An explosive performance by PR agency

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A PUBLIC relations agency founded by a former tank commander and named after an explosive shell won the top consultancy award at this year’s awards to commemorate the best of the region’s PR industry.

Finn, based in Leeds and led by Rich Rawlins, won four accolades, including outstanding consultancy and best use of consumer PR at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ annual awards.

Four-year-old firm iseePR, from Otley, took the award for outstanding small consultancy. Bradford’s Yorkshire Water retained the title of best in-house team.

Jonathan Priestley, of Leeds-based Umpf, was named outstanding young communicator, while Victoria Tomlinson, of Harrogate’s Northern Lights, won the communicator of the year award in recognition of her contribution to the industry in Yorkshire over the last two decades.

Deborah Copeland, senior account director at Logistik and chairwoman of CIPR Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, said: “The diverse campaigns shortlisted for the 2011 awards shows just how the region’s PR teams are adapting to market and economic changes with fresh ideas and innovative solutions.

“The awards demonstrate that PR is widely recognised as being key to business success and at the centre of digital and social change.

“The judges were highly impressed by the calibre of the entries – this sets great foundations for the sector’s growth in the region – congratulations to all winners.”

The ceremony took place at The Queens hotel in Leeds. More than 200 people attended, representing 40 in-house teams and agencies.