TUESDAY 15 MAY 2012 12:40 PM


The gala dinner of the Corporate and Financial Awards 2012 took place last night in London with the night’s top prizes going to the in-house communications team at Eversheds LLP, and to communications agency MHP Communications.

In its first year the ceremony, which gives out the only awards to celebrate financial communications, saw guests entertained by Radio 4 Today Programme host Simon Jack at the Light in Bishopsgate, and Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each category taking home trophies.

In a celebration to benchmark the best work in City communications, other winners included integrated energy company, Centrica, which achieved two Gold awards for its successful work with The Group, while digital IR and corporate comms specialist, Investis, walked away with a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for its work with Anglo American, BP, Experian and Tesco.

The Special Award for Best IR agency or PR consultancy award went to MHP Communications, which formed just two years ago following a merger of three comms businesses. MHP Communications also took home Gold in the Best management of corporate & financial media relations category for work with the food services company Uniq, and Silver for Best M&A/other transactions communications for its work with JD Sports Fashion.

Eversheds LLP was awarded with Gold in the Best in-house corporate and financial comms team category, for its work in establishing itself as an internationally renowned firm, after making the transition from its regional roots.

Andrew Thomas, publisher of Communicate magazine says: “This is the inaugural year of the Corporate and Financial Awards. We felt it important, considering the convergence in communications that has happened in recent years, to rectify the lack of any effective benchmarking of communications to the city and those who influence the city. We have been delighted with the calibre of submissions, the awards can only get bigger and we would like to say congratulations to all winners in the first year.”

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best corporate website

Gold - Centrica plc (The Group)

Silver - Anglo American plc (Investis Ltd)

Bronze - Spirit (global3digital)

Bronze - TUI Travel (global3digital and Magenta Digital)


Best online corporate newsroom

Gold - Maersk (Synaptic Digital)

Silver - Centrica plc (The Group)

Bronze - Experian plc (Investis Ltd)


Best printed report

Gold - Tullow Oil (Black Sun plc)

Silver - BAE Systems (Black Sun plc)

Bronze - BG Group (Addison)


Best online report

Gold - Centrica plc (The Group)

Silver - WPP (Addison)

Bronze - TUI Travel (global3digital)


Best innovation

Gold - BP plc (Investis Ltd)

Silver - Urenco

Bronze - Tesco plc (Investis Ltd)

Bronze - State Street


Best M&A/other transactions communications

Gold - Spectra Systems Corporation (Abchurch Group)

Silver - Polymetal (College Hill)

Silver - JD Sports Fashion plc (MHP Communications)

Bronze - ARCADIS (CitySavvy)


Best management of corporate & financial media relations

Gold - Uniq plc (MHP Communications)

Silver - Polymetal (College Hill)

Bronze - Slater Investments (Broadgate Mainland)


Best ongoing communications with overseas investors

Gold - State Street


Best in-house corporate & financial comms team

Eversheds LLP


Best IR agency or PR consultancy

MHP Communications