The Advertising Association promotes the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, businesses and the economy. We represent UK advertisers, agencies and brands on behalf of the entire industry, acting as the connection between industry professionals and the politicians and policy-makers.

The Advertising Association focuses on major industry and policy areas that have huge ramifications on UK advertising. This section contains our work around Brexit, HFSS and gambling advertising, data and-privacy, trust, the digital charter and our Industrial Strategy campaigns.

Front Foot is our industry’s member network of over 50 businesses across UK advertising. It aims to promote the role of responsible advertising and its value to people, society and the economy through a coalition of senior leaders from advertisers, agencies and media owners.

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Membership offers a range of exclusive benefits, from early access to Credos research to invitations to exclusive networking events. The Front Foot network helps us shape the annual agenda and means members are at the forefront of the latest thinking and industry initiatives of value to their businesses.

We run a number of events throughout the year, from our annual LEAD summit to the Media Business Course and regular breakfast briefings for our members. We are also the official UK representative for the world’s biggest festival of creativity – Cannes Lions.

Advertising Pays 6: World class talent, world class advertising

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The UK’s reputation as an advertising powerhouse is built upon an unrivalled wealth of talent. This report, compiled as a result of painstaking research using LinkedIn’s exhaustive user detail, demonstrates the diversity and geographical spread of the UK’s advertising talent.

Introduction from Josh Graff

UK Country Manager & VP Marketing Solutions, EMEA at LinkedIn

I have experienced first-hand what makes the UK such a creative powerhouse – the people. A hugely diverse and international workforce enables brands and agencies to create campaigns which resonate across international, cultural and socio-economic boundaries to drive real impact.

LinkedIn’s unique member insights indeed shows that the UK, and London in particular, is a magnet for international advertising talent, more attractive it would appear than other hubs in the sector such as Amsterdam, Paris, New York or Sydney. And the sector’s leading creative and strategic thinking is all the better for it.

The findings are also a firm reminder that the industry’s success is not only down to London, as many looking from outside the sector might think. With more than half of the sector’s talent located outside of the capital and nearly a third of international migration in the sector settling beyond the M25, the whole country requires access to top international talent.

As the sector faces unprecedented challenges, both from within and externally, I hope that this report can not only help employers make better decisions about their talent pipelines but that it will also inform policy makers and educators on what’s required to ensure the sector continues to thrive. Access to top international talent is clearly crucial and by ensuring the UK remains a great and vibrant place to live and work, there is no reason why we can’t continue to be a center of excellence for the industry.

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The UK is going global and from a million rubber balls to a drumming gorilla, advertising is symbolic of the UK’s ambition and potential as a nation.

Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

1 in 18 people in London work in the advertising sector

57%
of the UK's advertising talent work outside London
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