Scotland-based Stripe Communications was named Outstanding PR Consultancy at the national CIPR Excellence Awards in London yesterday (Tuesday 17 June, 2014), becoming the first Scottish agency in the awards history to scoop the top prize.
Held annually by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), the awards recognise the best in the communications industry, bringing together over 150 leading public relations consultancies, freelancers and in-house teams competing for the 30 individual awards.
The Outstanding Consultancy award recognises the achievements, performance and excellent work of a public relations consultancy over the past three years.
Stripe’s win comes after a successful start to 2014, which has seen continued business expansion and significant new client wins. With offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Stripe Communications continues to grow in numbers and reputation.
Juliet Simpson, Managing Director of Stripe Communications, said
“Becoming the first ever Scottish agency to win this award fills us with pride and tops a fantastic year to date for Stripe. I’m incredibly proud to see the team’s hard work recognised by the industry on a national scale. With the eyes of the world on Scotland this summer, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a ‘Stripe’ as we look to build on our reputation as the UK’s best PR agency.” Judges for the awards, commented: “We were hugely impressed by Stripe Communications’ focus on staff, including excellent internal communications; a mentoring scheme and Stripe’s delivery on its objective to be the industry leader for working parents. “Their tenacity with smaller budgets, straight talking no nonsense approach and immersion into clients’ businesses set them apart with the results seen in terms of staff retention, strong track record of business growth, premium client wins and a winning company culture.”
The team from Stripe were put through their paces during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, helping Scotland’s favourite soft drink, IRN-BRU, manage a unique tie up with the Team Scotland athletes.
With a strong history and heritage in Glasgow spanning more than 100 years, IRN-BRU has supported athletes from the training ground through to the world stage.
The Glasgow 2014 agreement gave Team Scotland athletes extra support via a high profile advertising campaign, supporters meet and greets and media opportunities for them to say thank you to Scottish sports fans in a uniquely IRN-BRU way.
Team Scotland athletes, including many of our medal winners, made exclusive appearances at the BRU Store – a pop up retail and brand experience created especially for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to meet their fans and thank them for their support.
One of Scotland’s leading shopping centres has appointed Stripe Communications to handle its PR.
The appointment will see Stripe handle its communications around key marketing periods in the trading calendar including its autumn/winter 2014 ranges, student event and Christmas.
Situated at the heart of Glasgow’s style mile, Buchanan Galleries houses big name British retailers such as John Lewis, Next and River Island. It also boasts some of the biggest international brands, from Lego to Levis and Hollister to H&M.
The appointment is another successful win for Stripe’s Glasgow office.
Director, Nicki Sturzaker said: “We are working with some fantastic brands in our Glasgow office and adding Buchanan Galleries to our portfolio really cements our position as consumer experts. There are exciting projects in the pipeline with the centre and we are looking forward to getting stuck in.”
Linda McCormick at Buchanan Galleries commented: “Glasgow is firmly in the spotlight this year and it is important we have an agency partner that can help us maximise our potential. Stripe has a strong track record of delivering retail campaigns and we are excited to be working with them.”