A small Cardiff communications agency has become the first in Wales to win a ‘BestFor PR’ award.

Rhiwbina-based Weltch Media won the gold Wales ‘regional’ award as well as silver awards for its work in the sport and public services sectors.

Judges said they were especially impressed by the quality of the case studies of recent campaigns, which the business submitted.

“It’s a thrill to win the awards,” said Andy Weltch, a former South Wales journalist, who set up Weltch Media in 2006. “This is a ringing endorsement of the high-value, high-quality service which we provide.

“A lot of the winners are big city agencies with income in the millions. We don’t operate at that kind of level, but this shows that small consultancies can still deliver great results for clients. Because we’re small we can often be more responsive and offer a more personal service.”

The BestFor PR awards are judged by an independent panel of experts, based on campaign case studies to show how the agency achieved success for clients against objectives.

Nigel Iskander, head judge of the BestFor PR judging panel, said: “The judges as a whole were enormously impressed by Weltch Media’s entry in what is a highly competitive submission process.  Weltch Media’s personal yet professional approach to PR, alongside the extensive exposure they consistently gain for their clients over a variety of platforms, resulted in them being ranked as the top PR agency in Wales. Not only did Weltch Media succeed on a regional scale, but also qualified in being ranked in a variety of specific sectors due to their ability to generate outstanding results for each client.

“We now hope that being associated with www.bestforpr.co.uk will help attract new business for them and allow new clients to utilise their impressive array skills.”

Weltch Media provides communications services, including PR, publications, web content, social media and training, for a range of clients throughout Wales and beyond,  specialising in higher education and training and in sport.

Its two-person PR team comprises Mr Weltch and part-time communications consultant Allie Lawson.

Its clients include Leadership & Management Wales, Guttercrest Racing, Tennis Wales,  Built Environment Sustainability Training (BEST), and several universities, including Cardiff and Swansea.

Weltch Media shares offices in Rhiwbina with graphic designers The Info Group.