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HR Excellence Awards

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.

This year we’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the awards with an extra special ‘HR Walk of Fame’, Hollywood glamour event. Watch out for special interviews with past winners coming to the HR magazine website soon.

So what better year to get involved and celebrate all that your HR team has achieved over the last year and beyond?

Entering is simple. All you need to do is write a 2,000-word document outlining your entry according to the category criteria, and submit via the website. A full category breakdown and advice on entering the awards are available to help you.

Jenny Roper
Editor
HR Magazine

How to enter

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

View our guide on how to enter the awards.

Categories

Click a category to view more information.

WINNERS 2019

Scroll through to see the winners from 2019

BEST LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

Winner: Network Homes


For Network Homes' winning submission, please view here.

BEST HR STRATEGY FROM OVERSEAS

Winner: Visible Alpha Solutions India


For Visible Alpha Solutions India's winning submission, please view here.

PEOPLE-FOCUSED WORKPLACE DESIGN AWARD

Winner: British Heart Foundation


For the British Heart Foundation winning submission, please click here.

PEOPLE-FOCUSED WORKPLACE DESIGN AWARD

Winner: Financial Conduct Authority


For Financial Conduct Authority's winning submission, please click here.

REWARD AND RECOGNITION AWARD

Winner: Everton Football Club


For Everton Football Club's winning submission, please click here.

BEST YOUTH EMPLOYMENT STRATEGY

Winner: Capgemini


For Capgemini's winning submission, please click here.

HEALTH AND WELLBEING AWARD

Winner: Three UK


For Three UK's winning submission, please click here.

LEADING TRANSFORMATION AWARD

Winner: BBC


For BBC's winning submission, please click here.

OUTSTANDING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY

Winner: Network Homes


For Network Homes' winning submission, please click here.

BEST CSR STRATEGY

Winner: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London


For Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London's winning submission, please click here.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD

Winner: BBC


For BBC's winning submission, please click here.

BEST TALENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Winner: British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support


For British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support winning submission, please click here.

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Winner: British Heart Foundation


For British Heart Foundation's winning submission, please click here.

MOST EFFECTIVE RECRUITMENT STRATEGY

Winner: Siemens


For Siemen's winning submission, please click here.

HR FUTURE LEADER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Grace Rogers


For Grace Roger's winning submission, please click here.

BEST HR TEAM

Winner: Network Homes


For Network Homes' winning submission, please click here.

MOST PEOPLE-FOCUSED CEO

Winner: Helen McHale


For Helen McHale's winning submission, please click here.

HR DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Fiona Deal, executive director of people and culture, Network Homes


Please click here to see why Fiona Deal was chosen as HR director of the year.

HR EXCELLENCE GOLD AWARD

Winner: Network Homes


Please click here to see why Network Homes was chosen for the HR Excellence Gold Award.

Sponsorship

Why sponsor our awards?

The HR Excellence Awards is recognised as the benchmark of excellence in the HR community. Now in their 25th year, the HR Excellence Awards is 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 30 June 2020 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 2019, 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 30 June at the 5* London Hilton on Park Lane
  • Presentation of an award on the night
  • Visual marketing at the event
  • Branding in HR magazine, on www.hrmagazine.co.uk and in the prestigious awards brochure
  • 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 Edith Barrett on 020 7501 6716 or edith.barrett@markallengroup.com or Martin Watchorn on 0203 915 9457 or martin.watchorn@markallengroup.com

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.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday 30 June 2020. You will be able to book your table in April once the shortlist has been announced.

The deadline to enter the awards is Friday 13th March 2020.

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

If you enter before 13th January 2020, you can enter at a discounted rate.

For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after 13th January).

For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after 13th January). For private companies entering more than one award, each subsequent entry costs £195. As of this year, entry to HR future leader of the year is free.
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.
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. Entries which do well are ones which get to the heart of the story and demonstrate the impact the strategy has had. If you are a supplier and entering on behalf of a client, please ensure that the entry is written from the perspective of the HR team of the client and get as much involvement from them as possible.
International companies can enter the 'Best HR strategy from overseas' AND 'Best HR technology strategy' categories. If you are a multinational organisation with a presence in the UK you are not eligible to enter Best HR strategy from overseas, but you are welcome to enter any of the other categories.
No. UK based companies can enter any other category.
The shortlist for this category is created by the HR magazine editorial team and is not open for general entry. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting us. 
The shortlist for this category is created by the HR magazine editorial team and is not open for general entry. However, you may suggest nominating your HR director by contacting us.
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 (e.g. brochures). Whilst supporting material is important and helpful to the judges, we ask that you keep these documents to a reasonable amount.
In terms of entries, once your entry is submitted, you may withdraw it until the closing date. Your entry fee will not be refunded. 

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.
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 in the week commencing 24th April 2020.
The winners are announced at the ceremony on Tuesday 30th June in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.
The HR Excellence Awards 2019 will be judged by a panel of judges made up of some of the UK’s top HR directors working in leading organisations.
For the Best CSR strategy award, judges are looking for work that not only has a positive impact on an organisation’s wider community, but also delivers strongly on an organisation’s HR and commercial or strategic aims. Therefore, it’s likely your strategy should be entered into the CSR category (but you might want to enter it elsewhere too). Please do contact us if you would like further advice on this.

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us...

Edith Barrett

Sales Manager

Sponsorship Enquiries HR Magazine

edith.barrett@markallengroup.com

020 7501 6716

Martin Watchorn

Sales manager

martin.watchorn@markallengroup.com

020 3915 9457

Valerie Amegatcher

Awards Marketing Executive

Entry enquiries

valerie.amegatcher@markallengroup.com

020 3915 6218