Celebrations in Southampton as public relations professionals are honoured from across Wessex & Channel Islands

Some of the best public relations campaigns in the UK were recognised last night as professionals from Wessex and the Channel Islands were rewarded for their work over the past 12 months. The 10th anniversary celebration of the CIPR Wessex & Channel Islands PRide Awards took place at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.

It was a successful night for public sector teams, with Eastleigh Borough Council, Southampton City Council and Bournemouth Borough Council picking up gold awards. Bournemouth's #byebyeIMAX campaign secured top prizes in the Best Event and Best Use of Digital categories, helping Bournemouth Borough Council win the title of ‘Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team’ 2013.

There were two gold awards on the night for Ordnance Survey, which collected the top prize for ‘Best Public Sector Campaign’ and ‘Best Use of Social Media’ for its impressive OS MapFinder launch and graduate recruitment programme respectively.

The evening was a triumphant one for Hampshire-based, McKenna Townsend, who scooped two silver and five gold awards, including the judge's special award for the ‘Best Use of Research, Planning, Measurement and Evaluation’; and the night's biggest award presented for ‘Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy’ of the Year. 

View the full winners' list from the 2013 Wessex and Channel Islands PRide Awards.


Kevin Briscoe MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Wessex
This year’s CIPR PRide Awards have seen a fantastic standard in entries which truly represents the outstanding public relations work which takes place across Hampshire, Dorset and the Channel Islands. It makes me very proud to recognise that some of the UK’s best practitioners live and work here in our region and I would like to congratulate all of those who were shortlisted for an award; such recognition is a testament to their professionalism, dedication and exceptional achievements over the past 12 months.
Kevin Briscoe MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Wessex
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).