1284 wins third PR industry award in 12 months

Amy Orton

Nov 19


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Amy Orton, George Oliver and Richard Bowyer at 1284's office in Loughborough

1284 has won its third public relations industry prize in a year.

The Loughborough-based corporate communications agency received the Silver Award at the CIPR’s Midlands PRide in Birmingham on Friday.

The award was in the keenly-contested Small PR Consultancy of the Year category.

Six agencies from around the Midlands region were shortlisted, in what was one of the most competitive categories of the night.

The recognition comes after 1284 received the same prize as Independent Practitioner of the Year at the 2022 Midlands PRide awards.

In between, 1284 received the Mark of Excellence at the CIPR’s national Excellence awards, during an event in London.

Each award recognises 1284’s work around East Midlands small business innovation and Levelling Up.

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Managing Director, George Oliver, said: “This latest award is special because it reflects the period in which 1284 grew from an independent business to an employer.

“The arrival of Amy and, more recently, Richard, has more than doubled what 1284 is delivering and we are onboarding new clients as a result.

“We have a plan for further growth from here - and to continue telling the stories of innovative people and organisations across the East Midlands.”

Amy Orton joined 1284 as Account Director in March. Richard Bowyer joined in October as Content Editor.

All are highly experienced newsroom leaders, with George and Amy also qualified as Chartered PR professionals.

1284 clients include Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, Rykneld Homes, Michael Smith Switchgear, and Menphys.

Midlands PRide 2023 winners were announced at an awards night in Birmingham on Friday night.

Entrants spanned East and West Midlands, with judging conducted by senior CIPR members from outside of the region.

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