Charity feasts, team treats and two 10ks: A year in the life at Stickyeyes

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Life at Stickyeyes is anything but “all work and no play”. In 2015 we’ve put our bodies (and our waistlines) on the line for some excellent causes, whilst putting on some superb events for all of our employees. Here, we look back at just what has seen Stickyeyes once again earn Best Companies accreditation.

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It has been a huge year for Stickyeyes in 2015 but amongst all of the hard work and fantastic results, we’ve also had immense fun along the way. Here are just some of the things that we have got up to this year.

Digging deep for good causes

There is no doubting the generosity of our team in 2015, as we supported two Yorkshire-based charities.

Early in 2015, we continued to support Martin House Children’s Hospice. The charity, which provides care and support for children and families in the local area, was chosen by our staff as Stickyeyes’ first official charity. In total, we raised close to £2,300 for the hospice, which prompted Marty the Bear to drop by and personally say thank-you to the team.

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Later on in 2015, Stickyeyes took on a new charity partner – The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The YAA, which runs two helicopters covering the whole of Yorkshire, needs to raise £12,000 each day in order to keep these vital life-saving aircraft in the sky, so it was a cause that our team was more than willing to support.

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As well as supporting those two charities, we also increased our support of the local cause, Gift for Granny. This charity supports care home residents, providing a gift on Christmas Day to those residents who may not otherwise receive one.

After supporting the charity last year, we were delighted to offer our office as a local drop-off point for 2015. Donations from across the region were dropped into our office, and we were more than happy to once again support this worthy cause.

Keep on running!

When we say that we’ve gone through the pain barrier this year, we well and truly mean it. Back in May, the Stickyeyes team of mermaids reached the final of the Martin House Dragon Boat race, finishing a respectful eighth position in the final standings. The event raised a cool £30,000 for Martin House. rowers1 rowers Our team have also taken part in not one but two 10k runs this year, with a team pounding the pavements on a sweltering day in July for the Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10k. abbeydash Conditions could not have been more contrasting later in the year for the Age UK Abbey Dash, as our team battled torrential rain, high winds and freezing temperatures to post some excellent times in the 10km dash from outside our offices on Wellington Street, to Kirkstall Abbey, and back into the city centre.

A (friendly) inter-agency rivalry!

In 2015, we welcomed Zazzle Media into the Stickyeyes Group and, to celebrate the new partnership, we invited the team from Zazzle up north to take part in our very own version of It’s a Knockout. knockout1 knockout2 Under glorious sunshine, it was a fantastic evening and a great way for the two agencies to really get to know each other. knockout It may have been a Stickyeyes team that won this year, but we’re expecting the Zazzle team to come back even stronger in 2016.

Food, glorious food!

coffee morning No army can march on an empty stomach, and there is absolutely no danger of that happening at Stickyeyes Towers. We’re convinced that there is a future Great British Bake-off winner amongst our team as, once again, they pulled out all the stops to treat their colleagues. bakeoff Whether it was buns and cakes, curries, chilli con carne or any other delicacy, our team delivered. As well as taking part in the world’s biggest coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Support, we also got busy in the kitchen for causes such as Comic Relief, Children in Need, Martin House and the YAA. breakfasr Oh, and of course, we celebrated Yorkshire Day in the only way possible… yorkshireday

Team treats

But when we’re not cooking up a treat for charity, we’re doing it just for the fun of it. Working at Stickyeyes demands a huge team effort and our massively popular ‘team treat’ days are an opportunity for our teams to thank their colleagues in the most creative way that they can think of. Each department this year has been allocated a budget with which they can put on a feast for their co-workers. Teams are largely free to do whatever they like and, it’s fair to say that we have had some amazing team treats (not to mention, some superb puns from the people running our Twitter account!).

Our Exec Team set the standard with the very first team treat and a serrano ham leg but from there, our teams have surpassed themselves. We’ve had everything from a tea trolley and fish and chip suppers, all the way through to an outdoor summer fete. We even had our client services team transforming the office into our very own branch of McDonalds.

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And other general happiness

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Whether it’s a friendly pool tournament, a quick 180 on the darts board or our annual Christmas jumper competition, it’s safe to say that there is always something going on at Stickyeyes HQ.

We had another class graduate from the Squared Online course, which is a Google accredited program to support digital skills growth, and another class is already signed up to start in January.

We’ve also been supporting our staff through initiatives such as Cyber Security Month, where out IT team took time out from their busy schedule to provide free anti-virus and cyber security assessments for personal laptops, smartphones and tablets.

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We had a blast at the UK Search Awards this year, where we picked up the coveted ‘Best SEO Agency‘ gong, and in Berlin for the European Search Awards, where we picked up the award in the financial services category.

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And because we were so good this year, Santa dropped by to help out with our Secret Santa and Christmas Jumper competition. However, we’re not sure if Craig got that bike he asked him for!

Want to be part of the action in 2016? We’re hiring right now for multiple roles in Leeds and Peterborough. Check out our career opportunities.

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