HR Excellence Awards 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s HR Excellence Awards 2017. The winners were revealed at the awards ceremony, hosted by the comedian Meera Syal on the 27th June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The HR Excellence Awards celebrate excellence in HR and recognise organisations and individuals who are currently pushing the boundaries of people strategy.

Getting shortlisted is a fantastic achievement as the HR Excellence Awards are incredibly competitive and hard to win. The judging panel consisted of top HR directors and CEOs from a range of organisations and the criteria was tightened for 2017, meaning that only the very best entries made it onto the shortlist.

Congratulations to all our finalists, high commendations and winners.

Click here to find out more about this year’s winners.

Jenny Roper
HR Magazine

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Winners 2017

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Shortlist 2017

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HR Director of the Year 2017

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We are delighted to announce our shortlist for the HR Director of the Year 2017. The shortlist is produced following nominations and input from the HR editorial team, readers and industry experts and is based on achievements during the period 2016/2017.

This award is for someone with exceptional skills at putting people top of their agenda; someone the world of HR should look up to as an example of excellence. The shortlist has been announced in the May issue of the publication and on www.hrmagazine.co.uk. It is now up to our readers to vote for the winner.

HR Director of the Year 2017 Shortlist:

Please click here to make your vote. The deadline is midnight Sunday 21st May.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 27 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The ceremony

Details about the event

The HR Excellence Awards ceremony is renowned as THE night in the HR calendar, attracting the UK’s most talented HR individuals, teams and companies. By attending the awards you will have the opportunity to network with over 600 fellow HR professionals and learn about the strategies that raise the profile of HR.

The gala dinner and awards ceremony for the 22nd Annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 27th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane.

Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellence three course meal including half a bottle of wine per person and live entertainment from a top class host, as well as attendance at the most prestigious awards in HR.

Book now: Bookings will open in April 2018
Date: TBA
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: TBA

Time Event
18:45 Champagne reception
19:30 Dinner
21:15 Awards ceremony
22:30 After party
01:00 Carriages

Accommodation: The HR Excellence Awards have teamed up with HotelMap to bring discounted rates to our guests. Please click here for discounted rates at nearby hotels.
Premium tables: Make your organisation stand out and your team feel exceptional by booking one of our limited premium tables. A premium table will guarantee you and your team a prime table position, a branded meeting point on arrival and two bottles of champagne on ice waiting for you on your table.
Prices: Tables hold 10 people as standard. There are also some tables available which hold 12 people.

Sector Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Private £3995.00 £3150.00 £3780.00 £325.00
Public £3995.00 £1850.00 £2220.00 £195.00

Please note all prices exclude VAT.
Please note that Premium tables are not subject to any discounts.

Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking – which notes details about our cancellation policy


The people that make the excellence awards possible

10Eighty - sponsoring HR future leader of the year

10Eighty are experts in increasing employee engagement. We know that engaged employees are more productive, deliver exceptional client service, go the extra mile and stay longer with the organisation. The key driver of employee engagement is having a manager who cares, listens, stretches and develops their employees.

We develop people. We give them confidence, build their self-esteem and give them skills that enrich their futures. We use a strengths-based philosophy to increase career resilience and enhance career success. We understand the components that drive high team performance.

10Eighty delivers a range of career management and leadership development interventions. Using our unique and innovative tools such as the CareerCENTRE, Strengthscope and the Leadership Cloud, we deliver one to one coaching, workshops and support for career transitions.

10Eighty develops leadership capability and, in particular, training in career conversations to increase employee engagement. We also develop management capability to build managers who inspire, coach and motivate their employees to outstanding levels of performance.


Banyan Flow - sponsoring Most innovative deployment of HR technology

Banyan Flow is a pioneering cloud-based performance management, employee engagement and skill set management software.

Like no other HRM software on the market, Banyan Flow allows business leaders to manage in the moment harnessing and utilising employees’ unique skill sets.

Compatible with all HRM systems Banyan Flow engages daily with management and their teams enabling them to assimilate in real time:

  • Performance management tracking
  • Training needs
  • Employee morale and engagement

Banyan Flow offers transparency for both managers and their team members to enhance workplace happiness, employee retention and career development. Banyan Flow encourages a collaborative work environment for faster reactions to work tasks and performance management, ensuring successful streamlined task allocation and overall management of resources.


Cascade - sponsoring Best talent management strategy

Cascade HR provides HR and Payroll software solutions to over 1,300 clients, in a variety of sectors, with 2-25,000+ employees.

Cascade offers an HR-led modular solution, with unrivalled integration and optional modules that include payroll, workflow, self-service and recruitment. Cascade can adapt as your requirements change; so, if you want to start out with the core HR module and add modules over time you can; Cascade will grow with you.

