IC pros honoured at the National IoIC Awards

Congratulations to the professional communicators who were honoured at the Institute of Internal Communication’s National Awards last night.

It was a pleasure to help Judge this year’s awards and I enjoyed attending the event at the Intercontinental Hotel in London alongside 300 comms pros. You’ll find the whole list of winners within this blog post. There’s also a Book of the Night where you can read the judges’ comments.

I love seeing practitioners being recognised for their outstanding efforts. It was a fantastic night and great to catch up with clients and comms friends. Thank you to everyone who stopped me to say hello and shared their news.

What are the awards?
The IoIC awards aim to seek out the gems of stakeholder communication – those great examples of work that celebrate their creators but also inspire other practitioners in their work.

Justine Stevenson, IoIC Awards Chair 2018 said: “The awards are Europe’s oldest and most respected within the industry, offering entrants bespoke feedback from experienced judges. Our panel of senior and experienced professionals evaluate all the work and offer critiques to help pinpoint great practice and offer areas of potential improvement and development. Standards are high and award winners can truly count themselves as operating at the top of their class.

“Having entered, and been lucky enough to win, in the past, I know that the IoIC awards are a great way to document, improve and celebrate what we do. This year’s entries were of an incredibly high standard. Class winners and award of excellence winners can truly celebrate greatness.”

You can follow conversations online using #IoICawards18 on Twitter.

Here’s a taster of what the night was like…

The winners were:


Strategy & Campaigns: Best single campaign

Cyber Sharp for Herbert Smith Freehills by Blue Goose

Best ongoing campaign

Hear to Listen Mental Health Campaign for West Midlands Trains by Internal Communications & Engagement Team and the Health & Safety Team, West Midlands Trains

Best change communication

A new owner for The Body Shop by The Body Shop in-house internal communications team

Best crisis campaign

A chorus of agreement for Royal Mail by Royal Mail internal communications team

Best engagement programme

Trailblazers for Kerry Foods by The Kerry Foods Internal Comms & Engagement team, supporting colleagues and CA3

Category: Channels

Best feature magazine (print)

Trust You for The National Trust by National Trust Internal Communications

Best news magazine (print)

Fusion magazine for Hitachi Rail Europe by AB Publishing Ltd

Best feature channel (digital)

Our Lounge for McDonalds by Blue Goose

Best news channel (digital)

The Reporter for White and Case by Sequel Group

Best Newspaper/newsletter

The Celgene Times for Celgene UK & Ireland by Chandler Chicco Agency, A Syneos Health company

Best new or relaunched publication (print)

The Shout for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service by SFRS Communications Team

Best channel for member/stakeholder/volunteer

Heart Matters for British Heart Foundation by Wardour and the British Heart Foundation

Best intranet

Acorn for National Trust by National Trust Internal Communication team.

Further reading on the All Things IC blog: How the National Trust created their intranet.

Best mobile/app

MyMarkets App for CB Markets, Part of Lloyds Commercial Banking by Sequel Group

Best video and animation

Arthur Webb Challenge Cup for Nationwide Building Society by Nationwide Building Society Internal Communication Team and Good Relations

Best use of a social channel

Workplace for O2 by O2

Best new channel

1 Victoria Street Reception for The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) by BEIS Internal Communications

Best event

O2 – Conference 2018 for O2 by O2

Category: Skills

Best design – print channels

Pep Talk for PepsiCo UK by beetroot and PepsiCo UK

Best design – digital channels

The Reporter Quarterly for White and Case by Sequel Group

Best photographic image

My other half for Gatwick Airport by beetroot and Gatwick Airport

Best illustration

Visual thought leadership for Covestro by AB Publishing Ltd

Best writing – print

International Women’s Day for Transport for London by AB Publishing Ltd

Best writing – digital

#DigitalDiaries for NHS Digital and UCL Partners by Sequel Group

Best one-off feature

Not Just Bants for Network Rail by Network Rail and beetroot

Best storytelling

Values in Action storytelling for Lloyds Banking Group – Commercial Banking by Commercial Banking Communications Team

Category: Innovation

Game changer

Probuild Building Safety Greatness for Probuild by Jaxzyn

Innovative Use of Media

HSBC Now Photo for HSBC by HSBC Global Communications

Success on a shoestring

Working smarter – Invest Quest for Northumbrian Water by Northumbrian Water

Category: People Awards

Best designer

Rachy McKenzie at Words&Pictures

Best writer

Dougal Jackson at Jaxzyn

Best editor

Simone Corgan at Network Rail

Best IC manager

Nina Ghataura at BDO – Do you believe in a magical comms unicorn?

Category: Team Awards

Best Agency


Best in-house team


Best public sector or not for profit team

Scottish Water

The IoIC Grand Prix Winner

Kerry Foods best engagement programme for Trailblazers.

Well done to you all.

Enter the Employee Engagement Awards

Did you miss out on an award this year?

Have you got a campaign you’re proud of? There’s still chance to enter the Employee Engagement Awards.

The deadline is 12 October 2018 and there’s a wide variety of categories to choose from including wellbeing, internal comms and diversity and inclusion. See the Employee Engagement Awards website for full information.

Post author: Rachel Miller.

First published on the All Things IC blog 29 September 2018.

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