IC pros recognised by Institute of Internal Comms

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IC pros recognised by Institute of Internal Comms

The best internal communicators in the UK gathered at London’s Park Plaza Riverbank hotel tonight for the Institute of Internal Communication Awards 2014.

Nearly 40 IoIC award winners took to the stage to receive their trophies as class winners, while many more received awards of excellence for their work. Congratulations to everyone who had their hard work honoured tonight, it was great to see some of my clients on the list.

ioic_picInstitute president Suzanne Peck presented the awards on “the night when we celebrate the good – and the downright amazing – in internal communication today”.

She said the awards covered the channels, strategies and people that are making a difference – and judging had been tough. There were 600 entries and three judging rounds.

According to the IoIC website, Paul Smith of London agency AB, editor of Wow magazine for the Post Office which took the Gold Award for Best Publication said: “It’s absolutely amazing, I can’t believe it. I’m really pleased for the team because we changed Wow to appeal to our readers after a survey revealed that many of them were women over 40 and wanted to read something in the style of Now or Take A Break.”

Greg Stewart of Tesco was there to pick up the Gold Award for Best Strategy for Kill Spill, a campaign to inform the giant retailer’s staff about the dangers of trips and slips. It was achieved with an animated character called Kill Spill who appeared in a film and then an ezine and poster campaign. Greg said: “I can’t believe we’ve won, but it was an important campaign which has had a really positive affect on cutting accidents in our stores.”

Congratulations to everyone who won and was recognised tonight.

The complete list is:

Gold Awards

Best Print Entry
Wow for the Post office by AB

Best Digital Entry
One Spirit – engaging employees with Instagram for NNIT by Open

Best Strategy
Kill Spill for Tesco by Mandarin Kite and Tesco Safer Place Team


1a Best single campaign

Winner: Ground Miles Challenge for BUPA by BUPA

Awards of excellence:

BT Sport Launch for BT by Adele Pickerill

Crisis to Calm for Great Places Housing Group by Great Places Communications Team

Scottish Widows Brand Relaunch for Lloyds Banking Group by Lloyds Banking Group Internal Communications team

Lloyds Bank Revitalisation for Lloyds Banking Group by Internal Communications Team – Lloyds Bank


1b Best ongoing campaign

Winner: Living on your side: engaging our people in citizenship by Nationwide Building Society

Awards of excellence:

You’re Electric for Dixons Retail Group by Home

RSA: One London for RSA by Wilding McArdle Wilson

Seizing the Moment for Britvic Soft Drinks by TomTom Communications/Allman Communication

Speak Up for British Airways by British Airways internal communications and Wardour

Employee engagement and cultural change campaign – ongoing – ROAR by Compass Group

The Vital Ingredients for McDonald’s by Seven and McDonald’s


1c Best financial/corporate communication

Winner: Aviva 2013 Financial Results for Aviva Plc by Aviva Global Internal Communications Team

Awards of excellence:

Welfare Reform and Change Communication Campaign for Department for Works and Pensions by Sian Jones’ Team

Bringing Pensions to Life for Tesco plc by Mandarin Kite and Tesco Pensions comms team

BT TSO – Helping a new organisation connect to its business goals for BT by Sharon Kedney, Head of Communications, BT TSO

Arco Conversation Cascade for Arco Ltd by H&H

1d Best HR communication

Winner: Project Rome for Wolseley UK by In house team/e&c communications

Awards of excellence:

Transforming the New Joiner Experience at Which? for Which? by Talent Team

Bringing Pensions to Life for Tesco plc by Mandarin Kite and Tesco Pensions comms team

1e Best operational communication

Winner: Kill Spill for Tesco plc by Mandarin Kite and Tesco Safer Place team

Awards of excellence:

Puma Energy Road Safety for Puma Energy by MerchantCantos

Move in. Move on. Move Forward. for Standard Bank by Wilding McArdle Wilson

2a Most innovative use of media

Winner: TAQA’s Looking Out For Each Other e-learning for TAQA Bratani by The Fifth Business

Awards of excellence:

From Videos to Webinars for University of Salford by University of Salford Internal Communications team

World’s First Instant Employee Matching Website for London Midland by Givey

Customer Experience board game for easyJet by Words & Pictures

PwC: Digital From the Inside Out for PwC by Mark Evans and Lydia Ruffles

2b Game changer

Winner: Introducing Science of Ingagement for Weber Shandwick by Weber Shandwick

Awards of excellence:

