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Cocktails, Champagne, Canapés and Community Relations Campaigns

by James Hickman James Hickman


  • Posted on Wednesday 9th September, 2015

In the immortal words of Morgan Freeman: “You’ve been nominated for a whole array of PR awards for your fine work in the last 12 months” – I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.

Its awards season and we, the Family Hatch, are delighted to have been nominated for a whole host of awards. So shine your shoes, curl your hair and squeeze yourself into that new dress Jason, Hatch are going to the ball!

Sure, I won best bounce AND best shine at the 2012 L’Oréal East Midlands Regional Qualifying Championships, but since then, our trophy cabinet has grown dusty and neglected (this isn’t true, the awards and plaques are around the corner from my desk but I’m far too lazy to investigate and collate ALL of them into a word doc).

Firstly, we’re up for a couple of awards in this year’s CIPR PRide awards. We’re nominated alongside some very talented Yorkshire and Lincolnshire-based agencies who’ve created some incredible campaigns in the last 12 months. There, that’s the pleasantries out of the way. We’re coming for you, we’re coming for you all. Don’t sleep. Don’t turn off the light. Thought you saw something out the corner of your eye? Yeah, that’s us.


For the 2015 CIPR PRide Awards, we’re nominated for:


Community Relations Campaign

  Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund

– Not-for-Profit Campaign

  Creating a Night of Hope for World Vision

– Low Budget Campaign

  Rabbit Awareness Week 2015

– Best Use of Media Relations

  Yorkshire Building Society’s 150th Anniversary

I know what you’re thinking, being up for 4 (F O U R) awards is enough for any agency. No, not us. We LOVE filling out award applications, we like to adhere to totalitarian word counts and oppressive ‘supportive document’ rules and regulations. So, that being said, we’re also up for three Fresh Awards:


– Freshest Community Relations

  Yorkshire Building Society

– Freshest Consultancy Team

  All of us baby… *hands in* Gooooooooo Hatch!

– Freshest Not for Profit/Pro Bono Campaign

This one really was a surprise to me, if anything, I’m anti-Bono. I don’t like his sunglasses and U2 haven’t done anything good since 1991’s ‘Achtung Baby’. What? Oh! Ok. Turns out we’re nominated for our wonderful work with the even more wonderful World Vision.

Having now written this, I’ve come to a sudden and bitter realisation, I’m not involved with any of these clients, this might be indicative of my ability or maybe I just save all my energy for grammatically poor, sarcasm-ridden blog posts. I mean, even with the ‘Freshest Consultancy Team‘ nomination, I’m only like the 4th (3rd with a tan) best looking person in the office – so I’ve barely contributed on that front.

We’re all very much looking forward to attending these awards and throwing some real shade at anybody who pips us to a gong. If you see a bunch of debauched drunkards in the corner, keep away from us! No, come over, come over, the drinks will be on us. In us! Ha, Brent reference – contemporary.

If we do manage to pick up a well-deserved award or seven, we’ll put some comfortable breathing room between ourselves and Middlesbrough FC’s famous 128 year trophy drought (there, that’s my token Boro reference – I get one). That being said, with all these nominations, if we come away with no wins whatsoever, I’m going to be left feeling a lot like ol’ Leo Di Caprio at the Oscars, an empty-handed, world-famous, handsome millionaire.