Asda’a BCW Arab Youth Survey won EMEA Innovation SABRE Gold for the second consecutive year for Best Agency Thought Leadership Initiative.
Communications consultancy Asda’a BCW has been named Middle East Consultancy of the Year at the 2023 EMEA SABRE Awards, the world’s largest PR awards program.
This is the fourth Agency of the Year recognition for Asda’a BCW in recent months, after it was named Media Company of the Year at the Arabian Business Achievements Awards in January, and Best Agency – UAE and Best PR/Communications Agency at the Campaign Agency of the Year Awards in December 2022.
At the SABREs this year, the annual Asda’a BCW Arab Youth Survey also won the EMEA Innovation SABRE Gold for Best Agency Thought Leadership Initiative, for the second consecutive year.
PRovoke Media, which organizes the event, wrote, “Asda’a BCW has always been a regional industry pioneer and continues to change the way PR is seen in the Middle East. From day one, it disrupted the industry model by targeting a market that had never used PR before: local governments, family businesses, and emerging regional brands with global ambitions. Asda’a BCW also continued to innovate in 2022 by becoming the first communications consultancy in MENA to launch a dedicated ESG advisory, OnePoint5, to meet the growing requirement for environment, social and governance (ESG) services in the region.”
Sunil John, President - MENA of BCW and Founder of Asda’a BCW, said, “All awards are special, but the EMEA SABREs are arguably in a league of their own. The fact that Asda’a BCW came out on top this year is a ringing endorsement of the work we deliver for our clients. Passion and commitment are truly a winning combination. This recognition reinforces our standing in the region as a talent-led and innovation-driven integrated consultancy creating exceptional value for our clients.”
Rami Halwani, Executive Vice President for Client Services at Asda’a BCW, received the SABRE honors from Paul Holmes, Founder of PRovoke Media, at a ceremony held in Frankfurt.
With a strong presence in the corporate domain – including corporate reputation, consumer communications, public affairs, healthcare, finance, enterprise and technology, crisis management, and employee relations, Asda’a BCW further expanded its digital and data expertise in 2022.
Last year, the agency achieved record revenue growth in its history. This was led by nearly 100% client retention and record new business wins. Serving more than 100 clients in the region, Asda’a BCW ranked high in the 2021 BCW Global Client Satisfaction Survey, where 68% of respondents rated its overall performance at ‘8 or higher’ on a 10-point scale, and 83% said they are more likely to recommend the firm.
The Asda’a BCW Arab Youth Survey demonstrates the value that the PR industry brings to governments, businesses, and civil society by providing evidence-based insights on the hopes, attitudes, and aspirations of MENA’s largest demographic, its over 200 million youth. The 2022 edition was launched with strong global/regional impact, reaching over 500 million people within the first week in September 2022.