Scottish PR awards success for Falkirk Council, VisitScotland and Stripe

AN Edinburgh-based company plus the tourist authority, VisitScotland, were among the big winners at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of the Scottish public relations industry.

With wins in four categories, VisitScotland was chosen the ‘Outstanding in-house public relations team’, while, with three gold medals to its name, Stripe Communications was conferred the equally prestigious top title of ‘Outstanding public relations consultancy’.

The awards ceremony took place in Glasgow last night and were organised by the Scottish group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

And also sharing the spotlight was Falkirk Council, which was was named ‘Public sector team of the year’ and also the winner of the ‘Best use of photography or design’ and ‘Internal communications’ categories.

Attending the awards were the immediate past president of the CIPR, Elizabeth Lewis-Jones, and the chair of CIPR Scotland, Debbie Byers, an associate director of Glasgow PR agency, 3×1.

As well as the ‘Outstanding in-house public relations team’ accolade, VisitScotland also took ‘Best sse of measurement and evaluation’, ‘Best use of social media’ and ‘Best publication’.

Meanwhile, Stripe’s other gold medals were for ‘Best use of integrated communications’ and ‘Best campaign for £10k or under’.

Said managing director, Juliet Simpson: “This is a fantastic moment for Stripe – it’s been quite a year for us with a number of high-profile new business wins and continued growth, so this is a wonderful way for the team’s achievements and on-going client support to be recognised.”

One of the most eagerly-anticipated awards was for ‘Outstanding young communicator’ and it went to Anna Edmond, an account director at Firefly Communications. The awards’ host was STV presenter, Stephen Jardine.

Scotland’s local authorities and public sector teams emerged from the evening with a raft of awards. The Scottish Government won ‘Corporate and business communications’, while the ‘Crisis communications’ and ‘Best leaflet’ accolades went to NHS Lothian.

Grampian Police took the Community Relations title, while the ‘Best newspaper or magazine’ and ‘Best event’ titles were won by South Lanarkshire Council. The ‘Best website or microsite’ gold medal went to the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

No award was made in the ‘Public affairs’ category; there being no entries.

The full results leads.

Corporate and business communications

Gold: Scottish Government, Eat More Fish

Silver: Weber Shandwick Ltd, Promotion of Chez Roux, Rocpool Reserve, Inverness

Finalist: Platform PR Group Limited, From Highland clouds to PR gold: Launching Alchemy Plus’s Inverness Computing Centre

Finalist: Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise: A Model of Public Sector Reform


Gold: Artisan PR, The Flight Fantastic

Silver: Weber Shandwick Ltd, Launch of Condemned

Finalist: British Heart Foundation, YOOBOT – Food 4 Thought 2008

Finalist: Northern Constabulary, Safeness – Festival safety campaign

Finalist: The BIG Partnership, MHFS 10k for Men – Every Step Counts

Finalist: Tricker PR, The big green challenge

Internal communications

Gold: Falkirk Council, Carbon Crusader

Silver: NHS Lothian, Steal me

Finalist: Business Stream, Driving engagement: Putting our employees behind the wheel

Finalist: VisitScotland, One Team Talking Together

Crisis communications

Gold: NHS Lothian, Asking for trouble

Silver: Grampian Police, Operation Crimond

Finalist: Production Services Network, Brightest Prospects

Measurement and evaluation

Gold: VisitScotland, Measuring Success to Shape the Future

Silver: Platform PR Group Limited, From Highland clouds to PR gold: Launching Alchemy Plus’s Inverness computing centre

Community relations

Gold: Grampian Police, Operation Lochnagar

Silver: Consolidated Communications, Cracking Down on Fire Starters

Finalist: Falkirk Council, Green Dog Walker

Finalist: Falkirk Council, The MOD’s Coming Home

Public sector

Gold: Consolidated Communications, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Immunisation

Silver: Scottish Government, Eat More Fish

Finalist: Pagoda Public Relations Ltd, European Parliamentary Elections 2009 Campaign

Finalist: Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise: A Model of Public Sector Reform

Best campaign £10k and under

Gold: Stripe Communications, Shelter ‘Hometime Scotland’ Campaign

Silver: Platform PR Group Limited, Bake Off: The search for Britain’s perfect scone

Finalist: 3×1 Public Relations, BUPA Great Edinburgh Run – 10k for £10k

Finalist: Budge PR, PR for Prize Pies Propels Sales at James Allan Bakers

Finalist: Holyrood Partnership, PR Success – Off to a Tee

Finalist: Weber Shandwick Ltd, ‘Inspiration!’

