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Thirty battle for honours in Scottish PR awards

MORE than 30 organisations and individuals have been shortlisted for honours in this year’s Scottish PR awards.

The competition, organised by the Institute of Public Relations in conjunction with The Drum magazine, aims to showcase the best PR practitioners north of the border.

The shortlisted entries cover every part of the PR industry, with nominees ranging from in-house communications teams and public bodies, to freelancers and consultancies.

The winners, including the top prize – the Grand Prix – will be announced at a ceremony in Glasgow on June 13.

Judges looked for communicators who planned and researched successful PR campaigns – measuring their effectiveness with proven evaluation techniques. Jane Cumming, the chair of the IPR in Scotland, said: “The judges were impressed by the standard of entries – both in terms of their quality and diversity. Everyone who was shortlisted should be proud of their achievements.”

Those nominated for this year’s awards are:

Hamp Hamilton Young Communicator Award
Hannah Sanderson, Countrywide Porter Novelli
Katy Windsor, Firefly
Linda McIntyre, Network Rail
Sarah Forbes, CitigateSMARTS

Best In-House Team
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board
Scottish Power
Scottish Qualifications Authority

Best Large Consultancy
Citigate SMARTS
Indigo PR
Pagoda PR
Weber Shandwick

Best Small Consultancy
3 X 1
Artisan PR
Great Circle Communications

Best Independent Practitioner
Hot Tin Roof
Maggie Wright Associates

Best Public Sector Team
The City of Edinburgh Council
Glasgow City Council
Scottish Qualifications Authority

Best Business To Business Campaign
Budge PR, SGM Group
Countrywide Porter Novelli, Adding Up To Success
Firefly Communications, UNIPASS
Weber Shandwick, Seafish Industry Authority

Best Consumer Campaign
3 X 1, Highland Spring
Budge PR, Scottish Executive
Carnegie PR, Commonwealth Games
Harrison Cowley, West End Festival
Wave PR, The Falkirk Wheel

Best Charity Campaign
CitigateSMARTS, Starting to Stop the Stigma of Mental Ill Health
Pagoda PR, Strips on Prescription

Best Community Campaign
City of Edinburgh Council, We Wait and We Wait Fostering Campaign
The City of Edinburgh Council Education Department, GO4IT
HBOS, Community Banking
MEA Public Relations, Art in Partnership/Scottish Parliament
NHS Grampian, See Me Campaign

Best Public Affairs Campaign
Countrywide Porter Novelli, Bridging The Cultural Divide
Pagoda PR, Strips on Prescription
Weber Shandwick, NESTRANS

Corporate Social Responsibility

Best Financial Communications Campaign

Best Crisis Management Campaign
City of Edinburgh Council, Cowgate Fire
Grampian Police, Arlene Fraser Murder Trial
hatch-group, BEAR
Ministry of Defense, Operation Fresco in Scotland

Best New Start
3 X 1
Wave PR

The judges were:
•Gidon Freeman, deputy editor, PR Week
•Lindsay McGarvie, political editor, Sunday Mail
•Paul Geoghan, chief press officer, Scottish Executive
•Jane Cumming, chair, IPR Scotland
•Richard Draycott, editor, The Drum
•Julia Newton, co-founder, Shine Communications
•Atholl Duncan, managing editor, News & Current Affairs, BBC Scotland

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner held in the SAS Radisson Hotel, Glasgow, on Friday 13 June. To book tickets for this event, please contact Sam Bunis on 0141 352 4665 or e-mail:

Editor’s notes
The Institute of Public Relations has over 7,000 members, involved in all aspects of the public relations industry. It is the largest professional body of its type in Europe, with rigorous qualifications for membership (based on educational qualifications and/or multi-disciplinary experience) ensuring that standards are high and maintained. Further information on the IPR can be obtained from the IPR website at or by calling 020 7253 5151.

Issued by The PR Store
on behalf of the Institute of Public Relations in Scotland

Please note: Because The PR Store is involved in the publicity for this year’s awards, it did not enter the 2003 Scottish PR Awards.

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Adrian Mahoney
The PR Store
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