THURSDAY 4 JAN 2018 8:30 AM


The Corporate & Financial Awards has today announced its 2018 programme, emphasising its ongoing recognition of succinct City communications. This year marks the awards’ seventh year, and as the landscape continues to evolve, reporting remains a prominent tool across the landscape. Yet for investors, asset managers, analysts and the wider stakeholder community, the awards’ benchmarking of excellence across corporate communications traces the diverse and positive engagement strategies operating at the core of the financial sector.

As the new year gets underway however, those working closely with financial markets have had to battle with a tough quarter shift. In early December 2017, the Bank for International Settlements’ quarterly health check warned that the global economic situation resembled that of pre-2008, with high levels of borrowing and risky investments characterising the terrain.

This week, as EU finance reforms – specifically the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) – get underway, a push to create greater transparency across the landscape not only signifies greater safeguarding measures across the financial sector, but also a push for more proficient reporting strategies, directly impacting City communicators.

Recognising this, the Corporate & Financial Awards not only cultivates a capacious and varied categorisation breakdown, but also gathers a syndicate of judges that equally represent the City’s heterogeneity. Experienced industry professionals from PwC, ING, Deloitte and the Financial Conduct Authority illustrate the panel’s expertise.

Andrew Thomas, publishing editor of Communicate magazine, says, “In the seven years of the Corporate & Financial Awards, we’ve seen communications across the City mature, not only in corporate reporting, but across M&A strategy and the financial PR scope. This year’s programme continues its pledge to recognise the variety and quality of those efforts, as each year’s entry class heralds precise, thorough and engaging work throughout the City.”

The awards are now open for submissions. Entries before 6 April 2018 will be subject to an early entry discount of £100 off the total cost, with a fifth entry free. The last chance to save is 27 April 2018, and the final entry deadline is set for the 11 May 2018. The awards ceremony will take place in late September 2018.

For more information regarding this year’s Corporate & Financial Awards, contact Michelle Kibble or call +44207 498 7008.

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