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Grand Prix winner: GREAT

There can only be one winner of the coveted Design Effectiveness Grand Prix.

dba design effectiveness awardLast week, 61 client and agency partnerships were presented with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards ceremony in London. But there can only be one winner of the coveted Grand Prix award, and this year it was presented to HM Government and Radley Yeldar for the GREAT Britain Campaign which has delivered outstanding results including over £1billion direct return to the UK economy.

For the first time this year, the DBA brought together a new judging panel of Chief Executives from FTSE 100 and design-driven organisations specifically to select the Grand Prix from amongst the 19 Gold winners. This distinguished group of five CEOs included:

  • Josh Berger, President of Warner Bros
  • Diane Lees CBE, Director-General of Imperial War Museums
  • Deborah Meaden, Businesswoman and Entrepreneur
  • Ian Powell, Chairman & Senior Partner, PwC
  • Richard Solomons, Chief Executive Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

On choosing the winner, Judges Chairman Andrew Summers said, “This was a story which really stood out from the rest. Partly because of its size, partly because of its complexity, partly because it required coordination across many areas of government and business and across many countries of the world. For government to use design in this way says much for the way in which design is now seen at the highest level and reflects the way in which the UK is seen as one of, if not the, leading design nation in the world.”

View all of the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards winners.

GREAT Britain Campaign

radley yeldar great britainThe Government’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever to stimulate jobs and growth in Britain, required the development and expression of a single unified, global brand to align stakeholders from 17 Government departments, and 350+ private and public partnerships across 144 global markets.

A high-quality, admired brand was developed with a flexible, easy-to-use and recognisable brand framework, which enables communication of the UK’s key attributes across dozens of different channels. A hugely complex exercise in managing brand consistency, delivered outstanding results.

The campaign has so far delivered £1.2billion direct return to the economy and there has been a 16% uplift in intention to both invest in and visit the UK. Intention to procure UK products and services is up 12% and brand value has risen to 58%, well above the objective, putting the UK at No.4 in the worldwide Nation Brand Index.

View the GREAT Britain Campaign case study in full.