Cascade also offers a Managed Payroll Service, giving clients an extra level of support and complete peace of mind. Offering expert advice from start to finish, the team can manage payroll, payslips, BACS payments and support you in creating payroll reports; all managed in-house by our own HMRC-recognised team.

Meanwhile, CascadeGo offers a solution perfect for SME’s; providing all the functionality you’d expect from an award-winning, self-service system, and can be customised to suit your needs.


Dorchester Collection - sponsoring Outstanding employee engagement strategy

Dorchester Collection was established in 2006 to manage a portfolio of some of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA. By applying its unrivalled experience in owning and operating some of the world’s great individual hotels, the company’s vision is to become the ultimate hotel management company, with a passion for excellence and innovation, honouring the individuality and heritage of its hotels. This is achieved through both acquiring hotels and managing hotels on behalf of third party owners. People know the hotels of Dorchester Collection. They are icons in their own right with worldwide reputations as places offering the best and most sought-after experiences of good living, charm, elegance and service. Each hotel celebrates its own original character enriched by contemporary styling and state-of-the-art facilities. With historic buildings in outstanding locations each hotel also embodies the culture of its city.


Enei - sponsoring Diversity and inclusion award

The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) is the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. We work in partnership with our Members and clients to achieve and promote best practice in equality and inclusion. We focus on delivering high quality practical advice, products and services, which are aligned with our four strategic priorities: Excellence in D&I Practice, Global D&I Culture, Inclusive Leadership, and Unconscious Bias. enei has over 260 members, covering over 3.5 million employees.


The Open University - sponsoring best learning and development strategy

The Open University (OU) has led the way in innovative, part-time education for more than 45 years, developing workplace learning and development solutions for employers (across the private, public and voluntary sectors) as well as educating individuals.

Our well-developed blended learning approach enables us to deliver learning that is responsive to both organisational and staff needs, maximising return on investment and ensuring that learning flexes around your business, not the other way around.

Our flexible and adaptable approach enables consistent learning to be delivered at scale, across geographically dispersed workforces. We specialise in high quality learning materials based on rigorous research and industry insight, combining academic excellence with technological expertise to deliver flexible, results-driven and truly engaging workplace learning solutions.

Talk to us about our degree and higher apprenticeships, degrees, diplomas and short courses, triple-accredited MBA programmes and tailored learning solutions.

For more information, please visit www.open.ac.uk/business/

PeopleDoc UK Limited - sponsoring Leading transformation award

PeopleDoc is on a mission to make the difficult job of HR easier. Everything we do is focused on the belief that your employees should receive the same level of service as your best customers and we know HR can make this happen when they have the digital help they deserve.

The PeopleDoc HR Service Delivery platform helps HR teams, more easily, answer employee requests on demand, automate employee processes, and manage compliance across multiple locations.

PeopleDoc cloud solutions include HR Case Management, HR Process Automation, HR Document Management (Employee File Management) and Advanced Analytics.

100% software as a service, PeopleDoc solutions integrate with almost all leading HR Information Systems, can be implemented in 8-12 weeks, and are designed for agile ongoing use by HR teams serving diverse workforces.

PeopleDoc serves more than 500 clients with employees in 165 countries in nine languages and is very proud of its 100% customer retention rate. More information is available at www.people-doc.com

School for CEOs - sponsoring Most people-focused CEO

School for CEOs is a unique concept in executive education, helping organisations strengthen and deliver their succession pipeline and individuals prepare for senior leadership positions.

The emphasis is on practical lessons for immediate use – taught by people with real boardroom experience – rather than academic theories and models.

The School is aimed at high-potential senior executives who aspire to become CEOs as well as existing CEOs who wish to achieve greater success.

There are two open programmes:

  • Vital Few helps executives develop the knowledge and skills required to tackle the challenges of the top role. It covers topics such as Understanding the Derailers, Setting the Agenda, Managing Key Relationships and Building Your Personal Brand.
  • Runway is designed for individuals with the potential to become senior leaders. It helps them realise that potential and position themselves for success, using the School’s own 5-Dimensional Management™ framework. This addresses the attributes to be mastered in order to step up to the next level:
    • Managing Up – followership and what it means
    • Managing Down – leadership and why it matters
    • Managing Out – your stakeholders and how they change
    • Managing In – yourself and work/life balance
    • Managing Across – getting your peer group relationships right


Summit events - sponsoring Best HR team

Summit Events have been creating sector-leading business-to-business networking events since the company was founded in 1994. Our aim is to provide a high-quality, personalised service to our clients, and ensure that they get the maximum value from our events.

We are the owners and organisers of the Human Resource Summit, the People Development Summit, and the Rewards & Benefits Summit.

