THE cream of Scotland’s communications industry was recognised at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards in Edinburgh last night, with the City of Edinburgh Council PR team among those who were triumphant, winning the final category of the ceremony: the Grand Prix.
NHS Lothian lifted the award for Scottish Public Sector Team of the Year, with Glasgow-based 3×1 Public Relations taking the Consultancy Team of the Year and VisitScotland the In-house Team award.
The City of Edinburgh Council scooped three top awards, in addition to the Grand Prix: Issues or Crisis Management Campaign; Newsletter, Newspaper or Magazine; and In-house campaign. Their Grand Prix award was for their work on the G8 Summit. They certainly easily collected the prize for having the most number of people go up to collect an award: a dozen of them stepping up to collect the Grand Prix.
Organisations from around the country featured in the plaudits, with Aberdeen firm, Tricker PR, taking top place in both Use of Photography, Design & New Media and Charity or Non-Profit Campaign categories.
Borders-based Artisan PR took top place in the Small Team/Sole Practitioner category.
Other well-known names also took top honours: The BIG Partnership in the Business to Business Campaign; Weber Shandwick in the Integrated PR, Community and Trade or Technical campaign categories; and Pagoda PR in the Public Affairs/Lobbying Programme.
IAS Smarts won the Relationship Management Programme category with Consolidated PR and the Scottish Executive lifting the award for the best Public Sector Programme and Cloudline PR wining the Low Budget award. BAA with agency BMB won the award for best use of internal communications.
The Best Young Communicator was Jennifer Shinwell, of Indigo PR.
Showcasing the best talent in communications, the PRide Awards are open to any organisation or individual working in the public relations or communications industry.