Acceleris strikes gold in Yorkshire PR awards

CIPR Yorkshire & Lincolnshire Pride Awards 2016. The Queens Hotel - Leeds 17.11.16 ©Steve Pope - Fotowales

Pictured are TV host Andy Crane, Acceleris team members  Ellie St George-Yorke, Katie Wadsworth, Rebecca Jackson, and CIPR Secretary Helen Kitchen


Acceleris is celebrating after beating strong competition to win two golds and one silver award at the PRide Awards for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Harrogate and London-based Acceleris won the gold award in the Integrated Campaign and Best Publication categories and took silver for Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy.

The awards run by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK, recognise outstanding work delivered for clients and employers and winners are selected through a rigorous judging process by industry experts.  

The gold standard was awarded to Acceleris for a national integrated campaign, working with the NHS to raise awareness of the lack of suitable wheelchairs and the delays in getting chairs to users, fronted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. The judges commended Acceleris for its use of innovative tactics to showcase creative ideas in a cost effective manner.

Its second Gold, in the Best Publication category, was for the commemorative book Home From Sea, produced for The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society to mark the charity’s 150th anniversary. Judges said Acceleris created both a visually appealing and engaging book that will be used as a research tool within the maritime sector for future generations.

Louise Vaughan, managing director at Acceleris, said: “The quality of work across all categories was extremely high this year which made it all the more difficult to be shortlisted for three separate awards.

“To come away with two golds and a silver is an incredible achievement that demonstrates the extremely high standard of work we produce across the team for a wide client portfolio. It’s been a very successful year for us so far and it shows we are consistently among the very best agencies within the Yorkshire region and beyond.”

Acceleris’ success in the PRide Awards this year follows news that it is shortlisted for a European PR Excellence Award for the fourth time in as many years. It comes alongside its triumph at the Public Sector Communications Awards in July where it was crowned Agency of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The CIPR PRide Awards for Yorkshire and Lincolnshire took place on Thursday 17 November at The Queens’ hotel in Leeds.

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