CIPR PRide Awards celebrate the best in PR across Anglia, Thames, and Chiltern

More than 100 PR professionals gathered at the Clayton Hotel in Cambridge last night for the annual Anglia, Thames and Chiltern CIPR PRide Awards, celebrating the region's top public relations and communications talent.   

Pier emerged as the evening’s standout agency, clinching both the Small PR Consultancy of the Year and the PR Consultancy of the Year awards. The firm also secured gold in the Consumer Relations Campaign category for ‘HIPPO: Decluttering with Dilly’ which won the judges plaudits for being “an impressive campaign, which delivered excellent results far exceeding the set KPIs”. 

Elsewhere, PR agency PLMR Genesis won gold across five different categories including best Channel Delivery, best Low Budget Campaign, and best Long-term Client Care. 

Other notable winners included Big Wave PR who won a hat-trick of titles including the best Public Sector Campaign, best Arts, Culture, or Sport Campaign, and the best Use of Media Relations. Prominent PR took home the gold award in the Corporate and Communications Campaign category with their ‘Funding the fight to eradicate period poverty’ initiative. 

Samantha Ladds of Athene Communications was crowned Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year and Emma Duke won the Independent Practitioner of the Year award. 

As last night demonstrated, the depth of talent in public relations across East Anglia, Thames, and Chiltern is truly inspiring. Tonight's PRide Awards not only served to highlight the incredible achievements of PR practitioners and teams across the region, but also provided an opportunity to celebrate the innovation, creativity, and commitment they bring to their work. A heartfelt congratulations to all nominees, finalists, and the deserving winners.

Ruth Jackson Chart. PR, MCIPR, Chair of CIPR East Anglia

Full Gold Award winners from the 2023 CIPR Anglia, Thames, and Chiltern Awards:

  • Corporate and Communications Campaign - Prominent PR, Funding the fight to eradicate poverty 
  • Internal Communications Campaign - Oxfordshire County Council, Transforming recognition and benefits 
  • Consumer Relations Campaign - Pier, HIPPO: Decluttering with Dilly 
  • Public Sector Campaign - Big Wave PR, Inspiring a lifelong love of reading! 
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, From Rhubarb to Robotics – 250th Hospital Anniversary 
  • Healthcare and/or Wellbeing Campaign - South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), Defibrillators: A deadly game of hide and seek 
  • Integrated Campaign - Norfolk County Council, Choose the bus 
  • Low Budget Campaign - PLMR Genesis, PR restores visitor confidence at the Suffolk Show 
  • STEM Campaign - The Perse School Cambridge, Engaging Young People in Computer Science 
  • Arts, Culture, or Sport Campaign - Big Wave PR, Inspiring a lifelong love of reading! 
  • Education Campaign - University of Bedfordshire, MyBedsLife – the University of Bedfordshire’s student app 
  • Best Use of Media Relations - Big Wave PR, PDSA: The Order of Merit 
  • Best Channel Delivery - PLMR Genesis, Inspiring and Recruiting the Next Generation of Hosts 
  • Best Event - PLMR Genesis, Social Work Awards 2022: The Best Yet 
  • Environmental Campaign - Reading Borough Council, Stay Onside with Climate Change 
  • Best Long-term Campaign - PLMR Genesis, Building Sustainable Growth for Construction Consultancy Ingleton Wood  
  • Best Long-term Client Care - PLMR Genesis, 10 year partnership goes from strength to strength 
  • Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year - Samantha Ladds MCIPR, Athene Communications 
  • Independent PR Practitioner of the Year - Emma Duke PR 
  • Small PR Consultancy of the Year - Pier 
  • PR Consultancy of the Year - Pier 

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 East Anglia, Thames, and Chiltern 

CIPR East Anglia represents a community of 540 members who work in a variety of sectors and are based in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.  

The committee of volunteers brings together agency, in-house and independent practitioners for great local professional development events, webinars and informal meetups. 

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.