winning at the unawards

The inaugural comms2point0 UnAwards were a brilliant opportunity to showcase and celebrate the outstanding comms and digital work which takes place up and down the UK. And whilst you are all winners to us, here is the official winners roll of honour...

by Darren Caveney

Following an inbox-busting 202 entries from 150 organisations, our team of external, independent judges and comms industry experts had a fight on their hands to select the winners, But select they did.

And of course you played your part too in the public vote, which saw us receive almost 2,000 votes.

Social media was simply buzzing with UnAwards chat - in just seven days on Twitter the UnAwards reached 489k accounts with over 2.5m opportunities to see. Just statistcial outputs, of course, but impressive nonetheless.

Here's an UnAwards Storify courtesy of Emma Rodgers.

Huge thanks to everyone who played a part and supported the Unawards. We're keen to get your views on whether we should run them again in 2015 so do get in touch.

Here's the full list of winners:

1. Best communications team award



Coventry City Council

Bucks County Council

2. Best communications officer award public vote

sponsored by Alive - The Ideas Agency

WINNER - Jo Goodwin


Christine Howles

Carolyne Mitchell

3. Best small team award public vote

sponsored by David Banks Media Law

WINNERS - Stafford Borough Council


Internal Communications Team at London Borough of Hillingdon

Gateshead NHS Trust

4. Dan Harris lifetime achievement to comms award public vote

sponsored by Touch Design

WINNER - Fran Collingham, Assistant Director, Communications, Coventry City Council


Eddie Coates-Madden, Head of Communications, Sheffield City Council

David Holdstock, Director of Communications, Local Government Association

5. Best guest post on comms2point0 in 2014 public vote 

sponsored by Alive - The Ideas Agency


Why Jamie from The Thick of It is my PR hero

by Gurdip Thandi


The comms team credit matrix... or the damned in you do, damned if you don’t theorem

by Eddie Coates-Madden  

Scratching the seven year itch

by Will Mapplebeck

6. Best internal communications campaign award  

sponsored by All Things IC

WINNERS - Bournemouth Council for Heard it on the Grapevine?


Wolverhampton Homes for Rent arrears: It literally is eveyone's business

London Borough of Hillingdon for A New Horizon

7. Best communications for change activity award  

sponsored by Public Sector Customer Services Forum

WINNERS - Leeds City Council for Truly Social


South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue for Good manners save lives

Helena Partnerships for Transformation from the inside out

8. Best piece of creative comms award 

sponsored by Capacity Grid

WINNERS - Sandwell Council for No Sh1t Sherlock


DVLA for Hackathon

Wirral University Teaching Hospital for 'Proud' flashmob video

9. Best freebie or low cost communications campaign award 

sponsored by Improvement & Efficiency West Midlands

WINNERS - Food Standards Agency for Food Safety Week


Manchester Fire and Rescue for the Treacle campaign

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue for Sheffield's biggest fire

10. Best email marketing award 

sponsored by GovDeliveryUK

WINNERS - Dudley Council


Dorset for You

Department of Energy & Climate Change

11. Best social media campaign award 

sponsored by Digital Action Plan

WINNERS - Essex County Council and Essex Police for Stand together for domestic violence


Warwick University for #warwick2014

Sandwell Council for Snow Champions

12. Best private sector/agency comms campaign or initiative award 

sponsored by Lesniak Swann

WINNERS - Shadow Giants for the 'Come Back' to nursing campaign


Self Communications for Self Communications

Carlsberg for Probably the best internal comms team in the world

13. Best ‘Worst comms’ award 

sponsored by Alive - The Ideas Agency

WINNERS - Wrexham Council and their excellent response when predictive text saw them tweet: 'Pathetic executive' - nominated by Helen Reynolds


Aston Villa's hapless Twitter chat involving a ‘star’ player few fans had heard of - nominated anonymously

A genuine request: “Hi Louise, can we please have some branded fish?” - Alex Kellett of Futures Housing Group

American Airlines tweets pornographic picture by accident - nominated anonymously

Social media marketing's 'Lets Get Social' video

14. Best collaboration award 

Sponsored by Knowledge Hub

JOINT WINNERS - LocalGovDigital for LocalGovDigital and Government Communications Service (inc. DVLA) for The IC Space


Yorkshire & Humber Commissioning Support for Tour de France

Thanks again to all who supported. Let's do it all again in 2015.

Thanks to Mike Kelly for photography

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