|Agency fact file: Vizeum|
|Type of agency||Media planning and buying|
|Key personnel||Grant Millar managing director|
|Jo Sutherland managing partner, planning|
|Stuart Newman managing partner, new business|
|Piers Taylor managing partner, clients|
|Ian Edwards managing partner, strategy|
|Nielsen billings 2011||£261m|
|Nielsen billings 2010||£229m|
|Total accounts at year end||38|
|Accounts won||11 (biggest: William Hill)|
|Accounts lost||2 (biggest: Eurostar)|
|Number of staff||120 (+10%)|
On the downside, the agency lost its Eurostar and John West accounts, but its 70 per cent conversion rate on pitches more than made up for the losses.
The departure of the deputy managing director, Stuart Bowden, was Vizeum's big management story of last year. Rather than making a panic hire, the managing director, Grant Millar, instead promoted key individuals to the board, including Jo Sutherland and Ian Edwards, who had arrived earlier in 2011 from MEC.
The pair took on the brunt of the planning and strategy duties previously handled by Bowden while Stuart Newman continued to bring an energetic approach to new business.
Vizeum's work seems to be of a consistently high level and its campaign for Panasonic cameras, which involved ad-funded programming on Channel 5, was recognised with awards. Work for Coca-Cola and Ikea also impressed.
The agency's consultancy-style business approach seems well-suited to changes in the agency/client model and its impressive pitch performance bodes well for 2012.
Score last year: 7
How Vizeum rates itself: 8
"Vizeum's unique culture and approach saw us win two out of every three pitches for brands such as Hiscox, Pathe, Clas Ohlson, William Hill and the consolidated BMW/Mini. We produced highly innovative work for Coca-Cola, Panasonic, Ikea and 20th Century Fox. We recruited external talent including Ian Edwards (head of strategy) and Emerson Bramwell (head of insight), and promoted internal talent, notably Roxanne Lomas, Simon Bevan, Mike McCoy and the head of digital, Patrick Affleck, to managing partners."