Dale's Review Of The Year
As the year draws to a close we have the opportunity to pause for a moment and reflect on 2014 which has been another successful year for us here at drp and our clients. With a growing family of loyal clients, the continued development of an ever-expanding team, investment in all areas of our business, the delivery of award-winning projects and preparations for our 35th Anniversary Celebrations in 2015, our plans for this forthcoming year are certainly off to a great start.
During 2014, our team has grown to include 150 full-time communication experts and we've continued to expand and develop our capabilities to ensure that we continue to deliver our renowned service. This growth includes 29 new senior people who have joined us throughout the year, in conjunction with our team development programme that has resulted in 23 team members promoted across all areas of the business. Our growth really is driven by our team's ambition to expand their own capabilities, which has also led to the creation of full-time roles for our growing number of apprentices. This, in turn, is feeding our determination to remain a market-leading and uniquely integrated communications and production agency.
To add to this continual growth, in January we acquired GROSVENORFILM, the Soho-based film production company, opening doors to a range of clients and programming we traditionally hadn't engaged with. We also opened our Exhibition division and within months, began undertaking a range of innovative and successful print display and exhibition projects for both new and existing clients.
Once again, it's been a great year for recognising the successful projects our team produced for our clients. We climbed 20 places in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for, we won 36 awards for the projects we delivered in 2014, and we were awarded the highly coveted Agency of the Year Award, not once, but twice!
We can safely say we are the only company in our sector that can offer truly vertically integrated solutions that deliver value for our customers without compromising on quality, service or creativity. Our ability to control all aspects of our operation, communicate knowledgably with all stakeholders, reliably deliver and innovate is why our customers return to us time and time again.
It's no surprise that innovation is also high on the agenda for digital solutions. The entire digital industry is growing at an enormous pace, something we have driven in our sector since the mid 90's. Our digital business, now in its third decade, has opened the 'digilab' which is focused on R&D as we continue to develop innovative digital solutions for our clients.
The most frequently asked question we receive is always focused on the future of drp and our strategic plan for the business. Quite simply, we want to be the most professionally respected, recognised and capable company in our sector, known for creating the most effective results for the communications we deliver.
It's an exciting time for us and we look forward to the dynamic challenges we face over the next 5 years as we continue to lead our industry. This will of course begin with the proud celebration of our 35th year in business, beginning with the launch of our 35 CSR projects just before Christmas. We will be marking this milestone with a celebration in the summer next year.
On behalf of the team I'd like to thank you and share our gratitude for the support you have given us throughout 2014. We all wish you a wonderful Christmas and very successful New Year!