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drp celebrates record year

by Murielle Gonzalez

drp has reported a turnover of £21.5m, 31.1 per cent up in comparison to last year’s £16.4m. The company also reported a gross profit of £12m.

The creative experience agency celebrated the achievements at the annual Christmas Conference and Anything’s Possible awards ceremony, which was held at drp’s 212 studios in Worcestershire on 22 December. The event was attended by 218 team members.

The four drp studios were transformed into an auditorium for the plenary, a winter wonderland for the drinks reception, the Harry Potter Grand Hall for lunch and awards, plus a nightclub for the after-show party.

The day consisted of presentations from drp’s board members and directors which reflected on the year’s huge achievements and the future opportunities for 2018.

Last year drp acquired Windsor-based events and incentive agency Penguins, and the company saw 47 new starters, bringing a grand total of 231 team members across the four locations. 2017 saw the business employ five apprentices including two event apprentices under the new Event Management Apprenticeship scheme, which drp has been involved in.

“2017 has been a ground-breaking year full of growth for drp. With 32 award wins, two of which were agency of the year. Alongside three ‘drptalk’ dinners, the acquisition with Penguins and the second ‘drpbigtalk’ that was held at the drp studios in September with 150 clients. The launch of the drpacademy is a true testament to our anything’s possible ethos and it’s remarkable that the team can be recognised for their continuous hard work and dedication. We shall continue to thrive throughout 2018,” said Dale Parmenter, group CEO.

L-R: Creative director Tommy Moore, Anything’s’ Possible Winner, and CEO Dale Parmenter

Throughout the day, drp recognised their top performers for the year in the newly rebranded internal recognition scheme, the Anything’s Possible awards, adding two new categories – ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ and ‘Manager of the Year’.

The winners are chosen by the team in the lead up to the conference, with the climax being the ‘Anything’s Possible Team Member of the year’, which was won by creative director Tommy Moore, winning a trip for two to Canada.

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