CIPR PRide Awards celebrate Yorkshire and Lincolnshire's top PR talent

More than 70 PR professionals gathered at the Royal Armouries in Leeds last night for the 2023 CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire PRide Awards, the region's annual public relations showpiece. 

Leeds-based agency, Aberfield Communications, were the big winners on the night, taking home four Gold Awards including the best Not-for-Profit Campaign award for their work communicating York Minister’s New Neighbourhood Plan. The judges praised the campaign for using “an extensive multi-channel approach that is to be applauded” and for achieving “ambitious awareness targets” that made their considered and collaborative approach a success. 

iseepr took home two Gold Awards, including the Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year title, awarded to David Amos, and the coveted PR Consultancy of the Year Award. Judges praised iseepr for succeeding “in a difficult sector through a difficult year” and their “commitment to CPD and professionalism”. 

Elsewhere, Prohibition PR and the Yorkshire Building Society won two Gold Awards each, the latter clinching gold for the In-House PR Team of the Year.  

In the individual categories, Proud PR won gold for the Independent Practitioner of the Year award. 

Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up from this year’s PRide Awards. It’s fantastic to come together to celebrate the growth and success of the industry and to applaud the talents, skills, and creativity of the organisations and individuals that make this area so special. The high standard of professionalism and knowledge on display from independent practitioners, agencies, and in-house teams was on full display, and demonstrated the value that PR brings to the table.

Sara Thornhurst Chart. PR, Chair of CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

Full Gold Award winners from the 2023 CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire PRide Awards: 

  • Corporate and Communications Campaign – Skipton Building Society, Skipton Building Society Track Record 
  • Consumer Relations Campaign – Yorkshire Building Society, A Voice for Savers 
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign – Aberfield Communications, Securing a sustainable future for York Minster  
  • Healthcare and/or Wellbeing Campaign – Evergreen PR, Getting veterans the healthcare they deserve 
  • Low Budget Campaign – Aberfield Communications, Supporting Trans PRide in Rugby League 
  • STEM Campaign – Sheffield Hallam University, Fingerprint breakthrough in breast cancer detection 
  • Best Use of Media Relations – Prohibition PR, The Play Panel 
  • Best Channel Delivery – Aberfield Communications, Leveraging LinkedIn to create an employer brand 
  • Best Use of Content – Prohibition PR, Black Sheep Drink Cask Beer 
  • Issues, Crisis, or Reputation Management – ilk Agency, Managing issues, crisis, and reputation for Barratt Developments 
  • Best Long-term Client Care – Aberfield Communications, Delivering positive influence through long-term client care 
  • Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year – David Amos, iseepr  
  • Independent PR Practitioner of the Year – Proud PR 
  • In-House PR Team of the Year – Yorkshire Building Society 
  • Small PR Consultancy of the Year – Evergreen PR 
  • PR Consultancy of the Year – iseepr

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 Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 

We work closely with CIPR headquarters, following national trends, and exploring areas of interest such as Corporate Social Responsibility from our own 'Yorkshire and Lincolnshire' viewpoint. As well as organising events that enable us to meet the media, develop new skills and look behind the scenes at how other PR teams work, we work on raising the profile of the PR industry in the region. 

 Our prestigious regional PRide Awards, which take place each November, are widely covered in the business pages of most regional and local newspapers in the area. The annual 'Communicator of the Year' Award provides another opportunity for the CIPR to recognise excellence locally. If you are thinking of joining and are still unclear about what we have to offer you, please get in touch. The Yorkshire and Lincolnshire group is buzzing with activity and we are confident that you will benefit from joining us. 


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.