Colleagues at Social Communications are seeing double – having gained industry recognition with shortlistings in two prestigious awards in the space of just a few days.

A complete communications agency with a £2million turnover, Social has been shortlisted in two categories at the PRCA Dare Awards and in another two at the Prolific North Awards – up for Best Large Agency in both!

With offices in Manchester, Leeds and Bristol, the 35-strong Social team includes practitioners spanning public relations and social media, marketing, planning consultation and public affairs alongside design, videography and animation.

At May’s Prolific North Awards, Social is up for Best Large Integrated Agency alongside the gong in the B2C PR Campaign category for an arts and mental health project with One Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theatre. The resident-led play entitled ‘Can you hear me from up here?’ focusses on tower block life and social exclusion.

At the PRCA Dare Awards in July, Social is shortlisted for Best Large Agency of the Year and in the Not-for-profit campaign category for its pro bono work with veteran Dan Smith. Supporting his  Paddle of Britain endeavour, Social helped Dan with his fundraising challenge that generated more than £26,000 in donations for the Royal British Legion.

Laura Lewis, PR & External Affairs Manager at One Manchester, said: “This resident-led arts and mental health project made a real difference to many of our customers living in tower blocks across Hulme and Gorton, who were at risk of loneliness and depression. We’re thrilled to have worked jointly with Social Communications and the Royal Exchange on this award submission and to be shortlisted is amazing news.”

Royal Artillery veteran Dan Smith added: “Social Communications worked tirelessly to publicise my 60 day/900 mile kayak mission across Britain. The team promoted my campaign on Sky TV, in hundreds of regional papers and radio stations and helped me raise £26k for the Royal British Legion.”

John Quinton-Barber, Group Chief Executive of Social Communications, said: “We believe in work that changes lives. Helping to counter loneliness and improve mental health and wellbeing  for tower block residents is work we stand proud of supporting. And through our videography, we were with veteran Dan Smith every stroke of his 90 day kayak of the UK on his Paddle of Britain mission. It’s hearts and minds projects like this that has helped our agency stand out in the Best Large Agency categories for 2019.”