Last week I had the honour of receiving a Silver award for Outstanding Independent Practitioner for the North West region at the CIPR Pride Awards 2017.

I must admit it took a lot of courage to put myself forward but delighted I did now! The reaction from others has been unbelievable and to be recognised for my work in this way has been confidence boosting to say the least.

Working as an independent practitioner can be a lonely scary place at times but I’ve always gained my support through various business networks and my CIPR colleagues. As a member of the CIPR and the North West committee I couldn’t have felt more proud of my profession and honoured to be part of such a wonderful evening.

On entering the main room it was hard not to be impressed by the décor and exciting vibe in the air. Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, a vibrant dancing brass band marched around the room as guests found their seats further adding excitement to the atmosphere. Then there was a pub -style quiz to entertain everyone before hearing about Kids Can charity which was supported by a raffle.

Of course the awards are meant to be the highlight of the evening but these were preceded by the announcement of the Special Recognition Award. Many of the PR community were affected by the Manchester terror attack in May but it was widely felt that the GMP communications team were at the frontline by supporting victims, families and the wider community. This was clearly felt by everyone in the room as they received their award to a standing ovation.

The CIPR awards are fondly known recognised as the ‘oscars’ of the PR industry and this was certainly an event of that stature.

So thank you to the CIPR for a great night!

Here’s the complete list of all the gold and silver award winners from across the North West.