Self-entry Awards

The self-entry awards are open to any company listed on a recognised stock exchange and entries can be submitted by the company or their advisers.

The 2021 self-entry awards categories can be found below. For each of the categories there will be separate awards for 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. 


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


The criteria that the judges will be using to assess the awards entries, the awards entry form and a useful FAQ document can be downloaded below.

Award Categories

Best IR Communications and Engagement Programme

For this award we are looking for effective and successful implementation of an investor relations communications and engagement programme, that both reflects and supports the strategy and goals for the business.

Best Innovation in IR

The objective of this Award is to recognise and encourage continuous development and improvement in our industry. Whilst there can only be one winner in each category, all those that enter will demonstrate a commitment to driving the importance, efficiency and effectiveness of the profession, and in turn hopefully attract a new generation of diverse talent.

Best Communications of ESG

We are looking for evidence a of year-round communication approach to investors and wider stakeholders. It should provide insight into how environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities are identified, understood and proactively managed and measured to contribute to a business' competitive advantage. Judges will be looking for evidence of a clearly defined approach and consistent communications, with a consistent and proactive point of view on material ESG issues and long-term value creation across all communications with investors. 

Best Annual Report 

Judges are looking for evidence of an innovative and effective annual report that plays an integral part in the communication of the strategy and investment case of a company. It should provide a sense of the purpose, culture and identity of your organisation. Judges will also be looking for evidence of clear and concise communications, considering key stakeholders’ needs and how these are met through both your report and the digital expression of it.  

Please contact Nicolle Oliver at or +44 (0) 20 7379 1763 for any queries or further information.

Download Best practice awards FAQs

Download Best IR Communications and Engagement Programme criteria and entry form

Download Best Innovation in IR criteria and entry form

Download Best communication of ESG criteria and entry form

Download Best annual report criteria and entry form

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