In 2019 we are super excited to be celebrating our milestone birthday of 20 years!
Richard Bridge, Founder and CEO, comments “I still can’t quite believe that it’s been 20 years since Nick and I started on this awesome adventure, in some ways it still seems like yesterday. Top Banana was set up with the aim to help businesses communicate better and to this day that remains our business mission. Since our first project in 1999 we have steadily grown our client base which now includes some seriously impressive global brands including DFS, Whitbread, Virgin Media and Bacardi. But it’s not just the brands we are proud of, it’s the strong, long-lasting relationships we maintain with these clients, with a number of them spanning over 10 years.”
For us our people are our passion and secret to our success and therefore as part of our 20th birthday we will be celebrating not only the newest members of the team (did you know we recruited 9 new team members last year!?) but those that have grown with us over the last two decades.
Jade Ball, Operations Director, who has worked for Top Banana since 2008, comments “The leadership team here at Top Banana recognise that our people are our biggest asset, so we make sure we look after each and every employee. The culture here is really unique, and whilst it sounds like a cliché, we really are a big family who all support each other. It’s really hard to find a company that truly listens to you and invests so much time and money in helping make you the best that you can be. This is all supported by our awesome internal initiatives which have led to us being awarded Investors in People Gold, a hard to claim title and one we’re super proud of.”
The newly formed leadership team, aptly named the BLT (Banana Leadership Team), are always looking out for new and exciting projects and opportunities to help drive the business forward. In 2018 we took on the exciting project of diversifying our service offering by introducing Incentive Travel which complimented our existing established services of events, digital, design, film and venue finding.
Richard continues “With our financial stability, we are able to adapt quickly and be agile in our decision making as a leadership team. In May 2018 we diversified our offering by venturing into incentive travel market which was a natural progression for the business. Taking the leap into incentive travel just made sense, both for us as a business and for our clients. It really complements our existing service and clearly links back to our business purpose bringing our clients’ business strategies to life. 2018/19 has been an excellent year for Top Banana and forecasts are showing significant financial increases.”
As we kick starts our 12-month long birthday celebrations, we not only look back at how far we have come over the last 20 years but look forward to an exciting future full of opportunities and possibilities. To celebrate this, we’re sharing 20 Awesome Things that show you some of our awesome internal initiatives; as well as brand new and exciting ventures that we’re kicking off in 2019.
Richard Bridge concludes “In 2019 and beyond we will remain focused on steady, profitable growth by producing high quality work and building relationships with our valued clients. Whilst we have continually adapted our brand and diversified our service offering, we’ve always stayed true to our values and our company vision and mission.”
Richard concludes “The next five years is an exciting time for the company as we will continue to push creative boundaries and keep our entrepreneurial approach where our eyes are always open to new opportunities, whether that’s through new office openings, international expansion, new team members or by further diversifying our service offering.”
Join in the celebrations…
Top Banana will be celebrating their 20th birthday throughout 2019, so keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media channels for lots of fun (and plenty of cake!)