s primary focus is to identify future talent, but its dual purpose is to promote the outstanding work being produced by the creative and marketing teams of the best brands and agencies in the Midlands, thus showcasing opportunities on students’ doorsteps and limiting the talent drain to London. 

The process is simple. We set a brief (this year kindly supplied by our friends at McCann Birmingham) which is adapted across 4 categories: PR, Marketing, Design, Advertising (Creative). Students submit their responses, we shortlist the best in each category and invite them to pitch their ideas to a Dragons-den style panel of judges. Winners are then awarded placements. 

Advertising Judging Panel
Advertising Judging Panel

The B-Hive competition rewards the very best thinkers; it’s not an opportunity to giveaway work placements; the awards are based entirely on merit and the judges have high expectations. This year’s presentations were some of the best we’ve seen since we set the scheme up. All categories saw some outstanding presentations, with judges in the advertising category unanimous that it was the best quality they’d seen to date.  

What was particularly rewarding this year is that 2 of the Design judges were previous B-Hive winners: Phil Loveridge from the NEC Group, who was employed permanently by them following his successful B-Hive placement, and Olly Sorsby who set up Adaptable with fellow B-Hive winner Dan Cooper and are together building an exciting digital agency.

In total we awarded 89 weeks of placements to the winning students, taking the total number of placements awarded since we launched the scheme to 796 weeks, with an incredible 183 students winning placements and getting that all important first step on the ladder.

We’d like to thank each and every one of our entrants and congratulate our winners – you all did a phenomenal job!

An enormous thank also goes out to our judges for sparing their highly valuable time to take part and also to offer placements within their businesses, helping the next generation of marketers and creatives to kick-start their careers. In particular we’d like to thank our partners One Black Bear, who provide all digital and creative support for the scheme (watch this space for an exciting announcement regarding B-Hive’s digital presence). 

If you’re a student, lecturer or marketing/creative sector employer and you’d like to get involved with B-Hive, please drop us a line at buzz@bhive-creative.com


This year’s winning students:

PR: 

Madeleine McCrann-Smith, Claudia Miguel

Marketing: 

James Barnsley, Elio Delgado, Chloe Dudley

Design: 

Rosie Clarke, Sam Myles, Abigail Bills, Claire Hollingworth, Ellea Fletcher, Jasmine Turton,  Aimee Chapman, Katie Eccles

Advertising: 

Henry Bartonwong & Nora Hindi, Chris Wells & Will Upcott, Abigail Bills, Felicity Hall, Kimberley Anne Bishop, Bethan Dutton, Sam Neville, Aimee Chapman, Rebecca Palin


And our lovely judging panels:

PR: 

Bright PR, McCann, One Black Bear, Spottydog Communications, Rewired PR, WPR, Citypress

Marketing: 

Drayton Manor Park, Bauer Media (Free Radio), The NEC Group, Cogent, RBH

Design: 

ORB, Adaptable, Alive, The NEC Group, 383, Imagination

Advertising: 

Chapter, McCann, One Black Bear, Connect Group, bigdog, RBH


Pictures from the awards evening:

(Full set of pictures available here)

Ollie Purdom, Pitch ConsultantsRob Green, Colette Jeffrey and Vineet RahejaB-Hive Awards EveningMaddy McCrann-Smith - PR WinnerPitch Consultants TeamChris Wells and William Upcott

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Interview Etiquette for the Interviewer

There's a lot you can read about interviews and how to excel at them, but most of this advice is aimed at candidates rather than interviewers. In t...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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PR Talks | Video Series

We have a brand new video series on our YouTube channel dedicated to PR. The series, PR Talks, includes a review of recent PR event, the North West...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Pitch Is All About Midlands PRide

It’s that time of year again, no not Halloween though if you send us sweets we won’t complain, it’s time to celebrate the best of the Midlands PR t...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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5 Tips to Achieve Job Satisfaction

According to the dictionary ‘job satisfaction’ means, “the extent to which a person’s hopes, desires and expectations about the employment he or sh...

Gabriella Policarpo Posted by Gabriella Policarpo

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HR & Culture Advice From Netflix’s Most Famous Ex-Employee

This article originally appeared in a LinkedIn Premium Tech Report and offers a fascinating insight in to the latest HR and culture thinking coming...

Ollie Purdom Posted by Ollie Purdom

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A Decade of (career) Change in Marketing Services Recruitment

Pitch is ten years old this summer so I have dug back into our records (and invoices) and ran my ruler over the changes that have taken place over ...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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W1siziisijiwmtcvmduvmzavmtivmtqvmdivnzg3l1bjvenimjkxoduuanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilciznzb4mjc0iyjdxq Posted over 1 year ago
Reflecting back on 10 Years of Pitch

A whole decade in business sounds a long time but it doesn’t seem that long ago since it was just two of us in a spare room. And what a fun time th...

W1siziisijiwmtyvmdyvmdgvmtyvntivmzevmjg4l3jvyjeuanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Rob Markwell

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Pitch MD Rob Markwell wins HR & Recruitment Award at Birmingham Young Professional of the Year

We're delighted to announce that Rob Markwell, Managing Director here at Pitch, has won the HR, Recruitment and Training category at the Birmingham...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Prolific North Awards 2017

Last week, on an unusually warm Thursday evening in Manchester, the fifth Prolific North Awards took place. It’s always the most hotly anticipated ...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Prolific North Awards 2017: Why They Matter

There is only one week until the Prolific North Awards 2017 and at Pitch, we could not be more excited. This year will mark the 5th time the awards...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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Marathon Man

Congratulations to Pitch MD Rob who not only managed to finish the London Marathon but did so in an incredibly respectable time of 3hrs25mins, rais...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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Pitch Consultants Salary Survey 2017

Every year we publish research into how marketers and creatives are remunerated across all skill sets both in agencies and in-house marketing teams...

Ollie Purdom Posted by Ollie Purdom

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W1siziisijiwmtcvmdqvmdqvmdkvntmvmdavntmvtmvvmi5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijm3mhgynzqjil1d Posted over 1 year ago
New Home for Pitch North

This new financial year marks an exciting time at Pitch as we hit some major milestones. This month Pitch celebrates ten years as a specialist mark...

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdgvmtuvmtavmdcvmjqvodc0l21hdhquanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilcizmhgzmcmixv0 Posted by Matt Cooper

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My journey: deconstructing a career in recruitment.

Six years ago I joined small recruitment business with huge ambitions. That ambition proved infectious and six years later I now sit here a Directo...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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CIPR Awards North West - it's a wrap!

Pitch have been a long term partner of the CIPR Midlands and were delighted extend our relationship to the North West by sponsoring the PRide Award...

Rebecca Thomas Posted by Rebecca Thomas

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Pitch's 12 Days of Wisdom

Christmas and New Year is a wonderful time. It's also a time when many people start thinking about new opportunities and new challenges. We've writ...

Ollie Purdom Posted by Ollie Purdom

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