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The eagle has now landed! 

Judging has now concluded and we are proud to announce the shortlist in the IoIC Central and North Awards 2018. 
 
This year we received a stellar amount of entries with submissions that were simply out of this world! It’s testament to the talent, ideas, dedication and passion of internal communicators in these two mighty regions. The judges really had their work cut out this year working through so many outstanding entries and a big thank you goes out to our star men and star women judges:
 
In no particular order they were:
  • Roland Burton of M&S
  • John Kay of Oxford University Press
  • Paul Diggins of Rolls-Royce
  • Sarah Hakewill of VMA
  • Vanessa Unwin of Hitachi Rail
  • Viktoria Tegard of GSK
  • Mike Ramsden of PLMR
  • James Powell of Yorkshire Building Society
  • Rich Baker of National Grid & IoIC Board Director
  • Drew McMillan of Virgin Trains
  • Christopher Elias of the Intellectual Property Office
  • Jennifer Sproul CEO of IoIC
And the judging was, as ever, perfectly organised by communication strategist Steve Moffat and IoIC’s Brenda Scott
 
The starship is now being fuelled and the countdown clock is set for the awards to blast off from the National Space Centre, Leicester on Thursday 1st of March 2018.
 
The night promises to be a glittering event – an exhilarating rocket ride through the very best of internal communications from our two mighty regions. You’ll be in the company of the very best internal communicators, at what promises to be the best networking event (and party) of the year!  So hurry, book your places, pack your glad rags, strap yourself in and get ready to board Mission Excellence! On board you’ll enjoy first-class dining, maybe win a gong or two and get to dance the night away. Places are £99 plus VAT for IoIC members and £110 plus VAT for non-members. This includes your three-course meal, entertainment and arrival drinks.
 
Bookings can be made by email to Brenda Scott ([email protected]). Places are limited and will be allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis. We have been known to sell out, so please hurry! Tables of 10 can be booked for £950 plus VAT and we can provide jet pack party packages to get your celebrations off to a stellar start! Details to follow.
 
So hurry and book your seats on board Mission Excellence. It’s sure to be an intergalactic, celebratory ride of a lifetime!
 

The Central & North Awards 2018: Shortlist


STRATEGIC COMMUNICATONS 

Best campaign
 
Entry : Gender Intelligence
For : Volkswagen Group UK
By : Volkswagen Group UK and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Red Line Empowerment Campaign 
For : Vodafone
By : Vodafone Change Communications Team and 44 Communications
 
Entry : #SpitHappens 
For : Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra leukaemia campaign 
By : Loughbrough University, Loughborough Students’ Union, Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign
 
Entry : THE GRID – bringing digital transformation to life through organisational game-play 
For : Stonewater colleagues 
By : Stonewater
 
Entry : Keeping It Clear Together
For : Anglian Water 
By : Anglian Water and RED Publications 
 
Entry : National Grid System Operator (SO) Back to School Month
For : National Grid employees
By : National Grid SO Communications Team
 
Entry : My YBS Group Adventure
For : YBS Group
By : YBS Group and Words&Pictures 
 
Entry : More for You : Launch of First Utility FirstPerks employee rewards scheme
For : First Utility 
By : First Utility Internal Communications and HR teams and Reward Gateway 
 
Entry : Ten Years
For : Sellafield 
By : Internal Communications  
 
Most Effective Culture Change Programme
 
Entry : Comms Team Refocus
For : TEVA UK
By : Teva UK and RED Publications
 
Entry : Our journey to Business Services #TheEnergyInside
For : UK Business Services, National Grid
By : Julie O’Grady (National Grid) and Social and Local CIC 
 
Entry : End of an era – Thorp Transition
For : Sellafield
By : Sellafield, Internal Communications
 
Entry : Our Story
For : YBS Group
By : YBS Group in partnership with H&H
 
Entry : Together, we’re changing
For : AIA Group
By : Write the Talk
 
Best Evaluation and Measurement
 
Entry : LIFE Online
For : Volkswagen Group UK
By : Volkswagen Group UK and 44 Communications
 
Entry : Drax strategy in a box for Information Services
For : Drax Group
By : Drax Group Internal Communications and RED Publications 
 
