More than 230 PR professionals gathered at The Birmingham Conference and Events Centre last night for the CIPR PRide Awards – the region’s annual public relations showpiece.
WPR were the big winners of the night, scooping four Gold Awards including the coveted Outstanding Young Communicator title, awarded to Account Director Jade Mansell MCIPR.
Stafford-based Stone Junction took home three Gold Awards, including the Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy award for the second consecutive year. Judges praised them for their “clear business objectives, solid performance against targets and sound strategies for the business and their people”.
Balls2 Marketing were named Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy and Keele University picked up the Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team Award.
This year’s shortlist makes for enormously inspiring reading. Each category is truly fearsome; every single one looks like the group of death, to borrow a sporting term. The winners of each award – Gold or Silver – can truly hold their heads high and say they’ve achieved something special this year.
I also believe that the Midlands is achieving something special as part of the PR industry overall. The region is vibrant and challenging, and we can all proudly point to the quality of work on show at the PRide Awards as evidence. Personally, I am inspired daily by the CIPR’s brilliant volunteers and the Midlands’ fantastic practitioners and, for this, I can’t express the depth of my thanks.
Richard Stone Chart.PR, MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Midlands
Full Gold Award winners from the 2019 CIPR Midlands PRide Awards:
- Corporate and Business Communications Campaign – Stone Junction and Inspekto, Creating a new category
- Internal Communications Campaign – Loughborough University, Operation Jingle Bells
- Consumer Relations Campaign – WPR, Pub-licist
- Public Sector Campaign – West Midlands Police, 27 Station Road
- Not-for-Profit Campaign – Liquid, Westfield Health British Transplant Games #ItTakes2
- Healthcare Campaign – Liquid, Westfield Health British Transplant Games #ItTakes2
- Integrated Campaign – BakerBaird Communications, The BabySaver
- Transport or Automotive Campaign – London PR, Driving traffic
- Low Budget Campaign – LOROS Hospice, Dying Matters Week 2019 campaign
- STEM Campaign – Stone Junction, Busting graphene myths
- Construction, Property or Infrastructure Campaign – McCann PR & Social, Tackling loneliness for McCarthy & Stone
- Education Campaign – NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, Not Part of the Job
- Best Use of Media Relations – NASUWT – The Teachers’ Union, Not Part of the Job
- Best Use of Digital – WPR, More Merry For Your Money
- Best Use of Social Media – WPR, More Merry For Your Money
- Best Use of Content – Clarity Comms and Hobgoblin, Halloween Facebook Live Game Show
- Best Event – University of Wolverhampton, Dr Nuno receives Uni honour
- Best Publication – West Midlands Police, Newsbeat
- Outstanding Young Communicator – Jade Mansell MCIPR, WPR
- Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team – Keele University
- Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy – Balls2 Marketing
- Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy – Stone Junction
To view the full results, please visit the CIPR Awards website.
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