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Best Practice Awards

The IR Society Best Practice Awards

The IR Society Best Practice Awards dinner takes place at The Pavilion at the Tower of London on Tuesday 22 November. 

The promotion of best practice in IR is one of the cornerstones of the IR Society's existence and the annual Best Practice Awards, now in their 16th year, play a crucial part in this.  

The awards are in two parts - the self-entry awards and the voted awards. 

The self-entry awards are open to all companies listed on a recognised stock exchange that wish to demonstrate their commitment to good investor communications. 

These award categories and entry criteria have been streamlined to reflect changes in the operating and regulatory environment that have led to the need for faster, clearer and more dynamic investor communications.

Entries are scored against criteria based on the Society’s guidelines for best practice in investor communications. We also ask companies to add a statement of their own to support the entry. This gives companies an opportunity to share their approach to the award and to highlight what works for them and their audience.

Having completed the scoring on both a quantitative and qualitative basis, shortlists are submitted to a panel of judges drawn from users of annual reports and accounts.

The voted awards, in partnership with WeConvene Extel, recognise Best Newcomer, Best IRO and Best Company IR and details of how to nominate your choices can be found here.

The winners for both sets of awards will be announced at the IR Society Best Practice Awards Dinner on Tuesday 22 November 2016. Join us then for what promises to be another wonderful opportunity to meet your peers and celebrate another busy year in IR!

Highlights from the 2015 Awards Dinner

2015 saw another increase in the quality of entries received and culminated in our biggest awards dinner to date with more than 520 IR professionals joining us to celebrate IR best practice.

Video produced by World Television

This premier event in the IR calendar was hosted by the comedian, Shappi Khorsandi and saw over 500 IR professionals gathered together.

There were two sets of awards presented – the self-entry awards, with the winners determined by a panel of judges, and the voted awards, with the winners determined by votes cast by the buy- and sell-sides. 

Here's what the judges had to say about the entries:

Video produced by World Television

Thirteen different companies collected the seventeen self-entry awards, of which four were double award winners on the night. British Land triumphed in the FTSE 100 categories with best overall communication of company investment proposition, and most effective integration of sustainability reporting into communications.  Go-Ahead Group was another double award winner of the night, winning best use of digital communications, as well as best overall communication of company investment proposition in the FTSE 250 categories. In the small-cap and AIM categories, Trifast impressed with two awards for best annual report and best use of digital communications. BASF once again collected two International awards for best use of digital communications and best overall communication of company investment proposition.

Sue Scholes, Chair of the IR Society, said:

“This event celebrates one of the Society’s key reasons for existing – to promote best practice in investor relations and I would like to thank all those who put their work forward for an award. The standard was high and the judging decisions were often difficult – and that’s how it should be. Our winners – both voted and judged – all understand what differentiates their company and are able to communicate this clearly and consistently. Congratulations to them all.”

In the voted awards, AstraZeneca celebrated winning Best Overall Company IR. The IR team was commended for their deep understanding of both the business and what capital markets need. Congratulations also go to Adam Phillips at Halfords Group for winning Best Newcomer to IR and to David Walker, who was named Best IRO for the second year running.

Click here for a full list of award winners.

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