Biggest Ever PRCA Awards Celebrate PR Excellence

London, 27 October 2010 - The PRCA last night celebrated the best that PR has to offer at its sell-out awards ceremony. Hosted at the Park Lane Hilton, the Awards were the biggest in the PRCA's 41 year history, with close on 750 in attendance and a record number of entries.
 
Weber Shandwick and Lansons Communications each walked away with two awards; while Consultancy Campaign of the Year went to The Launch Group for “Walt Disney World Twin Town”, and In-house Campaign of the Year was won by Westminster City Council for their campaign “Every older person matters”.
 
Lansons Communications successfully defended their title of Large Consultancy of the Year, edging out strong entries from Ketchum Pleon and MHP Communications. Medium & Small Consultancy of the Year awards were taken away by 3 Monkeys Communications and John Doe Communications, respectively. Caroline Kinsey, CEO of Cirkle, was named Agency Head of the Year, with David Gallagher, CEO of Ketchum Pleon, winning Personality of the Year following an online public vote.
 
The In-house Campaign of the Year category was more tightly contested than ever before, with campaigns from Historic Royal Palaces, NHS Leicester City and Cancer Research UK running the winners, Westminster City Council, close for this prestigious award. Meanwhile, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde won In-house Team of the Year for a combination of proactive and reactive campaigns that demonstrated a tangible contribution to the organisation as a whole, but that must have stretched the team to its limits.
Francis Ingham, PRCA  Chief  Executive said, “It's a pleasure to showcase such PR excellence. Both the quantity and quality of entries this year were unprecedented, and tonight's full house reflects that. The judges were impressed by the creativity and execution of the campaigns, and it required more work than ever to separate them. Our awards are now second in size only to PR Week's - a remarkable growth over the past few years, and fully reflects how the PRCA has transformed itself.”

The co-chairmen of the PRCA Awards Judges were David Holdstock, Head of Corporate Communications for the London Borough of Hillingdon, and Adrian Wheeler of Agincourt Communications. The PRCA Award Winners were decided by a judging panel comprising 60 experts from the press, academia, in-house teams and consultancies.

A full list of winners can be found below.

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For more information, please contact Richard Ellis - 020 7233 6026 / richard.ellis@prca.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

About the PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the PRCA is the professional body that represents UK PR consultancies, in-house communications teams and PR freelancers.  The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.



What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.



How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.



Who we represent: The PRCA represents many of the major consultancies in the UK, and currently has more than 200 agency members from around the world including the majority of the top 100 UK consultancies. Having launched in-house membership last year it also represents over 50 in-house teams including many of Europe's leading corporations and UK public sector organisations.

FULL LIST OF WINNERS:


AGENCY HEAD OF THE YEAR

WINNER: CAROLINE KINSEY - Cirkle


IN-HOUSE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: JOLIE HUNT - Thomson Reuters


PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

WINNER: DAVID GALLAGHER - Ketchum Pleon


CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: LAUNCH GROUP: Walt Disney World Twinned Town

IN-HOUSE WINNER: WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL: Every Older Person Matters


IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: NHS GLASGOW AND CLYDE


CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

SMALL CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR WINNER: JOHN DOE COMMUNICATIONS LTD

MEDIUM CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR WINNER: 3 MONKEYS COMMUNICATIONS

LARGE CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR WINNER: LANSONS COMMUNICATIONS


FINANCIAL AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: LANSONS COMMUNICATIONS: Launching J.P.Morgan Brazil Investment Trust to direct  

IN-HOUSE WINNER: SANTANDER UK PLC: Ignite - launching Santander in the UK


HEALTHCARE & PHARMACEUTICAL AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: ASH HEALTHCARE: Olmetec on Trial

IN-HOUSE WINNER: UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BIRMINGHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST: From Bad Press to BAFTA Success


NEW MEDIA, DIGITAL & BROADCAST AWARD

HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDED TO HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES: Enchanted Palace: Wild Boys, bloggers and Palace Hilton

CONSULTANCY WINNER: LAUNCH GROUP: Walt Disney World Twinned Town

IN-HOUSE WINNER: NHS LEICESTER CITY: Teenage Kicks


MEDIA RELATIONS AWARD

HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDED TO FRANK PR: Alton Towers Resort- Launch of Thirteen

CONSULTANCY WINNER:COLMAN GETTY CONSULTANCY: The Lost Man Booker Prize

IN-HOUSE WINNER: RACING ENTERPRISES LIMITED: Racing For Change: ‘Go Racing For Free Week'


INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: KETCHUM PLEON: The Secret Is Out: Positioning KFC as an Employer of Choice

IN-HOUSE WINNER: KCOM GROUP: Focus On Pensions - Acting Today to Protect Tomorrow


PUBLIC AFFAIRS AWARD

HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDED TO THE F.I.A. FOUNDATION: Make Roads Safe Campaign

CONSULTANCY WINNER WESTMINSTER ADVISERS LTD: Save Childcare Vouchers campaign

IN-HOUSE WINNER: CANCER RESEARCH UK: Sunbed bill


CONSUMER AWARD

HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDED TO LAUNCH GROUP: Walt Disney World Twinned Town & MISCHIEF: National Trust: The Album (Music to Think to)

CONSULTANCY WINNER: PEPPERMINT PR: Rooney is Sound Asleep's top snorer

IN-HOUSE WINNER: HISTORIC ROYAL PALACES: Enchanted Palace


PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: RIDGEMOUNT PR: Gas and Cowboys Don't mix

IN-HOUSE WINNER: WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL: Every Older Person Matters


NOT-FOR-PROFIT AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: IRIS PR: Movember 2009

IN-HOUSE WINNER: OXFAM: Bookfest 2009


B2B AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: WAGGENER EDSTROM WORLDWIDE: Driving sales in a downturn

IN-HOUSE WINNER: HEWDEN: Construction Site Soccer


CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD

HIGHLY COMMENDED AWARDED TO: FRANK PR: The Innocent Big Knit 2009 Campaign & THE CO-OPERATIVE GROUP: The Co-operative Plan Bee

CONSULTANCY WINNER: ADMIRAL PR & MARKETING LTD: Newcastle University Changing Age campaign

IN-HOUSE WINNER: NATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUILDERS: Stay Safe, Stay Away Campaign 2010


TECHNOLOGY AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: ONLINEFIRE FOR VIRGIN MEDIA: Virgin 50Mega Bytes Broadband - Powerful Stuff

IN-HOUSE WINNER: ORACLE: Oracle EPM Index II


CRISIS MANAGEMENT AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: HANOVER COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL LTD: Balancing the ‘Goody Effect': NHS Cancer Screening Programmes

IN-HOUSE WINNER: TUI UK & IRELAND: Out of the Ashes - The Volcanic Ash Crisis


INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN AWARD

CONSULTANCY WINNER: WEBER SHANDWICK: The Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF): Unlocking Africa's Investment Potential

IN-HOUSE WINNER: EVERSHEDS LLP: Boom or Gloom


SPECIALIST CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

WINNER: INSIGHT PUBLIC AFFAIRS


IN-HOUSE INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

WINNER: SOCIETY OF TRUST AND ESTATE PRACTITIONERS


INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

WINNER: WEBER SHANDWICK


YOUNG COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR

CONSULTANCY WINNER: GEMMA SHARP: Kazoo

IN-HOUSE WINNER: ANTHONY HUA: Nationwide Building Society


FREELANCER OF THE YEAR

WINNER: REENA PATEL - Lifestyle PR Consultant


 


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