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National PR award shortlisting for Second Mountain

Updated: Apr 1, 2022

Bath-based PR consultant Ben Veal has been named a finalist in the national CIPR Excellence Awards for 2022, the most prestigious awards in the public relations industry.

Now celebrating its 38th year, the CIPR Excellence Awards reflect best practice in communications, and the award ceremony will be held in London this coming June.

Ben Veal of Second Mountain Communications, is one of four finalists in the ‘Independent PR Practitioner of the Year’ category. His communications consultancy business, which launched in the summer of 2020 in the wake of the first lockdown, specialises in supporting ethical and purpose-driven companies and has worked closely alongside charities including People against Poverty, Somewhere House Somerset, The Charlie Waller Trust and Wiltshire Youth for Christ since it opened its doors.

The business was established based on core business values of reliability, honesty, transparency and putting quality above all else, with close adherence to the CIPR’s strict code of professional conduct. The business is a Gold ethical member of the Business against Poverty movement and is part of the Better Business Act coalition. In 2021, Ben won Gold in the same category in the CIPR South of England and Channel Islands PRide Awards, and is now looking ahead to the national awards ceremony with anticipation. Ben Veal MCIPR is founder and director of Second Mountain Comms and the current chair of the CIPR South West regional committee. He comments:

“I’d have never dreamed, less than two years ago when I started out as an independent PR consultant, that I would now be a finalist for the national CIPR Excellence Awards; it really is a massive honour and a huge personal achievement. Starting a business during a pandemic hasn’t been easy, yet I’d never look back now: I’ve had the privilege of working with great, purpose-driven businesses and charities, helping them to tell their stories and communicate their impact during these uncertain times, and to be recognised by the CIPR’s judges at a national level for this work is truly encouraging."

Second Mountain Comms has grown its client base by 25% year-on-year since launch, and provides pro-bono comms support to two local charities on an ongoing basis. Its mission is to help good people to do good, by sharing their values and accomplishments in meaningful ways.


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