CorpComms Awards 2018


Location: The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London E1 0HX

The CorpComms Awards are now closed to entries.



Sam Billett
Head of communications, Schillings
Wayne Reynolds
Managing director, Birchwood Knight
Andrew Caesar-Gordon
Managing director, Electric Airwaves
Alison Esse
Co-founder & director, The Storytellers
Isobel Bradshaw
Senior corporate communications manager, Vodafone
Chantal Bowman-Boyles
Managing partner, Finn Partners
Andrew Clark
Senior director, public and corporate affairs, Burson-Marsteller
Guto Harri
Bian Salins
Head of social - digital, TSB
Tristan Peniston-Bird
Chief corporate affairs officer, Velcro
Alex Gordon-Shute
Partner, Ithaca Partners
Mark Arena
Head of financial communications, Church of England
Christina Mills
Independent consultant
Matt Carter
Founder and managing director, Message House
Caroline Cecil
Founder, Cecil Associates
Ed Watson
Director of global communications, N Brown Group
Blair Metcalfe
Founder, The Agency Partnership

Key Dates

Open For Entry
Early Bird Submission
Final Submission
Event Date

Previous Winners

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To Enter

Entries are acceptable from both agencies and in-house teams. With the exception of some categories, such as Best Corporate Partnership, Best Corporate Website and Best Corporate Responsibility Programme, which are ongoing, projects being entered should have been running at any time between July 2017 and June 2018. 

1) Complete one entry form per entry, even if the same scheme is being entered across several categories. However, payment details for multiple entries need only be completed on one form.

2) Write an executive summary. This must not exceed 600 words or two pages of A4. It is advisable, though not compulsory, to include information under the following headings. Please note: headings do not count as part of the word count.

  1. Category entered 
  2. Title of project
  3. Company name
  4. Agency
  5. Budget of project
  6. Objective/goals
  7. Target audience
  8. Strategy 
  9. Creativity
  10. Implementation methods
  11. Definition and measurement of success
  12. Outcome

3)    To enter the young achiever category, include a biography and a supporting statement, up to a maximum of 300 words, from a senior line manager. Entrants must be available for telephone interviews.

4)    Provide two copies of supporting materials for each entry (even if the entry is entered multiple times, as the entries are likely to be judged by different teams). The supporting materials, which can range from media coverage, photography to marketing collateral, will be presented to the judges when they meet to discuss the executive summaries, which are provided ahead of judging day. Links to videos or websites should be provided. Supporting materials can be provided on USB sticks, but please note that the judges may not experience the complete look and feel in this format. Please label each item of supporting material clearly, with campaign name and category being entered.

5)    Each individual entry must be sent in a single A4 plastic folder with clips that securely close. The award organisers do not accept any liability for materials that may have been lost because their folders are faulty.  If a folder is not sufficient, box files are acceptable.

6)    Please deliver entries to :

        CorpComms Awards 2018

        Hardy Media 

        123 Blackstock Road

        London N4 2JW

        Courier entries are ONLY accepted between the hours of 10am and 5pm.


No refunds are made on entries withdrawn from entry. All entries MUST be paid for by 1 September. If an entry's fee remains outstanding at the date of judging, it WILL be withdrawn. If purchase orders need to be raised, please do so BEFORE sending entries so that all information is available for invoicing.


Best annual report: FTSE 100 organisation

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A report that clearly articulates the company's strategy and investment case in an engaging and inventive way.

Best annual report: FTSE 250 organisation

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A report that clearly articulates the company's strategy and investment case in an engaging and inventive way.

Best annual report: Listed organisation

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A report that clearly articulates the company's strategy and investment case in an engaging and inventive way.

Best annual report: Unlisted organisation

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A report that clearly articulates the company's strategy in an engaging and inventive way.

Best annual report: Online

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A report that is more than simply a print version online but instead exploits the platform's advantages

Best sustainability report

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A visually attractive and well-written report that highlights sustainability initiatives and explains how they fit with corporate strategy

Best crisis or issues management

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A well-defined strategy that served to mitigate the potential fall out from a crisis or major issue

Best corporate publication: External

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A printed publication that demonstrates its understanding of its audience both through its design and its content

Best corporate publication: Internal

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A staff magazine that truly engages that most discerning of audiences

Best corporate responsibility initiative

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A one-off campaign or an ongoing strategy that demonstrates a company's role as a responsible corporate citizen

Best online publication

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An online magazine that embraces the platform and brings an organisation to life

Best corporate partnership

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A partnership with charities, not-for-profit organisations or local communities that benefits from the corporate's expertise and network.

Best internal communications

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A strategy that was created to resolve a specific or ameliorate a specific issue with evidence of its progress

Best employment engagement programme

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A specific initiative that has increased employee engagement and boosted two-way dialogue

Best City communications

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An ongoing programme of investor and financial media engagement or a specific one-off project or campaign

Best international campaign

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An ongoing or one-off campaign that encompasses several countries: it can be managed from outside the UK

Best integrated campaign

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An ongoing or one-off campaign that includes an element of paid, owned or earned media across several platforms

Best media relations campaign

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A media-targeted campaign that has clearly delivered objectives and measurable success

Best corporate campaign

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A campaign with clearly defined objectives and measurable successes

Best consumer campaign

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A consumer-focused campaign with a clearly defined strategy and measurable success

Best public affairs campaign

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A campaign that has clearly influenced local, national or European policymakers to effect a specific change

Best digital-led campaign

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A campaign that would not work without the deployment of social or digital media

Best use of video

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Everything from a video shot on a mobile phone to one that exudes Hollywood standards; it's the results that count

Best live event: Internal

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A creative and innovative event that captures the attention of employees

Best live event: External

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Either a one-off or a programme of creative and innovative events to engage external stakeholders

Best use of owned-media

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An innovative and creative use of a company's assets to bring the corporate narrative to life

Best corporate website

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Either newly launched or just one that you're proud of, a responsive website that captures the attention of different stakeholder audiences

Young achiever

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Open to all communications professionals - agency and in-house - under the age of 30 on 1 July 2018.

Best in-house team: Corporate communications

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Teamwork makes the dream work! A creative and dedicated team that has proven to be effective and successful.

Best in-house team: Media relations

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Do the journalists respect you? A team that holds sway with the most tenacious of audiences.

Best in-house team: Internal communications

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Employees can be the hardest audience to please. A team that has broken through - and is listened to - should be recognised.



Private and public sector entries:  £300+VAT per entry. Total cost £360 per entry.

Not-for-profit and charitable organisations:  £200+VAT per entry. Total cost £240 per entry.

Paying subscribers to  CorpComms Magazine are entitled to a discount of £100 off their total entry fees. 

Paying subscribers entering more than eight categories are entitled to a discount of £200 off their total entry fees.

Discounts will be automatically applied for paying subscribers.


The judging will take place in mid-September. Shortlisted entrants will be notified by email as soon as the comments, scores and decisions have been collated. Further information on judging dates will be available shortly. 

The judges, who have a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, comprise a mix of agency and in-house. They are divided into groups and allocated categories which match their experience. Prior to the judging session, they receive the supporting materials of the categories they will be considering plus judging sheets on which to make notes. However, while they will have studied the entries, we ask them to make no final decisions until they meet with their contemporaries in mid-September. Each category is then robustly discussed and debated and a final shortlist created. If an absolute winner in a category does not emerge, the majority decision of the judges will prevail as to the recipient of the award.

It goes without saying that judges are not able to audit their own work. Judges are asked to excuse themselves from the room if they identify a potential conflict.