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Finalists announced for Employee Engagement Awards


HRZone is the exclusive media partner of this year's inaugural Employee Engagement Awards and we're delighted to exclusively announce the shortlist recognising companies putting workforce engagement at the heart of their strategy.

As a judge I found the judging process extremely hard. The rigour applied to engagement efforts and the level of maturity were both incredible.

Multinationals including Lidl, EDF and Sony Music will join small and medium-sized firms to have their engagement efforts recognised in a ceremony hosted by George Lamb in January 2015. The full shortlist can be found below.

MD Matt Manners said: “I’ve been blown away by the response in our first year. The calibre of work we’ve seen has been world-class.”

Following the ceremony in January 2015 the EE Awards will host a one-day conference – The Employee Engagement Conference, powered by HRZone – on March 12 2015 where winners, finalists and industry leaders will provide practical advice to HR professionals getting better employee engagement results. Details to follow on HRZone.

Also, the EE Awards will be donating to charity based on entrant votes, with potential charities including Help for Heroes, Shelter and Action for Children.

The full shortlist is:

1. Company of the Year

  • Bright Horizons
  • Pentland Brands
  • RHP
  • La Fosse Associates
  • The Dorchester Collection
  • Lidl
  • UK Power Networks
  • Webmart
  • Capita

2. Professional of the Year

  • Frances Williams – First Great Western
  • James Conaghan – DeVere & Village Hotels
  • Malcolm Cotterell – Cross Country
  • Neil Tune – Fitness First
  • Joy Devine – First South Yorkshire

3. Unsung Hero

  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Nampak Plastics
  • NHS BSA Prescription Services
  • First Group

4. Project of the Year (Private sector – 250+ staff)

  • DHL Express
  • Pentland Brand
  • EDF
  • Arriva North East
  • Lidl
  • Fineos
  • DeVere & Village Hotels
  • Sony Music Entertainment

5. Project of the Year (Private sector – 50-250 staff)

  • Dr.George Madine
  • Charlton Associates
  • Life Search

6. Project of the Year (Private sector – 0-50 staff)

  • Incredibull
  • CloudApps
  • Oasis HR

7. Project of the Year (Public sector)

  • Transport For London
  • Birmingham City Council
  • NHS BSA Prescription Services

8. Project of the Year (Not for profit/Charity)

  • VSO
  • MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Helena Partnerships
  • Orbit Group

9. Overseas Project of the Year 

  • Champions Group
  • Standard Bank
  • Caesears Entertainment
  • Beekeeper
  • DHL Express Africa

10. Employer Brand 

  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cross Country
  • Pentland Brands

11. Wellness

  • The Georgian House
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Label Apeel
  • ChristChurch School

12. Reward and Recognition

  • Champions Group
  • Home and Dixons
  • Las Iguanas
  • Vaultex

13. Innovative Technology 

  • The App Builder
  • Bio Tech Design

14. HR Technology

  • PPL
  • Bright Horizons
  • Trustford
  • Havas People
  • Achievers
  • Misys
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