Cicero Consulting wins consultancy of the year at Public Affairs Awards
It was also a good night for Interel Consulting and Newington Communications.
Cicero Consulting has capped off an eventful year by landing the consultancy of the year award at this year’s Public Affairs Awards.
Iain Anderson’s agency saw off competition from agencies including rival Hanover Communications and fast-growing Lodestone to grab the coveted gong.
It comes after Cicero significantly expanded its reach in June when it acquired Westbourne Communications for a seven figure sum. The firm then made one of the most eye-catching hires of the year when it stole former Sky News deputy political editor Joey Jones from Weber Shandwick.
Anderson said: “I’m so proud of Cicero Group winning consultancy of the year - it’s been an amazing year and we have an amazing team - proud of everyone.”
Interel Consulting was also celebrating last night after getting its hands on four awards. The agency won best consultancy campaign for its work to slash the FOBT stake to £2 and best party conference event. In addition, director Katherine Morgan was named public affairs consultant of the year and managing partner George McGregor took home the outstanding contribution award.
Meanwhile Newington Communications picked up both planning campaign of the year and voluntary sector campaign of the year.
Outside of the agency world, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home won in-house team of the year and Malaria No More UK advocacy manager Lis Wallace won in-house professional of the year. Corporate campaign of the year was given to Siemens and the trade body campaign of the year went to the National Farmers Union for ‘Back British farming day’.
The black-tie event brought together over 300 public affairs practitioners at the Park Plaza Riverbank and was hosted by Sky News chief political correspondent Jon Craig. Winners of all 21 categories are on the PRCA website.