Creative Communications agency, Top Banana, will be celebrating their milestone birthday of 20 years throughout 2019.
In 2019, Creative Communications agency Top Banana, will be celebrating their milestone birthday of 20 years. Established in 1999 by founders Richard Bridge and Nick Terry, the agency has gone from strength to strength and now boasts an enviable client portfolio, 2 UK offices and over 50 team members.
Richard Bridge, Founder and CEO, comments “I still can’t quite believe that it’s been 20 years since we started on this awesome adventure, in some ways it still seems like yesterday. Top Banana was set up with the aim to help businesses communicate better and to this day that remains our business mission. Since our first project in 1999 we have steadily grown our client base which now includes some seriously impressive global brands including DFS, Whitbread, Virgin Media and Bacardi. But it’s not just the brands we are proud of, it’s the strong, long-lasting relationships we maintain with these clients, with a number of them spanning over 10 years.”
For Top Banana, their people are their secret to success as they are not only celebrating the growth of their team (in 2018 they recruited 9 new team members), but their impressive high staff retention with many members of the team being employed for over 11 years.
Jade Ball, Operations Director, who has worked for Top Banana since 2008, comments “The leadership team here at Top Banana recognise that our people are our biggest asset, so we make sure we look after each and every employee. The culture here is really unique, and whilst it sounds like a cliché, we really are a big family who all support each other. It’s really hard to find a company that truly listens to you and invests so much time and money in helping make you the best that you can be. This is all supported by our awesome internal initiatives which have led to us being awarded Investors in People Gold, a hard to claim title and one we’re super proud of.”
The newly formed leadership team, aptly named the BLT (Banana Leadership Team), are always looking out for new and exciting projects and opportunities to help drive the business forward. In 2018 the business took on the exciting project of diversifying their service offering by introducing Incentive Travel which complimented their existing established services of events, digital, design, film and venue finding.
Richard continues “With our financial stability, we are able to adapt quickly and be agile in our decision making as a leadership team. In May 2018 we diversified our offering by venturing into incentive travel market which was a natural progression for the business. Taking the leap into incentive travel just made sense, both for us as a business and for our clients. It really complements our existing service and clearly links back to our business purpose bringing our clients’ business strategies to life. 2018/19 has been an excellent year for Top Banana and forecasts are showing significant financial increases.”
As the agency kick starts their 20th birthday celebrations, they not only look back at how far they have come over the last 20 years but look forward to and exciting future full of opportunities and possibilities.
Richard Bridge concludes “In 2019 and beyond we will remain focused on steady, profitable growth by producing high quality work and building relationships with our valued clients. Whilst we have continually adapted our brand and diversified our service offering, we’ve always stayed true to our values and our company vision and mission. The next five years is an exciting time for the company as we will continue to push creative boundaries and keep our entrepreneurial approach where our eyes are always open to new opportunities, whether that’s through new office openings, international expansion, new team members or by further diversifying our service offering.”
The agency will be celebrating their milestone birthday throughout 2019 with a 12-month long campaign which will include lots of celebrations, content and awesome activities.