Our services - NABS
Advice Line: 0800 707 6607

Our services

NABS offers a range of services available for everyone working in the advertising and media industry, you can find out more about each of them below:

Advice Line: 0800 707 6607

A confidential chat with one of our unbiased advisors could help make life’s difficult decisions a little bit easier to make.

We regularly field calls on a whole host of workplace and personal subjects, including:

  • Anxiety / stress
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying / harassment
  • Contractual queries
  • Discrimination
  • Freelancing
  • Grievance / disciplinary
  • Ill health
  • Maternity / paternity
  • Money Management
  • Redundancy

Anyone in the industry is able to make use of our Advice Line service; whether you’re brand new to the industry or been in it for a while; an HR or a CEO. If you’d like help with any of the above or similar, give us a call on 0800 707 6607 or email support@nabs.org.uk for tailored advice and guidance, whatever your level or experience.

You can read a selection of our recent case studies here.

NABS is a member of the Helplines Partnership, the membership body for organisations that provide helpline services in the UK and internationally.

Find out more about the NABS Advice Line here.

Career support

Executive coaching at NABS

NABS offers free, confidential executive coaching to support you throughout your career journey. We endeavour to provide constructive insights into new thought processes and to help you to find new ways of managing situations for positive results.

Our executive coaching programme is made up of three sessions (approx. 1 hour), held at NABS HQ, via phone or Skype. Subject to eligibility, you will be assigned an accredited Executive Coach who will focus on your professional development – anything from managing stress to building confidence.

The programme is perfect for those who feel they’ve reached a crossroads in their career, are going through redundancy or need a hand back into employment, those wanting to balance their life better as a working parent, or managers wanting insights on being an effective leader.

We are here to support and champion you. We look forward to sharing this journey with you. Please complete your application form here.

“Coaching helped as I had somebody to listen to my story in a completely objective way, pick up on certain points I hadn’t and to challenge me on some of my ways of thinking.  I can now see the beginnings of some real structure and focus that I will really be able to build on.”

NABS career client

Creative coaching at NABS

We also offer a bespoke creative coaching service for clients who have completed two placements or who have spent a minimum of one year working within in the industry.

NABS creative coach Ray Brennan is an award-winning Creative Director with over 30 years’ experience. He has worked in some of London’s top creative departments including Lowe’s, Still Price Lintas, DMB&B and Havas to name a few.

NABS Creative Coaching sessions can be held at NABS HQ, via phone or Skype. Each session will last for 40 to 60 minutes; individuals may attend up to three appointments. This service is free to all individuals subject to eligibility. Please complete your application form here.

Find out more about our coaching service here.


We are able to offer one-to-one mentoring to members of the NABS community, thanks to the generosity of our industry friends who have pledged 3-5 hours of their time per year to mentor the next generation of adland.

The NABS 100 Club is a group of like-minded industry leaders, from creative and media agencies, media owners and clients, who we call upon throughout the year for our talks, one-to-one and group mentoring.

If you would like to join the NABS 100 Club and pledge your time to help the up-and-coming stars of the industry, please email Jo.


As well as running tailored workshops through our Resilience and Working Parents Programmes, we also offer a range of bespoke Masterclasses to help you flourish and grow in your career.

Building Brand You

Who has a personal brand that you admire and trust?

You work in a world of brands, crafting them to create impact, advantages, stand out, loyalty and personality. But have you ever thought about how you would define your own personal brand? What specifically makes you unique? Do you know what your core offering is? How do others define you? What would they say you stood for?

Wherever you are in your career and whatever your role, come and join us for an interactive, half day Masterclass.

Find out when the next Masterclass is taking place and book here.

Building Confidence & Gravitas

Building gravitas and displaying confidence are important skills in our professional development and day-to-day industry business. They can impact our careers success, our ability to inspire and influence others, to lead teams and manage our own belief in our abilities. In an industry where being heard and listened to is key, developing presence is an essential component to getting ahead.

But what is gravitas and how do you achieve it? How does confidence, not to be confused with arrogance, help you to develop your authentic presence and style? All these questions and more will be addressed in our Masterclass.

Find out when the next Masterclass is taking place and book here.

Building Rapport & Influence

Networking and building strong relationships help to establish successful businesses; after all we all want to do business with people we like and trust. Making a positive impression quickly plays an important part in how we then go on to achieve this. During this session you will learn how to recognise different behavioural types in others and how to engage with them positively and authentically using a number of NLP techniques.

Find out when the next Masterclass is taking place and book here.

Support grants

We believe that the world of advertising and media is stressful enough without the setbacks life can sometimes throw at us. That’s why NABS offers the opportunity to receive support and guidance on overcoming the financial situations that can throw your whole life off-balance.

