Amazingly, Blue Rubicon scooped the best agency award for a third year in a row, narrowly beating Freud Communications. Freud sources tell Flack that had the agency won, director Oli Wheeler would have made a ‘controversial’ acceptance speech. Maybe next year, Oli?... Another winner was Fenland Council’s kilted David Hamilton, who became Young PR Professional of the Year. When Hamilton collected his award, he was surprised to find compere Bill Bailey attempting to see if those kilt rumours were true... As for the rowdiest table award, Flack hereby chooses Weber Shandwick. One particularly, er, boisterous PRO rose to her feet every time the agency was mentioned. Names on a postcard please… To the dancefloor, where the Diageo team were strutting their stuff, while political types such as PRWeek columnists Alex Hilton, Tara Hamilton-Miller, and fun-loving Insight Public Affairs boss John Lehal also stayed the distance… Finally, as PRWeek went to press there were no reports of misplaced awards like last year. Avid readers will recall that Markettiers4dc’s ‘stolen’ award popped up with a Facebook page and ransom. However, Flack’s sleuths finally wheedled a boozy confession out of the culprits: Unity, who won this year’s Not-for-Profit Award for a campaign based in a prison... fitting.
1 Another full house at The Grovesnor House for this year’s awards bash. As yet, no reports of bread roll fights. On the top table, even Virgin Atlantic’s comms director Paul Charles and British Airways’ Julia Simpson set their differences aside.
2 The evening’s host comedian Bill Bailey slammed PR for being nothing more than ‘nonsense about cans of baked beans’. A round of applause then for Liberty’s director Shami Chakrabarti who won Communicator of the Year. As the video ran on her battle against the 42-day detention law, she leaned over to Bailey and said: ‘That’s not about baked beans is it!’
3 The award for the most jubilant celebration goes to Borkowski MD Larry Franks. Flack received an email sent at 3.10am in which he eloquently explained how he was ‘merely re-creating Villa striker scoring home goal, you understand…’