PLMR has won the prize for running the best Party Conference Reception at the 2019 PRCA Public Affairs Awards. The award was won for our “Charity Conference Bingo” reception at both major party conferences alongside The Bingo Association, who wanted to run a unique party conference event where they could highlight the wider contribution that the bingo industry makes to our communities every day.
PLMR’s Public Affairs team planned the concept of the Conference Bingo, deciding that the focus should be on the fun element, creating an environment that was different to the heavy political debate and focus on Brexit negotiations but allowed delegates to engage with important political issues such as how bingo can contribute to tackling loneliness in our society, while raising money for charity.
The Receptions were a great success – at Conservative Party Conference, the first game was called by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP and was attended by over 90 people and media outlets including The Telegraph, Sky News and BBC Radio 5 Live. As part of Conference Bingo, The Bingo Association donated over £1,000 to charities including Help for Heroes, Cancer Research UK, MIND and The Children’s Society.
PLMR was also nominated for the “Consultancy Campaign of the Year” award for our work on the NCFE T Level Awareness Campaign and Niamh Mercer and Emma Divers were both finalists for The Douglas Smith Prize for best young public affairs professional.