NABS offers Support Grants to help alleviate financial pressures, and even if we’re not able to offer you direct financial assistance, we’re always available to give practical advice and support on the next step towards resolving financial issues.

Call 0800 707 6607 to speak to our Advice Line in confidence and find out about Support Grants eligibility criteria, or email us here.

You can read a selection of our recent case studies here.

Upskilling grants

Whatever your career situation, NABS can help. Our Upskilling Grants are available for people who are out of work or their role is potentially at risk unless they improve their skills.

From courses in learning to code in a day at Decoded, Measuring the Effect of Social Media Campaigns at the IPA, Programmatic Advertising at Circus Street to the Postgraduate Diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing at the IDM and the 2 Day Level 1 Course in Planning and Strategy at the APG, contact our support team on 0800 707 6607 to find out more and discuss your eligibility.

If you don’t meet the eligibility for a grant, we still have plenty of support available to take your CV to the next level, starting with our Career Coaching service.


Resilience Programme

Sometimes, the everyday pressures of work and life can take their toll. And, whilst we’re not here to stop it from happening, we can prepare you for the days when anxiety and stress hit you when you’re down. Download the Little Guide to Managing Pressure for quick tips to help you manage stress.

As well as providing a dedicated Advice Line offering guidance to help you get back to peak condition, we also offer:


Our Resilience Programme offers bespoke Masterclasses on building resilience to pressure and services tailored to help you make the bad days better.

Visit our calendar to see when our next building resilience Masterclass is taking place.

Wellbeing Talks

We provide a range of talks designed to give individuals the knowledge required to maintain peak performance both in and out of the workplace – with subjects including mindfulness, performing under pressure, sleeplessness and mental toughness.

Visit our calendar to see when our wellbeing sessions are taking place.

1:1 Stress Coaching

Our 1:1 coaching sessions are designed to help individuals better understand how to recognise and manage stress points. These sessions are run on a monthly basis at NABS HQ.

Visit our calendar to see when our next one-to-one stress coaching sessions are taking place.


NABS’ therapy referral service is designed to support those working in the media and advertising industries to manage a variety of challenges.   These can include low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, grief, eating problems, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders, amongst others.

For more information on any of the above, email our Careers team here or view our upcoming events here.

Working Parents Initiative

NABS strongly believes that being brilliant at work and at home shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We think there’s a way for people to thrive in both roles; however they need the knowledge, resources and importantly, their employer’s support to do so.

That’s why we created the NABS Working Parents Initiative, offering advice, support, coaching and information to industry mums and dads, their colleagues and their employers. Find out more here, or see below for more information on what services are available through the initiative.

As part of the relaunched NABS Working Parents Initiative, we now offer a full programme of services, from coaching and mentoring, to Masterclasses and webinars, designed to help industry parents be the best they can be, at work and at home.


Our executive coaches offer one-to-one coaching, helping mothers, fathers, expectant parents and those considering having children to find proactive ways to accommodate both work and family life effectively.

To book a session with one of our Executive Coaches or to find out more about this service, email or call us on 020 7290 7070.

Advice Line

Our team of expert advisors are always on hand to provide confidential information to anyone looking for advice on anything to do with parenting in the workplace and can offer guidance on topics such as maternity, paternity, adoption and shared-parental leave, how to apply for flexible working, money management and more.

To speak to one of the Advice Line team, call us on 0800 707 6607 or email support.


NABS hosts a series of bespoke group Masterclasses for working parents. Run by highly skilled experts, the Masterclasses are for all ages and levels of experience and are designed to explore strategies to help working parents with:

  • Gaining and sustaining a work/life blend
  • Overcoming guilt
  • Balancing bonding with breadwinning
  • Redefining your personal brand as a working parent
  • Managing the teenage years

To find out more about our Masterclasses for working mums and dads, or to book, click here.


Mentoring has been identified as a valuable enabler for both mothers and fathers to learn from the wisdom and experience of other parents who have experienced the tensions of our demanding business. Mentoring offers parents an opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable and realistic insights on how to combine a successful career with having children when working in the advertising industry
  • Share their learnings on the different stages of parenthood and their career

To find out more about mentoring as part of the Working Parents Initiative, email our Careers team or call us on 020 7290 7070.

Upskilling Grants

Our Upskilling Grants are specifically geared towards helping those who are between roles, or looking to take their next step in their career in advertising. They offer an ideal opportunity for industry returners to update their skills to help secure a permanent role back in the industry after a career break.

To find out more about Upskilling Grants email the Support team or call us on 0800 707 6607.

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