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Finalists announced for Employee Engagement Awards in association with HR Zone

  • Big brands included such as TfL, Lidl and Fitness First alongside smaller players
  • Winners announced at London ceremony hosted by George Lamb on Jan 28, 2015
  • Ceremony sold out in 48 hours
  • Practical one-day conference for HR professionals to follow

London - November 07, 2014 - The Employee Engagement Awards today announces its shortlist recognising companies putting workforce engagement at the heart of their strategy.

Multinationals including Lidl, EDF and Sony Music will join small and medium-sized firms to have their engagement efforts recognised in a ceremony hosted by George Lamb in January 2015. The full shortlist can be found below.

MD Matt Manners said: "I've been blown away by the response in our first year. The calibre of work we've seen has been world-class."

Jamie Lawrence, editor of, who were the event's exclusive media partner, said: "As a judge I found this extremely hard. The rigour applied to engagement efforts and the level of maturity were both incredible."

Following the ceremony in January 2015 the EE Awards will host a one-day conference - The Employee Engagement Conference, powered by HRZone - on March 12 2015 where winners, finalists and industry leaders will provide practical advice to HR professionals getting better employee engagement results.Register interest and receive further information via

The EE Awards will be donating to charity based on entrant votes, with potential charities including Help for Heroes, Shelter and Action for Children.

Opportunities to sponsor the awards and conference are still available - email for more information.


The full shortlist

1. Company of the Year

  • Bright Horizons
  • Pentland Brands
  • RHP
  • La Fosse Associates
  • The Dorchester Collection
  • Lidl
  • UK Power Networks
  • Webmart
  • Capita

2. Professional of the Year Award

  • Frances Williams - First Great Western
  • James Conaghan - DeVere & Village Hotels
  • Malcolm Cotterell - Cross Country
  • Neil Tune - Fitness First
  • Joy Devine - First South Yorkshire

3. Unsung Hero Award

  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Nampak Plastics
  • NHS BSA Prescription Services
  • First Group

4. Project of the Year Award (Private sector - 250+ staff)

  • DHL Express
  • Pentland Brand
  • EDF Energy
  • Arriva North East
  • Lidl
  • Fineos
  • DeVere & Village Hotels
  • Sony Music Entertainment

5. Project of the Year Award (Private sector - 50-250 staff)

  • Dr.George Madine
  • Charlton Associates
  • Life Search

6. Project of the Year Award (Private sector - 0-50 staff)

  • Incredibull
  • CloudApps
  • Oasis HR

7. Project of the Year Award (Public sector)

  • Transport For London
  • Birmingham City Council
  • NHS BSA Prescription Services

8. Project of the Year Award (Not for profit/Charity)

  • VSO
  • MacMillan Cancer Support
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Cancer Research UK
  • Helena Partnerships
  • Orbit Group

9. Overseas Project of the Year Award

  • Champions Group
  • Standard Bank
  • Caesears Entertainment
  • Beekeeper
  • DHL Express Africa

10. The Employer Brand Award

  • Cancer Research UK
  • Cross Country
  • Pentland Brands

11. Wellness Award

  • The Georgian House
  • The University of Sheffield
  • Label Apeel
  • ChristChurch School

12. Reward and Recognition Award

  • Champions Group
  • Home and Dixons
  • Las Iguanas
  • Vaultex

13. Innovative Technology Award

  • The App Builder
  • Bio Tech Design

14. HR Technology Award

  • PPL
  • Bright Horizons
  • Trustford
  • Havas People
  • Achievers
  • Misys

The Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards) represents the game changers, the forward-thinking businesses that strive to do things differently and put their workforce at the heart of its operation. In a competitive labour market, businesses have to offer and be seen to be doing things differently to create an engaging and rewarding working environment. The EE Awards celebrate the best small and big businesses the UK & Ireland have to offer.

The judging panel for the EE Awards was made up of recognised industry professionals and thought leaders including:

  • David Macleod, Engage for Success
  • Karen Moran, Director of Resourcing, Talent and Leadership, BBC
  • Laura Temple, Head of Leadership Engagement, SABMiller
  • Pippa Byrne, Head of HR UK & Ireland, Hugo Boss

The Employee Engagement Conference, powered by HRZone will take place on March 12 2015 and will include winners, finalists and industry leaders all sharing case studies, how to guides, research, advice and a forum for everyone to come together and converse with likeminded professionals.The conference is being launched in recognition of the wider focus in the UK on developing engagement cultures and the need for HR professionals to know what works and what doesn't.

For more information on The Employee Engagement Awards:
Matt Manners 
0207 929 4273
0779 9876473 

LinkedIn Group: The Employee Engagement Awards