Thursday of last week played host to the very first MPA (Manchester Publicity Association) Awards at Gorton Monastery with MMU as one of the main sponsors.
With attendees being drawn from agencies across Manchester and beyond it was great to see in excess of 300 people there, all eger to see if they had won an award. A quick glance through the programme and I was surprised by just how many award categories there were and in my experience that can make for a long night.
I can honestly say I was very pleasantly surprised with award presentations taking place between the courses of the meal. An especially nice touch was that the winners were presented with their award at their table and allowed to give a short speech via video link, which was a great idea and speeded proceedings up.
What was also incredibly encouraging was that PR had several of its own categories and there were some lesser known names competing along with the well-known larger agencies. Well done to Havas PR for wining PR Agency of the Year.
All in all a great night, where Ruth Ashford also presented the Rising Star award to Lisa Thompson from MEC.