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Chester PR firm celebrates awards triumph

ONE of the youngest members of the team at de Winter PR in Chester has won the Young Professional award in this year’s national Fresh PR awards.

Chester resident Jenna Vernon, 23, received the accolade during a presentation evening at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel on Thursday, when more than 200 guests attended to see which of the 48 shortlisted organisations were recognised for their campaign activity during the last 12 months.

The agency was also presented with its first ever Gold award in the Green PR category for its work on behalf of Golden Square Shopping Centre in Warrington, and gained a further Bronze award for its design team’s creativity in print for University of Chester’s Riverside Innovation Centre.

Jenna joined de Winter as a junior account executive and was fast-tracked to account manager within just 18 months.

She now has responsibility for managing a team of account executives in delivering PR and marketing solutions for a number of high-profile clients across several sectors.

Established in 2003, Fresh is an independently owned organisation that works in conjunction with a variety of leading industry titles, delivering awards programmes designed to recognise and reward creativity, effectiveness and innovation in the creative, digital and media arenas in the UK and Ireland.

The Fresh award judges commented: “Jenna has quickly risen to become a fully fledged account manager and a good asset to her consultancy. She sets a superb example on a daily basis to look for new ideas and opportunities that benefit both the business and clients.”

De Winter PR managing director Kate Cox said: “This is major award and Jenna is a thoroughly deserving winner.

“We’re delighted to be coming away from such a prestigious awards ceremony with an armful of awards celebrating the quality of our team and the high standard of our campaign work for clients.”

The Chester agency will be in the spotlight again later this month at the Golden Hedgehog Awards, a new programme recognising outstanding public relations campaigns and exceptional talent across the UK.