IC stars shine bright at the IoIC Awards

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves”

Congratulations to all the professional communicators who had their hard work recognised at the Institute of Internal Communication awards on Friday night.

QuoteIt was a pleasure to judge this year’s IoIC Awards, which had a high calibre of entries this year.

The stunning setting of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London provided a fitting backdrop to the ceremony, which was attended by hundreds of communicators.

The historic venue celebrated and recognised the best in the business at Europe’s oldest awards for the industry.

I enjoyed catching up with clients, friends and contacts. Well done to the IoIC Awards committee and everyone who was honoured on the night.

I was sat next to fellow judge and All Things IC Masterclass trainer Helen Deverell @helendeverell (we’re pictured together, below).

Institute chief executive Jennifer Sproul said the awards had been running for 62 years and the event was designed to “celebrate the good – and the downright amazing – in internal communication today.”



The Gold Award winners – the ‘crème de la crème’ – were the pinnacle of the evening and these three top trophies went to the British Heart Foundation/Wardour Communications (Print), HSBC (Digital) and Reward Gateway (Campaign).

IOIC AwardsAs well as the 36 class winners, announced at the venue by ‘the voice behind the Lottery numbers’ Alan Dedicoat, many more entries received Awards of Excellence.

IoIC @IoICNews awards chair Justine Stevenson said: “This year’s entries were of an incredibly high standard. Class winners and award of excellence winners can truly celebrate ‘greatness’ and be proud of their achievement.”

Further reading: See the IoIC Awards 2016 winners book.

The IoIC Awards 2016 – winners

Gold Awards

  • Digital
    HSBC Now: Raj’s Story for HSBC by HSBC
  • Campaign
    Project Solar for Reward Gateway by Reward Gateway
  • Print
    Heart Matters for the British Heart Foundation by Wardour Communications.


  • Best Single Campaign
    Project Solar for Reward Gateway by Reward Gateway
  • Best Ongoing Campaign
    The Big Picture for Commercial Banking by Kate Mitchell and Chris Underwood
  • Best Financial/Corporate Communication
    RBS Determined To Make A Difference for RBS by The Team Brand Communications Consultants
  • Best Operational Communication
    Your Benefits for Britvic by Gatehouse.


  • Most Innovative Use of Media
    Mobile App, Leaderboard for Visa Europe by Internal Comms Team, Visa Europe
  • Game Changer
    HSBC Now: Raj’s Story for HSBC by HSBC Global Content & Employee Digital Platforms.


  • Feature-led Magazine (up to four issues a year)
    Wild About for The Zoological Society of London by Think
  • Feature-led Magazine (more than four issues a year)
    Heart Matters for The British Heart Foundation by Wardour Communications
  • News Magazine (up to four issues a year)
    My Time (Winter 2015) for Housing & Care 21 by Housing & Care 21 and Sequel Group
  • News Magazine (more than four issues a year)
    Powerlines for Western Power Distribution by Western Power Distribution and communique writing and design
  • Newspaper/Newsletter
    The Patch for National Grid by Sonder
  • Membership Publication
    Heart Matters for The British Heart Foundation by Wardour Communications
  • Special Publication
    Sequel Trends 2016 for Sequel Group by Sequel Group
  • New Publication
    The Place for Marston’s by 44 Communications
  • Relaunched Publication
    Be Healthy for Benenden by Think.

Digital Media

  • Intranet
    Barclays Now for Barclays by Channel Effectiveness Team
  • Microsite
    The Source for SAB Miller by Group Communications and Reputation Team
  • Ezine
    Pulse for KPMG by AB Publishing Limited
  • Mobile/App
    Intouch App for Premier Inn by Headlines
  • Video (DVD/Webcast/TV)
    The Big Red Sofa for HomeServe Membership Ltd by the Internal Communications Team
  • New Channel
    Transforming PwC’s UK Internal Digital Channels for PwC UK by PwC UK Internal Communication Team
  • Integrated Media
    One for Post Office by AB Publishing Limited.


  • Digital
    The Story Of An Idea for Aon by Big Rock
  • Feature-led Magazine
    Re: for Norton Rose Fulbright by Norton Rose Fulbright
  • News-led Magazine
    Fusion for Hitachi Rail Europe by AB Publishing Limited
  • Newspaper
    Countryside Voice for The Campaign to Protect Rural England by Think
  • Integrated Media
    RBS Determined To Make A Difference for RBS by The Team Brand Communications Consultants
  • Redesign
    PepsiCo ‘Pursue Positive’ for PepsiCo by Jaxzyn & PepsiCo EHS.

Writing and Imagery

  • Feature
    Outside In – Behind Closed Doors for Royal Bank of Scotland by RBS and beetroot
  • News or Event
    We’re News for News UK by Neal Harrington
  • News or Event Image
    Pursuit Magazine: Edge of the Earth for The De Beers Group of Companies by Sunday
  • Illustration/Graphic/Infographic/Conceptual Image
    Our Amazing Journey for Virgin Trains by Gatehouse.


  • Live Event: Internal
    YamChams: Secret Mission for Community Integrated Care’s Internal Communications
  • Live Event: Stakeholder/Membership
    Thanks A Million Day for The Prince’s Trust by Lianne Williams and Lily Kendall.

Team Awards

  • Best In-house Team
    Community Integrated Care’s Internal Communications Team
  • Best Agency
    Synergy Creative.

Enter the ICon Awards

iconawardsThe Institute of Internal Communication is calling for entires for its ICon awards and you only have a few days to enter, as deadline is 30 September 2016.
These awards celebrate talent, recognising the people who consistently turn theory into great internal communication practice.

Their purpose is to:

  • promote and reward individual talent
  • promote and reward IC effectiveness
  • demonstrate what best practice and excellence look like.

You can nominate yourself, a team member or someone in the industry. They cost IoIC members £40 + VAT = £48, and  non-members £60 + VAT = £72.

Categories are:

  • Best IC manager – corporate
  • Best IC manager – public/not for profit
  • Best editor – for work in any media or format
  • Best writer – for work in any media or format
  • Best designer – for work in any media or format
  • Best visual creator – video, photography, illustration
  • Best community manager – intranet, social network
  • Best freelance/consultant/interim
  • Rising talent award – best young communicator
  • (30 years and under by 10 November 2016)

Find out more via the IoIC website.

Here’s some of the IoIC Awards conversation online from Friday night, you can see more via #ioicawards on Twitter:

Post author: Rachel Miller

First published on the All Things IC blog 25 September 2016.

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