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All that glitters is gold!

We are excited to share that we have been awarded Gold by Investors in People (IIP) – the UK’s leading accreditor for business improvement through people management in the UK – a level that organisations of our size are rarely awarded.

We sought re-assessment against the IIP standards in January 2018 after having achieved Bronze accreditation for the previous three years.

IIP Specialist, Lindsey Waters, commenting on her assessment of the team for the accolade, said: “The principles and ethics of being a conscious business are the foundation on which Conscious Communications operates, and understanding this ambition and how this translates into the day to day operation and behaviours is a strength for the organisation. Such high levels of collaboration and collective decision making are rarely seen, resulting in a high level of trust and respect for the leadership team.

“The focus on making a positive impact on the community is impressive, through initiatives such as FXP– an initiative spear-headed by Conscious Communications’ Managing Director to drive aspiration and opportunity in deprived communities – and volunteering days. These activities align back to ensuring that Conscious Communications is indeed a conscious business”.

To achieve IIP accreditation, organisations are assessed against particular indicators and, dependent on how highly an organisation scores against each indicator, IIP awards the appropriate IIP level. The levels represent the organisation’s level of “maturity”, from a fundamental “developed” level to a “high performing” level.

Alison Taylor, Managing Director, Conscious Communications, said: “It is a real credit to a business of our size to be awarded the IIP Gold accreditation. Our team operates on the basis that “it’s not just what we do that is important; it’s how we do it”. The success of Conscious Communications is down to the team’s hard work and dedication – from our pledge to go above and beyond for our clients, to the voluntary work that we undertake and our respect for each other, our clients, the environment and local communities”.

The IIP accreditation isn’t the only accolade we have celebrated recently. At the end of 2017 the agency was crowned a “Force for Good” at the national PR Week UK Awards for our community project, FXP. Commenting on the FXP project, judges of the Award, all esteemed public relations industry professionals, said that it is: “A shining example of selfless work from a PR agency for the local community, addressing a real need in the broader community”.

Taylor said: “Receiving recognition for the set of values and ethics that our agency upholds, along with the impactful community work we undertake, confirms our place as one of the UK’s top agencies and our commitment to make a tangible positive impact on the world around us reinforces why we do what we do”.

 

We are a ‘Force for Good’

We have been crowned a ‘Force for Good’ at the 2017 PR Week UK Awards for our community project, FXP, which has been designed to drive aspiration and opportunity in deprived communities.

Commenting on the FXP project, judges of the Award, all esteemed public relations industry professionals, said that it is: “A shining example of selfless work from a PR agency for the local community, addressing a real need in the broader community.”

Alison Taylor, Managing Director of Conscious Communications, said: “This accolade confirms our place as one of the UK’s top agencies, making a genuine and positive difference to the world around us.

“We believe it’s not just what we do that’s important; it’s how we do it.  We operate to a set of values that reflect our sense of social responsibility and drive everything from our pledge to go above and beyond for our clients, to our leadership in creating social change; from our commitment to developing ourselves professionally and personally, to our voluntary work.

“Our focus on helping clients in the education and technology sectors is no accident. Those sectors are characterised by a desire to help people achieve their potential, live more rewarding lives, tackle inequalities and resolve problems. We identify with their aspirations. As a business, we can’t claim to have created life-changing innovations, but we provide vital communications support for the work of our clients, which in turn changes the lives of children, teachers, families.”

One away from double figures award nominations for Conscious Communications!

As the country celebrated National Coding Week, we were shortlisted for our ninth award this year, this time for our work on FXP Festival – we are through to the final six in the Corporate Social Responsibility category for the PRCA National Awards. You might be asking yourself how National Coding Week is relevant to us being shortlisted, but bear with us.

FXP Festival is a free computer-game festival linked to the National Curriculum. Conscious Communications liaises with game development companies and industry leaders to raise funds so that students can participate in FXP without charge, gaining valuable experience and knowledge; as well as the chance to win some pretty cool prizes! The festival incorporates a concept and development competition together with an industry showcase for school and college students, Years 8 to 13, from across Cambridgeshire. Students are required to design a game concept and some teams then go on to bring their concept to life by coding a playable game.

The annual PRCA National Awards celebrate the best in PR and communications and to be shortlisted for another prestigious award is an achievement that reflects our team’s hard work and dedication.

Being shortlisted for the Corporate Social Responsibility award is extra rewarding for the team. Giving back to the local community is a passion of ours, and FXP Festival gives us the opportunity to use our expertise in education and our passion for technology to enthuse local students, build career aspirations and create exciting career pathways into one of our highest growth business sectors, where there are serious creative and technical skills gaps.

The PRCA awards ceremony will be held in London on Tuesday 7 November, so keep your fingers crossed for us and watch this space – let’s hope we can reach the magic 10 for awards that we’ve been shortlisted for before the end of the year!

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