Plum are Somerset’s ‘good apple’ in CIPR PRide awards

Plum Communications & PR, were the only Somerset-based public relations and marketing agency to have been recognised for the quality of their work at the 2013 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide awards in the South West.

David Bebbington and Karen Morledge from Plum with PRide awards-Nov 2013
The prestigious black-tie event, which celebrates the very best in public relations agencies and their campaigns, took place on Friday 22 November at the Bristol Hotel in Bristol and, despite opposition from agencies based throughout the South West region, Plum was the only agency from within Somerset to be shortlisted for any of the evening’s awards.

Plum Communications & PR, which operates from its base Weston-super-Mare, was shortlisted as a finalist at the CIPR PRide awards for the third consecutive year, including the second year in a row as finalists in the ‘Outstanding Small Consultancy’, which recognises their achievements, performance and excellent work. Plum was also a finalist for the ‘Integrated Campaign’ award for 2012’s Love Weston Winter Wonderland, which positioned Weston as a key destination for seasonal shoppers and attracted hundreds of visitors to the town for the Christmas lights switch-on with stars of CITV’s The Sooty Show.

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum, said:

“It’s a wonderful achievement for Plum to be shortlisted again and especially as we were the only agency to be representing the county. We’ve always taken pride in our ability to work so closely with local companies and this allowed us to successfully compete with many other agencies. I’m pleased that Plum is now being recognised as a key contributor to the Somerset economy; it’s not just about apples and cider!”

Due to their continued successes, Plum Communications & PR have announced that they’ll be moving into new offices and have recently expanded their team. David Bebbington joins Plum as their new full-time Account Manager from North Somerset Council where he was responsible for the marketing and PR for their fostering and adoption teams.

Karen Morledge, Managing Director of Plum, said of the appointment:

“I’m really pleased that David has joined ‘Team Plum’ and he will continue to strengthen our ability to offer effective integrated campaigns. He has a wealth of experience in preparing and implementing marketing strategies, combining effective PR campaigns with tactical marketing activities, which will gain clients the coverage they need to meet their objectives. We’re also looking forward to harnessing his experience of events management in both the private and public sectors, his fantastic eye for detail and creative flair.”

“I’m delighted to be joining Plum and especially at such a pivotal point in the company’s growth,” said David. “It’s really exciting to be joining a business with such an incredible track-record. Plum has been winning awards for the quality of their work every year since Karen founded the company in 2010 and I look forward to contributing to future successes.”

The expansion and appointment are both part of the company’s ‘2020 vision’ for business growth in its continued endeavours to provide a range of effective marketing, communications and PR services in Somerset and throughout the South West.

The team at Plum offer a range of services to local businesses, including PR strategy, social media marketing, crisis communications planning, design, website development, and copywriting for print and web. To find out more, visit



Notes to Editors

Photo caption:

Image 1: Karen Morledge, Director and David Bebbington, Account Manager from Plum Communications & PR, showcasing their award certificates.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Morledge, Director, Plum Communications & PR

01934 812972 / 07717 756644 /


About Plum Communications & PR

Plum is based outside Weston-super-Mare and was established in May 2010. The agency helps a variety of clients, from sole traders to large public sector organisations, with professional services, all delivered with exceptional service and attention to detail. These include public relations and marketing, launches and events, copywriting, design and branding.

About the CIPR


The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK. With over 10,000 members involved in all aspects of the public relations profession, it is the largest body of its type in Europe. The CIPR advances the public relations profession in the UK by making its members accountable through a code of conduct, developing policies for the public relations profession, representing its members and raising standards through education and training. For further information, visit the CIPR website.

About the CIPR PRide Awards

The CIPR PRide Awards is the only UK-wide awards scheme that recognises excellence in public relations and communications work across Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the English regions. Now in its 10th year, the CIPR PRide Awards grow year-on-year as consultancies and organisations increasingly recognise the benefits of industry awards, and past winners continue to reap the benefits of receiving one.