Shortlist announced for the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards

The shortlist for the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards, the public relations profession’s longest running and most prestigious awards scheme has been announced, with tickets also made available for the CIPR Excellence Awards night, to be held at Old Billingsgate, London, on Wednesday 3 June 2015.

Creative public relations agencies, Tin Man and Hope&Glory, lead the way, each receiving six shortlist nominations across multiple categories, with Tin Man making the shortlist for Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy.

Competing to be recognised as the Outstanding Large Public Relations Consultancy will be Brands2Life, Hotwire, Lansons and Pegasus.

This year’s awards attracted over 600 entries from a broad range of public relations sectors, with over 100 different organisations making the shortlist. Over a third of all shortlisted entries were made by organisations and individuals based outside London.

Shortlisted entrants from across the 28 categories will now be put through their paces by up to four expert category judges at panel interviews hosted at the CIPR in London.

This year’s CIPR Excellence Awards Chairs of Judges are Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge, and Sandra Macleod FCIPR, Founder and CEO of Mindful Reputation.

Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge
Everyone who has made this year’s shortlist should feel extremely proud of getting this far. The standard of entries continues to improve year on year, demonstrating an increasingly vibrant public relations profession.

It is the next stage of the process; the face-to-panel interviews that really sets the CIPR Excellence Awards as a standard-bearer, above any other international public relations awards.

The judges find that meeting finalists, and hearing directly from individuals about their campaigns gives a valuable insight into each entry. These interviews bring the entries to life and are vital in helping us identify the best strategic thinking, creative excellence, and outstanding execution in our industry today.

Good luck to all of our finalists, I look forward to celebrating your success at Old Billingsgate on Wednesday 3 June!
Paul Mylrea Chart.PR FCIPR, Past CIPR President and Director of Communications at the University of Cambridge

Paul and Sandra preside over a team of over 90 judges from across public relations, marketing, business and the creative industries. The judges collectively adopt a best practice approach to evaluating standards by paying particular attention to the use of measurement and evaluation, and awarding a score of zero for the use of AVEs in all awards entries.

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About the CIPR Excellence Awards

Public relations’ longest-running and most-rigorous awards scheme is now in its 31st year of rewarding best practice in public relations, acknowledging personal and team achievement at the highest professional level across the UK, Europe, and beyond.

The CIPR Excellence Awards night, at London’s Old Billingsgate on Wednesday 3 June 2015, will see approximately 800 guests gather to celebrate over 100 leading PR consultancies, teams and individuals, competing to win 29 prestigious CIPR Excellence Awards.

The 2014 CIPR Excellence Awards, held at Old Billingsgate, saw markettiers4dc and M&C Saatchi PR walk away with multiple awards. Edinburgh-based Stripe Communications, Manchester’s SkyParlour PR and BDO, the world's fifth largest accountancy and business advisory firm, were the winners of the evening’s most prestigious team awards. Sally Aston of Diabetes UK and Karen Tippett-Lehane MCIPR were highlighted for their individual expertise, earning the titles of ‘Outstanding Young Communicator’ and ‘Outstanding Freelance Practitioner’ awards respectively.

The headline sponsor for the CIPR Excellence Awards 2015 is Precise.


About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of public relations, it is the largest body of its type 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 research, best practice and skills guidance; facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD); and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).

The CIPR was granted its Royal Charter by the Privy Council in February 2005.