A golden night for the Welsh PR industry


The best of public relations in Wales came together in Cardiff on Friday to celebrate another year of excellence.

Over two hundred people from across the Welsh PR industry attended the 2014 CIPR Cymru PRide Awards at the Mecure Holland House hotel to showcase the great work carried out by PR companies and in-house communications teams across the country.

Val Bodden, Chair of CIPR Cymru, said “All the hard work and perseverance has paid off for our deserving winners at this year’s CIPR Pride Cymru Awards evening. It is always a delight to see the smiling faces of the Gold and Silver winners as they step up to collect their Awards and know how much it means to them to be voted at the top of the PR game. They should all be as proud of their achievements as CIPR Cymru Wales is to cheer them on as upholders of creative and professional PR standards of excellence.

“The work that was on display here tonight just goes to show what a vibrant industry we have here in Wales and what a strong future it has.”

This bright outlook was exemplified by the winner of the Outstanding Young Communicator award, Caitlin Allen.

The Golley Slater Account Manager was chosen for her dedication to PR and her commitment to improving the communications skills of colleagues and the wider PR industry in Wales.

The big winners on the night were Equinox Communications who walked away with four gold awards including Best Public Affairs campaign and Best Use of Media Relations. It was also a successful night for Effective Communications who picked up 3 gold awards, including the title of Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy.

Meanwhile the award for Outstanding Small Consultancy went to JamJar PR and the award for the Outstanding In-House PR team went to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.

There was also wins for GoCompare.com (Community Relations), Cake: Brighter Comms (Not-for-profit), Sport Wales (Public Sector campaign) and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (Issues or Crisis Management).

The full list of Gold Award winners from the 2014 CIPR Cymru Wales PRide Awards can be seen below:

Corporate and Business Communications Campaign: Connect Assist: Connecting those most in need, Cake: Brighter Comms

Not-for-Profit Campaign: Adopting Attitudes, Cake: Brighter Comms

Internal Communications Campaign: We are Welsh Water, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water

Community Relations Campaign: Llandof takes on Llanfairpwll, Gocompare.com

Public Sector Campaign: The School Sport Survey, Sport Wales

Low Budget Campaign: RHS Flower Show Cardiff 2014, Effective Communication

Best Sporting Campaign: IPC Games – it’s coming, be part of it, Swansea University

Healthcare Campaign: Bringing cancer care to the heart of your community, Tenovus

Consumer Relations Campaign: Luv Wales, Luv Peter’s, Effective Communication

Best Use of Media Relations: Cadw’s Time Traveller Campaign, Equinox Communications and Cadw, Welsh Government

Integrated Campaign: Principality’s Community Vote, Principality Building Society
Best Use of Social Media: STAEDTLER Teacher’s Club UK: using Facebook to create an online community, Equinox Communications

Best External Publication: Coast to Coast, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Best Internal Publication: Creating your Annual Quality Statement, 1000 Lives Improvement

Best Event: Launch event for ‘The Wales We Want’ National Conversation, Four Cymru

Public Affairs Campaign: The Fight for Welsh Charity Shops, Equinox Communications & The Charity Retail Association

Issues or Crisis Management: Hepatitis C Look Back Exercise, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

Outstanding Young Communicator: Caitlin Allen MCIPR, Golley Slater
Outstanding Small Consultancy: jamjar PR

Outstanding In-House Public Relations Team: Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority

Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy: Effective Communication

Best Use of Research, Planning, Measurement and Evaluation: The Fight for Welsh Charity Shops, Equinox Communications & The Charity Retail Association