PRCA Award Winners 2008

London, 5 November 2008 - The winners of the PRCA Awards 2008 were announced last night at a sold-out black tie dinner at the London Marriott.

Francis Ingham, PRCA Director General said “There is no doubt that PR is becoming increasingly sophisticated. With such impressive creativity and brilliant execution evident everywhere, singling out the winners was very tough. A lot of organisations are getting great advice and seeing real benefits from their communications teams.

"I'd like to thank Hollis PR and the judges for all their help making this Year's awards such a success.”

For the first time, the PRCA Awards were open to in-house teams as well as the PR consultancies. Fifty judges from the press, academia, in-house teams and consultancies chose the following winners:


Consultancy Winners

In-house Winners

Consultancy of the Year



Specialist Consultancy of the Year



International consultancy of the year



Live Events Company of the Year


Rapier Group

Campaign of the Year

Vodafone Cut-it-out Campaign


In-house Team of the Year


Westminster City Council

Personality of the Year

Rod Cartwright


FrontLine Communicator of the Year

Phil Drew

Caroline Rams
Energy Saving Trust

In-house Professional of the Year

Alex Aiken
Westminster City Council

Consultant of the Year

James Wright
Trimedia UK


Financial Award

College Hill
Launching Landkom


Creating a positive environment for wealth structuring

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Award

Can You Spot Lymphoma?

BioMed Central

Online & On-message

New Media, Digital and Broadcast Award

Focus PR
True character in a faceless world: launching the Lotus Evora  

Southern Water
Spotlight on the Solent

Media Relations Award

Kavanagh Communications
Aldi's Amazing Hope in a Jar  

McDonald's Restaurants UK
Championing McJobs  

Internal Communications Award

Kenco Coffee Vision Internal Event

University of Hertfordshire
Vice-Chancellor's Awards  

Public Affairs Award

Taking Exception - a Rarer Cancers Forum audit of the policies and processes used by PCTs to determine exceptional funding requests

Institution of Civil Engineers
Engineering a Step Change in Communications  

Consumer Award

Betfair - Load of hot air

Transport for London
Considerate Travel

B2B Award

Siemens: Stroke for Stroke

Think London
The London House Business Initiative

Not for Profit Campaign Award

Ceres Partnership
Open Farm Sunday  

Essex County Council
Fighting for Essex's Post Offices

Trade Association/Professional Body Campaign Award

Grayling Gobal
National Honey Week 2008

Association of British Insurers (ABI)
Improving how flood risk is managed

Public Sector Campaign Award

Munro & Forster
FaCe It campaign for hepatitis C awareness

King's College London
The use of stem cells in research

CSR Award

Vodafone Cut-it-out Campaign

Shell UK
Science Family Day Communication

Technology Award

Henry's House
A Message From Earth

ntl:Telewest Business
Telecoms 2.0 - Transforming Business


- ENDS -

Notes to editors:

About the PRCA

  • The Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) is the trade association for the UK PR consultancy industry.
  • The Association exists to raise standards in PR and to help members be better organisations.
  • The Association has grown by over 30% since the start of 2008
  • Founded in 1969 the PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations consultancy.
  • PRCA members differentiate themselves from other PR consultancies by achieving the Consultancy Management Standard (CMS), a professional accreditation that has been adopted by PR agencies in more than 11 countries around the world.
  • All PRCA member organisations are bound by a Professional Charter and Codes of Conduct.

As part of its commitment to excellence in PR, the PRCA carries out a number of functions:

  • PR training and qualification: the PRCA organises a range of bespoke, inhouse & online courses as well as general training and qualifications. Course subjects range from: how to write a press release: to how to manage your agency.
  • Find A PR Agency: this free service helps clients find a reputable PR consultancy for their brief.
  • Industry surveys: the PRCA undertakes a number of surveys every year including the most comprehensive benchmark of industry performance.
  • Networking and best practice groups: the PRCA organises a number of groups to help members stay ahead of industry trends and raise general industry issues.
  • Promotes the value of PR and the need for standards: the PRCA provides a strong voice on a range of issues relating to PR.
  • Lobbies government on key issues: the Association represents members interests in areas with Government and other relevant organisations such as the FSA.

For more information please contact:

Richard Ellis, PRCA communications manager

T: 020 7233 6026


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