The Big Yak wouldn’t be possible without our fantastic sponsors. But these organisations aren’t just sponsors, they are our partners.

Each of these organisations understand the benefit of networking and professional development. We can’t say enough about our sponsors, other than without them The Big Yak wouldn’t be possible.

Please look out for them on Saturday 9 June 2018 and stop them to say hello as they are supporting the crowd and making the day possible.

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Our thanks to…

Lead sponsors: AB, SocialOptic and Workplace. 

See our Twitter list to follow all our sponsors.


ABAB helps organisations reach their full potential by creating informed, engaged and connected employees.

We believe in the power of participation and involvement. When people join forces to pursue a common goal, amazing things happen.

Founded in 1964, AB brings more than five decades of award-winning experience to every communication challenge.

Look out for Katie Macaulay and Mario Theodorou at The Big Yak.

See abcomm.co.uk or @abthinks.

Social Optic

Social OpticSocialOptic harnesses the power of human data to boost productivity, reduce risk and deliver cultural change. From compliance and security, to employee engagement and digital transformation,

SocialOptic delivers tools and expertise to help you to make the right decisions to succeed.

Look out for Caalie Ellis and Benjamin Ellis at The Big Yak.

See socialoptic.com or @socialoptic


Workplace_by_Facebook_Lock-up_Black_PNGWorkplace by Facebook is a collaboration platform designed to connect entire organisations. It offers familiar tools like groups, messaging and video calling.

Workplace helps anyone develop team projects, run meetings, share news and even collaborate securely with other companies.

Look out for Kelly Kriegshauser and Leticia Bevilaqua at The Big Yak.

See facebook.com/workplace or @workplacebyfb.

Thank you to The Big Yak sponsors…

106 Comms

106-commsOur mission is to help brands and organisations be the most engaging versions of themselves.

We support companies in the UK and in Europe, with energising their people around purpose, change, sustainability, wellbeing, innovation, digital transformation and much more.

Take a look at www.106comms.com and chat to us @106comms

Look out for Henry Davies and Maddie Watson at The Big Yak.

Alive With Ideas

Alive_We are an ideas-fuelled comms agency.

We make the mundane, marvellous – defining messages, telling stories and shaping behaviours.

We work with organisations like GWR, Sainsbury’s, B&Q, University of Manchester, KP Snacks, National Trust and numerous NHS and public-sector organisations on everything from day-to-day comms to large scale creative campaigns.

Look out for Alan Oram and Caroline Roodhouse at The Big Yak.

See alivewithideas.com and @alivewithideas.


CIPR Inside

CIPR_INSIDE_logo_CYMKCIPR Inside is the specialist group of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations. The group is for internal communication and employee engagement professionals.

As part of the only chartered organisation for communications professionals we benefit from the knowledge, support and training that the organisation provides. It connects internal and external communication, in line with the belief that communication should be integrated and joined up.

Raising professional standards and sharing best practice is a core aim of the group and institute. When joining the CIPR you can select to join the CIPR Inside group. As a member you get special rates for events, training and workshops, to help you continue your professional development throughout your career. Our members have access to the knowledge, support and training that being part of a chartered organisation brings.

We believe that professionalism and current knowledge are critical to delivering excellent and strategic communications.

See ciprinside.co.uk or @ciprinside.

EE Awards

Logo_design_finalsThe Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards) is the first, and only global, dedicated Employee Engagement Awards & conference business. We believe in inspiring and educating people to remake the way organisations think about, and engage, people to achieve their purpose.

That’s why we created, and continue to develop, the Employee Engagement Awards; to provide a platform to recognise excellence in engagement that inspires action and drives the industry and the employee experience forward.

Entering and hopefully winning, The EE Awards provides the industry acknowledgement and competitive advantage needed to attract the best talent.

The Employee Engagement Awards has awards programs running in North America, Australasia, South Africa and the UK and Europe.

See uk.ee-awards.com or @ee_awards.

Gallagher Communication

GallagherWe exist to ‘inspire the people behind the world’s leading businesses’.

Powered by 65 internal communication professionals across the world, our strategic approach, complimented by world-class creativity and imagination, places us at the forefront of employee communication and empowers us to shape the future of workplace engagement.

Look out for Neil Strong at The Big Yak.

See gallaghercommunication.com


H&H_articleH&H offers consultancy, training and creative support on strategic IC and EE projects of all shapes and sizes.

A team of 23 highly talented specialists – from psychologists, strategists, IC practitioners and researchers to an in-house creative team of animators, illustrators, designers and copywriters, we’ve touched the lives of millions of employees worldwide and delivered hundreds of programmes with tangible and sustainable outcomes.

