Jane going places with top PR prize

Jane Hunt of Catapult PR
Jane Hunt of Catapult PR
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A DYNAMIC entrepreneur has won a national award for her booming PR company.

Jane Hunt of Catapult Public Relations in Bispham was crowned the Best Freelance PR Practitioner during an award ceremony in London.

Judges for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Excellence Awards recognised Mrs Hunt for her “passion” and “dedication” to her work and her specific job in handling tourism businesses, attractions and destinations.

She said: “Although I have won many trophies and accolades, being given this national title really is the highlight of my career and something I have worked hard for, making 12-hour days worthwhile. The award is the culmination of hard work combined with creativity, because the judges took into account a campaign I had previously worked on.

“I have a portfolio of fabulous clients right across the country, who appreciate my creativity and my passion for their businesses and they have played their part in this award.”

Catapult Public Relations was set up by Mrs Hunt in 1998 after a career which began with working for international freight forwarder MSAS.

She then moved into roles at the South Western Electricity Board and British Gas Southwestern in Bristol and British Gas Headquarters in London.

Mrs Hunt was joined at the awards ceremony by stars of previous Team GB Olympic squads including Colin Jackson, who hosted the ceremony and Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for London 2012.

She added: “Colin Jackson was really great with me. He was very congratulatory and I was able to speak to James Ellington, a Team GB sprinter.”

After setting up a base in Thornton and then Bispham, Mrs Hunt has turned her career into one which specialises in tourism.

She added: “I do a lot of work for a number of clients and have recently began projects in Cumbria. But I’ve run the PR for The Ship in Elswick for more than six years and take care of a number of hotels.”