Best Practice Awards

Now in their 20th year, the IR Society Best Practice Awards provide a meaningful opportunity to showcase best practice, raise the standard of investor communications and recognise best in class performance.

The entry and judging process for these prestigious awards has not been impacted by the current cri​sis and the winners will be announced, as planned, in November. We are currently monitoring government advice and will confirm shortly whether we expect our annual Awards Dinner, scheduled for 24th November, to go ahead or will be adapting the format of the event to celebrate those winners demonstrating best in class investor communications.  

About the Awards

These awards offer a truly meaningful opportunity to showcase best practice. Each award aims to cover companies from the largest to the smallest – FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and small cap and AIM, as well as international – in recognition of the diverse range of listed businesses looking to the UK for excellence in IR. The real value of this awards programme is that it allows the IR Society to feed back to the IR community what great looks like in terms of how companies are communicating with their stakeholders.

Self-entry Awards

The Self-entry Awards are open to all companies listed on a recognised exchange that wish to demonstrate their commitment to leading investor communications. In 2020, following a review by the IR Society’s Best Practice Committee, the awards categories will be:

  • Most Effective Overall Communication of Company Investment Proposition

  • Best Communication of ESG

  • Most Effective Use of Digital Communications

  • Best IR Relating to a Corporate Transaction

  • Best Annual Report

Self-entry Awards costs

Number of categories:  
1: £100 +VAT
2: £150 +VAT
3: £200 +VAT
4: £250 +VAT
5: £275 +VAT

(Only multiple entries for different categories for the same company attract the discount)

Voted Awards

The Voted Awards recognise excellence in individual and team investor relations, and we are delighted to be working in partnership once again with Extel, an Institutional Investor company, which has helped us to address a larger audience and voting universe comprising both the buy and sell sides.

  • Best Investor Engagement

  • Best Newcomer to IR

  • Best IRO

  • Best Overall Company IR

Key Dates

2020 Awards Launch webinar - Wednesday 1st April, 2020

Self-entry and Voted Awards entries open - Wednesday 1st April, 2020

Voted Awards nominations close - Thursday 30th April, 2020

Self-entry Awards entries close - Tuesday 30th June, 2020

Shortlists announced - Early October 2020

Judging panel sits - Early November 2020

Awards Dinner - Winners announced! Tuesday 24th November, 2020

Sir Jonathan Symonds will be joining us on the 29th September as a keynote speaker at our Virtual Annual Conference……