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About NABS Fast Forward

What is Fast Forward?

A six-week pitching course to educate, motivate and inspire future leaders. Delegates work in teams on a real client brief on a topical social issue, culminating in a final pitch judged by senior industry figures. Founded in 1999 by industry legend Jeremy Bullmore, our pitch training course has been fast forwarded the careers of over 1500 people for over two decades.

The most meaningful pitch experience in my early years was the Fast Forward with NABS. There were lots of competitive young guns from all corners of the industry (creative, media, digital, publisher) thrown into teams having never met each other, each were given a mentor, a brief, and a pitch date (The pitch itself was in front of about 150 people, with each judge representing one of the letters in every big ad agency acronym in town).

Daniel Brown, Chief Strategy Officer, Global Growth at Wavemaker

Who should attend?

Participants are from agencies, brands and media owners, typically but not limited to those with between one and five year’s experience, or those who are looking to develop or enhance their pitching skills, such as junior to mid-level talent, or those returning to work after a career break. Companies can send several delegates.

What will delegates learn?

Our course is designed to equip the industry’s future leaders with the skills needed to practically understand and implement marketing communications including:

  • Working in pitch process conditions on a live brief, culminating in the presentation of a fully integrated communications plan to a panel of distinguished judges
  • A 360° communications perspective, with the chance to improve confidence, leadership skills, presentation techniques and much more
  • Gain a deeper understanding of a topical social issue. Every year we focus on a different behavioural change brief
  • IPA-accredited training time

Fast Forward 2025

When: Feb to March 2025

Where: Delegates will attend scheduled virtual and in-person sessions.

Register your interest now.

Previous bookers include

I have a much greater understanding of how media & creative work together, from digesting a brief to execution. The course has really opened my eyes to different areas of the industry.

Fast Forward delegate

The NABS Fast Forward programme is a fundamental part of adam&eveDDB’s Learning and Development programme. It offers a valuable, collaborative and enjoyable opportunity for those who are at the early stages of their career to gain knowledge, practical skills and insight, beyond what they would experience through their day-to-day work.


Feedback from our past delegates has been incredibly positive with attendees stating that the course requires dedication and commitment, resulting in an engaging and informative experience that is invaluable to their careers.

IPG Mediabrands
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