London,
09
December
2016

PRCA announces winners of its Public Affairs Awards 2016

The annual Public Affairs Awards, presented by Vuelio and hosted by the PRCA, saw winners take away awards in 22 categories, at an event which celebrated the very best of the public affairs industry.

The black tie event brought together 430 leading public affairs experts at the Park Plaza Riverbank on the evening of 8th December, hosted by Jon Craig, Sky News presenter. The awards are a collaboration between GovKnow, PRCA, and Zetter’s Political Services.

Big winners on the night included EEF, which won In-house Team of the Year and Trade Body Campaign of the Year; and Grayling, which won Consultancy of the Year.

The Outstanding Contribution award, sponsored by Vuelio, went to Iain Wright, Executive Chairman, Cicero Group, and the Douglas Smith Prize 2016 was awarded to Liz Laurence, Weber Shandwick.

In-house Professional of the Year was handed to Royal Mail’s ‎Public Affairs Manager Michael Hogg; while Consultant of the Year went to Chris White, Associate Director, Public Affairs at Newington Communications.

Consultancy Campaign of the Year went to PLMR, for its ‘LCY Means Business: Making the case for London City Airport’s’ campaign and Public Sector Campaign of the Year went to Transport for London for its ‘TfL Buggy’ campaign. Corporate Campaign of the year went to Liverpool Victoria. Think Tank of the Year was awarded to The Bow Group.

Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year was handed to Save the Children and Best In-house Consultancy Collaboration was awarded to PLMR and Care England. Local Government Campaign of the Year award was handed to Teneo Blue Rubicon and The London Taxi Company for their ‘#StayFareMayor’ campaign.

H+K Strategies won the Social Media Campaign of the Year award and the Planning Campaign of the Year was awarded to Alpaca Communications for its work on ‘Bridge the Gap’. Party Conference Reception of the Year was handed to The Enterprise Forum Ltd for its ‘The Enterprise Forum’s Business Reception’ campaign and Party Fringe Event of the Year was won by Connect Public Affairs. Roya Mail won Party Conference Stand of the Year for its ‘Royal Mail 500 Years’ stand.

Best Campaign in Scotland was awarded to Cancer Research UK for its campaign titled ‘Scotland Vs Cancer’. The Best Campaign in Wales award was handed to Deryn Consulting Ltd. JComms won the Best Campaign in Northern Ireland award.

Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said: “I would like to extend my personal congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s Public Affairs Awards. The standard of entries demonstrates that the industry continues to move in a more positive and creative direction. I look forward to seeing what next year holds.”

Lionel Zetter FPRCA, Public Affairs Group Chairman, PRCA, said: "The quantity and quality of entries this year shows that the public affairs industry in the UK is going from strength to strength.”

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About PRCA

Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

Who we represent: The PRCA currently has more than 400 agency members; 270 in-house PR and communications teams from multinationals, charities and leading public sector organisations; and thousands of individual members.

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