MONDAY 25 JUN 2018 12:00 PM


Last year’s Corporate & Financial Awards shortlist showed record numbers of FTSE-listed companies and this year was no different. With strong showings from FTSE 250 businesses, corporate communications has proved its business value.

The printed report categories, always among the most popular, see unusually long shortlists with seven nominees in the ‘Best printed report: FTSE 250’ category and six nominees in each of the other print categories. Alongside those nominees for the 2018 Corporate & Financial Awards, entrants submitting work for the best corporate website categories will have stiff competition as the heavyweights of the corporate communications world have made the shortlist, including Anglo American, Diageo, Hays, Glencore and Legal & General.

It’s not all corporate reporting though, as this year’s ‘Best CSR or ESG report’ shortlist attests. Entries from Aviva, Costain Group, Croda, Howden Joinery, into and Puma Energy make the grade in a tough category. Judges from across corporate and financial communications – hailing from companies like Burberry, GSK, Britvic, Accenture, Santander and Aon Hewitt – examined each entry’s merits in communications, meeting their objectives and obtaining an impact on the desired stakeholder audience.

In regards to communications, M&As are the name of the game this year, as well as last. Two ompanies that have successfully gone through difficult or complicated merger processes, Aldermore and RHI Magnesita, have made the grade in the judges’ eyes. All the winners will be announced at a gala dinner in September.

“Corporate and financial communications is about more than corporate reporting. It’s about proving that effective communications and reputation management can make a difference to the bottom line. The 2018 Corporate & Financial Awards shortlisted companies are the best in class in communications, whether that’s online, in a print report or through investor relations activities,” says Brittany Golob, editor of Communicate magazine.

To find out who wins, reserve your table at the awards ceremony now. For more information contact Lauren Ditcher.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Best corporate website: FTSE 100
Anglo American and Investis
Diageo and Superunion
Ferguson and Black Sun
Glencore and Conran Design Group
Legal & General and Superunion
3i Group plc and Comprend

Best corporate website: FTSE 250
Cairn Energy plc and Emperor
Dunelm Group plc and Jones and Palmer
Hays and Investis
Hikma and MerchantCantos

Best corporate website: AIM/small cap
Inland Homes plc and Jones and Palmer
Picton Property Income Limited and Jones and Palmer
Sound Energy plc and Jones and Palmer

Best corporate website: International
AerCap and Instinctif Partners
Anglo American and Investis
Nornickel and Zebra Corporate Communications

Best corporate website: Unlisted
Biwater Holdings Limited and Emperor
Cabot and MerchantCantos
Cinven and Comprend
Currie & Brown and SampsonMay
Manchester Airports Group plc and Comprend
Sucden and SampsonMay

Best printed report: FTSE 100
AstraZeneca and Superunion
Burberry and Black Sun
Intertek and Conran Design Group
Rentokil Initial plc and MSL
Shire and MerchantCantos
Taylor Wimpey plc and Black Sun

Best printed report: FTSE 250
Cranswick plc and Emperor
Dechra Pharmaceuticals plc and Jones and Palmer
Derwent London and MerchantCantos
Inmarsat and Conran Design Group
Kaz Minerals and Black Sun
RDI REIT plc and lyonsbennett
Vectura and Design Portfolio

Best printed report: AIM/small cap
Arrow and Design Portfolio
Be Heard Group plc and Emperor
Dialight plc and Luminous
GCP Student Living plc and lyonsbennett
Hotel Chocolat and Emperor
IG Design Group plc and lyonsbennett

Best printed report: International
Gazprom Neft and Zebra Corporate Communications
NN Group
Qatar National Bank and FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Swiss Re and MerchantCantos
The Adecco Group and Black Sun

Best online report: FTSE 100
EVRAZ plc and Zebra Corporate Communications
G4S and Black Sun
Legal & General and Superunion
Schroders and Black Sun
Taylor Wimpey plc and Black Sun

Best online report: FTSE 250
Coats and Superunion
Halfords Group plc and Jones and Palmer
Ocado Group plc and Jones and Palmer
Provident Financial Group plc and Comprend
UDG Healthcare plc and Emperor
The Weir Group plc and Luminous

Best online report: AIM/small cap
Henry Boot plc and Jones and Palmer
Inland Homes plc and Jones and Palmer
Trifast plc and Jones and Palmer

Best online report: International
LeasePlan and Investis
Millicom and FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Puma Energy and MerchantCantos
SUEK and Zebra Corporate Communications
The Adecco Group and Black Sun

Best online report: Unlisted
LeasePlan and Investis
Octapharma AG and Luminous
Stonewall and Carr Kamasa Design
UK Power Networks and Instinctif Partners

Best CSR or ESG report
Aviva and MerchantCantos
Costain Group plc and Emperor
Croda and Conran Design Group
Howden Joinery Ltd and Emperor
intu and Conran Design Group
Puma Energy and MerchantCantos

Best meeting
VTB Capital

Best M&A communications
Aldermore and Lansons
RHI Magnesita and MerchantCantos

Best use of digital media
Octapharma AG and Luminous
Post Office and Lansons

Best management of corporate & financial media relations
Russian Aquaculture and EM
VTB Capital

Best evaluation of a communications campaign
Post Office and Lansons

‘Annual report of the year’ and ‘Best IR agency or PR consultancy’ will be announced on the night.