Awards double for Fishburn
Agency triumphs along with Insight Public Affairs, R3 and Pimlico Plumbers
Fishburn has been named Consultancy of the Year at the PRCA's inaugural Public Affairs Awards.
The agency was also celebrating at last night’s awards as senior consultant Rachel Barrett nabbed the award for Consultant of the Year.
The black tie event at the Park Plaza Riverbank was hosted by Sky News’ chief political correspondent and PAN columnist Jon Craig. The awards are a collaboration between the PRCA, GovKnow and Zetter’s Political Services and are supported by Public Affairs News.
Other big winners on the night included R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, which won In-house Team of the Year;
In-house Professional of the Year was handed to Airport Operators Association senior public affairs and PR manager Tim Alderslade MPRCA; Consultancy Campaign of the Year and Public Sector Campaign of the Year went to Insight Public Affairs, for its HS2 Link campaigns. Corporate Campaign of the year went to Pimlico Plumbers, for its ‘Giving Opportunity to the Next Generation of Apprentices’ campaign.
Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year was handed to MS Society for its ‘Treat Me Right’ campaign. Trade Body Campaign of the Year went to UK Active for its ‘Turning the Tide of Inactivity’ campaign.
Best In-house Agency Collaboration was awarded to Freshwater and the League Against Cruel Sports’ ‘#Whatthefox’ campaign.
Best Campaign in Scotland went to Pagoda Public Relations for its work for McCarthy and Stone. Best Campaign in Wales was handed to Positif Politics for its ‘Dot Cymru Domain Names’ campaign; Best Campaign in Northern Ireland was awarded to Aiken PR for the ‘Make Life your Legacy’ campaign.
Best campaign in the EU went to Cancer Research UK, for its ‘Revising the Tobacco Products Directive’ campaign.
The Outstanding Contribution award went to Connect Communications chief executive Gill Morris.
Speaking at the awards, PRCA director general Francis Ingham said: "This has been a superb year to launch the Public Affairs Awards – the calibre of entries has been incredibly impressive. The public affairs industry is clearly in rude health – and long may it continue."
PRCA Public Affairs Group chairman Lionel Zetter said: "The volume and quality of the entries clearly demonstrated the great public affairs work which is being undertaken throughout the UK - and in Brussels. This made the judging process harder, but I look forward to the task of choosing the winners being even tougher next year."