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Winning an IoIC Award is about much more than just the glory of heading up to the stage to collect your trophy. And you don't have to believe us - just read what previous winners say about their experience...

As the deadline approaches to get your entries in for this year's awards - it's Monday (April 25) by the way - the successful communicators from last year have revealed just what it meant for them.

You can read the comments below, and look out for more in the coming days...

“Being awarded Internal Communicator of the year in 2015 was definitely a career highlight. It’s opened up opportunities both inside and outside of Northumbrian Water, connecting me to people wanting to find out what we’re doing and building what I hope will be career spanning relationships. My young team also won In-house Team of the Year in 2015 and they’ve all said it’s given them a new level of confidence, courage to try new things and a drive to work even harder to win it again. Couldn’t be prouder of them!”

Jane Lawrence, internal communications manager, Northumbrian Water Group
IoIC Internal Communicator of the Year and winner of Best In-house Team

"We were delighted to be shortlisted for a couple of categories and then win one of the National IoIC Awards in 2015. As a relatively newly-formed team in our organisation, it was important to enter these awards for a number of reasons. Highlighting work that you’re particularly proud of and getting external recognition, benchmarking against other companies out there and getting the judge’s critique is something that is rare but invaluable. By entering these awards you not only have a chance to potentially win, get some professional feedback on what’s good but what also could be improved- an important step in this ever changing communications world."

Sherrie Rowlands, SNC-Lavalin (formerly Interfleet)

"Winning an IoIC award is another way for internal communicators to prove their worth. Our most recent award for the engagement around a major change programme showed the benefits of involving employees at all stages of the change and will now be used as the basis of future change programmes - as well as being great recognition for the project team's hard work! I've always seen the IoIC awards as a great way to gather both positive feedback and expert challenge on what we can do to improve further."

Kate Jones FIIC, head of internal communications, Tarmac

“Winning any award at the IoICs is special. Winning a gold is trebly so. It gives the team a boost to know that they are delivering to the very highest standards and it reassures clients to know that they are partnering with an agency that is really at the top of its game. If only one could win a gold every year, life would be easy."

Martin MacConnol, chief executive, Wardour
IoIC Gold Award winner – Best Printed Magazine for RSA Journal (the team is pictured receiving the trophy)
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