Ground Miles Challenge for BUPA by BUPA

Transforming Communication at Heathrow Airport for Heathrow Airport Limited by TheAppBuilder Ltd

Avenue for Whitbread by Summersault Communications Ltd

3a Feature-led magazine up to four issues a year

Winner: Tullow World for Tullow Oil by Tullow Oil and Headlines

Award of excellence:

Horizon for BP by beetroot and BP

3b Feature-led magazine more than four issues a year

Winner: Outside>In for Royal Bank of Scotland by beetroot and Royal Bank of Scotland

Awards of excellence:

Highlights for KPMG by AB

Subspace for Post Office by AB

3c News magazine up to four issues a year

Winner: Wired magazine for UK Power Networks by The Internal comms team & Propeller design

Awards of excellence:

Live! magazine for Nationwide by Nationwide and Sequel Group

Insight for Network Rail by AB

3d News magazine more than four issues a year

Winner: Wow for Post Office by AB

Awards of excellence:

Flavour for SSP UK by beetroot and SSP UK

The Nose Magazine for The Perfume Shop by Indigodog Publishing Ltd

3e Newspaper

Winner: The Link for G4S by Pressgang

Awards of excellence:

We’re News for News UK by Neal Harrington

Rolls-Royce World for Rolls-Royce by Pressgang

The Lot for Jewson by Pressgang

3g Membership publication

Winner: A&O Alumni Yearbook for A&O Alumni Network by A&O Alumni Network, 44 Communication and Luminous

Awards of excellence:

BEER for Campaign for Real Ale by Think

Heart Matters for BHF by Wardour

RSA Journal for RSA by Wardour

3h Special publication

Winner: The Plug – Coffee Edition for Dixons Retail Group by Headlines

Awards of excellence:

Unprecedented for National Grid by National Grid US and 44 Communications

Always Doing the Right Thing for National Grid by National Grid Ethics and Compliance and Employee Communication Teams

3i New publication

Winner: Inspire for Arthritis Care by CPL

Awards of excellence:

Experian’s Stories from the Heart for Experian by Experian’s Internal Communications team and Synergy Creative

Tullow World for Tullow Oil by Tullow Oil and Headlines

OneITV for ITV by Pages Creative

Wow for Post Office by AB

3j Relaunched publication

Winner: Cabin Crew News for British Airways Cabin Crew by British Airways internal communications

Awards of excellence:

Powerlines for Western Power Distribution (WPD) by WPD’s Corporate Communication Team & communique writing and design

Rolls-Royce World for Rolls-Royce by Pressgang

The Journal for Sainsbury’s by 44 Communications

2W for Wales & West Utilities by Pages Creative

Scotland in Trust for National Trust for Scotland by Think

The Co-operative Magazine for The Southern, Midcounties and Central England Societies by The Co-operative Magazine Team

4a Intranet

Winner: NEON for Dentsu Aegis Network, a collaborative project by Corporate Communications and Technology at Dentsu Aegis Network

4b Microsite

Winner: Front and Centre is Where You Belong for Sony Music Entertainment by Wilding McArdle Wilson

Award of excellence:

Britvic Stars for Britvic Soft Drinks by TomTom Communications

4c Ezine

Winner: Pathways for EY by Instinctif Partners

Awards of excellence:

Connectmag for FremantleMedia by FremantleMedia and Sequel Group

Connect for eBay Asia Pacific by eBay Asia Pacific and Sequel Group

Full Circle for World Gold Council by World Gold Council and Sequel Group

FiveByFive newsletter for The Fifth Business by The Fifth Business

Lima Beat for BTP by AB

Home Grown News for McCain Foods Employees by McCain Foods (GB) Ltd

4d Mobile/App

Winner: CIMA FM Mobile/App for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) by Seven

Awards of excellence:

Digital Product Roadmap App for Telefonica by Telefonica Digital Internal Communications Team and Realisation

Delivering ‘Why’ App for Standard Life by 20/20 Productions Europe Limited

Avenue for Whitbread by Summersault Communications Ltd

4f Video (DVD/Webcast/TV)

Winner: Finding The Prize for Tullow Oil by Tullow Oil and Myriad Global Media

Awards of excellence:

Engaging Our People in PRIDE for Nationwide Building Society

Where’s Barry for Toyota UK by Juice Learning

Joined-up Thinking for Step Change in Safety by The Art Department

4h New channel

Winner: One Spirit – engaging employees with Instagram for NNIT by Open

Awards of excellence:

