Ben Martin Apprentice Award

The Ben Martin Apprentice Award (BMAA) was created in 2018 to support diversity and kick-start careers for young, creative talent within Bristol and the South West.

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About the BMAA

The BMAA was set up in memory of the late Ben Martin, a local, entrepreneurial agency MD who was committed to an inclusive culture and actively encouraged diversity. Ben was a great advocate of creativity and innovation and was passionate in his belief that success was achievable regardless of background or education.

The Award seeks to open the door to young people from all backgrounds and provide them with a real opportunity to break into the creative industry.

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Become a BMAA sponsor

The BMAA offers corporate sponsors the chance to promote their workplace diversity and inclusive work environment, highlighting their company values and adding to their attractiveness as an employer.    Sponsors have access to an exclusive workshop, unrivalled networking and branding opportunities.  

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Marketing exposure

Profile opportunities on the Bristol Creative Industries website and other online coverage surrounding the award.

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Diversity workshop

Attendance at an exclusive workshop where industry experts share guidelines and tools to build a culture of inclusion.

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Work experience

At least 1 weeks work experience from the apprentice and shared knowledge for and from diverse talent within your business.

Previous Winners

Each year the winner of the BMAA gets flown to Austin, Texas to attend the annual SXSW festival where they get to rub shoulders with global industry experts. After the festival they take part in a series of paid internships within our member businesses, experiencing first-hand what it’s like to work in Bristol’s creative sector. Find out more about the previous winners below.

Okori Lewis-McCalla Ben Martin Apprentice Award winner 2020

Okori Lewis-McCalla

BMAA Winner 2020

“To even be shortlisted for the Ben Martin Apprentice Award was quite flattering but to… Read more

“To even be shortlisted for the Ben Martin Apprentice Award was quite flattering but to win the award is an honour and something I’m very grateful for. More than anything, it’s empowering and has reaffirmed to me that you can and should just be yourself.”

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Marissa Lewis-Peart Ben Martin Apprentice Award

Marissa Lewis-Peart

BMAA Winner 2018

“Nothing compares to gaining real industry experience and I’m so glad to have been given… Read more

“Nothing compares to gaining real industry experience and I’m so glad to have been given this opportunity.  Winning the Ben Martin Apprentice Award has provided me with connections to people within the industry and the rare opportunity to experience some of the biggest creative agencies in Bristol and learn about the various roles within these agencies, all in one go! Having this experience and support has really helped me to feel more confident in getting ready to start my career.” You can read more about Marissa’s journehere.

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Jasmine Thompson Ben Martin Apprentice Award

Jasmine Thompson

Winner 2017

Jasmine Thompson won the Ben Martin Apprentice Award in 2017 when it was called the… Read more

Jasmine Thompson won the Ben Martin Apprentice Award in 2017 when it was called the SXSW Apprentice. Jasmine now works as a freelance illustrator on projects that range from murals to storyboards, political cartoons and live illustration. She was commissioned to create a mural at the Royal Shakespeare Company and is currently working on a book cover design brief.

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“Increased diversity can only make our industry stronger and initiatives like the BMAA are an essential part of the journey to bring talented young people from all walks of life through our doors.”

Lousie Lepic Animator & Outreach Programme Leader

Mr B & Friends