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IR Society 2017 Best Practice Awards - Championing Excellence in Investor Relations

London, 21 March 2017

IR Society 2017 Best Practice Awards - Championing Excellence in Investor Relations

The IR Society today launched its 2017 Best Practice Awards (“Awards”) and has introduced for the first time a new voted award for investors – ‘Best Investor Engagement.’

Now in their 17th year, the Awards recognise those companies that have demonstrated their strong understanding of, and proactive efforts to promote, clear and consistent investor communications. Judges are drawn from the investor relations profession and the investment community.

The IR Society’s Best Practice Committee, comprising a broad cross-section of companies and industry players, has again refined the self-entry Awards requirements and criteria to ensure they continue to reflect changes in the operating and regulatory environment. This year the ‘Best use of digital reporting’ has been reviewed to address changes in corporate reporting and will now form part of the overall criteria for the ‘Best annual report’ and ‘Best digital communications’ categories. A new voted award ‘Best Investor Engagement’ has also been added in 2017.

The self-entry Awards' categories now comprise five areas that will encourage and reward best practice in investor communications: the Grand Prix award ‘Best overall communication of company investment proposition’; ‘Best Annual Report’; ‘Most effective integration of sustainability reporting into communications’; ‘Best digital communications’; and ‘Best IPO IR Communications‘. For each of the five categories there will be separate awards open to FTSE 100, FTSE 250, Small Cap & AIM, and international companies, so recognising the diverse range of companies looking to the UK for excellence in IR.

The popular voted Awards’ categories, run in partnership with WeConvene Extel, comprise: ‘Best newcomer to IR (individual)’; ‘Best IRO (individual)’; and ‘Best overall company IR (company)’; and the new award ‘Best Investor Engagement (investor). This new award will be decided by company IROs for an investor/buy-side firm that the investment community believes represents the best in investor engagement with companies.

David Lloyd-Seed, Chair of the IR Society, commented, ‘Now in our 17th year, these prestigious awards are a celebration of those companies that are leading the way in engaging with the capital markets, building trust, and strengthening corporate reputation. As the standard of entries continues to build, our winners need to understand what differentiates their company, and demonstrate that they communicate this clearly and consistently to their audience.  As the leading industry awards any company or adviser who believes they champion and deliver best practice across Investor Relations should enter as soon as possible.’

Sallie Pilot, Chair of the Best Practice Committee, said, ‘The IR Society Awards have existed for nearly two decades, and continue to champion best practice investor relations in the UK, Europe and beyond. To create truly meaningful Awards, which recognize leaders in investor communications, we need to keep responding to a constantly evolving market. This year, the Best Practice Committee has further refined the Awards to ensure they are effective and reflect current best practice in communications and investor engagement’. 

The 17th Annual Best Practice Awards' entries will open to all companies today, 21 March until 30 June 2017 for both the self-entry Awards and for nominations for the voted Awards. Click here for more information, our best practice guidelines and entry forms for the self-entry Awards.

The Best Practice Committee is chaired by Sallie Pilot, Director of Research and Strategy, Black Sun, and can be viewed here

For more information contact:
John Gollifer, General Manager, The IR Society
+44 20 7379 1763 or

Laura Hayter, Head of Policy & Communications, The IR Society
+44 20 7379 1763 or

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About The Investor Relations Society
The Investor Relations Society (IR Society) is a membership organisation that exists to promote best practice investor relations in the UK and beyond. It is run by IR professionals for IR professionals.
Established in 1980, the IR Society’s mission is to promote best practice in investor relations; to support the professional development of its members; to represent their views to regulatory bodies, the investment community and government; and to act as a forum for issuers and the investment community.

The Society has c. 800 members from the UK, Europe and beyond, including representatives from most of the FTSE 100, a large number of FTSE 250 companies and a number of AIM and smaller companies as well as IR advisers and service providers. For more information visit or connect with us on Twitter (@IRSocietyUK) or LinkedIn

Published: 21 March, 2017