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Winners announced at the 2015 UK & Ireland Employee Engagement Awards

London – January 29, 2016 – The winners of the UK & Ireland 2015 Employee Engagement Awards were announced last night in London. They represent the new breed of businesses that are leading the way in delivering the best employee experience. They include famous brands like AIB, LV=, National Express; education and healthcare bodies like the University of Sheffield and the NHS Business Services Authority and, smaller but equally committed businesses such as Elan Hair.

At the gala awards dinner in London, hosted by Danny Wallace, businesses large and small, local and multi-national, gathered to hear who would be announced as this year’s winners. Brands from BMW to Tesco, Barclays to Nationwide, Warburtons to Malmaison, Arriva to National Express celebrated the achievements of both the winners and the shortlisted organisations.

Matt Manners, founder of the Employee Engagement Awards said: “Last year I was blown away by the standard set in this country and the bar has been raised again. Our panel of esteemed judges saw a step change in the quality and innovation in the Employee Engagement programmes delivered. So much so that we felt it imperative to recognise more brands than usual to inspire other businesses to follow their lead and continuously improve an employee’s experience and feel the benefits throughout the organisation. Many congratulations to our Reward Gateway Company of the Year - Tata Consultancy Services.

“I believe competition to be healthy and recognition vital. We hope these awards are creating a healthy competition across businesses in the UK, and the world, to keep taking employee engagement to the next level. This year’s entrants have provided powerful proof of how investing in employee engagement translates to very tangible business value.”

Glenn Elliott, Founder & CEO at Reward Gateway, "We're so excited to be supporting the Employee Engagement Awards and helping to showcase the winner of their prestigious Company of the Year award. For 10 years, Reward Gateway has been at the forefront of helping HR people deliver real value to their organisations through employee engagement and highlighting examples of the great practice done in the industry is absolutely key for us."

UK EE Awards Showcase 2016
To provide access to the best practice represented by this year’s winners, the EE Awards is hosting an afternoon of 11 best practice presentations on March 2nd. Winners, finalists and industry leaders will provide practical advice to Employee Engagement professionals looking to get better results from their engagement programmes. To register interest and receive further information contact

New Global Hub for Employee Engagement Recognition
The Employee Engagement Awards is a truly global programme now operating in Europe and North America and launching in Australia and New Zealand later this year. As a result we are excited to launch our new global website today

New membership organisation for employee engagement professionals unveiled
The EE Awards dinner also marked the launch of The Employee Engagement Alliance (EEA) – a new membership organisation set up to champion the professional development of employee engagement. Full details on the EEA can be found @

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The winners and highly commended in each category

  1. The Reward Gateway Company of the Year Award
    • Winner – Tata Consultancy Services
    • Highly Commended – Homeserve, University of Sheffield, La Fosse Associates
  2. Unsung Hero Award
    • Winner – Catherine Plastow of Chiltern Railways
    • Highly Commended – First Manchester
  3. Employee Choice Award powered by People Insight
    • Winner - Prospectus Limited
    • Highly Commended – VisualSoft
  4. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 250+ staff)
    • Winner – AIB
    • Highly Commended – Virgin Care, Wales & West Utilities and Homeserve
  5. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 50-250 staff)
    • Winner – Circle IT
    • Highly Commended – VisualSoft
  6. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 0-50 staff)
    • Winner – Heat Recruitment
    • Highly Commended – Invotra
  7. Project of the Year Award (Public sector)
    • Winner – NHS Business Services Authority
    • Highly Commended – Bath & North East Somerset Council
  8. Project of the Year Award (Not for profit/Charity)
    • Winner – University of Sheffield
    • Highly Commended – The Benenden Healthcare Society
  9. Overseas Project of the Year Award
    • Winner – Wipro
    • Highly Commended – DHL Africa and Owens-Illinois
  10. The Employer Brand Award
    • Winner – King
    • Highly Commended – BMW and Direct Line
  11. Wellness Award
    • Winner – National Express Bus
    • Highly Commended – RB
  12. Reward and Recognition Award
    • Winner – PPL
    • Highly Commended – Cancer Research UK
  13. Social Responsibility Award
    • Winner – Elan Hair
    • Highly Commended – Tata Consultancy Services
  14. Best use of Technology Award
    • Winner – LV= Insurance
    • Highly Commended – One-Stop


The Employee Engagement Awards (EE Awards) is a global business that 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 across the world.

About the Employee Engagement Alliance
The EEA is the world’s first membership organisation to focus exclusively on employee engagement. Its goal is to champion the professional development of the discipline and to prove the significant business value that effective employee engagement brings to an organisation. Headquartered in the UK and led by a former Chairman of the PRCA, the EEA will represent employee engagement professionals worldwide. Membership is open to both individuals and organisations. The EEA has eight core goals: To provide a voice for employee engagement professionals; To provide access to training which is specifically designed to meet the professional development needs of employee engagement professionals; To run events that assist learning; To gather proof of the value of employee engagement; To crystallise best practice based on member contributions; To share knowledge between our members; To provide access to tools that aid the delivery of employee engagement and, to provide members the opportunity to benchmark the impact of their employee engagement programme against businesses of the same size and in the same sector.

For more information on The Employee Engagement Awards & Showcase:
Matt Manners
UK: +44 (0)203 371 877
UK: +44 (0)779 9876473
USA: +1 (212) 380-1246
LinkedIn Group: The Employee Engagement Awards