Entry : Our Story
For : YBS Group
By : YBS Group in partnership with H&H  

SKILLS
 
Writing
 
Entry : “The Time Traveller” – CIBSE Journal
For : CIBSE
By : CPL
 
Entry : Two Banks, both Barclays
For : Barclaycard
By : Write the Talk
 
Entry : Connected special
For : Drax Group 
By : Drax Group Internal Communications and Fran Mayou from RED Publications
 
Entry : Cooking on the edge
For : Greencore
By : Words&Pictures
 
Entry : TEVA UK at the NHS Expo
For : TEVA UK
By : Teva UK supported by Andy, Natalya and Amanda from RED Publications   
 
Entry : First EFR project goes live
For : National Grid 
By : Paul Derby, 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Respecting every colleague as a unique individual
For : MHA
By : Rosa Drohomirecka
 
Entry : Global Marketing Playbook
For : MetLife
By : Write the Talk
 
Design
 
Entry : The Globe
For : Barclaycard
By : Barclaycard Channels Team and 44 Communications
 
Entry : The Little Book of Love
For : Rentalcars.com
By : Bugler Smith
 
Entry : Journal
For : Sainsbury’s 
By : Sainsbury’s Internal Communications Team and 44 Communications
 
Entry : The Point
For : EDF Energy  
By : EDF Energy and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Team Talk
For : Antalis UK
By : Sequel Group  
 
Entry : “Responsible Business, Positive Outcomes.” Corporate responsibility report
For : Kier Group plc  
By : CPL
Entry : Leadership Expedition
For : Rentalcars.com
By : Bugler Smith 
 
Digital
 
Entry : SPOTLIGHT
For : Mercedes-Benz UK 
By : Mercedes-Benz UK and Words&Pictures 
 
Entry : Our Story
For :  YBS Group
By : YBS Group in partnership with H&H  
 
Imagery
 
Entry : Easter Illustration
For : Sainsbury’s
By : Matt Miles and 44 Communications  
 
Entry : SPOTLIGHT
For : Mercedes-Benz UK 
By : Mercedes-Benz and Words&Pictures
 
Entry : The Big Apple
For : Billypix/Route One Publishing
By : Pictures55  
 
Entry : The Globe
For : Barclaycard
By : Barclaycard Channels Team and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Stocksbridge 175th Anniversary Mural
For : Liberty Speciality Steels 
By : Liberty Speciality Steels Internal Communications Team 
 
Entry : Food Dancing
For : Sainsbury’s
By : Roy Kilcullen Photography and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Anglian Water’s Internal Comms Magnet
For : Anglian Water
By : Anglian Water and RED Publications
 
Entry : One Magazine’s Elaine Oke Front Cover 
For : Tarmac Internal Communications 
By : 44 Communications and Roy Kilcullen  

PEOPLE IN THE REGION
 
Best in-House Team
 
Entry : Marketing and Advancement
For : Loughborough University
By : Loughborough University 
 
Entry : Best In-House Team Of The Year 
For : Mercedes-Benz UK
By : Mercedes-Benz UK 
 
Entry : Anchor Communications Team
For : Anchor
By : Anchor 
 
Best Agency of the Year
 
H&H
44 Communications
Words&Pictures
RED Publications

CHANNELS
 
Magazine
 
Entry : Journal 
For : Sainsbury’s 
By : Sainsbury’s Internal Communications Team and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Powerlines
For : Western Power Distribution
By : Western Power Distribution and Communique Writing and Design 
 
Entry : Our World
For : Rolls-Royce
By : Rolls-Royce and Scarlett Abbott
 
Entry : Team Talk
For : Antalis UK
By : Sequel Group  
 
Entry : Purple
For : Anchor
By : Anchor and Words&Pictures
 
Entry : The Globe
For : Barclaycard
By : Barclaycard Channels Team, Write The Talk and 44 Communications
 
Entry : The Guide
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group and Scarlett Abbott 

Newspaper/Newsletter
 
Entry : Southeastern Standard
For : Southeastern Trains 
By : Southeastern Trains and Words&Pictures  
 
Entry : One
For : The @One Alliance 
By : The @One Alliance and RED Publications   
 
Entry : The Point
For : EDF Energy
By : EDF Energy and 44 Communications 
 
Entry : Green Paws
For : Pets at Home
By : Bugler Smith 
 
Stand-out Communication
 
Entry : National Grid SO Car Park Karaoke
For : National Grid employees
By : National Grid System Operator Communications  Team 
 
