Winners announced for first ever employee engagement awards

Winners announced for first ever employee engagement awards Hotel management company The Dorchester Collection has picked up The Investors in People Company of the Year Award, in the inaugural Employee Engagement Awards. Although awards programmes are as much about marketing and revenue as recognising talent and achievement, it’s clear that the launch of the first ever awards that recognise employee engagement reflects a growing realisation by employers that it’s an area to be taken seriously. As the economy improves, the labour market grows more competitive and businesses have to offer and be seen to be doing things differently, to create an engaging and rewarding working environment. Other notable winners include The University of Sheffield, which won the Wellness Award and Transport for London, for Project of the Year Award (Public sector).

Matt Manners, founder of the Employee Engagement Awards said: “I’ve been blown away by the response in our first year. The calibre of work we’ve seen has been world-class and this is just the beginning.”

He explains: “The Dorchester Collection was a clear winner this year. The fact they have co-created their own engagement metric with Cornell University shows the lengths Eugenio Pirri and his team have gone to ensure their employees are engaged. They live and breathe engagement and ensure it runs throughout the business.  The Dorchester Collection has set the bar high in our first year and we look forward to them and everyone else trying to raise it again at the 2015 awards that open again this June.”

The awards attracted a wide range of participants, ranging from start-ups to multinationals  and included Lidl, EDF, DHL, Pentland Brands, TFL and App Builder.

The full list of winners and highly commended businesses are as follows:

The winners and highly commended in each category

  1. The Investors in People Company of the Year Award
    Winner –The Dorchester Collection
    Highly Commended –Bright Horizons & Pentland Brands
  2. Professional of the Year Award
    Winner –Malcolm Cotterell – Cross Country
    Highly Commended –Frances Williams – First Great Western & James Conaghan – DeVere & Village Hotels
  3. Unsung Hero Award
    Joint Winners –NHS BSA Prescription Services &First Group
    Highly Commended – Nampak Plastics
  4. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 250+ staff)
    Winner –DHL Express
    Highly Commended –Pentland Brand
  5. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 50-250 staff)
    Winner –Life Search
    Highly Commended –Charlton Associates
  6. Project of the Year Award (Private sector – 0-50 staff)
    Winner –Oasis HR
    Highly Commended –IncrediBull
  7. Project of the Year Award (Public sector)
    Winner –Transport For London
    Highly Commended –NHS BSA Prescription Services
  8. Project of the Year Award (Not for profit/Charity)
    Winner –VSO
    Highly Commended –Orbit Group
  9. Overseas Project of the Year Award
    Winner –DHL Express Africa
    Highly Commended –Champions Group
  10. The Employer Brand Award
    Winner –Cross Country
    Highly Commended –Cancer Research UK
  11. Wellness Award
    Winner –The University of Sheffield
    Highly Commended –Label Apeel
  12. Reward and Recognition Award
    Winner –Las Iguanas
    Highly Commended – Home and Dixons
  13. Innovative Technology Award
    Winner –The App Builder
    Highly Commended –Bio Tech Design
  14. HR Technology Award
    Winner –Bright Horizons
    Highly Commended –PPL

For more information on the awards programme visit