Today the Chartered Institute of Public Relations unveiled its much awaited PRide Awards shortlist for the North East, and we’re thrilled to have 14 entries listed, across 11 categories.

These awards recognise and reward the inspirational work of leading PR teams and consultancies in nine UK regions, and they’re certainly a big deal for the industry and those of us who work within it for this very reason.

Cool Blue is the second most shortlisted consultancy in the whole of the UK, which really demonstrates our commitment as a team to our clients, to excellence and to best practice.

Last year we won 13 CIPR PRide awards, a record achievement that we’re immensely proud of. Here’s a list of the projects and people to have made it through to the shortlist this year:


Corporate and Business Communications Campaign:

  • Go Digital Newcastle
  • Winn Group

Low Budget Campaign:

  • Festival of Thrift – Lingfield Point

Consumer Relations Campaign:

  • Walks of Life, celebrating 90 years – Charles Clinkard

Best use of media relations:

  • Taking a slice of the North to London – Barker and Stonehouse
  • Teesside University Business and Enterprise

Integrated Campaign:

  • Go Digital Newcastle

Best use of social media:

  • Festival of Thrift – Lingfield Point
  • Go Digital Newcastle

Best event:

  • Festival of Thrift – Lingfield Point

Regional Campaign of the Year:

  • Go Digital Newcastle
  • Make Tracks – Go Smarter

Outstanding Young communicator:

  • Lottie King


Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy:

  • Cool Blue Brand Communications