Sagittarius a top 100 agency in UK census.

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On Friday 9th May, The Drum announced the results of The 2014 Independent Agencies Census and the team at Sagittarius Marketing were delighted to discover they had been highly voted in one of the UK biggest industry polls!

274 agencies across the UK took part in the census that looked at financials and maybe more importantly client and peer ratings.

Sagittarius Marketing was included within the 1-25 person agency criteria, which excludes the large agencies that are owned by networks or groups. However, the client and peer polls for the 1-25 person agency group were some of the most competitive in the census, proving that you don’t need to be the biggest agency to impress your clients and contemporaries!

The financial poll looked at turnover as well as profit. With the combined turnover of just the agencies surveyed totalling over £1 Billion, the census highlights how strong the Sagittarius figures are. Based on the Recommended Agency Register (RAR), the client poll showed that positive reviews from Sagittarius’ clients rank them amongst the best. The peer poll is recognition of an agencies overall success. Industry votes were merged with public votes to score the most respected independent agencies in the UK.

Sagittarius Marketing results in the 1-25 person agency were:

  • Peer Ranking: 63rd
  • Financial Ranking: 69th
  • Client Ranking: 130th

Paul Stephen, CEO at Sagittarius commented, “Being recognised within the census is a recognition of the hard work, determination and commitment that we have within the agency. To be ranked 63rd in the peer poll is a testament to agency and the people within it, without whom we would not have any of our success.” He added, “If indeed our clients needed any reassurance that they are working with one of the most innovative and leading agencies in the UK, this recognition further cements this”.

The agency census ranking compliments awards recently won by Sagittarius including British Interactive Media Award (BIMA) in 2012 for Headspace Meditation project and more recently recognition from Wirehive100 for being Top 25 agency and Top 5 fastest growing agency, shortlisted for Best Agency in the South East at the MiAwards and being an RAR recommended agency.

Today award-winning digital experience agency Sagittarius is proud to have been certified to ISO 27001 Information Security Management systems standard by business improvement company, BSI.

Leading brands demand first-class information security from their agency partners and the only real proof of this is achieving the ISO / IEC 27001 Certification. If you’re in sectors such as Financial Services, Healthcare, or even working with Government and Third Sector you’ll know that regulation and compliance are essential throughout your supply chain and that the top priority is guarding information and data.

Nick Towers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Sagittarius said “We wanted to ensure that brands can come to us in the knowledge that we take data security, data protection and privacy very seriously. Our mantra is ‘remarkable’ and this applies to not just what we do but how we do it and ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for this. To achieve this in six months’ pay testimony to the hard work and commitment to security and privacy that prevails at Sagittarius and I’m very proud of the whole team who have made it their mission to exceed the high standards needed.”

Sagittarius wanted to meet the very highest standard and so decided to work with BSI whose mission is to ‘share knowledge, innovation and best practice to help people and organizations make excellence a habit’. 
Achieving ISO 27001 certification clearly demonstrates that the Information Security Management System at Sagittarius meets international best practice and demonstrates to our customers and partners that we handle information securely throughout the business. 

The agency accepted that by embracing the implementation process they were actively encouraging their team to delve into internal processes and rather than accepting these as ‘the norm’, firstly making sure they were all documented sufficiently. Then as part of that process, they challenged and questioned each process to pressure test validity and innovate and improve where necessary.  BSI then rigorously audited Sagittarius’ policies, processes, and approach to data security. Through the audit stages, BSI shared opportunities for improvement and have helped refine the Sagittarius InfoSec roadmap. 

Data is the most valuable asset any business can have and to achieve peak performance through a truly connected strategy and digital experience it’s imperative that data and information is shared with the agency partner. Trust plays a pivotal role and assurances of confidentiality can only be achieved through an ISO 27001 accredited organisation.
Initiatives like the GDPR have raised the bar on compliance and the associated fines for having gaps in governance leading to breaches are significant. At Sagittarius we operate a single source of truth using tools and systems such as Confluence and Jira to provide documentation quickly and accurately and this was complimented by the auditors. 

Nick goes on to say “We are delighted to create even more value for our clients and prioritise the things that matter to them and their customers. This ISO 27001 certification bolsters our class leading NPS score of 85 adding deeper quality to our services. It sets us apart from other agencies when brands are looking for a partner with deeper credentials. We wanted to take the next step and ensure that Information Security became baked into everyday processes and the way we function as a business. We set an ambitious timeline of achieving the ISO 27001 certification and to meet the highest possible standards through independent auditing and we’ve nailed it. We pride ourselves on ensuring the data of our clients, team and partners are handled in the most responsible manner.”

Gigi Robinson, Regional Product Manager – Information Security & Business Continuity, said: "Protecting information is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations. Achieving ISO 27001 demonstrates Sagittarius' commitment and proactive approach in ensuring their information management processes are robust, secure and resilient for the future. We are thrilled to have supported Sagittarius in achieving this certification which demonstrates to customers and suppliers an ability to handle information securely."

Additional Notes
ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized best practice framework for an information security management system (ISMS). Sagittarius has designed a set of adequate and proportionate security controls within the ISMS to help protect our internal and our clients’ information against cyber-attacks. We have used the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the NIS Regulation as part of our framework.  


Paul Stephen
Paul Stephen
Co-Founder & Joint CEO
With over 25 years in marketing, Paul is one of the UK's leading experts on digital marketing. He oversees the agency and often lectures and consults within the industry on digital and marketing related subjects and has a particular interest and skills in the travel and tourism sectors.

Paul operates nationally and internationally, helping brands to think outside the traditional horizontal and vertical channels and transform their business with creative multi-channel marketing and digital re-invention.
Paul Stephen

Paul Stephen

12 May 2014 - 1 minute read
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