PRide awards: North-Western winners

In association with the CIPR, we celebrate the best in comms practice from the North-West of England

Sally Sykes
Chair – CIPR North West,
Head of UK communications, AstraZeneca

The North-West PR industry continues to be a thriving, vibrant machine, which is reflected in another record number of award entries.  But because it is quality and not quantity that counts, I am pleased to say this year's winners have again done us proud and shown our region can deliver creative campaigns of national calibre, which drive business results for our institution and company clients.
Here in the North-West of England, as elsewhere  in the PR and communications profession, gaining Royal chartered status means 2005 is a highly significant year for the CIPR. We cannot thank the CIPR team enough for its efforts in achieving the chartered result. For the CIPR regional teams, it is a great boost for membership and professional development, bringing a new-found confidence that should shine through into award-winning campaigns and successful PRide events for many years to come.

Grand prix

British Gas
Thermal Imaging

Energy efficiency may be a worthy topic, but it rarely inspires sparkling copy. So British Gas turned to high-impact visuals to capture customers' imaginations. With Energy Efficiency Week (25-31 October 2004) as the hook, it snapped landmark UK buildings using a thermal imaging camera. The pictures perfectly illustrated the campaign's message – that on average 40 per cent of heat is lost through a building's roof and walls. Coverage included front pages in The Times and The Guardian.


Charity/not-for-profit campaign

GOLD


Mere Communications
Operation Alfie

North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) is a vital medical emergency service, but it is easy to forget that it is a charity, requiring £1m a year in donations to run. Mere Communications was tasked with raising awareness of NWAA's charity status, and encouraging donations through a series of helicopter landings in eight areas of the region. During the two-day campaign of flights into schools, rugby clubs, parks and hospitals, £23,500 was donated, and extensive coverage was won in regional and local press and media.

SILVER

Brazen
Turning Manchester Green with Pride

Greater Manchester Police
City United Against Robbery Competition

FINALIST

Brazen
Pant Amnesty For Jockey


Consumer Campaign

GOLD

Brazen
Creating The Dream Team For Subbuteo

Brazen
Teaching an Old Board New Tricks
 

SILVER

Brazen
Jockey: Celebrating 70 Years of The Y Front

Citypress PR
The Holiday Report

Context Public Relations Limited
Taking a Bite Out of Apple

FINALISTS

Brazen
Going To The Extreme For The North Face

Brazen
Scruffs: It's Gonna Get Dirty


Corporate and financial campaign

GOLD

Spin Media
Ensuring Global Acquisition

Feeling the effects of tough market conditions and the emergence of supermarket brokers, Opus Insurance prepared itself for acquisition. Knowing that big global brokers had UK firms on their shopping lists, Opus briefed Spin Media to raise the company's profile, using trade, local and regional press, as well as the business pages of the nationals. Spin kept the commercial broker's profile high with issue-led releases, resulting in stories on the cost of asbestos regulations and the rise in golf injury claims. The desired result came in December 2004, when Opus was acquired by US giant Willis Group.


Community campaign

GOLD


LEAPFROG
Face of Liverpool

The Face of Liverpool is an innovative piece of public art and one of the city's biggest-ever regeneration schemes. It features 32 diverse 'faces' that represent Liverpool, their images etched into glass portholes installed in a public park. Leapfrog was tasked with finding these faces, and engaging the community in the project. They invited Liverpudlians of all backgrounds to nominate themselves, and to tell the stories of how they or their ancestors came to the city.
To publicise the hunt, Leapfrog achieved regional and national media coverage, as well as using posters, viral emails and community group presentations. Winning faces include a 15-year-old Kosovan refugee and the descendent of a Jamaican slave. When Loyd Grossman OBE opened the public garden in January 2005, an accompanying book telling the stories of the faces was launched, garnering even more media coverage.


Integrated PR campaign

GOLD

Brazen
Scruffs: It's Gonna Get Dirty

SILVER

Urban Splash
Chips

FINALIST

Brazen
The Perfect Mix for Red Square

Stockport Council
Stockport - Action for Safety



Use of internal communication

GOLD

Allerdale Borough Council
Internal Comms Strategy

A team of two is responsible for all internal and
external communications in Allerdale Borough Council, covering a region of 126,000 hectares on Cumbria's west coast.

Keeping 400 employees over such a vast rural area communicating is a huge challenge, and a staff survey in May 2002 revealed 37 per cent of respondents did not feel the council gave them enough information to do their jobs properly, while only 54 per cent believed the council was a good employer.