Need to Know Rolling News Site for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust by Tara Crabtree, Gail Huggins and Sophie Taylor

The Source for SABMiller by CPL

KFI for Kerry Foods by Kerry Foods and Sequel Group

Game Changer for RBS by RBS and Sequel Group

MRM Community for McArthur River Mining by MRM Community Relations Team and Creative Territory

4i Integrated media

Winner: Highlights for KPMG by AB

Awards of excellence:

Unprecedented for National Grid by National Grid US and 44 Communications

Outside>In for Royal Bank of Scotland by beetroot and Royal Bank of Scotland

5a Digital

Winner: Pimp My A380 for British Airways by British Airways internal communications and Wardour

Awards of excellence:

Pathways for EY by Instinctif Partners

Full Circle for World Gold Council by World Gold Council and Sequel Group

Highlights for KPMG by AB

5b Feature-led magazine

Winner: Your Magazine for Gatwick Airport by beetroot and Gatwick Airport

Awards of excellence:

Your M&S for Marks and Spencer by Seven

Network for Network Rail by beetroot and Network Rail

Highlights for KPMG by AB

Heart Matters for BHF by Wardour

RSA Journal for RSA by Wardour
5c News-led magazine

Winner: otm for London Underground by beetroot and London Underground

Award of excellence:

Wow for Post Office by AB

5d Newspaper

Winner: Heathrow Life for Heathrow Airport by beetroot and Heathrow Airport

Award of excellence:

Your One for Iron Mountain by Summersault Communications Ltd

5e Integrated media

Winner: Wow for Post Office by AB

Awards of excellence:

Unprecedented for National Grid by National Grid US and 44 Communications

The Edge for Fujitsu by Fujitsu and Sequel Group

Speak Up for British Airways by British Airways internal communications and Wardour


5f Redesign

Winner: The Gazette for John Lewis Partnership by The Gazette Team

Awards of excellence:

Always Doing the Right Thing for National Grid by National Grid Ethics and Compliance and Employee Communication Teams

Stellar for Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd by Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd and Sequel Group

Network for Network Rail by beetroot and Network Rail

6a Feature

Winner: Taming the Black Dog for Shell by Headlines

Awards of excellence:

Tullow World for Tullow Oil by Tullow Oil and Headlines

Remembering Terry for London Underground by Matt Eastley (beetroot)

Lust feature for RSA by Wardour

6b News or event

Winner: Unprecedented for National Grid by Chuck Grieve, 44 Communications

Awards of excellence:

We’re News for News UK by Neal Harrington

The One for Tesco by Summersault Communications Ltd

6c Other (reports, promotional etc)

Winner: Connecting for National Grid by 44 Communications

Award of excellence:

The Big Conversation for RSA by Words & Pictures

6d News or event image

Winner: Unprecedented for National Grid by Mike Irizarry, National Grid US and 44 Communications

Awards of excellence:

Boxing Night is a Bit Hit in The Link for G4S by Pressgang

Portfolio selection for Words & Pictures by Alan Barton

6e Illustration/graphic/infographic/conceptual image

Winner: London Underground 150 Anniversary Celebration Campaign for Transport for London by Crown

Awards of excellence:

One for Slaughter and May by Specialist

VTN for Virgin Trains by beetroot and Virgin Trains

Gridline ‘Invasive Plants’ for National Grid by Summersault Communications Ltd

Highlights Conference Call Illo for KPMG by AB

3D cover for RSA by Wardour

Sky Buddy for British Sky Broadcasting by Pepper

7a Live event: internal

Winner: JR Live for Just Retirement by Communications Team

Awards of excellence:

2013 Breakthrough Leadership Event for BUPA by BUPA Internal Communications

Being Number One for Nationwide Building Society

Half-Life, a safety day with a difference, for Magnox by Juice Learning

Standard Bank Future Leaders Live for Standard Bank by Wilding McArdle Wilson

7b Live event: stakeholder/membership

Winner: 100-Cap Club Charity Auction for Club Wembley by Seven

8a Best in-house team

Winner: Experian’s UK&I Internal Communications team

Runners-up:

BUPA’s Corporate Centre Internal Communications Team

Nationwide’s Internal Communication Team

8b Best agency

Winner: H&H

Runners-up:

Specialist

44 Communications

Top Banana Communication Limited

beetroot

Post author: Rachel Miller.

First published on All Things IC blog 26 September 2014.

Pic credits: shared via Twitter #ioicawards14.

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