WEDNESDAY 5 JUL 2017 4:58 PM

CORPORATE & FINANCIAL AWARDS 2017 SHORTLIST REVEALED

Overshadowed by the looming challenges of post-Brexit uncertainty, many businesses are preparing to batten down the hatches. As risk aversion remains top of the agenda, low interest rates and plummeting productivity figures has stifled the UK economy of late. Yet despite the ongoing challenges, the Corporate & Financial Awards recognises a persevering excellence in staff, companies, agencies and beneficiaries within developing categories, and this year’s shortlist highlights the multiplicity and diversity across the plateau.

Forming much of the programme, reporting has long been at the helm of corporate communications as a principle tool. Both the magazine and awards’ coverage of the space takes into consideration the manifold nature of reporting. With criteria ranging from reporting within the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 to online and printed reports, the Corporate & Financial Awards 2017 has welcomed entries from 40% of the FTSE 100.

Now in its sixth year, the awards programme welcomes an incremental progression, with a meticulous judging process and panel that reflects the professionalism of the City. Gary Davies is director of investor relations at GSK and sits on the judging panel of the Corporate & Financial Awards, he says, “The judging was very fair and there was good engagement and discussion across the whole judging panel – it was not hard to come to a majority opinion and even unanimity in many of the categories. I was delighted to have been invited to join the panel and very much enjoyed the judging process.”

Shortlisted in several categories, Birmingham-based communications agency, Jones & Palmer, worked across various sectors including retail and energy. In much the same way, MerchantCantos and Conran Design Group showed a similar, cross-sector approach to the corporate space, resulting in recognition in categories such as 'Best printed report: FTSE 100' and 'Best CSR/ESG report.' Emperor was also shortlisted in the 'Best printed report AIM/small cap' and 'Best online report: unlisted' categories.'

Andrew Thomas, publishing editor of Communicate magazine, says, “Over the past six years, we’ve seen companies’ communications come together; organisations not only deliver the same message to investors, analysts and business journalists, but also speak with the same voice to their employees, to their local communities and to the wider communities with whom they engage. And speak it well.”

This year’s Corporate & Financial Awards shortlist is as follows:

 

Best corporate website: FTSE 100

Anglo American and Investis

Burberry and Black Sun

IHG and Addison Group

 

Best corporate website: FTSE 250

Inchcape and Black Sun

William Hill and Comprend

 

Best corporate website: AIM/small cap

Asos and Investis

Ceres Power and Jones & Palmer 

Sound Energy and Jones & Palmer

 

Best corporate website: International

Anglo American and Investis

 

Best printed report: FTSE 100

Aviva and MerchantCantos

Hikma and Black Sun

ITV plc and Conran Design Group

Legal & General Group plc and Addison Group

Lloyds Banking Group and MerchantCantos

Rentokil Initial plc and MSL Group

Standard Chartered and FleishmannHillard Fishburn

 

Best printed report: FTSE 250

Aggreko and Radley Yeldar

Crest Nicholson and Flag

Derwent and MerchantCantos

Howden Joinery Group and Emperor

Inchcape and Black Sun

Indivior and Black Sun

Just Eat plc and Design Portfolio

ZPG plc and Design Portfolio

 

Best printed report: AIM/small Cap

Alumasc and Carr Kamasa

Breedon and Radley Yeldar

Hotel Chocolat and Emperor 

Majestic and Friend

McColls and MerchantCantos

Morgan Sinall and MerchantCantos

U and I plc and Luminous

 

Best printed report: International

Adecco and Black Sun

NN Group and Radley Yeldar

Octapharma AG and Luminous

Olam and Black Sun

Puma Energy and MerchantCantos

Suek and Black Sun

 

Best printed report: Unlisted

BBCW and MerchantCantos

Cancer Research UK and Conran Design Group

Deloitte LLP

 

Best online report: FTSE 100

Anglo American and Investis

Barclays and FleishmannHillard Fishburn

Coca Cola HBC and Radley Yeldar

IHG and Addison Group

Legal & General Group plc and Addison Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best online report: FTSE 250

Dechra Pharmaceuticals and Jones & Palmer

Evraz and Zebra

Halfords and Jones & Palmer

Inchcape and Black Sun

Ocado and Jones & Palmer

Playtech and Carr Kamasa

 

Best online report: AIM/small cap

Coats and Addison Group

Flowtech Fluidpower and Jones & Palmer

Inland Homes and Jones & Palmer

Trifast plc and Jones & Palmer

Best online report: International

Adecco and Black Sun

Gazprom Neft and Zebra

Octapharma and Luminous

Sberbank and Zebra

Suek and Black Sun

 

Best online report: Unlisted

City Football Group and Emperor

Deloitte LLP

 

Best CSR/ESG report

Associated British Foods and Conran Design Group

Aviva and MerchantCantos

Compass and Black Sun

G4S and Black Sun

intu properties and Conran Design Group

Lloyds Banking Group and MerchantCantos

 

Best meeting

IHG

 

Most innovative financial communications

Clinigen Group Plc and Instinctif Partners

Royal Bank of Scotland and JJ Marketing

VTB Capital

 

Best IPO communications

Biffa plc and Instinctif Partners

Detsky Mir and EM

Maisons du Monde and Maitland

 

Best management of investor & analyst relations

IHG

PROACTIS Holdings and RedLeaf Communications 

VTB Capital

 

Best PR consultancy

EM

Instinctif Partners

Lansons

Maitland

RedLeaf Communications

 

‘Best in-house corporate & financial communications team’

and ‘Annual report of the year’ will be announced on the night