Managing director Helen started her business four years ago

Regional award with for Helen Rudd of Prominent PR, Ipswich.

Regional award with for Helen Rudd of Prominent PR, Ipswich. - Credit: Archant

Regional award win for PR director Helen

AN Ipswich entrepreneur has been named PR and Communications managing director of the Year for the East of England.

Helen Rudd, who runs multi award-winning Prominent, scooped the title at the annual Influential Businesswoman Awards, hosted by Acquisition International.

The 35-year-old started the business, which recently won the title of Outstanding Small PR Consultancy in the Anglia, Thames and Chiltern region at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride awards, four years ago.

Since then the company has grown to include six members of staff and a range of clients including the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, East Cambridgeshire District Council and national charity scheme Will Aid.

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Helen said: “It was a huge surprise to find out that I had been nominated for this award – let alone to have won.

“I am incredibly proud of everything my team and I have built up here at Prominent. We are often against agencies which are much bigger and more established than we are but time and time again our expertise, ambition and outstanding results make us stand out from the crowd.”

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The Influential Businesswoman Awards promotes and encourages women in a range of sectors to take part in entrepreneurial endeavours.

A spokeswoman for the awards said Helen’s passion and dedication had shone through.

She added: “We recognise that female entrepreneurs still face many challenges, such as limited access to financing, training and business networks, in addition to the uncertain job markets and fluctuating economies shared with their male counterparts.

“Considering these additional burdens it seems imperative to recognise the achievements made by businesswomen globally; not just the 105 million self-employed women in the UK, or the 9.4 million woman-owned firms in the USA, but to all the businesswomen who have surmounted so many obstacles to attain professional success.”

Prominent won three gold awards and a silver at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Pride awards last year.

The company rebranded in August, dropping the “PR” from its title to reflect its expanding range of services and diverse client list.

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