Unique in the industry, the PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year competition gives communications professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a live environment, developing a strategic and tactical programme in response to a fictional, but realistic challenge.
For the opportunity to compete in a challenge in front of a judging panel of communications and marketing professionals, teams and individuals should complete a simple entry form. The executive steering group will then be in contact and invite you to the live finals day, which takes place in October. No preparation is needed for the finals day, just candidates with their creative and strategic minds switched on.
The competition has expanded this year with the introduction of a new individual category to accompany the Aspiring Communications Manager. The new Communications Manager category will give those who are more experienced within their communications role, the opportunity to compete. These two individual categories are open for entry alongside the established NHS, Charity, and International team Challenges. This competition is open to in-house, agency and freelance communications professionals working in the UK market or globally
Last year the Charity Challenge partnered with Bowel Cancer UK & Beating Bowel Cancer, which received an excellence response from the teams and charity alike. The work that the teams achieved really helped make a difference. Leanne Thorndyke, head of Marketing and Communications at Bowel Cancer UK said, "We are so grateful to all of the agencies which entered and put real time, effort and enthusiasm into their pitches. There were some great ideas and the day proved really valuable, giving us lots of food for thought to help raise the profile of the charity and awareness of bowel cancer".
We aim to continue the success of last year again this year with brand new teams, fresh challenges, and a great charity.
For Kesha Tansey, a member of the team from Pegasus who were awarded Highly-Commended in the International Challenge, this competition was well worth her and her team’s time, commenting; “Taking part in the PharmaTimes Communications Team of the Year competition was a fantastic experience for our whole team. I would encourage anyone to take part as it was not only a great learning experience but also brilliant fun!”
The growth of this competition over the last few years has led to the creation of a new executive steering group comprising both senior industry leaders and key stakeholders. This esteemed committee of professionals provides a vital role in helping PharmaTimes to design the competition so that its content accurately reflects the challenges that agencies and individuals face in their place of work. The judges will also be able to use their industry wide knowledge to supply expert feedback to all of the finalists & teams. Taking up his position as chair of the new steering group, Mike Dixon (CEO, HCA) said, “The PharmaTimes awards are purely about recognising deliverables live. It’s an incredibly raw but equally exciting process. Whether you enter the competition as a team or as an individual, you can learn so much about how you work, and it’s all done in a safe, confidential environment.”
There is the chance to be awarded a winning trophy on the awards night, but there is also much for candidates to experience and learn about themselves and their team from just taking part in this unique awards format.
Spaces for the team categories usually fill up fast and some may close for entry earlier due to this, so make sure to enter sooner rather than later to avoid missing out.