Consumer relations

Gold: The BIG Partnership, The Black Grouse – A Breed Apart! with The Famous Grouse

Silver: VisitScotland, Real Scotland – The Locals’ Guide

Finalist: Beattie Communications, Beattie Communications Scottish Campaign for Warburtons National Bread Week 2009

Finalist: Matthews Marketing, Forth’s Timeline

Finalist: Weber Shandwick Ltd, Scotland’s Canals – Yours to enjoy

Finalist: Whyte & Mackay, Goodness Nose

Best use of media relations

Gold: Scottish Power, Switch-on at Whitelee Windfarm

Silver: The BIG Partnership, ‘Think Pink’ – Greaves Sports

Finalist: Consolidated Communications, Join our Celebrations – The Homecoming Scottish Cup

Finalist: Indigo, Budgeting to Save the Scottish Construction Industry

Finalist: Royal Navy, Recognising Royal Navy Aviation in Scotland

Finalist: Weber Shandwick Ltd, Has Anyone seen Granddad’s Telly

Integrated communications

Gold: Stripe Communications, Taste of Edinburgh – Continuing to Whet the Appetite

Silver: Scottish Enterprise, Now’s the time to ask

Finalist: DADA, River Clyde Homes ‘Up Close’

Finalist: Matthews Marketing, Forth’s Timeline

Finalist: South Lanarkshire Council, International Children’s Games

Finalist: VisitScotland, Homecoming Scotland Part One

Corporate responsibility

Gold: RMJM Ltd, Architecture for Everyone

Silver: Beattie Communications and Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Schools Eco-Challenge

Best use of social media

Gold: VisitScotland, VisitScotland Best Live Act

Silver: Matthews Marketing, Forth’s Timeline

Finalist: City of Edinburgh Council, Chemical Romance

Finalist: Tricker PR, The big green challenge

Best use of photography or design

Gold: Falkirk Council, The MOD’s Coming Home

Silver: Tricker PR, Ice Cream Snowman

Finalist: Budge PR, Two Clydes to Every Story

Best newspaper or magazine

Gold: South Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire View

Silver: Indigo, Tempo with Pagan Osborne and Oneworld

Finalist: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Dialogue

Finalist: NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Healthwise

Best publication

Gold: VisitScotland, Real Scotland – The Locals’ Guide

Silver: RR Donnelley, Culture Delivers

Finalist: RR Donnelley, Towards a mentally flourishing Scotland

Best leaflet

Gold: NHS Lothian, Storing up trouble

Silver: South Lanarkshire Council, Environmental Information

Finalist: Matthews Marketing, Forth’s Timeline

Best website or microsite

Gold: General Teaching Council for Scotland, Probationer Teacher Scotland

Silver: RR Donnelley, RRD Creative –

Finalist: NHS Lothian, Influenza A H1N1 Microsite

Best event

Gold: South Lanarkshire Council, ‘Save’ Print and Design Open Days

Silver: VisitScotland, Launch of Homecoming Scotland 2009

Finalist: Elaine Howie Public Relations, Magners Scottish Golf Club Championship

Outstanding young communicator

Winner Firefly Communications Ltd, Anna Edmond – Variety is the spice of life

Finalist: Aura PR (Scotland) Ltd, Laura M. Campbell

Finalist: Scottish Government, Carolyn Rae

Outstanding small consultancy

Gold: Wave PR, Making Waves

Silver: Axis Media Group, AXIS Media Group

Finalist: Cloudline PR, Cloudline PR – Finding the Silver Lining

Finalist: Matthews Marketing, Matthews Marketing Limited

Outstanding in-house public relations team

Gold: VisitScotland, Homecoming Scotland 2009 PR Team

Silver: Amey, Amey In-House Public Relations Team

Finalist: National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland Press Office

Outstanding public relations consultancy

Gold: Stripe Communications, Stripe Communications

Silver: Weber Shandwick Ltd, Weber Shandwick Scotland

Scottish public sector team of the year

Gold: Falkirk Council, Communications Crusaders

Silver: Scottish Enterprise, Team Enterprise: Operation Revival

Finalist: NHS Lothian, Proud and Positive