CIPR PRide Awards celebrate the best PR in the North West
Over 170 PR Practitioners gathered at the Edwardian in Manchester last night for the annual North West PRide Awards, celebrating the region’s top public relations and communications talent.
Manchester-based agency, Brazen, was the big winner on the night scooping up six Gold Awards including the coveted PR Consultancy of the Year title. The judging panel praised Brazen for its success, “much of which is attributable to the firm’s commitment to its people” as well as its “energy that shines through, both in words and design”.
The University of Salford also won three Gold Awards for their Energy House 2.0 campaign to support growth and awareness of new technologies which will help in the race to net zero.
Elsewhere, Smoking Gun, Refresh, and Catapult PR picked up two Gold Awards each while Viva took home the Small PR Consultancy of the Year title.
In the individual categories, Brazen’s Daisy Vickers won the Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year award, and Jane Hunt from Catapult PR scooped up the Independent PR Practitioner of the Year title.
The CIPR PRide Awards once again display the depth and diversity of talent in the North West’s PR sector. This year's entries, from both seasoned professionals and fresh faces, demonstrates the remarkable creativity and strategic thinking the North West has on offer.
The awards not only celebrate individual and team achievements but also reflect our collective commitment to excellence in the industry. It's inspiring to see the high standard of work produced, underscoring the role of PR in building influential brands and driving business success. Many congratulations to all winners, runners-up, and those who made the shortlist.
Full Gold Award winners from the 2023 CIPR North West Awards:
- Corporate and Communications Campaign – Essar Oil UK Ltd, Essar Transforming for Tomorrow New Furnace Campaign
- Internal Communications Campaign – Royal College of Physicians, Spark – The RCP intranet bringing people together
- Consumer Relations Campaign – Smoking Gun, Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend
- Public Sector Campaign – Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Lancashire Constabulary, Op Warrior – Fighting Organised Crime in Lancashire
- Not-for-Profit Campaign – Brazen, #HATSONORMIND FOR JD OUTDOOR
- Integrated Campaign – Smoking Gun, Nemesis: Campaign to close a legend
- Low Budget Campaign – Brazen, REHEADS GO FREE AT SHOWCASE
- Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign – Carousel, The Art of Promoting ‘The Art of Banksy’
- Construction, Property or Infrastructure Campaign – University of Salford, Breaking ground: Building for Climate Adaption with EH2.0
- Best Use of Media Relations – University of Salford, Breaking ground: Building for Climate Adaption with EH2.0
- Best Channel Delivery – Refresh, A Question of Regs
- Best Use of Content – Refresh, A Question of Regs
- Best Event – Brazen, PUTTING THE DEANSGATE BACK IN LIGHTS
- Environmental Campaign – University of Salford, Breaking ground: Building for Climate Adaption with EH2.0
- Issues, Crisis or Reputation Management – Defra, Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme communications challenge
- Best Long-term Campaign – Catapult PR, No .1 World Topiary Garden
- Best Long-term Client Care – Brazen, ONE TEAM, ONE DREAM FOR WILKO
- Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year – Daisy Vickers, Brazen
- Special Recognition Award - Figen Murray OBE
- Independent PR Practitioner of the Year – Jane Hunt, Catapult PR
- In-House PR Team of the Year – Electricity North West
- Small PR Consultancy of the Year – Viva
- PR Consultancy of the Year – Brazen
View the full awards winners list 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 North West Group
Our region is one of the most exciting areas to practice public relations in the UK.
We support our members to enhance their learning and professional development with an active calendar of topical events and seminars. We are also committed to supporting our local universities in the region to ensure PR education and learning is relevant and grounded in real life practice.
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.