Leaving work early on a Friday is always a bonus, however when you’re leaving to get ready to go the CIPR Awards which includes a slap up meal and champagne, it makes it even better!
For those of you who don’t know, the CIPR PRide Awards is an annual awards ceremony which highlights outstanding work and celebrates the best talent that the PR industry has to offer in the UK, so it’s been really great to be a part of it. It is so nice to see everyone from the industry coming together to recognise and reward the inspirational work of leading public relations teams and consultancies in the Midlands.
The awards took place this year at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. The evening took on a football theme in celebration of Coventry City moving back to its home ground and in keeping with the theme evening’s entertainment included football players showing off their juggling tricks on stage. There was also the legendary photo booth which was a massive hit as it is every year, with hordes of people trying to cram into the booth wearing illuminious wigs and ridiculous hats!
The evening started off with a champagne reception which gave everyone the chance to catch up with familiar faces before we were asked to take to our seats for dinner. The three course meal consisted of bruschetta and goats cheese to start, beef shin for main and an amazing crème brulee with orange shortbread for dessert. After the meal the awards ceremony kicked off (no pun intended) with the evening’s presenters, Sky News duo Tom Parmenter and Lisa Dowd and an introduction from friend of Syndicate Communications, CIPR Midlands Committee Chair Lisa Jones.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog (Full of PRide!) we were shortlisted from 350 entries for four categories including Public Sector Campaign, Integrated Campaign, Best External Publication and Regional Campaign of the Year and we were delighted to receive a gold and two silver awards! We took home gold for the Public Sector Campaign and silver awards for Regional Campaign of the Year and Integrated Campaign.
The Public Sector Campaign award was for our work on the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ Business is GREAT campaign and the Integrated Campaign and Regional Campaign of the Year awards were for Syndicate Communication’s work with Amey and Birmingham City Council to promote the closure of the A38 tunnels into Birmingham City Centre last summer.
It was so great to see so many young agencies receiving recognition for all their hard work and to be up against long standing agencies and taking home the gold is a fantastic achievement! We’d also like to pass on our particular congratulations to our client South & City College on their two golds and one silver and our fellow table 28 guests PDSA on their one gold and four silver – great results all round!
There were many new faces this year at the awards and also some familiar faces who have now moved on to different roles and companies within the industry. However everybody comes together to celebrate the outstanding work that the public relations agencies and consultancies do throughout the Midlands. I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a great night and celebrated the talent that the Midlands’ PR industry has to offer and hopefully everyone is fully recovered now.
Congratulations to all that took home awards, no doubt there were a lot of sore heads Saturday morning! A full list of winners is here.
Photo caption: L-R: Tom Parmenter (host and Sky News correspondent), CIPR sponsor, Anthony Aston (Syndicate Communications), Amanda Wood (Syndicate Communications), Eddie Fellows (Amey), Lara Thorns (Amey), Rebecca Murphy (Syndicate Communications) , Mark Chambers (Syndicate Communications) and Lisa Dowd (Sky News correspondent).