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.
— Rachel Miller, All Things IC (@AllthingsIC) September 28, 2018
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…
Great night with @WordbirdUK at the @IoICNews Awards where we were up for best newspaper/newsletter. Although we didn’t win it was great to be in a room with so many comms people – those people know how to network! 😁 pic.twitter.com/AOI0Qgvsxo
— Keren McCarron (@EJmaman) 28 September 2018
— Words&Pictures (@WandP) September 29, 2018
— Sequel Group (@sequel_group) September 28, 2018
— Hitachi Rail Europe (@HitachiRailEU) September 28, 2018
— Rachel Miller, All Things IC (@AllthingsIC) September 28, 2018
We are proud to announce we have won at the #ioicawards18 for best #Digital writing. Well done to the team who were involved with the #DigitalDiaries campaign @UCLPartners #ioicawards18 pic.twitter.com/c1A82tK0Lo
— NHS Digital (@NHSDigital) September 28, 2018
— Adam Driver (@adamdriver85) September 28, 2018
— drp (@drpgroup) September 28, 2018
— ab (@abthinks) September 28, 2018
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
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
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
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.
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
O2 – Conference 2018 for O2 by O2
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
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
Values in Action storytelling for Lloyds Banking Group – Commercial Banking by Commercial Banking Communications Team
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
Rachy McKenzie at Words&Pictures
Dougal Jackson at Jaxzyn
Simone Corgan at Network Rail
Best IC manager
Nina Ghataura at BDO – Do you believe in a magical comms unicorn?
— Rachel Miller, All Things IC (@AllthingsIC) 28 September 2018
Category: Team Awards
Best in-house team
Best public sector or not for profit team
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.