Second Mountain Comms scoops three CIPR Awards

By Nick Batten on 12 October, 2023

Purpose-driven comms consultancy Second Mountain was honoured to collect a hat-trick of industry awards at the 2023 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide awards.

The Wiltshire-based business, run by independent PR practitioner and content creator Ben Veal, won two Gold and one Silver award at the annual awards ceremony in Bristol last week (5th October).

The business, which specialises in helping good people do good by sharing their inspiring stories, picked up two awards for its podcast and YouTube show, Good Journeys with Second Mountain, which shares the lessons learned from trails travelled by its guests.

The #GoodJourneysPod, developed by Second Mountain Comms in creative partnership with producer Adam Loretz, received Gold for ‘Best Channel Delivery’ and Silver for ‘Best Use of Content.’

CIPR judges praised the “creative and engaging approach [taken] to the use of the channel, clearly aligned with brand objectives.” 

Since launching in mid-2022, the ‘Good Journeys with Second Mountain’ podcast has reached a global audience and grown a dedicated following. Its honest interviews with guests spanning the worlds of literature, philanthropy, advocacy, entertainment and sports has swiftly garnered a reputation for inspiring others to learn from personal journeys. The purpose-driven show has recently taken on its first corporate partner, Resilient Leaders Elements, as it looks to scale up and reach an even wider audience in the years to come.

Capping off a very proud night for the young comms business, the ‘Independent PR Practitioner of the Year’ award for the South of England and Channel Islands region went to Second Mountain’s founder Ben Veal for the third year in a row – who took to the podium after collecting the award to dedicate it to the memory of his father, who died in June 2023.

CIPR judges said, “Ben has taken a serious personal setback and not let it stop him – launching a highly successful consultancy adhering to a clear set of values, and building up a strong personal brand that also reflects these values and underscores his success. He has shown tremendous commitment to professional development, becoming Chartered and devoting substantial amounts of time to volunteering with the CIPR, as well as carrying out pro bono work. His focus has paid dividends: he has grown fee income by 10 per cent year-on-year and won two major awards as well as launching his own, highly successful podcast.”

Ben said, “To have won three awards at 2023’s PRide Awards, including ‘Independent PR Practitioner of the Year’ for the third time running, is way beyond the wildest ambitions I had when I first launched Second Mountain during the lows of the first lockdown. I’m so honoured and feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with and support so many fantastic businesses and individuals. The focus for the future is now very much on delivering positive, tangible impact through our work.”

Since 2020, Second Mountain Comms has worked with over 20 clients internationally including the Charlie Waller Trust, Organic India, People against Poverty and Digital Wonderlab.

The ‘Good Journeys with Second Mountain’ podcast, available via Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music and Apple Podcasts, features in-depth interviews with guests including social mobility campaigner Sarah Waddington CBE, children’s author Rachel Bright and philanthropy advisor Derek A. Bardowell.

The 2023 CIPR Pride Awards for the South of England and Channel Islands took place at the Doubletree Hilton in Bristol.

Pictured above: Ben Veal, Founder of Second Mountain Comms and ‘Good Journeys with Second Mountain’ host at the awards in Bristol last week