Wiltshire-based, purpose-driven comms consultancy Second Mountain has made the shortlist for three categories at 2023's CIPR PRide Awards.
The prestigious Chartered Institute of Public Relations awards celebrate the very best in public relations, marketing and strategic communications from across the South of England and the Channel Islands region.
BEST USE OF CONTENT AND BEST CHANNEL DELIVERY
Second Mountain's inspiring podcast, Good Journeys with Second Mountain, is a finalist for two sought-after categories: Best Use of Content and Best Channel Delivery. Produced in partnership with fellow Wiltshire creative Adam Loretz, the #GoodJourneysPod exists to shine a bright spotlight on inspiring people and amplify their inspired stories.
The show, which launched in August 2022, has now published its first two seasons of open, candid and thought-provoking interviews with special guests spanning the globe. Some of the most popular and powerful episodes so far have included:
Pete Wharmby, autistic author and neurodiversity advocate - Living with autism, shifting societal perceptions towards the neurodivergent community
Lyanna Tsakiris, founder of Station Rd. - Emotional resilience, overcoming burnout and trauma, and putting people first as a B Corp agency
Stevie Richards, fitness coach - Recovering from a debilitating spine infection and rediscovering his faith and purpose in life
Katy Cowan, founding editor of Creative Boom - Dealing with imposter syndrome in the creative industries and finding self-love in her 40s
Sarah Waddington CBE, social mobility activist - Barriers into comms and the need for greater support for under-represented and under-served groups
Kris Hall, CEO of The Burnt Chef Project - Addressing burnout in the hospitality sector, breaking down mental health stigmas within the workplace today
Matt Cardona, independent sports entertainer - Overcoming job loss at the start of the pandemic, the power of self-belief, re-defining 'success' in today's world.
The podcast has swiftly become synonymous with Second Mountain Comms - boosting awareness for the small consultancy and inspiring listeners: “Heartwarming, genuine and honest; a wonderful new show that has become a solid part of my routine” and “love what this podcast stands for” are just two examples of testimonials received so far, reinforcing that this is one journey that’s heading in the right direction.
INDEPENDENT PR PRACTITIONER OF THE YEAR
For the third consecutive year, Second Mountain's founder Ben Veal, a Chartered PR Practitioner and CIPR Global Council Member, is in the running for 'Independent PR Practitioner of the Year', following picking up Gold for the region in 2021 and 2022.
The announcement follows Ben also recently winning the same award at the 2023 CIPR Excellence Awards and dedicating the honour to his late father's memory.
A highly-seasoned public relations and communications professional with almost two decades' in industry, Ben now channels his experience into supporting charities, not-for-profits and philanthropic leaders through meaningful PR, content and strategic comms as the founder of Second Mountain Comms.
The 2023 CIPR Pride Awards take place in Bristol on Thursday 5 October. The full shortlist has now been published by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.