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College campaign shortlisted for awards

Plinkfizz’s campaign to attract more students to the City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College by Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted for several industry awards.

Plinkfizz has been shortlisted in four Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards for the ‘closer than you think’ campaign which ran last summer, and resulted in a 30 per cent rise in applications to the Sixth Form College year on year.

Over 950 entries were received from public relations teams, consultancies and individuals across the UK, and an award is regarded as recognition of a commitment to the highest standard of practice in the industry.

The 14-strong team has already been recognised as a leading PR agency in the region. Earlier this year it was ranked 40th by independent publisher Prolific North – the only communications company from Staffordshire to make the list – based on overall business performance.

Fiona Hawkins, owner and MD of Plinkfizz, said being shortlisted in the four categories; Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy, Integrated Campaign, Education Communications Campaign and Low Budget Campaign, was wonderful recognition of the standard of work carried out for clients.

She added: “What is also amazing is that we decided to enter the Outstanding Consultancy in the large agency category, so we’re being benchmarked against the very best in the industry.

“We always strive to deliver outstanding work for all of our clients, but the CIPR PRide Awards are proof that we truly deliver results for them too.

“Winning a PRide Award marks you out as an industry leader in your area, demonstrates the value of PR, and would be a great way to mark our growth and success as a business over the last two years.”

Plinkfizz has been trading for 14 years and has recently expanded their team by three people to support their increasing client base, which includes Wardell Armstrong, Dukes Bailiffs, The City Learning Trust and Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce.

Plinkfizz acts as a virtual team of professionals in marketing, public relations, graphic design, web development and digital strategy. For further information about Plinkfizz log on to or call 01782 630777.

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