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Over 380 internal communication professionals gathered at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane in London to recognise and celebrate the winners of the IoIC National Awards 2019.

The evening was hosted by Justine Stevenson, alongside IoIC Chief Executive, Jennifer Sproul.

Jennifer kicked off the evening's proceedings saying: "We have a lot to celebrate tonight, with a fantastic line up awards to hand out to recognise the amazing work you all do. 

In addition we are celebrating our 70th anniversary as an organisation, we have achieved a tremendous amount as a profession and what I love most is that we have this fantastic wealth of experience, as we have helped organisations guide their employees through periods of change as well support the creation and delivery of great working cultures all built on a framework of high standards for what we now know as internal communication. 

We have the experience, knowledge and skills built on decades of work,  yet we are evolving and growing and continually being recognised as a vital profession in order for organisations to thrive in the changing world of work, business and society.  We are not a nice to have but a must have!"  

Thirty-eight class winners were handed out and once again the Grand Prix Award winner was the pinnacle of the evening. This top trophy went to AZ2025: Think. Transform. Together. for AstraZeneca by Ruder Finn UK.

As part of our 70th anniversary we also handed out a new award, the #WeMatterAtWork Award, which recognises internal communicators who exemplify our purpose and truly do make their colleagues feel that they do indeed matter at work. This award was won by Tim Rutter from Tata Steel.

And finally, IoIC's Awards Chair, Justine Stevenson said: “It is a privilege to preside over these awards – particularly as the entries just seem to get better and better year on year. Not only have this year’s judges have been impressed, delighted and excited by high quality of entries, but tell me the excellence on display makes it a pleasure to judge.


The IoIC Awards 2019 – The Winners

Best single campaign 
Against the Clock: a security story for Richemont by Richemont and blue goose
Best ongoing communication  
DfT100 for Department for Transport by In-House Internal Communications team
Best change/transformation communication 
From Virgin Trains to LNER: being taken under public ownership for London North Eastern Railway by London North Eastern Railway
Best Engagement Programme
AZ2025: Think. Transform. Together. for AstraZeneca by Ruder Finn UK
Best Culture Communication
Storytelling at the heart of BDO for BDO by Internal Communications Team at BDO
Best Design – print channels
Pep Talk for PepsiCo by beetroot
Best Design – digital channels
The Reporter Quarterly Spring 2019 for White & Case By Sequel Group and White & Case
Best Photographic Image
Blast Furnace 5 – Getting to the hearth of the matter for Tata Steel by Tata Steel
Best illustration
otm for TfL for TfL by AB
Best writing – print
otm for TfL for TfL by AB
Best writing – digital channels
KPMG Life for KPMG by AB
Best one-off feature
Instant impact for Network Rail by Network Rail and beetroot
Best storytelling 
Justice for Jane for Network Rail by Network Rail and beetroot
Best feature magazine (print) 
Inside Schroders magazine for Schroders by Schroders
Best news magazine (print) 
Pep Talk for PepsiCo by beetroot
Best feature channel (digital)
KPMG Life for KPMG by AB
Best news channel (digital) 
Post People for An Post by An Post Internal Communications & TheAppBuilder
Best newspaper/newsletter
'Delivering our Future' newspaper for Tata Steel UK by In-house team with design and print by Media Wales
Best New or Relaunched publication
The newsletter that transformed our business for Ascenti employees by Ascenti In-house Communications Team made up of three staff
Best channel for members/stakeholders/volunteers
Heart Matters for the British Heart Foundation by Wardour and the British Heart Foundation
Best  Intranet
Barclays Now for Barclays by the In-house Digital Colleague Experience Team at Barclays
Best mobile/app
Driving Change for Sovereign Housing Association by Synergy Creative
Best Video and animation
Hey it's OK... for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Words&Pictures
Best use of a social channel 
Services Annual Results 2017 for RBS by Arteus, Services Communications team
Best new channel
Turning a company into a community for AstraZeneca by Ruder Finn and AstraZeneca
Best event
National leader roadshows for Northumbrian Water by Northumbrian Water
Game changer 
Reimagining the Communication of the 2019 Selfridges Strategy for Selfridges by The Selfridges Internal Communications, Events and Creative Teams
Innovative use of media 
Quest for RBS by The Quest working group in Services Communications
Success on a shoestring
'You're the right tool for the job' energy reduction campaign for Marston's Brewery by Marston's People Communications team and Paul Maskew.
Best IC manager 
Nicholas Wardle, One Housing Group
Rising star – supported by FutureNet
Harriet Small
Change maker
Katie Macaulay, AB
Best Agency
Synergy Creative
Best in-house team
Best public sector or not for profit team 
London North Eastern Railway communications team
The IoIC Grand Prix
AZ2025: Think. Transform. Together. for AstraZeneca by Ruder Finn UK
#WeMatterAtWork Award
Tim Rutter from Tata Steel
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