Solihull's The Bright Consultancy has continued its winning streak at this year's 2007 Midlands PRide awards, celebrating the cream of West Midland PR talent.
The awards, run by the Midlands Chartered Institute of Public Relations, saw the firm scoop gold awards for best consultancy - for the second year running - and for crisis communications, along with three silvers.
Last year the firm has scooped the top "Grand Prix" prize, along with gold awards in the Business-to-Business; Best use of Media Relations and PR Team of the Year categories.
Derbyshire County Council won best in house department together with best publication and Helen Lyman Smith was named best young communicator.
Steve Dann, client services and development director with Seal Communications, was presented with the prestigious Midlands’ PR Professional of the year award,
The award, which was voted on by the CIPR Midlands’ committee, was said to be in recognition of Mr Dann's "consummate professionalism and contribution to the industry over 25 years in the business".
A former journalist, Mr Dann joined Seal as an account executive in 1983. He worked his way up to managing director before buying the company in 2002. In 2005 the firm was acquired by the Morris Company and Mr Dann continued to play a role in its development as client services director.
Mr Dann in is the current chairman of the Public Relations Consultants Association in the Midlands and has previously sat on the Midlands’ CIPR committee.
The awards, which were announced at a gala dinner at The Burlington Hotel, were attended by 340 PR professionals and business leaders.
The gold award winners in each category were:
* Public Sector: West Midlands Police
* Not for Profit: PDSA
* Media Relations: Seal Communications
* Best Website: Connect PR
* Business and Trade: McCann Erickson Public Relations
* Consumer Relations: IAS Smarts
* Use of Photography or Design: S&X
* Community Relations: Sandwell MBC
* Best Newspaper or Magazine: West Midlands Police
* Best Leaflet: Nyans Communications
* Integrated Communications: Marketing Birmingham
* Best Publication: Derbyshire County Council
* Internal Communications: National Grid Wireless
* Low Budget: Prova Public Relations
* Crisis Communications: Bright Consultancy
* Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year: Helen Lyman Smith, BCS Public Relations
* Outstanding Small Consultancy: Vitis PR
* Outstanding In House Team: Derbyshire County Council
* Outstanding Consultancy Team: Bright Consultancy
Silver award winners included Willoughby Public Relations, Betterpr, University of Birmingham, Carillon, Britannia Building Society, National Express and Haslimann Taylor.
CIPR Midlands’ Chair Bron Eames said: "This year’s awards have recognised a fantastically broad range of talent and skills from private and public sector, in-house and consultancy, and from all across the region.
"I am incredibly proud of the outstanding work that is produced in the Midlands, and let’s hope that we build on this in 2008 with more contracts being awarded to Midlands’ consultancies, more investment in in-house PR resource and even more entries into next year’s PRide awards."