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The annual Public Affairs Awards, presented by Vuelio and hosted again by the PRCA, GovKnow and Zetter’s Political Services after three successful editions, saw winners take away awards in 22 categories at a prestigious event which celebrated excellence in the public affairs industry.

The black-tie event brought together 400 leading public affairs and lobbying experts at the Park Plaza Riverbank on the evening of 14th December. It was hosted by Michael Crick, Channel 4 News political correspondent.

Big winners on the night included Federation of Master Builders, which won In-house Team of the Year; and Cascade Communications, which won Consultancy of the Year.

The Outstanding Contribution award, went to Colin Byrne FPRCA, Chief Executive Officer, UK & EMEA at Weber Shandwick and the Douglas Smith Prize 2017 was awarded to Natasha Silkin MPRCA from PB Consulting.

In-house Professional of the Year was awarded to Fergus Campbell, Head of PR at Gumtree; while Consultant of the Year went to Joe Cawley, Account Director at Four Communications.

Consultancy Campaign of the Year went to Newington Communications, for its ‘Licensed Taxi Drivers Association: Hailing a new era for the taxi industry’ campaign and Public Sector Campaign of the Year went to the Royal College of Nursing. Corporate Campaign of the year went to Vivergo Fuels for its ‘Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation/E10’ campaign.

Voluntary Sector Campaign of the Year was handed to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home for the ‘Five-Year Sentences for Animal Cruelty’ campaign and Best In-house Consultancy Collaboration was awarded to Connect and Habinteg. Local Government Campaign of the Year award was handed to Tameside Council for its ‘Shared Lives’ campaign.

PLMR won the Social Media Campaign of the Year award for its ‘How a 12 Month Social Media Campaign Saved Our Early Years’ campaign and the Planning Campaign of the Year was awarded to Connect. The Think Tank of the Year Award was won by the Education Policy Institute (EPI).

Party Conference Reception of the Year was handed to Finsbury and Party Fringe Event of the Year was won by PHA Media and Vardags for their ‘Sex, Lies and Irreconcilable Differences: Time for no fault divorce?’ event. National Farmers Union won Party Conference Stand of the Year.

Best Campaign in Scotland, presented by PubAffairs, was awarded to CHAS/Indigo for their ‘Better Care for Children with Shorter Lives’. The Best Campaign in Wales award was handed to Farmers’ Union of Wales for #FarmingMatters. Best Campaign in Northern Ireland was handed to Both Lives Matter.