Great Places’ communications team has been shortlisted for two awards in the UK Public Sector Communications Awards 2013 which celebrate and reward teams and individuals in local and national government, emergency services and not-for-profit bodies.
The seven-strong team is up for Publication of the Year for its resident magazine ‘My Great Place’, one of its primary communication tools used to inform, educate and entertain 16,000 residents across different regions in the north.
It is also shortlisted in the Large In-house Communications team of the Year category up against tough competition from Greater Manchester Police, Manchester City Council and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.
This success comes hot on the heels of the announcement that the team is also in the running for the title of Best in-house team at the national Corpcomms Awards, recognised as the leading awards scheme for in-house communications professionals.
The team wowed the judges with information about the sheer range of work they tackle, from keeping all 600 staff informed and involved to communicating difficult messages on welfare reform to 16,000 tenants.
They also presented a selection of work all produced in-house from the government’s Help to Buy campaign, which was led by Plumlife, Great Places’ affordable sales division.
Martin Dillon, assistant director of communications, said: “To have three shortlistings in the space of a month is itself a fantastic achievement. As a team we are passionate about communicating with a range of audiences across Great Places Housing Group and Plumlife. It is extremely satisfying to know that what we’re doing stands out, not just in housing but also in the wider communications world. We would be delighted to win in any of the three categories.”