Mike Chinn, founder and director of the Wolverhampton-based agency, is on the final shortlist for Online Event Producer of the Year at the CN Agency Awards, organised by leading events industry title Conference News. In the latest of a run of award finalist placings, Mike and the Stone’s Throw team will find out the result when the winners are announced in a ceremony at Tobacco Dock in London on 1 July.
Stone’s Throw Media was named as finalist for the team’s achievements in staging prominent digital events during the Covid-19 pandemic and successive lockdowns. The ban on live gatherings saw events organisers switch to digital events, a specialism in which the agency has grown its expertise.
In 2020, Stone’s Throw Media broadcast the digital opening ceremony of the University of Wolverhampton’s new Springfield Brewery learning centre in place of a live gathering, incorporating video content and livestreams from city and university VIPs, as well as Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan MP and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.
Another highlight was the 2020 staff awards for the University, also held in October, for which the Stone’s Throw team created a full 100-minute livestream watched by an extended audience including employees and their families over the internet.
The judges panel for the CN Agency Awards includes representatives of leading brands including Facebook, Halifax, PWC, Age UK and Nationwide. In announcing the finalists, Conference News said: “After such a tough year for the industry, it’s been overwhelming to see the number and quality of entries that we received from so many amazing agencies that managed to find solid business solutions amidst the chaos of 2020. Our finalists should all be proud to advance to this stage of the competition, and we can’t wait to see them all at the event to crown the winners.”
Mike Chinn said: “After such a tough year for businesses, when we all had to adapt quickly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is pleasing to be named as finalists in these national awards. Stone’s Throw Media has always flown the flag for the digital talent in Wolverhampton and the Black Country so we are proud to be recognised by judges from some of the UK’s biggest brands.”
Founder Matt Weston said: “With strong competition from agencies nationwide who moved to provide digital events rather than live events, it is fantastic to be named one of only eight selected by a leading industry title. We aim to compete with the best in our field in everything we do.”
The CN Agency award finalist placing is the latest recognition for the agency. Mike Chinn and Matt Weston are finalists in the young leader and professional services categories at the West Midlands Leadership Awards, organised by regional news website Business Desk, to be announced on July 9.
Launched in 2011, Stone’s Throw employs eight staff and is based on Wolverhampton Science Park. Its clients include Redrow, Wolves, JLR, the University of Wolverhampton and university accommodation provider Student Roost. For more information on digital events services from Stone’s Throw Media, visit our homepage or contact us today!