We had our first snow this morning, making the message that winter is here and we’re rapidly approaching the end of the year really hit home.

And what a year it’s been for Cool Blue!

We’re growing, investing, expanding and gaining great new clients, including national brands. We’ve moved our Newcastle office to the Toffee Factory and appointed talented new people on both our PR, digital and design teams.

We’ve dealt with the aftermath of the June flooding, ran 10K for the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic  Foundation, kept our finger on the pulse of social media, celebrated students’ successes, dressed Plan B and so much more.

We’ve kept our cool, rolled with the punches and created some campaigns that (whisper it) we’re really proud of.

So we were thrilled to discover that once again we’d been shortlisted for a record 21 awards – recognising our work for a wide range of clients across public and private sector, not-for-profit, digital and consumer relations.

We consider this to be the recognition for a job well done, so we’re delighted to be shortlisted in so many categories and, win or lose, will be giving ourselves a little pat on the back for our achievements tonight – go team!

This evening we’ll be decked out in our finest attire at a black tie event at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel, with our fingers crossed as the winners of the CIPR North East Awards are announced – wish us luck!