City company wins PR award

— Update on November 11: Lava crowned Outstanding Small Consultancy

Lava picked up the Gold Award in the Small Consultancy of the year category of the CIPR PRide Awards at a prestigious ceremony at The Royal Armouries in Leeds.

As well as being named Outstanding Small Consultancy, Lava also picked up a Silver award in the Best Public Sector PR campaign for its work with East Lindsey District Council promoting the visit of arts festival Black / North SEAS to Skegness.

“Everyone at Lava is over the moon,” said Matt Hammerton, Lava’s managing director. “The Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards celebrate the best in regional PR and we’re delighted to be recognised as the best small consultancy in Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

“Everyone at Lava tries their hardest to deliver effective campaigns for our clients and these awards prove that we’re delivering great work and creating a great place to work,” Hammerton added.

— Original on September 20: Two Lincoln PR companies have been shortlisted in categories at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards.

Lava PR and Shooting Star PR are both in the running for Outstanding Small Consultancy, as well as two other categories each.

Lava have also been nominated for Best Public Sector Campaign in both the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and Midlands awards.

Meanwhile, Shooting Star are up for Best Publication for the Enterprise Magazine, created for the University of Lincoln with graphic designers Studio View.

Previously, Lava were shortlisted for a PRide award and helped East Midlands Development Agency reach the finals for Best Integrated Marketing Campaign.

Matt Hammerton, Lava’s managing director, said it’s fantastic to feature in the PRide Awards again: “We’ve always considered ourselves to be one of the best young PR consultancies in the UK.

“This year there were over 1,200 entries, so for us to receive these nominations is incredibly pleasing and we’re really proud of our achievement.”

Shooting Star’s Director Kate Strawson said: “We’re delighted to have reached the shortlist for the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire area 2010 CIPR Pride Awards.

“I went to last year’s event for the first time and the standard of entries was exceptionally high, so it’s a real honour just to have been shortlisted.”

The PR companies will find out if they won in their categories on November 10 at the PRide Awards Dinner in Leeds.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations President Jay O’Connor said: “I offer my congratulations to all those who have reached this stage of the competition.

“Now more than ever, demonstrating the value of what we do, and the positive impact we have, is tremendously important. Thank you to all involved.”

Visit the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ website to see who the two Lincoln companies are up against.

Source: Lava PR, Shooting Star PR | Photo: CIPR