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The Union has been given the accolade of Agency of the Year at the 2006 Scottish Advertising Awards. The awards, which rank the best advertising, direct and digital work in Scotland each year, were announced at a dinner in Edinburgh last week, attended by over 400 people from the marketing communications industry.

The Union also collected a haul of 17 awards and 12 commendations on the night for work on behalf of a wide range of clients, including Baxters Food Group, Scottish Executive, Historic Scotland, ESPC, Blackwood’s Gin, Freedom of Information Commissioner, North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Ash Yorkshire. The agency picked up the Chairman’s Award for the Garner’s Pickles radio campaign, rounding off a night where the agency dominated proceedings.

Ian McAteer, the agency’s Group Chairman, said “We won awards for a wide range of clients, in most forms of media, and involving all our creative and account teams. It’s a massive endorsement of the quality and excellence we always aim for, and I’m absolutely delighted. Our clients deserve the plaudits – they buy brave work, and they get the results they are looking for. To win Agency of the Year in our tenth year is the icing on the cake.” Andrew Lindsay, Creative Director, said “We honestly didn’t expect this. We’re always aiming for quality and consistency, and trying to set high standards – but you never quite know what the benchmark is. It’s really pleasing to see our work recognised in this way, it let’s everyone in the agency know that we must be doing something right.”