The Summits bring a group of business solutions providers together with potential purchasers, people who hold significant budgets in major blue-chip organisations. Over two and a half days both parties meet for one-to-one discussions, to see if the needs of one can be met by the offerings of the other. When they can, business results! The Summit creates the perfect environment for these initial discussions to take place. Informal networking, strategic seminars and social events add to their overall value.


WeThrive - sponsoring Health and wellbeing award

WeThrive. Happier People. Better Results

WeThrive unifies and supports your engagement, retention, wellbeing and productivity strategies. The platform goes deeper than traditional engagement surveys revealing the opportunities to get your people more emotionally connected to your business.

Why WeThrive?

  • Based on a deep understanding of the way people connect emotionally with work.
  • Create interventions at organisation, team or individual level to support busy managers.
  • Real-time analysis, action plans and academy resources enable sustainable change at scale.

Engagement surveys tend to be directed by a fixed understanding of the organisation as determined by the researcher, rather than by specific organisational drivers.

WeThrive is positioned as a test on how well the organisation is enabling the staff to perform – rather than a test on the individuals. This yields incredibly rich, detailed quantitative and qualitative data that can be used to drive long-term sustainable change at organisational and line manager level.

Customers include ICBC Bank, Paypoint, Creditsafe & Carnival UK.



How to gain sponsorship with us

The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 22nd year, the HR Excellence Awards are a unique opportunity for the whole industry to gather on a single evening to celebrate the best in achievement, ability and performance. The Awards Ceremony takes place on the 27th June at the prestigious London Hilton Hotel and it sees the industry’s leading movers and shakers gather to honour their peers in the HR community. In 2016 we had a record-breaking number of nominations and over 600 industry professionals attended making it the most prestigious event in the HR calendar.

Benefits include:

  • Alignment with the HR magazine brand
  • Networking opportunity with 600 senior HR professionals
  • Table at the gala dinner and awards ceremony on the 27th June, at the 5* London Hilton on Park Lane
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Editorial coverage in HR magazine, on www.hrmagazine.co.uk and in the prestigious awards supplement - the Book of the Night
  • Logo on all electronic and print marketing before and after the event

Please get in touch with our sponsorship team to discuss how we can help your organisation maximise its exposure by becoming identified with the most prestigious awards in the industry.

To discuss your options contact:


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the deadline to submit an entry to the HR Excellence Awards 2017?

A: You must submit your entry/entries by Monday 6th March 2017.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: For private companies, it costs £385.
For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £195.

For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.
All prices exclude VAT.

How many entries may I submit?

A: There is no limit on the number of entries you may submit. However, you should avoid duplicating entries across multiple categories, tailoring the entry specifically to the criteria of the category you are entering.

May I submit on behalf of a client?

A: Yes, although their permission must be obtained and evidence of this shown. You will be asked to provide contact details of a senior person at the organisation. We may or may not contact this person.

Can I enter if I am an international company?

A: In 2017 international companies can enter the ‘Best HR strategy from overseas’ AND ‘Most innovative deployment of HR technology’. International companies who have a presence in (have offices in or do a lot of business in) the UK are able to enter any category.

Can UK based companies enter ‘Best HR strategy from overseas’?

A: If you are a UK headquartered multinational with a HR strategy in a subsidiary abroad, you are not eligible to enter this category. If you are a multinational organisation with a presence in the UK, you are not eligible to enter this category, but are welcome to enter any of the other categories.

Can we enter the HR director of the year?

A: This category is not open for general entry via the website. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting the editorial team.

Can we enter the Most people-focused CEO?

A: This category is not open for general entry.

What is the difference between the entry document and supporting material?

A: The main component of your entry is your 2000 word entry document. All key information listed in the criteria for the category needs to be in the entry document and not in the supporting material.

Supporting material is optional and may be submitted in addition to the entry document. It should be used to illustrate/demonstrate what is in the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to: photographs, testimonials, graphs/data, videos (please send USB stick), hard copies of any printed material (eg brochures).

What is your cancellation policy?

A: In terms of entries, once your entry is submitted, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions and are unable to cancel your entry.

In terms of table and seat bookings at the awards ceremony, written cancellations received within six weeks prior to the event will be accepted and a refund of 90% of the booking charge will be made. After this date, no refunds can be given. Please click here to read our terms and conditions in full.

What happens after I have submitted my entries?

A: Once you have submitted your entries they will be processed by the awards team, ready for judging. Judging takes place in April and we will announce the shortlist during the week of 10th April.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 27th June, in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Who are the judges?

A: The HR Excellence Awards 2017 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of the UK’s top HR directors working in leading organisations.


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