The best of PR in the North East was announced at the Hilton, Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Friday night.
Elsewhere, public sector teams from Stockton Borough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council were celebrating after picking up two gold awards each including Redcar and Cleveland being named the ‘outstanding in-house PR team’ of the year.
Freelance practitioner Debbie Sharratt picked up the prize for ‘best freelance practitioner’, who also scooped a gold award for her work with Deerness Gymnastics Academy on the campaign PR Springs into Action in the ‘best sporting campaign’ category.
Over 150 leading PR practitioners from the North East gathered for the black-tie gala event presented by Gerry Jackson, BBC journalist for Look North, Northeast & Cumbria.
Chris Taylor, chair of the CIPR north east group, commented on the ‘high standard of communications work showcased at this year’s awards,’ adding that ‘it is great to see the public sector, private sector, not for profit organisations, sole practitioners, small and large agencies shortlisted for awards; living up to our reputation for a diverse and creative region.’