Congratulations to the IoIC Award Winners

Comms professionals have been honoured by the Institute of Internal Communication’s (IoIC) National Awards.

Due to 2020’s antics, the IoIC had to reimagine Friday’s event and host it virtually.

It was wonderful to join 380 internal communication professionals to celebrate the winners of the #IoICAwards20.

Awards Chair Justine Stevenson and IoIC’s Chief Exec Jennifer Sproul were beamed live from the National Awards studio.

Jennifer kicked off the afternoon’s proceedings saying: “Like you I am sad that we can’t be together in person with the buzz of the room but it is wonderful that we can all be online to take the important time to reflect and celebrate our achievements after what has been an incredibly tough year!

“But a year we should all feel extremely proud of, we have demonstrated our impact and unique skills by helping organisations and our people through these challenging times and although the tough times sadly look to continue I know we will continue to shine.”

Justine said: “There’s been some fantastic work happening amongst the chaos, showing us, yet again, just how important internal communications is in our workplaces.”

She also thanked the judges, explaning how judging was a bit different this year: “We ran judging virtually. It was different but worked well and we are truly grateful to the judges for their continued dedication and flexibility. The judges are always impressed but this year several commented that they were truly blown away by the standard of entries; and that it was wonderful to see such dedication and excellence across the whole span of internal communication.”

In all, 34 class winners were handed out and the Grand Prix Award winner was the pinnacle of the evening. This top trophy went to: Your Best for Lloyds Banking Group by Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with ICF Next and Mind Gym.

Well done to everyone who was honoured in these awards. The standard was extremely high and I enjoyed judging again this year.

Here’s the full list…

The IoIC National Awards 2020 – The Winners

Best New Channel
Launching Workplace by Facebook for and by Longhurst Group

Best Feature Magazine (print)
Zest magazine for Voyage Care by Words&Pictures and Voyage Care

Best News Magazine (print)
The Exceptional for Mitie employees by the Mitie internal communications team with support from agency A Story Called

Best Feature Channel (digital)
Direct from…for Virgin Money UK by Internal Communications and Sustainability

Best News Channel (digital)
Wonderly – VWG Hub for Volkswagen Group by Wonderly

Best Newspaper/Newsletter
Courier for Royal Mail by AB

Best New/Relaunched Publication
Life at the Bank for  and by Bank of England

Best Channel for Members/Stakeholders/Volunteers
Heart Matters for British Heart Foundation by Wardour and the British Heart Foundation

Best Video/Animation
We’re nothing without you for Mitie employees by the Mitie internal communications team with support from an agency

Best Use of a Social Channel
Work Together As One, Leveraging The Present To Prepare The Future for Randstad by LumApps

Best Intranet
The Hub – PlayStation Europe for and by Sony Interactive Entertainment

Best Channel for a Remote Audience
MyALDI Advent Calendar for Aldi by McCann Synergy

Best event
Achieving More Together for Anchor Hanover by Anchor Hanover and H&H

Best Design (print)
Heart Matters for British Heart Foundation by Wardour and the British Heart Foundation

Best Design (digital)
Our Way for Nomad Foods by Sequel Group

Best Writing (print)
Courier for Royal Mail by AB

Best Illustration
‘Inside your food’ in Heart Matters for British Heart Foundation by Wardour and the British Heart Foundation

Best Photographic Image
OTM for TfL by AB

Best One-Off Feature
Light in the Darkness, Winter 2020 Issue for White & Case by Sequel Group

Best Storytelling
‘Celebrating 100 years of Metropolitan police women’ for Metropolitan Police Service by In-house – internal comms team

Innovative Use of Media
Mission Possible for NatWest Group by McCann Synergy

Game Changer
Your Best for Lloyds Banking Group by Lloyds Banking Group in partnership with ICF Next and Mind Gym

Best Single Campaign
Volkswagen Group by Jordan Harris,Wonderly

Best Ongoing Communication
ALERT Bert for Southeastern by Words&Pictures

Best Engagement Programme
An onboarding experience beyond expectation for Probuild by Everyday Massive

Best Strategic Collaboration
NatWest Group’s new purpose for RBS by RBS Business Communications team and Pablo London

Best Change/Transformation Communication
HSBC Gamification for HSBC by nrg

Best Culture Communication
Things work best when they are 100% for Unilever by MGA with support from the Client and Media team

Best Crisis/Emergency Communications
Covid-19 crisis communication: keeping our frontline informed for Nuffield Health by Nuffield Health’s Internal Communications Team

Best Internal Communications Newcomer (supported by FutureNet)
Laura Griffin, An Garda Siochana

Internal Communicator of the Year
Nicholas Wardle, One Housing Group

Best Agency

Best In-House Team
Ministry of Justice Internal Communications team

Best Public Sector or Not for Profit Team
Anchor Hanover Internal Communications Team

The IoIC Grand Prix Award
Your Best for Lloyds Banking Group by Lloyds Banking Group

Congratulations to you all.

I hope your week ahead goes well.


Post author: Rachel Miller.

Picture credits: Twitter.

First published on the All Things IC blog 27 September 2020.

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