Reverberate PR, the agricultural agency run by Guild member Philip Gibson and his wife Melanie, was selected as a finalist in the hotly-contested ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy’ category of the CIPR Excellence Awards for 2012.
Organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the awards are recognised as the most prestigious and competitive in the public relations industry.
Members of the Reverberate team, based in Smeatharpe, Devon, pictured at the award ceremony are from left Guild members Lauren Chambers and Philip Gibson, with Melanie Gibson and Lauren Goringe. They specialise in providing PR, writing, design and photography services to the agriculture and food supply chain.
“The business works with a wide portfolio of national and international clients,” notes Philip. “In the past 12 months, we’ve increased turnover by 88%, as well as doubling staff numbers from two to four.”
The CIPR award judges were impressed with the rapid, recent growth of the business and by its commitment to staff development, and community and charity work.
According to Sally Sykes, president of the CIPR, competition for the award finalists was fiercer than ever: “It produced exceptionally high quality entries – which is particularly impressive considering the economic challenges we continue to face.”
Philip Gibson says: “I am very proud that the hard work of our team has been recognised by the CIPR judges – it’s a huge achievement to be a finalist against such tough competition.”
The Reverberate team attended the black tie dinner for around 800 guests, rubbing shoulders with British Olympic Medallist Colin Jackson CBE, who was compère for the evening, along with other VIPs from the world of sports and athletics including Sharron Davies MBE, Mark Foster and Adrian Moorhouse OBE.