Look out for Hannah Thoresby and James Sutherland at The Big Yak.

See handhcomms.co.uk or @handhagency.



We’re here to help, whatever your internal communications needs. Interim or permanent hires, we’ll find the right person for your business.

One off research, campaigns or communication skills development, we’ll bring the right experience

Look out for James Harkness and Lisa Betteridge at The Big Yak.

See harknesskennett.com or @harknesskennett or call 01483 222730.


honey-teamHoney create compelling customer and employee brand experiences.

Many businesses say that employees are their biggest asset, but how many actually live up to that claim?

Employee engagement depends on employees understanding, believing and acting on the brand – which means putting them at the heart of the thinking from the start.

By combining strategic and creative thinking, we develop employee experiences that create engaged workforces – building your reputation from the inside out. Only when your staff are your biggest fans, will they be your greatest assets.

Look out for Joanna Jenkins and Lee Smith at The Big Yak.

See honey.co.uk.

Institute of Internal Communication 

ioicThe Institute of Internal Communication is the only independent professional body solely dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of internal communication and helping our members to be the best they can be – today, and in the future.

We represent more than 1,200 professionals, helping them build credibility, skills and knowledge to advance their careers.

Look out for Jennifer Sproul and Suzanne Peck at The Big Yak.

See ioic.org.uk or @ioicnews.

Intranet Now

Wedge-BlackThe conference for comms and intranet people.

Each autumn, we put a score of practitioners on stage for laser-focused lightning talks.

Intranet Now is about inspiration, conversation, and how intranets are used now.

Simply run by Wedge and Brian for the community.

Look out for Wedge at The Big Yak.

See intranetnow.co.uk or @intranetnow for more information.


Mk_articlemk is an internal brand consultancy.

Our job is to bring your brand to life – with stories and imagery, films and creative ideas.

So your people will feel more connected to your business.

And so your customers will feel like you really care.

Look out for Matt Hampshire and Kevin Davies at The Big Yak.

See mkbrand.uk and @mkbranduk.


PRCA - Logo BlueThe PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

Look out for Sue Reynolds and Steve Miller at #TheBigYak.

PR Academy


PR Academy is the largest centre for CIPR qualifications and runs both the CIPR Specialist Diploma and Certificate in Internal Communication.

You will learn the theory, how to apply it in practice and meet lots of other lovely practitioners. Classes are held in central London or you can study online.

Look out for Kevin Ruck and Ann Pilkington at The Big Yak.

See pracademy.co.uk or @pracademy.


sequel_Sequel helps clients create better employee experiences that transform business performance.

We’re a team of 28 talented writers, designers, strategists, digital developers and filmmakers who work together blending skills, experience and fresh thinking to create brilliant, award-winning work for clients.

From shaping strategies to creating communications campaigns, content and channels, our work connects, inspires and helps organisations to be productive places where people really want to work.

See sequelgroup.co.uk or @sequel_group.


Social ChorusSocialChorus is the leading employee engagement company by providing a workforce communications platform that transforms how workers and organisations connect every day. Designed for every worker from head office to the front line, our solution enables a more informed, connected and supported workforce.

Organisations that depend on SocialChorus are able to connect and align their teams, power enterprise initiatives and measure the business outcomes. SocialChorus have offices in London, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Look out for Cyrus Gilbert-Rolfe and Anne Warner at The Big Yak.

See socialchorus.com or @socialchorus.


SpecialistWe are a full service content agency – managing, delivering and measuring branded content across every communications touchpoint.

Content excellence at scale, headquartered in Bristol and London; connected to a network of more than 85 offices in 30 countries

See specialistuk.com or @specialistuk_

Top Banana

topbananaTop Banana was born with the aim of helping businesses communicate better through truly remarkable events and communications.

We create memorable experiences that excite, immerse and engage people emotionally with business strategy. We build true partnerships with our clients, which include the likes of Bentley, Bacardi, Virgin Media Business and Costa Coffee.

Look out for Marc Hazeldon and Richard Bridge at The Big Yak.

See top-b.com


Yapster_articleYapster is the mobile chat app for work teams.

Colleagues can send 1-1 and group messages, initiate flash polls, and share updates on the social feed straight from their smartphones.

By focusing on delivering a slick, simple user experience, Yapster can be up to 80% less expensive than alternative solutions.

Yapster. Talk more. Pay less.

Look out for Rob Liddiard and Aimen Chouchane at The Big Yak.

See yapster.info.

See our Twitter list to follow all our sponsors.

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