Showcasing the best of PR across Northern Ireland
More than 250 public relations practitioners gathered at Belfast’s illustrious Culloden Estate & Spa last night for the CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards.
The nation’s most prestigious PR awards ceremony saw Belfast City Council named Public Sector Team of the Year and Outstanding In-House PR Team. Judges praised the Council team for their “deftness in touch in providing communications on essential local services for residents”, whilst also “raising Belfast's profile on the international stage”.
MCE Public Relations & Special Olympics Ireland claimed a number of accolades on the night, winning three Gold Awards for their work on Team Ireland’s appearance at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Their campaign spotlighted Team Ireland’s achievements in Los Angeles and attracted judges’ praise for “delivering beyond expectations on a minimal budget”.
Action Mental Health (AMH) and Turley PR & Public Affairs’ struck Gold in the Healthcare and Public Affairs categories. Their bold campaign ‘Regress? React? Resolve?’ skilfully threw down a challenge to Government to tackle underinvestment and fragmentation of mental health services.
Massive PR were crowned Outstanding Small PR Consultancy, whilst Smarts Communicate complemented their Gold Awards in the Internal Communications and Integrated categories by grabbing the coveted Outstanding PR Consultancy title.
Full Gold Award winners from the 2016 CIPR Northern Ireland PRide Awards:
- Corporate and Business Communications Campaign - Translink and Morrow Communications, Metro Legends
- Internal Communications Campaign - Smarts Communicate, The Two Thumbs Up Awards
- Consumer Relations Campaign - Jago Communications, Launch of Rankin Selection Irish Family Sausages in the UK
- Public Sector Campaign - Housing Executive (NIHE), Changing Lives, Building Communities
- Community Relations Campaign – JComms, Saving the hearts of Local Communities
- Public Affairs Campaign - Action Mental Health / Turley PR & Public Affairs, Regress? React? Resolve?
- Not-for-Profit Campaign - MCE Public Relations & Special Olympics Ireland, Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games (LA2015)
- Healthcare Campaign - Action Mental Health / Turley PR & Public Affairs, Regress? React? Resolve?
- Integrated Campaign - Smarts Communicate, BT Superfast - Sure She's Superfast
- Low Budget Campaign - dcp strategic communication, Tayt'eau de Cologne - Le Fromage et L'Oignon
- Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign - MCE Public Relations & Special Olympics Ireland, Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games (LA2015)
- Education Communications Campaign - Jago Communications, Educating the Educators: the Hunt for Ireland's Best Young Sports Analyst
- Best Use of Media Relations - MCE Public Relations & Special Olympics Ireland, Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games (LA2015)
- Best Use of Digital - Translink and Morrow Communications, Metro Legends
- Best Use of Social Media - Morrow Communications, All Hail The Mighty Spud
- Best Use of Photography or Design - Navigator Blue & Irish FA, Hometown Heroes
- Best Publication - International Fund for Ireland, Annual Report 2015
- Best Event - Navigator Blue and Irish FA , Irish FA Northern Ireland Squad Announcement - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
- Outstanding Young Communicator - Dawn Hesketh MCIPR, Serious PR
- Public Sector Team of the Year - Belfast City Council
- Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team - Belfast City Council
- Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy - Massive PR
- Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy - Smarts Communicate
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 13th year, the PRide Awards attracted more than 1,000 entries from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK.
About CIPR Northern Ireland
CIPR Northern Ireland has around 350 members from students and junior professionals to the most senior practitioners. CIPR Northern Ireland represents members with all levels of experience and from every sector of the PR industry. As the public relations industry locally continues to thrive, our membership grows year-on-year.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
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 by far the biggest member 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).