WEDNESDAY 5 JUL 2017 4:58 PM


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

The Adecco Group 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

The Adecco Group 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



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


PROACTIS Holdings and RedLeaf Communications 

VTB Capital


Best PR consultancy


Instinctif Partners



RedLeaf Communications


‘Best in-house corporate & financial communications team’

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