Celebrating exceptional public relations talent across the Midlands

Yesterday (13 November 2015), over 250 of the region’s public relations professionals gathered to celebrate the best of public relations across the nation at the 2015 CIPR Midlands PRide Awards at the Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

Birmingham based spottydog communications were one of the evening’s big winners, picking up three Gold Awards, including both Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy and Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy.

According to the judges, spottydog communications stood out for its “simple but clear strategic objectives, against which precise achievement was shown”. The judges also credited spottydog for showing “an impressive growth period over the last three years and its approach to flexible working and smart operating systems.”

Other multiple Gold Award winners on the night included West Midlands Police and Willoughby Public Relations.

Jo Mathers MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Midlands
This year's PRide Awards demonstrate yet again the breadth of quality and creative PR talent homegrown in the Midlands.  Everyone nominated for an award should be incredibly proud of their work, in what has been a highly competitive competition.

On behalf of our committee, I'd like to congratulate tonight's winners, all of whom have demonstrated the highest professional standards of public relations practice. Well done!
Jo Mathers MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Midlands

Full Gold Award winners from the 2015 CIPR Midlands PRide Awards:

  • Corporate and Business Communications Campaign: Taking the SOS out of ESOS, The Marketing Pod
  • Internal Communications Campaign: My Bristan Group Intranet, Bristan Group
  • Consumer Relations Campaign: The B-side ‘ultimate music lesson’ / a 27% uplift in music tourism, Liquid
  • Public Sector Campaign: Better Care Together Awareness Campaign, Better Care Together
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign: Vision Express puts charity in the frame, Vision Express
  • Community Relations Campaign: Operation Teddy Bear, Syndicate Communications
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign: Farm Safety Foundation - Yellow Wellies Campaign, Farm Safety Foundation supported by NFU Mutual
  • Integrated Campaign: Live a Life of Pedigree, Vital Marketing
  • Low Budget Campaign: Spot the Pickpocket, West Midlands Police
  • STEM Campaign: Automation for the People, Stone Junction
  • Best Use of Media Relations: Over Active Pensioners, Willoughby Public Relations
  • Best Use of Digital: Team Sleep Sheep, Willoughby Public Relations
  • Best Use of Social Media: The Commercial Vehicle Show 2015, NC Creative Group
  • Best Event: WMP Diamond Awards, West Midlands Police
  • Issues or Crisis Management: The University of Nottingham Fire, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Outstanding Young Communicator: Katie Bregazzi MCIPR, spottydog communications
  • Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team: NFU Mutual
  • Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy: spottydog communications
  • Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy: spottydog communications
  • Midlands Student of the Year: Thomas O’Connell, Birmingham City University
  • Special Recognition Award: University of Leicester, Leicester City Council and Diocese of Leicester

View full set of results, including Silver winners and case studies.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).