First South West Freelancer Of The Year Awards Proves A Hit

Written by: Simon Lewis
Published on: 2 Mar 2012

Freelancer of the yearIn its eighth year, the Freelancer of the Year Awards programme was established by specialist marketing recruitment agency, Xchangeteam, to celebrate the achievements of the unsung hero – the freelancer.

The Awards, sponsored by Only Marketing Jobs, took place at Media Tuesday at the Square Club in Bristol on Tuesday 28th February 2012 where members of Bristol Media and the nominated freelancers gathered to hear who had won the increasingly coveted awards.

Nina Bentley, a marketing freelancer, beat five other finalists to be crowned the first winner of the newly created South West Freelancer of the Year Awards due to the success of her marketing plan in turning round the fortunes of Exeter University’s Students Guild licensed trade revenue.

SW Freelancer of the year 2012 winnersAll the category winners were:

Creative – Matthew Connors-Jones

Digital Excellence – Drew Eldridge

Editorial – Laura Dixon; Highly Commended – Elizabeth Warren

Marketing – Nina Bentley; Highly Commended – Adam Dale & Matthew Connors-Jones

PR & Comms, Public Affairs – Gez Smith; Highly Commended – Peter Brill

Overall Winner – Nina Bentley


Bristol Media Group Manager, Caroline Marshall, commented: “We were really impressed by all the finalists and in an area like the South West where freelancers are an even rarer commodity than in the vast metropolis of London, recognition and increased credibility from initiatives like this can really boost individual careers.  Nina won the overall prize because she took ownership of the brief and worked hard to deliver a commercially successful end result.  Her client trusted her totally – this is what every freelancer should strive towards.”

Xchangeteam South West Regional Director Liz Gadd said: “These awards specifically for the South West showcase the great talent available to businesses outside of the London spotlight.  All the winners are great examples of the talent we can offer our clients.”

The judging panel consisted of Lis Anderson, JBP, Roberta Fuke, Bray Leino, Trevor Pettit, One Brand Group, Andy Purnell, EMO, Kate Tanner, Positive Studio, and Emma Bishop, Nationwide.

Running after the popular Media Tuesday networking event organised by Bristol Media, the Awards were attended by local journalists, freelancers and members of Bristol Media.

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