The PRCA’s inaugural City and Financial PR Awards had a strong turnout on Thursday night from big business and communications professionals. The prestigious black tie event was held at Merchant Taylor’s Hall, which provided a fitting venue to celebrate the success of PR as it gains prominence in the boardrooms of the capital.
The awards celebrated the talent and impact of individuals, teams and campaigns for the best of the City PR professionals. Leading financial commentator David Buik was on hand for compère duties, reminding the audience about PR individuals of note and discussing how far the industry has progressed since the early 1970s when there were only a handful of firms present in the city.
After an excellent dinner, the ceremony began and 13 awards were presented in total. Instinctif Partners won best agency and Schroders took home the best in-house team award. Sky News city editor – and future Gorkana event speaker – Mark Kleinman was awarded the Best City Journalist or Blogger Award and Helen Lacy from Barclaycard received the Professional of the Year Award.
Taking home the prestigious “outstanding contribution to City PR Award” was Neil Bennett, chief executive of Maitland, who made a touching speech dedicated to his colleagues and wife.
The awards, which celebrated a broad sweep of business PR – from financial transaction campaigns and crisis comms to a worthy Clarity in Charity winner, Phil Davies – was a fitting celebration of financial PR; a discipline that has continued to grow in significance and gain rightful credibility in the City.
A full list of the awards can be found on the City and Financial PR Awards website.