Entry : Colocation, Colocation
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group 
 
Entry : Leadership Expedition
For : Rentalcars.com
By : Bugler Smith
 
Entry : Invest Quest
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group  
 
Entry : #SpitHappens
For : Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign
By : Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union, Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign
 
Entry : Celebrating Our Logistics
For : Carlsberg UK
By : Words&Pictures
 
Entry : The Little Book of Love
For : Rentalcars.com
By : Bugler Smith
 
Entry : Connected Special
For : Drax Group 
By : Drax Group Internal Communications and RED Publications
 
Entry : The Seafresh Employee Handbook
For : Seafresh 
By : 44 Communications
 
Video and animation
 
Entry : Complaints : own them
For : Allied Irish Bank
By : Write the Talk 
 
Entry : More for You : FirstPerks Internal Promotional video
For : First Utility employees
By : Allya Mahmood, Creative Design Lead, First Utility Internal Communications 
 
Entry : Proud to be Northern
For : Northern
By : Limehouse Films 
 
Entry : Colocation Colocation
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group 
 
Entry : “Take the Time. Help Drive Change”
For : AB InBev 
By : CPL 
 
Best Digital
 
Entry : Connect Plus
For : Wolseley
By : Sequel Group
 
Entry : In The NOE
For : Biesdorf 
By : Sequel Group 
 
Entry : National Grid Purpose website and app
For : National Grid employees
By : The Surgery and National Grid
 
Entry : One Online
For : Tarmac 
By : Tarmac Internal Communications Team and 44 Communications
 
Entry : Enabling colleagues to Connect
For : NBS
By : NBS  
 
Best Use of Social Media
 
Entry : Celebrating 80 years
For : White Cross Vets
By : White Cross Vets  
 
Entry : Implementing a new social network
For : Anchor
By : Anchor 
 
Employee Event of the Year
 
Entry : Emerald Live 2017
For : Emerald Employees
By : Emerald Live Project Team 
 
Entry : First Bus Leadership Conference 2017
For : First Bus  
By : Simply Better Events
 
Entry : THE GRID – bringing digital transformation to life through organisational game-play
For : Stonewater colleagues 
By :  Stonewater 
 
Entry : NWG Innovation Festival
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group 
 
Entry : MBC Colleague Event
For : Mercedes-Benz UK
By : Mercedes-Benz UK 
 
Entry : Northern’s new uniform launch
For : Northern colleagues and customers
By : Our very own Northern models and Daniel Edwards, Kathy Young and Jenny Dempsey 

CHANGEMAKERS
 
CEO/Board Champion of IC
 
Entry : Elaine O’Sullivan
For : Seafresh Group 
 
Entry : Liv Garfield : Bike  on a Boat tour 
For : Severn Trent Water
 
Central & North Communicator of the Year
No awards given

IoIC IN THE COMMUNITY
 
Best Not For Profit Communications
 
Entry : More aid through Gift Aid
For : Oxfam
By : Scarlettabbott 
 
Entry : Anchor Communications Team
For : Anchor
By : Anchor 
 
Best Public Sector Communications
 
Entry : Streets Ahead
For : City of York Council
By : City of York Council and RED Publications

GOOD IDEAS COST NOTHING
 
Success on a Shoestring
 
Entry : Love at Loughborough
For : Loughborough University
By : Loughborough University 
 
Entry : InvestQuest
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group  
 
Entry : Stocksbridge 175th Anniversary
For : Liberty Speciality Steels Staff and Local Community 
By : Liberty Speciality Steels Internal Communications Team 
 
Entry : NWG Table Showcase
For : Northumbrian Water Group
By : Northumbrian Water Group  
 
Entry : Scan it. Bin it. Done it.  
For : Allied Irish Banks 
By : Write the Talk 
 
Entry : #SpitHappens
For : Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign 
By : Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union, Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign

The ‘One that got Away’ Award   
 
Entry : Talking Point
For : TEVA Runcorn
By : Teva Runcorn and RED Publications 
 
Entry : FirstDefenders
For : First Utility employees
By : Hannah Poulton, Internal Communications Manager, First Utility Limited 
 
 
 
 
 

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