Case studies


The challenge


Biggerbraver & bolder than ever before, Absolute Radio’s breakfast show partnership with Wickes is the most successful in UK radio history and in March 2019, the partnership won GOLD at the Sponsorship Awards.

A partnership over 9 years they’re more than just the sponsor – they take the fifth seat in the studio, integrated seamlessly into every aspect of the show.

Delivering record returns to record audiences, this partnership is ever-evolving, engaging and entertaining.


  • Every £1 spent by Wickes, they receive £11 back in sales from listeners.
  • 15% YoY increase in recommendation of Wickes by listeners with 10% increase in those saying they wanted to find out more.
  • record 82% of listeners see the partnership as a good brand fit.
  • Furthermore, listener enjoyment of the partnership increased 3% YoY with key reasons being relevance of competition, message clarity and appeal to home improvers/Trade.

Shelley Allison, Wickes Head of Brand Communication; “The Absolute Radio Breakfast show partnership is the benchmark on which all of our other deals are based. The on-air/off-air teams toil tirelessly to ensure there is innovation at every point. In Dave Berry there is a lightness of touch and freshness which results in better ideas that drive record engagement.”

To continue delivering record results from our long-standing partnership with Wickes. To ensure Wickes are front of mind with the Absolute Radio audience by showcasing how their product range fulfils consumer needs.

The Insight

When lockdown took place, people’s behaviour changed along with their expectations of brands. 87% still want to hear from their favourite brands & over 50% favour brands showing positive actions for the community. We knew the campaign tone of voice had to change so that Wickes & Absolute Breakfast remained connected and relevant to their audience.


Every touchpoint is hit in an all-encompassing campaign which deftly targets Wickes’ dichotomous audiences.

  • At 6am it’s trade focused messaging targets the painters and builders who are on their way to their first job when Dave bursts on-air.
  • At 8am it changes to homeowner campaigns entertaining the home improvers who listen on their commute.

Getting the right tone of voice during lockdown was key! The credit messaging tone of voice changed to:

Absolute Radio with Wickes. As we’ll be spending a lot more time around the house for a little while, you might notice the odd job that needs doing. And when things are back to normal you can get everything you need at Wickes.“

Absolute Radio with Wickes. At Wickes we’re open online, so make the most of your time at home and plan for your next project, get help, advice and inspiration.”

It didn’t stop there…Wickes also became a partner to Absolute Radio’s Good Deed Register. This deed already ran in the Breakfast show and was amplified as a nice way to give back & celebrate good deeds during this time. Those called out on the Good Deed Register were awarded a £250 Wickes gift card. This weekly Friday Feature for Wickes not only increased brand awareness but reinforced a positive association with their brand during this time