Bath public relations agencies basking in glory after scooping five awards at regional PR awards

June 24, 2022

Two Bath PR agencies have won five accolades between them at a regional public relations industry awards ceremony.

Clearly PR scooped the Professional of the Year, Team Culture & Community, and Medium Consultancy of the Year titles at PRCA Dare Awards, while Highlight PR topped the Consumer Relations and Small Consultancy of the Year categories. 

Established in 2014 and recently named one of the top 50 PR agencies outside London by PR Week, Clearly is the largest public relations agency in Bath.

It provides communications, content and creative services for a growing portfolio of professional services clients in the South West and across the UK. 

Its Professional of the Year Award went to Clearly founder and managing director Paul MacKenzie-Cummins, pictured, who said: “These awards serve as both a reflection of the enormous efforts made by the team to bring the business back to growth following the pandemic downturn, and a recognition for the truly exceptional standard of work produced by the them and the results this generates for their clients.”

The PRCA awards continue Clearly’s recognition at regional and national level over the past 12 months. In addition to winning Bath Life and Creative Bath awards, Clearly has also been ranked as a Top 50 B2B PR Agency across the whole of the UK.

The agency, which provides communications, content and creative services for a growing portfolio of professional services clients in the South West and across the UK, is also dedicated to championing the charge for positive environmental and social change and supporting organisations with their ESG (environmental, social and governance) communications. 

Highlight PR’s success in the Small Consultancy of the Year category is the third time it has won the top agency award in the past seven years.

The nine-strong agency, which mainly works for family and food brands, won the award after growing sales by 69% last year. 

During the 12 months it was appointed to manage global PR campaigns for pizza brand Papa Johns and created an imaginative ‘Whole Way to Stokeyo’ campaign to promote Whole Earth as official peanut butter of Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics. 

Highlight was nominated in four categories in the PRCA Dare awards – winning its second campaign trophy in the Best Consumer Relations category for its Papa x Cheddar campaign – a spoof fashion collaboration for Papa Johns which attracted 80,000 new customers across nine international markets and helped deliver $1.26m (£1m) worth of incremental sales.

Highlight managing director Nick Vellacott, pictured above, fourth from left, with colleagues Natalie Clark Medina, Rhiannon Elliot and Helena Roberts, said: “Awards like these are a great way of recognising and rewarding the outstanding efforts of our team, as well as demonstrating our value as an agency to new clients and recruits.”

Other winners at the awards, which were held at Bristol’s M Shed, included Bristol-based Speed, which landed Large Consultancy of the Year, Campaign of the Year for its work with drinks firm i heart Wines and B2B Campaign of the Year for its global work for filtered water dispensers  BRITA VIVREAU.

Bristol and London agency Wild Card won the Digital and Social Media Award for a campaign for Ginsters pasties and the Purpose Award for its work with Evergreen Miracle-Gro. MPC, which has an office in Bristol, won the Event/Launch of the Year category.

Highlight PR photo ©Barbara Evripidou/


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