#NERVOUSDAY. For the third year running, we're heading to the PR Week Awards tonight. When we were just one year old, we were named Best New Agency finalists, but came a close joint second, when we were two years old we won Best Specialist AND Best Small Agency, which kind of shocked and surprised me just a little! Now this year we're three and we're finalists again for the Best Specialist Consultancy gong.
It's not every day you get a shortlisting for a PR Week Award. The self proclaimed 'Oscars for the communications industry' is a biggie, and whilst I've been fortunate enough to have been in the running twice before, once last year for new agency of the year, and once in 2010 at my previous agency for the exact same award, I have never won a single thing there. Which is why last night at the 2015 PR Week Awards, when the hosts announced 'And the winner is....' then the word 'BATTENHALL' followed - not once but twice - I truly could not believe it.
We won two best agency awards last night, best small agency and best specialist agency. We're small because we're new, something I tried to explain to the judges when we presented to them, because we were up against some very well-established agency brands, and that's always going to be tough with only two years of business under your belt. We're humbled to have been recognised for that accolade and for what we've managed to achieve in a short space of time.
But it is the best specialist agency award that I am most excited about. Our specialism is social media, but we were up against agencies who have been in business for decades, global consultancies, and the best brands in their own fields - from consumer, to tech, to food and drink. To to not only fly the flag for social media industry, but to be awarded best of the best, is a real honour. We're young, we have a hell of a lot more to achieve, and we're only just getting started.
A huge thank you for these awards must go to the entire Battenhall team, all our supporters, clients, friends and families who have cheered us along. We literally could not have done it without you.