Honouring the best of public relations across the South of England and Channel Islands
Yesterday (20 November 2015), the best of public relations in the South West, Home Counties, South Channel Islands and Wessex were announced at the 2015 CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards. More than 200 of the regions’ public relations professionals gathered together to celebrate at The Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre.
Amongst the big winners on the night was South West Water, claiming two Gold Awards for Community Relations Campaign and Regional Campaign of the Year for their campaign ‘Even Cleaner Seas’. The campaign was commended by the judges for being a “comprehensive community engagement campaign covering all aspects of the discipline well, with excellent results on a shoestring budget.”
Another multiple winner was Guernsey-based consultancy Orchard PR. Orchard won both Outstanding Mid-Sized Public Relations Consultancy and Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy for showing an outstanding commitment to developing staff and delivering excellent, results-based campaigns for clients. The judges were particularly impressed by their commitment to CPD, mentoring and qualifications, and the creation of an apprenticeship.
The South of England and Channel Islands boast a diverse cross section of business sectors and public sector organisations.
This was reflected in the range of creative, innovative and highly professional examples of public relations practice at this year’s PRide Awards. Congratulations of course go to all the Gold winners at our awards ceremony last night, but everyone nominated for an award should be incredibly proud of their work.
Full Gold Award winners from the 2015 CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards:
- Corporate and Business Communications Campaign: Retirement LifePlanning, AXA Wealth
- Internal Communications Campaign: Project Green – Phase One of The Galleria refurbishment, Virgin Holidays
- Consumer Relations Campaign: Breaking the taboo around women's health for Balance Activ, McCann
- Public Sector Campaign: OS Photofit competition campaign, Ordnance Survey
- Community Relations Campaign: Even Cleaner Seas, South West Water
- Integrated Campaign: For the Love of Chocolate, Jellybean
- Low Budget Campaign: Padstow Christmas Festival, Barefoot Media
- STEM Campaign: Energy Miles: Where does my energy come from? Why renewables are the answer, Good Energy
- Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign: Arundel Castle – Where History Comes Alive!, Midnight Communications
- Regional Campaign of the Year: Even Cleaner Seas, South West Water
- Best Use of Media Relations: Padstow Christmas Festival, Barefoot Media
- Best Use of Digital: NHS Health Checks, Surrey County Council
- Best Use of Social Media: 30th Anniversary Strategy for Sylvanian Families, Highlight PR
- Best Publication: Powerlines, Western Power Distribution
- Best Event: Startups Awards 2014, Midnight Communications
- Issues or Crisis Management: Keeping Cool and Carrying on Safely – a PR response to the Ebola crisis, Arco and The McOnie Agency
- Outstanding Young Communicator: Laura Hicks MCIPR, Wild Card
- Outstanding Independent Practitioner: Karen Tippett-Lehane MCIPR, TippettPR
- Public Sector Team of the Year: Bristol City Council
- Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team: Bournemouth Borough Council
- Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy: Jargon PR
- Outstanding Mid-Sized Public Relations Consultancy: Orchard PR
- Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy: Orchard PR
View full set of results, including Silver winners and case studies.
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).