HR Excellence Awards 2016

The HR Excellence Awards are the longest running, most sought after and highly regarded in the industry.

Returning for their 21st year, the Awards are celebrating the light HR shines on business – how innovative people strategy can transform not just the culture of an organisation, but its bottom line too.

The categories for 2016 include the new ‘Best global HR strategy’ and ‘HR future leader of the year’, ensuring the Awards represent the increasingly international nature of business while not forgetting the grassroots of HR.

The HR Excellence Awards are hard to win. Any award worth winning should be. The judging panel consists of top HR directors and CEOs from a range of organisations and the criteria has been tightened for 2016, meaning only the very best entries make it on to the shortlist.

Ensure you are part of the 21st HR Excellence Awards. Ensure you are a part of raising the profile of HR as a profession. Take a look at the categories, read about the 2015 winners and enter now.

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Categories 2016

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Most people focused CEO
HR director of the year
Hr excellence gold award

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

Entries must be submitted online. 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.

The main component of an entry is the entry document (see next tab). This document should 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 ‘Entry document’, which must meet the requirements above and meet the following formatting requirements:

  • Microsoft Word document (2000 word limit)
  • 11 point font size
  • Filename MUST start with ENTRY DOCUMENT

Your entry also requires an entry photo which represents the project and/or team. Please upload this with your entry.

In addition to the entry document, you may include supporting material. Supporting material does not contribute to the 2000 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 there is a 5mb limit per entry. If your items exceed 5mb please upload your entry document and post your supporting material to:

Lucy Allen - HR Excellence Awards - St Jude’s Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB

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 2016, initiatives or strategies entered should include demonstrable results from the period January 2015 to March 2016.

Initiatives or strategies developed and implemented prior to this period are eligible provided the impact was measured during the past year.

  • UK based organisations may enter any category and may detail UK only OR global strategies/projects.
  • Organisations based outside the UK are invited to enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’. You are eligible for this category if you are an international company or a regional business, based outside of the UK and without a global reach.
  • There is a new category for 2016, ‘Best global HR strategy’ which recognises organisations that have expanded globally. You are eligible for this category if you are a UK headquartered multinational with a HR strategy in a subsidiary abroad.

Entry fees for 2016 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
Early bird rate expires on Friday 29th January 2016

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.


Global Growth Institute

The Global Growth Institute (GGI) helps to ‘make strategy work’ through building the engagement capability of organisations. a short word for this is excellence, from managerial excellence to operational excellence. partnering with hr magazine to as headline partner of the hr excellence awards is aligned with its purpose of helping managers, leaders and organisations to make strategy work.

The company’s executive team has worked with over 500 organisations, and thousands of leaders and managers across all major industries in over 100 countries. Through this experience it has gained first-hand knowledge and insights into what ‘excellence’ looks like, and how some of the world’s most admired organisations achieve growth and high performance through building the engagement capability of their people.

GGI helps organisations and investors to realise step changes in performance and build true competitive advantage through its unique approach to aligning organisations, developing exceptional leadership teams, developing world class managers and properly leveraging the organisation’s knowledge. From the performance of oil wells in the Far East to staff utilisation in the Americas, GGI helps complex organisations operating in complex global environments to get the best from their people.

The Global Growth Institute is headline partner of the HR Excellence Awards 2016.


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.


DAC Beachcroft - sponsoring HR director of the year

DAC Beachcroft is a leading international legal business with more than 2,200 people and coverage across the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America. We provide a full service commercial, transactional, claims, risk, employment and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate.


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.


Midland HR - sponsoring Most innovative deployment of HR technology

MidlandHR specialises in helping organisations to embrace the operational and strategic challenges of modern business, covering talent management, HR, payroll and business analytics. Our customer community is growing by the day, meaning MidlandHR is now helping to drive the performance of businesses employing over 10% of the UK workforce.

With over 30 years of experience, MidlandHR provides entirely UK based solutions and services to some of the largest and most successful organisations in the UK. Our solutions inject best practice processes into the entire employment lifecycle, from recruitment to succession planning. This enables customers to transform their business by removing administrative burdens, reducing operational costs, and retaining and developing business critical talent in line with corporate goals.

Customers include: Cafcass, Freeths, Gateshead College, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue, Sytner, Laing O’Rourke, Nottingham City Transport, Plymouth University, Powys County Council, The Salvation Army, Swinton Group Ltd, TK MAXX, T.M.Lewin, and more.

See what our customers say here and for more information about midlandhr, visit www.midlandhr.com



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 28th 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 2015 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 in 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:


  • We were very pleased to support HR Excellence Awards 2015 and in particular, to be the sponsor of the ‘Best HR Team: Public Sector’ category. We also thank HR magazine and the Mark Allen Group for their organisational skills and running yet another successful event, especially as it was the 20th anniversary year. It was a fun, positive night and provides much optimism for the future of HR across the UK and in an international setting

    - Stephen Nunn, HR Manager, Education HR Team, EES for Schools

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 21st Annual HR Excellence Awards will take place on Tuesday 28th June, at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane.

Your ticket prices includes champagne on arrival overlooking London’s stunning Hyde Park, an excellent 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 be open shortly
Date: Tuesday 28th June 2016
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

Accomodation: 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.

Winners 2015

Scroll through to see the winners from 2015


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 2016?

A: You must submit your entry/entries by Monday 7th March 2016.

How much does it cost to enter?

A: If you enter before Friday 29th January 2016 you can enter at a discounted rate. For private companies, it costs £350 (increasing to £385 after the 29th January). For public and not-for-profit companies, it costs £175 (increasing to £195 after the 29th 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: The ‘Best HR strategy overseas’ award is open to non-UK based organisations.

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

A: UK companies can also enter ‘Best HR strategy overseas’, if you are a regional business based outside the UK and without a global reach.

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

A: The main component of your entry is the entry document. The entry document should be no more than 2000 words. 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 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 18th April.

When are the winners announced?

A: The winners are announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 28th June 2016 in London. Please keep this date free in your diary.

Who are the judges?

A: The HR Excellence Awards 2016 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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