Best Practice Awards

The 2021 Best Practice Awards were launched on Wednesday 28th April.

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 - across the UK, Europe and internationally - 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. 

To download the award criteria and full details for each award, and to submit your entries, please visit our awards microsite at


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 2021, following a review by the IR Society’s Best Practice Committee, the awards categories will be:

  • Best IR Communications and Engagement Programme
  • Best Innovation in IR
  • Best Communications of ESG
  • Best Annual Report  

This year we have simplified the categories of the companies into Small-cap, Mid-cap and Large-cap with all international companies integrated into company size rather than separately as has been done in the past.

Self-entry Awards costs

Number of categories:  
1: £100 +VAT
2: £150 +VAT
3: £200 +VAT
4: £250 +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 Institutional Investor, 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

28 April - Launch of 2021 self-entry awards

31 August - Close of self-entry awards

September - Initial review of all entries by IR Society 

September/October - Long shortlists reviewed by our partner Business Schools 

6 October - Self-entry shortlists announced 

13 October - Voted award shortlists announced

1 November 2021 - Judging panel convenes

23 November 2021 - Awards Presentation (format TBC)

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