Brighton and Hove Council's press team landed the top prize at the
IPR public sector awards in Birmingham last week.
The Communicators of the Year title was bestowed on members of Brighton
and Hove's team - led by communications head Tony Miller - with the
judges declaring the authority to have been 'creative, with enormous
The council also picked up a second 'Excellence in Communications' award
at the event, the final part of the two-day 'At the Crossroads'
conference, hosted by the IPR's local government group.
This came in the Synergy-sponsored E-Media category for its Wave
project, which saw nine local residents broadcast on the council's
website, both as a PR tool and to communicate the council's efforts at
'All (Brighton's) work reflected the feel of the area, was highly
targeted, well-written and accessible with a broad range appeal,' said
PRWeek editor Kate Nicholas, who presented the awards.
The Media Relations award went to Belfast City Council for its work on
bringing the world amateur boxing championships to the city and for
promoting the New Millennium Odyssey Arena.
In Internal Communications, Derbyshire County Council won for Derbyshire
Governor, a 6,000-circulation newsletter for school governors.
Essex County Council picked up the Publications award for its Suitcase
Full of Emotions, a book of poetry written by young people in care
designed to combat local hostility to the opening of a children's
In Best Value and Consultation, Wrexham council won with a cartoon-based
initiative, which explained to council staff how Best Value would affect
The PR On a Shoestring award went to Poole borough council for its
budget consultation exercise that 'challenged local people to literally
build their ideal council services, prioritising spending using Lego
blocks of council tax payments'.
In all, the nine awards generated a record 200 entries.