Acceleris nets European award short list for fishing industry campaign

Acceleris’ growing maritime division has been shortlisted for a prestigious international award for a campaign that has successfully helped challenge perceptions of the European fishing industry.

The agency, which has offices in Harrogate and London, has been nominated in the Issues & Reputation Management category of the European Excellence Awards for its campaign on behalf of Europêche, the industry trade body representing 80,000 fishermen across nine EU countries.

Appointed by Europêche in late 2014, Acceleris worked to devise an integrated PR and digital media campaign to combat misconceptions about the €7 billion industry across Europe. As part of its work Acceleris commissioned the first pan-European survey into attitudes around the industry and developed iFish, a consumer facing portal designed to counter misinformation, address the growing appetite for information on the industry, and create a unified voice for European fishermen.

The campaign secured almost 200 pieces of pan-European media coverage, reaching an audience of 140 million and engagement from the EU Commission, as well as a number of retailers.

The European Excellence Awards have attracted more than 1,600 entries this year, with Acceleris short listed alongside corporate giants including BP, Unilever and BASF. It is the second time the agency has featured in the awards; it won the Issues & Reputation Management category in 2014.

Louise Vaughan, managing director of Acceleris, said: “iFish was a truly integrated campaign incorporating media relations and consumer messaging across traditional channels and new platforms. To be shortlisted alongside such global giants is testimony to the strength, creativity and professionalism of the team and our ability to take complex industry issues and give them real mainstream interest and appeal.”

Kathryn Stack, managing director at Europêche said: “Acceleris devised and delivered a sophisticated and complex PR strategy spanning nine different European countries. The scope of the project was phenomenal, incorporating research, website development, media relations, events and crisis management.

“The team really challenged us to look beyond our traditional channels and spread our messages to a much wider, more mainstream audience – which was a key priority for us.”

The awards ceremony will be held on 10 December 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Acceleris Europeche team
The Europeche team at Acceleris; George Yorke, Alex Whitaker, Louise Vaughan, Jack Williams and Peter Davenport

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