Essex County Council Employee Communications and Engagement Team scooped top prizes in two of the five categories at the IoIC South Regional Awards event.
While Essex walked away with the awards for Best Internal Communication Strategy and Best Internal Communication People, regionally based consultancies picked up the other awards. Hampshire-based Mandarin Kite won Best On-Line Communication, Pages Creative won Best Communication Skills and Bristol's Synergy Creative (pictured right) picked-up Best Communication Channel.
In total 11 Awards of Excellence were also presented at the event held in Bristol at the Lloyds Banking Group offices in the city.
“It was a great event and created a real buzz,” said Regional Director Mark Hill. “We mixed several excellent speakers with the awards ceremony so there was something for everyone in the evening. It’s the first event that we’ve held in Bristol for two years and it was good to see so many people there.”
Head of Employee Communications and Engagement at ECC, Katie Hadgraft, said: "We're really excited to have won these awards from the IoIC. It's always nice for our hard work to receive the stamp of approval from our peers in the industry."
Essex County Council will be receiving their awards at an event early in 2012 because, given the distance between Bristol and Chelmsford, they were unable to pick up their awards at the event.
Best Communication Strategy
Winner: Essex County Council (Essex Works: Customer First Transformation Programme
Awards of Excellence: Essex County Copuncil (Money Can't Buy Love), Mandarin Kite (First Steps for Pfizer)
Best Communication Skills
Winner: Pages Creative (The Know for Co-operative Financial services)
Awards of Excellence: Alison Harmer (Top of the Hops - Insight for Network Rail), Synergy Creative (Vision and Values launch for Bracknell Forest Homes)
Best Communication People
Winner: Essex County Council (Employee Communications and Engagement Team)
Awards of Excellence: Lloyds Banking Group (Telephone Banking Internal Communications Team), Pages Creative, Synergy Creative, Alison Harmer (Harmer Editorial Services)
Best Communication Channels
Winner: Synergy Creative (Relaunch of Insite - NHS employee magazine)
Awards of Excellence: Pages Creative (Inside for AWE), Pages Creative (Animal Health annual report and accounts), RWE nPower (Nu magazine)
Best On-Line Communication
Winner: Mandarin Kite (One Planet Home competition for B&Q)