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HR Excellence Awards 2018


The HR Excellence Awards are the most sought after, the most prestigious and the longest running awards in the field of HR. They recognise the organisations and individuals pushing the boundaries of people strategy.

HR teams all too often expend all their time and energy on the development of the rest of the organisation, without finding the space to think of themselves. The HR Excellence Awards are about celebrating the value that great HR can have, and provide an opportunity for the best in the profession to recognise the fantastic work being done by their peers and colleagues.

Winning or being shortlisted for an HR Excellence Award is not easy – we do not call them the HR Excellence Awards for nothing and it is true excellence that we are looking for. But that means they are worth all the more if you are successful on the night.

There are a few tips I can offer on putting together a successful entry, one which means you are more likely to make the shortlist. Make sure you are giving the judges a strong narrative, include the impact on the business using relevant metrics, and make it authentic. The best entries are often not the most ‘innovative’ per se, but they describe strategies that are perfectly suited to the business and context in which it operates, and make a genuine difference to employees and wider organisational success.

You can read more tips for entering by clicking here.

Read the criteria for each category carefully and make sure you fill in all the sections of the entry form – you’d be surprised the simple facts people often leave out. If you have any questions about the entry process, our awards team will be happy to help you.

I look forward to celebrating with those who make the shortlist on 26 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Good luck with your entries.

Jenny Roper
Editor
HR Magazine

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How to enter

Entries must be submitted online


Entries must be submitted online by Monday 5th March 2018. Please check the criteria for the category you are entering carefully before starting your entry by clicking here. When you are familiar with the criteria, please click here to begin the registration process and follow the on-screen instructions.

Entries must be submitted online. You can submit your entry online using the online entry system. You will need to register first and then choose the categories you wish to enter. Once you have completed the work on your entries, you can submit them all at once. The online entry system allows you to start an entry, save it, and complete it at a later date.

The main component of an entry is the 2,000-word entry document (see below). This document should respond to the criteria of the category you are entering and include the following:

  • Clearly defined vision and goals
  • Creative approach, originality and differentiation
  • A strongly developed business case showing how the initiative or people practice is aligned to the organisation’s priorities
  • Senior level commitment
  • Tangible evidence of the impact of the project/strategy with measurable and quantifiable results, particularly financial impact - please use metrics, anecdotes, customer feedback and case studies
  • For all categories, it is essential to include evidence of success – the cost (if not known, then an approximate, and savings), scope (how many people does it affect and how) and return on investment. Judges will mark down entries that do not illustrate the impact. PLEASE NOTE: make sure this information is in the main entry document and not just in the supporting documentation
  • How you intend to build on your efforts in the future
  • Why you deserve to win an HR Excellence Award

Please ensure you fill out all sections of the entry form as judges will consider these when adjudicating.

If you are filling this entry form out on behalf of a client, please ensure it is written from the perspective of your client.

The core component of your entry is the 2,000-word ‘Entry document’, which must meet the requirements above and meet the following formatting requirements:

  • Microsoft Word document
  • 11-point font size
  • Filename MUST start with ENTRY DOCUMENT

In addition to the entry document, you may include supporting material. Supporting material does not contribute to the 2,000-word limit of the entry document. Supporting material may include, but is not limited to:

  • Photographs
  • Testimonials
  • Graphs/data
  • Videos (please send a USB stick)
  • Hard copies of any printed material (brochures etc)

Please upload supporting material with your entry document where possible. Please note: you can upload a maximum of 5 supporting documents

Please note that all essential information should go into your entry document. Supporting material should only back up what is in the main entry document.

For the HR Excellence Awards 2018, initiatives or strategies entered should include demonstrable results from the period January 2016 to March 2018. Initiatives or strategies developed and implemented prior to this period are eligible provided the impact was measured during the past year.

Eligibility for international companies

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.

Companies based outside the UK are invited to enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’ AND ‘Most innovative deployment of HR technology’.

UK based organisations may enter any category apart from ‘Best HR strategy overseas’.

Entry fees for 2018 are as follows:

Sector Early bird rate First entry (full rate) Additional entries
Private £350.00 £385.00 £195.00
Public/NFP £175.00 £195.00 £195.00
All prices exclude VAT

Please click here to read our terms and conditions of entry including the cancellation policy.

Top tips on entering:

  • What is the tangible evidence of the impact your project or strategy had? Judges are looking for hard metrics, particularly financials
  • You must include the budget you had for the project – this allows judges to fairly assess context and compare and contrast entries
  • Be clear on the context in which your HR team is working – what are the unique challenges of your sector and organisation? Remember the judges may not be aware of the ins and outs of working in your industry, so help them out by making this clear
  • Have a clear narrative which tells a compelling story and demonstrates a defined vision
  • Remember that with change management projects in particular, you must be able to show the impact over a sustained period of time
  • If you are a supplier who wishes to enter on behalf of your client, do ensure that the entry is written from the perspective of the HR team in the client business.

Please click here to read our supplement on how to win an HR Excellence Award

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 23rd Annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 26th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane.

Your ticket price 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: You can book your table once the shortlist has been announced in April 2018
Date: Tuesday 26th June 2018
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: London Hilton on Park Lane, 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE

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

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.

Prices until 27th April

Sector Premium table Standard table Table of 12 Standard seat
Private £3995.00 £2850.00 £3420.00 £295.00
Public £3995.00 £1750.00 £2100.00 £185.00

Prices from 27th April

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

Sponsors

The people that make the HR excellence awards possible


Access Group - sponsoring HR Team of the Year

With more than 20 years’ experience, the Access Group provides best in class HR & Payroll solutions to meet your organisation’s needs. Our complete people platform helps you streamline all your human resource processes, engaging your people all the way. From recruitment and screening, to talent management and robust payroll, we have you covered.

https://www.theaccessgroup.com

Sponsorship

How to gain sponsorship with us


The HR Excellence Awards are recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 23rd 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 26th 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 2017 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 26th 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.

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Winners 2017

Scroll through to see the winners from 2017


FAQs

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 2018?

A: You must submit your entry/entries by Monday 5th March 2018.

What does my entry document consist of?

A: Your entry document consists of a 2,000-word essay outlining your entry. Please see the ‘tips for entering’ tab for more detail.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: If you enter before 19th January 2018 you can enter at a discounted rate.
For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 19th January).
For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 19th January). For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195.

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 2018 international companies can enter the ‘Best HR strategy 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: No. UK based companies can enter any other category.

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 the 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). Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.

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 9th April.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 26th June, in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Who are the judges?

A: The HR Excellence Awards 2018 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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