CIPR PRide Awards celebrate South of England and Channel Islands Thriving PR Industry

More than 100 PR professionals gathered at the Double Tree in Bristol City centre last night for the 2023 CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards – the region’s annual public relations showpiece.  

Man Bites Dog took home the award for PR Consultancy of the Year. The judges called them “an agency that has a very clear proposition” and commended them for their impressive business performance across the last two years, commitment to continued professional development, and list of client wins that deserves respect. 

Elsewhere, Highlight PR and ADPR took home two Gold Awards each, with the latter being crowned Small PR Consultancy of the Year for their great “company ethos and purpose led agenda”. 

Fugu was another big winner on the night, taking home a brace of Gold Awards for their #WorldBankWorldProblems campaign, an initiative to promote a sustainable energy future for the Global South. The panel called it a “clever, creative integrated campaign” that achieved “global impact” clinching Fugu gold in both the best Not-for-Profit Campaign and best Environmental Campaign categories.  

In the individual categories, Darren Northeast PR’s, Jordan Hooker was awarded the Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year title, while Ben Veal Chart. PR, MCIPR, founder and director of Second Mountain Comms, won the Independent Practitioner of the Year award. 

Congratulations to all the nominees, runners-up, and winners in this year’s PRide Awards. Recognising the talent of PR professionals across the South of England and Channel Islands, it’s amazing to be able to celebrate the success of public relations and those who work in it. I am always impressed by the high standard of entries, whether they came from in-house teams, agencies, or independent practitioners – there was not a single entry that did not display ingenuity, professionalism, and impact, giving our judges a real challenge to choose any winners.

Nicole Culverwell Chart. PR, FCIPR, Chair of CIPR Channel Islands

Full Gold Award winners from the 2023 CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards:  

  • Corporate and Communications Campaign – Grayling, Gowling WLG – Tomorrow's World 
  • Internal Communications Campaign – Avon and Somerset Police, This is not who we are 
  • Consumer Relations Campaign – Highlight PR, Papa Johns Stranger Bling 
  • Public Sector Campaign – Program Agency, Safer Exeter Bystander Campaign 
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign – Fugu, #WorldBankWorldProblems 
  • Healthcare and/ or Wellbeing Campaign – Pinch Point Communications, Someone like me 
  • Integrated Campaign – Highlight PR, #MiffyLondon 
  • Low Budget Campaign – Grayling, Cooking over Fire with LegumeChef 
  • Travel, Leisure or Tourism Campaign – Civil Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority: ATOL Protection 
  • Best Use of Media Relations – Canny Comms, A media service: unbiased geopolitical analysis  
  • Best Channel Delivery – Second Mountain Comms, The ‘Good Journeys with Second Mountain’ Podcast 
  • Best Use of Content – University of Bath, Research with Impact 
  • Best Event – Briscoe PR, Cuteness overload – Westlands Lambing Days 
  • Environmental Campaign – Fugu, #WorldBankWorldProblems 
  • Issues, Crisis or Reputation Management – Devon and Cornwall Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Operation Scorpion – making the South West #NoPlaceForDrugs 
  • Best Long-term Campaign – ADPR, HH X RNLI campaign 
  • Best Long-term Client Care – Darren Northeast PR, Best Long Term Client Care Campaign 
  • Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year – Jordan Hooker, Darren Northeast PR 
  • Independent PR Practitioner of the Year – Ben Veal Chart. PR, MCIPR – Second Mountain Comms 
  • In-House PR Team of the Year – Benefact Group 
  • Small PR Consultancy of the Year – ADPR  
  • PR Consultancy of the Year – Man Bites Dog 

View the full list of winners online.


About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations 

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners with over 10,000 members. 

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). 

About the CIPR Channel Islands 

The CIPR Channel Islands Group encompasses public relations and communications practitioners in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas while endeavouring to educate and inform external audiences about the benefits and value of professional communications expertise in all spheres of business and public life. 

The local committee organises events to help members to fulfil their CPD requirements closer to home, provide relevant content for the local industry and networking opportunities. 

About the CIPR South West 

The South West is a great place to live and work - so it's no surprise that our CIPR SW Group is so vibrant, with members from across the region and from diverse sectors. We have some excellent events planned each year to support continuous learning and professional connections for members in the region. 

About the CIPR Wessex 

The CIPR Wessex Group represents and supports members from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, providing an engaging programme of events, training and networking opportunities. 

Our focus is on promoting the strategic business value of communications, supporting members with continued professional development, including Chartership, and encouraging the next generation of talent into our industry. 

For further information about CIPR Wessex, please contact 

About the CIPR PRide Awards 

The CIPR PRide Awards is the UK’s most prestigious nation-wide awards scheme, recognising excellence in public relations and communications across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and six English regions. Past winners continue to reap the benefits of their successes long after achieving them. Now in its 20th year, the PRide Awards attracted around 1,000 entries from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK.