More than 215 PR professionals gathered at the Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre last night for the CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards – the region’s annual public relations showpiece.

Grayling, Police Federation of England and Wales, Great Western Railway and Fugu PR all picked up two Gold Awards, with the latter winning twice for an innovative campaign launching Brighton’s first cycle share scheme.

Fugu PR’s campaign to promote Brighton’s ‘Life Bikes’ won the Regional Campaign of the Year, as well as the Gold Award in the Transport or Automotive Campaign category. The campaign, which built awareness of the scheme and educated locals about the application process, was praised by judges for harnessing “the spirit and pride of the city”.

Cornwall-based Barefoot Media also won two awards, including Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy, while Inside Media was named the region’s Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy. In the individual categories, Office for Students’ Polly Foster MCIPR was named Outstanding Young Communicator, while Amplify PR’s Lisa Preston was crowned Outstanding Independent Practitioner.

Darren Northeast MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Wessex, Mark Oliphant Chart.PR MCIPR, Chair of CIPR Channel Islands, and Rachel Picken Chart.PR MCIPR, Chair of CIPR South West commented:

Year-on year, this region flourishes with PR and communications talent, none more so than this year with its array of impressive entries. This makes it easy to acknowledge and recognise the excellent practitioners our region produces. From the up-and-coming new entrant to the seasoned professional; and the freelancer and small independent to the bigger agency hitters, the region has it all. We are very proud of all the shortlisted candidates and winners this year and applaud their amazingly creative campaigns and dedication.

Full Gold Award winners from the 2018 CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards:

  • Corporate and Business Communications Campaign – Fieldworks and ShopperTrak, Halloween to Christmas – Capitalising on the Golden Quarter
  • Internal Communications Campaign – Swindon Borough Council, Injecting some enthusiasm for the flu vaccine
  • Consumer Relations Campaign – Highlight PR, #SylvanianFROW
  • Public Sector Campaign – Ordnance Survey, Launch of Open Greenspace
  • Community Relations Campaign – Chichester District Council, Against Litter
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign – Grayling and Trauma Response Network, Launching TRN: An innovative mental health service
  • Integrated Campaign – Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, Stay Well This Winter
  • Transport or Automotive Campaign – Fugu PR and Hourbike, Putting cycling at the heart of Brighton
  • Low Budget Campaign – Barefoot Media, 1,000 Mouths Festival at Nancarrow Farm
  • Arts, Culture or Sport Campaign – Grayling, Arcadia London
  • Travel, Leisure or Tourism Campaign – Midnight Communications, Celebrating 20 years of hen and stags
  • Regional Campaign of the Year – Fugu PR and Hourbike, Putting cycling at the heart of Brighton
  • Best Use of Media Relations – Bournemouth University, Hurricane Irma: Expert Comment
  • Best Use of Social Media – McOnie, Social Media Creates a Step Change
  • Best Use of Content – Police Federation of England and Wales, The Reality of Policing
  • Best Event – Great Western Railway, Leadership Conference 2018: Realising the Benefits of Transformation
  • Issues, Crisis or Reputational Management – SGN, Getting the gas back on in Sidcup
  • Best Publication – Great Western Railway, WesternLines: Our Greatest Journey Yet
  • Outstanding Young Communicator – Polly Foster MCIPR, Office for Students
  • Outstanding Independent Practitioner – Lisa Preston MCIPR, Amplify PR
  • Public Sector Team of the Year – Fareham Borough Council
  • Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team – Police Federation of England and Wales
  • Outstanding Small Public Relations Consultancy – Barefoot Media
  • Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy – Inside Media
  • Special Recognition Award – Amanda Hirst

About the Region

This event is an amalgamation of the CIPR South West, Channel Islands, Wessex and Home Counties South regions, covering the counties of Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devonshire, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Somerset, Surrey, The Channel Islands, West Sussex, and Wiltshire.

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 15th year, the PRide Awards attracted around 1,000 entries from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK.

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).


Koray Camgoz Chart.PR, MCIPR
CIPR Public Relations Manager
Tel: 020 7631 6966
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