The comms team introduced monthly team meetings, annual appraisals and specific comms tasks for managers, as well as ensuring the intranet and email were fully exploited to keep staff informed of council developments. A second survey in June 2004 showed a huge improvement, with 81 per cent agreeing that the council was a good place to work. Significant increases in other areas included use of the intranet and team-meeting attendances.

FINALIST

Bolton Council
Communications Presentation for Corporate Induction Finalist


In-house campaign

GOLD


British gas
Safety in the Home
British Gas's status as a safety expert – and the launch of its new safety website – was pushed in a high-impact campaign this summer. The Sun's 'British Grass' story – about the energy giant's anti-theft team uncovering 47 cannabis farms in a year – exemplified the team's ability to turn potentially dull subject matter into an interesting news hook. Other coverage included British Gas engineers appearing on GMTV and This Morning to discuss carbon monoxide poisoning. After such extensive coverage, qualitative research showed the message, 'British Gas keeps you safe', was strongly recalled.

SILVER

Cumbria Tourist Board
Lake District Campaign

Ever intent on increasing visitors to the area, the in-house team won praise for continually finding creative solutions and achieving strong results.

FINALIST

Urban Splash
Lister Mills


Trade or technical campaign

GOLD

Native Instinct
Tiara 9 on The National Healthcare Agenda
Healthcare IT provider Ethitec cut NHS waiting lists by 12 weeks when its Tiara 9 electronic appointment booking system was implemented in Leicestershire. But it had received little press attention – something Macclesfield-based Native Instinct wanted to remedy to gain UK-wide take up. It achieved coverage in the FT, The Observer and Computer Weekly, and secured a meeting with local service provider BT.

SILVER

Spin Media
Everyone's a winner
Spin's campaign for in-store kiosks that pay users for their contact details – for direct marketing purposes – achieved results when Punch Taverns agreed to a trial.

Weber Shandwick Manchester
How Healthy are your Hydraulic Systems
Shell's new industrial hydraulic oil,Tellus, was more expensive than its existing brand. By promoting oil as the lifeblood of a machine, 100 business leads came in.


Issues or crisis management campaign

GOLD

Spin Media
The 'ave it'' Campaign

SILVER

Communique
Boddingtons Brewery Closure


Low-budget Campaign

GOLD

Euro RSCG Leedex
Slim Chef

Osprey Communications
Fool Factor

SILVER

Brazen
Gran Day Out For Totesport 

MTJ Associates Ltd
Bog Off

Weber Shandwick
Card-iac Arrest

FINALISTS

Brazen
Search For The Lambrini Girl 2004

Catapult Public Relations Limited
Bug on the Road

Cumbria County Council
Don't Say It with Flowers & Truckstop


Public sector programme

GOLD

Cumbria County Council
SAM Campaign


SILVER

Spin Media
Greater Manchester United! 


Relationship management programme

GOLD

British Nuclear Group
"Taking The Time To Listen And Act"

SILVER

Brazen
Brazen Raises A Glass To Halewood

FINALIST

Communique
Taking Wickes To Another Level


Best use of media relations

GOLD

Euro RSCG Leedex
Slim CheF

SILVER

Brazen
Hot, Cold and Vimto (On Tap)

MTJ Associates Ltd
Naught 'n' Saucy Nik Naks

FINALISTS

Brazen
Cheesey Listening For Stilton

Cumbria County Council
Don't Say it with Flowers


PR Team of the Year

GOLD

Brazen
Brazen by Name, Brazen By Nature (Consultancy)

Stockport Council
One Place One Voice (In House Team)

FINALISTS

Citypress PR, (Consultancy) 

Allerdale Borough Council, (In House Team)

British Gas, (In House Team) 

Cumbria Tourist Board, (In House Team) 

 
Young Communicator

GOLD

Leah Watson
Brazen


Small Team/Sole Practitioner

GOLD

Catapult Public Relations Limited
Packing a Punch

FINALIST

Peppermint PR
Peppermint PR

 

Newsletter

GOLD

Triangle PR
Arena Life Magazine
The Arena Group is the North-West's fifth-largest housing association, with 13,000 residents. The challenge for Triangle PR was to create a quarterly magazine for residents, Arena's 750 staff, partners, board members and industry contacts. With a budget of £16,000 for a 15,000 print run, the resulting magazine  used a picture-led style with news and features such as healthy-eating recipes and 'what's on' diaries.

SILVER

MTJ Associates
The Taste
Retailers are tough to talk to, but the judges were impressed by the time MTJ took to tailor this retail-
specific newsletter in tone, layout and content.

Stockport Council
The Reporter – Miss it Miss Out

Charged with relaunching its staff magazine, Stockport Council breathed new life into it by skilfully integrating staff issues with overall  corporate desires.

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