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Newspress Awards making the news
publication date: Mar 29, 2016
author/source: John Kendall
Newspress staged its first awards evening in London with gongs for journalists, publications, websites, videographers, photographers and on the PR side, for both teams and individuals.
Staged at the Brewery in Central London, it was presided over by MC Alan Dedicoat, best known to many as the voice of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and the National Lottery. With 22 Awards to hand out, there was no standing on ceremony and Dedicoat set a frantic pace as Newspress’ Craig Cheetham and Tim Barfoot handed over the awards and winners sped off to be photographed. Guests were treated to entertainment from ventriloquist Nina Conti (daughter of actor Tom), who brought along her regular companion “Monkey” to help with the act. Nina called on members of the audience to help, using face masks to literally put words in the mouths of her assistants. Willing victims or not, SMMT senior events and communications manager Anna Farnell (pictured right) and regional communications manager for Ferrari North Europe Jason Harris proved to be perfect foils for Conti’s humour.
Back to the serious business of awards and the remaining 11 trophies were handed out, with Dedicoat able to keep his promise to get AA president Edmund King on the last train home with around 45 minutes to spare.
Among the winners, Western Group members will be pleased to see that JLR’s Sarah Pelling picked up the award for PR rising star. Sarah was instrumental in organising the Western Group JLR driving event at Bowood last July, with JLR hosting a Western Group meeting. Honda's Simon Branney was declared PR of the Year (below).
The Newpress 2016 winners