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HR Excellence Awards 2017

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.

For more information on how to put together an award winning entry click 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.

The entry deadline has been extended to Monday 13th March 2017.

I look forward to celebrating with those who make the shortlist on 27 June at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Good luck with your entries.

Katie Jacobs
HR Magazine

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How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

Entries must be submitted online by Monday 13th March 2017. 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 which has a 2000 word limit (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 ‘Entry document’, which must meet the requirements listed on the 'Entry requirements' tab and meet the following formatting requirements:

  • 2000 word limit
  • 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 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. There is a maximum entry size of 50MB.

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 2017, initiatives or strategies entered should include demonstrable results from the period January 2015 to March 2017.
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 from overseas’ AND ‘Most innovative deployment of HR technology’.

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

Entry fees for 2017 are as follows:

Sector First entry Additional entries
Private £385.00 £195.00
Public/NFP £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

Winners 2016

Scroll through to see the winners from 2016

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: Click here to book now
Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017
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

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.

Prices until 28th April 2017

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 28th April 2017

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

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.


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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