I’ve been Shortlisted for CIPR Outstanding Independent Practitioner for the North West region. Woo! Hoo!
I will be kept in suspense until November though, when the highly prestigious award ceremony will be held at The Principal Hotel in Manchester. It is a tense occasion when the great and the good of the PR world will be present, competing against each other for the top prizes. The CIPR North West region is one of the largest outside of London boasting a healthy membership and is a key region for PR activity outside of London. CIPR North West region includes the counties of Cumbria, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire so be shortlisted amongst these is really exciting.
I joined the CIPR back in 2001, then 10 years later was voted onto the CIPR North West committee. One of my commitments on the committee is to encourage other PR companies, agencies and in-house practitioners to apply for the annual awards, of which there are numerous categories. I’m always on the lookout for competitions and encouraging my own clients to enter awards so this year I’ve submitted an entry myself and am through to the final!
My submission will have been marked by a panel of independent judges outside the North West region with the shortlisting being announced on social media a few weeks later.
Independent Practitioners provide great value
I often say you don’t need to use a big city centre PR agency to gain the best PR support and this shortlisting is proof of that too!
Being recognised as an award finalist or winner clearly demonstrates the value of PR to the business world but these awards go a long way to recognising the outstanding work being delivered to clients too.