Holyrood PR Continues Its Winning Ways With Golden Award Success

by Raymond Notarangelo

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Award winning PR agency celebrates gold and silver PR award success in 2017

Holyrood PR PRide Awards 2017 (1)

THE AWARD winning team at Holyrood PR were popping champagne corks after scooping a gold and three silvers at the 2017 CIPR Scotland PR awards.

Even before the glittering ceremony started the team already considered themselves winners, having been nominated in an amazing TEN Categories at the annual Scottish PR ‘Oscars’.

The night got off to a cracking start when we earned the gold PR award in the Best Community Relations Campaign category, for our work in East Lothian on behalf of CALA Homes.

The hugely successful night at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu hotel continued with us scooping the silver prize for Outstanding PR Agency of the Year, the most prestigious award on the night – an amazing achievement that saw us beating a number of the industry’s biggest hitters.

To round off a night of many triumphs, we also walked away with another two silver PR award for our creative work for clients – as well as collecting prized finalist awards in no less than six other categories.

It means that Holyrood PR has been on a hot streak of gold PR award wins in the PRide Awards – the Scottish PR industry’s Oscars – since 2011.

Co-Director and founder Raymond Notarangelo, said: “Picking up the Silver prize in the most highly prized category of the CIPR Scotland PR Awards night – the one that everyone wants to win – makes us feel pretty confident in saying we are one of the best PR agencies in Scotland.

“Coming second is clearly never as good as being the winner but when you consider just how many agencies there are in Scotland and the quality of the opposition we beat – including multi-national businesses – we have a lot to celebrate and feel proud about.

“This year we scored a perfect 10 – our ten award submissions all made the shortlist of finalists at the PR Awards – a record for Holyrood PR.

“It also means we have continued our amazing run of golden success in the awards – picking up Gold accolades every year since 2011.

“Winning an award is so important on three levels: 1. It’s recognition from our peers on the quality of our work; 2. It provides solid reinforcement to our ever-growing client base that we produce amazing campaigns that deliver results that bring demonstrable success to them; 3. It energises our staff and sparks them into continuing the deliver some of the best creative work in Scotland.”

Be sure to check out the full gallery of images from our golden night at the CIPR Scotland 2017 PR Awards ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu hotel

Here’s a rundown of our awards success:

  • Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy – Holyrood PR. SILVER
  • Community Relations Campaign – CALA Homes: Building Communities in East Lothian GOLD
  • Low Budget Campaign – Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust: Piping Up For Scotland SILVER
  • Corporate and Business Communications Campaign – Scottish Business Resilience Centre: Establishing Scotland’s Cyber Champions SILVER
  • Best Use of Social Media – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity: New Name, Same Aim FINALIST
  • Best Event – Scottish Business Resilience Centre: Scottish Cyber Awards FINALIST
  • Outstanding Young Communicator – Stuart Milne ACIPR FINALIST
  • Consumer Relations Campaign – Mackie’s of Scotland: Mackie’s Churns 30 in Style FINALIST
  • Not-for-Profit Campaign – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity: New Name, Same Aim FINALIST
  • Best Use of Media Relations – Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity: New Name, Same Aim FINALIST

As we are so proud of what we do for our clients, here’s a quick summary of our award-winning work:

CALA Homes

When our client CALA Homes took the decision to launch a dedicated £10,000 community bursary for good causes and charitable groups in East Lothian, we were on hand to drive sign-ups and raise awareness.

With just one major regional news outlet now covering the area – the widely respected East Lothian Courier – we took the decision to work towards landing a full media partnership.

By successfully involving the paper, we landed a series of powerful articles that had an incredible effect. The bursary received 129 applications to innovative community project and CALA even had Editor, Robbie Scott, on the final selection panel.

CCharity PR experts share beneficial bursary storyheck out the great media coverage we secured on the community partnership between CALA Homes and the people of East Lothian



Scottish Business Resilience Centre

Making up two of our award entries this year, we’ve worked with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC)since 2011. This means we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge when it comes to hacking, phishing and all things cyber.

We have completed numerous campaigns and shared dozens of stories for SBRC, all of which have showcased them as a pioneers and key commentator on the cyber landscape.

So when SBRC decided it was about time that Scotland had its own cyber awards we were on hand to help.

In the awards world, notoriety is everything and we were delighted to pack some serious punch with our wide-ranging and industry appropriate coverage.

The resulting campaign would reach more than 937,000 people on a tight budget.

Delivering these results for a long term client is something we love to do, getting involved in its latest work and challenges – unearthing its latest stories and telling them to the world.

Find out about the impressive results that we achieved for this to be award entry worthy – the hard work we put in to see SBRC light up the media with its inaugural Scottish Cyber Awards

Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust

The Scottish Schools Pipe and Drums Trust (SSPDT) is dedicated to promoting Scotland’s national instrument – the bagpipes – among young people. Every year the Trust holds its annual championship and we were tasked with drumming up more pipe bands to enter the competition and raise the profile of the Trust’s important work.

We created a targeted four month campaign that achieved a total of 134 items of media coverage.

Better yet the championships received a record number of entries and experienced a 50 per cent increase in the number of local authorities the Trust is now working with.

Seeing our work result in measurable figures for our clients really does make it all worth it.

We drummed up 6,118,599 opportunities to see for the 2017 Pipe Band Championship in our four month long campaign. Find out more on the great coverage on the championship here.


Our awards success is evidence of real business boosting communications campaigns driven by outcomes not outputs. Get in touch with our team of communicators on 0131 561 2244 or by using the form below:

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Raymond Notarangelo

Raymond Notarangelo, co-founded Scottish PR agency, Holyrood PR after spotting a gap for colourful and innovative public relations in Edinburgh. He now leads a team providing media relations, social media, video, photography, brand newsrooms, crisis communication and media relations.

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