People & Performance Award 2018-10-31T11:39:06+00:00

The Peer Award for Excellence in People & Performance celebrates innovative HR, internal communication and employee engagement, and it does so in a way that distinguishes it from most awards for business in a number of key ways.


The Peer Awards are inspirational because finalists review each other’s innovative entries; they are open and democratic in that it is the finalists themselves that are the judges; they are easy to enter as submission and judging are online (which is also why they are global) and as there is no fixed format or length for your entry; they offer exposure in the media but also confidentiality if you prefer; entry is low-risk and the awards ceremony is a celebration of all finalists attending.

People & Performance Award Categories

Associate your entries with one or more of these proposed award categories, adjusting the focus of each as you like. When it comes to announcing the shortlists you may find that some have been altered to best suit the entries that are nominated.


The deadlines for 2019 will be announced later this year


When you register you say the number of entries you wish to submit for each of the awards, which you can add to later.

Please enquire about our special People and Performance Company Category in your organisation’s name that can guarantee to celebrate your employees (or clients if you are a supplier) exclusively at the Peer Awards Ceremony, for their innovative work in People and Performance. Alternatively our Enterprise Award could be a better fit if you have entries from our other awards in addition to People and Performance, would like your award to focus on a particular strength of your organisation, and would welcome having your own table for ten at the Peer Awards Ceremony.

Step by Step

We summarise here the five key steps in the process for Peer Awards candidates.

Online registration (using link on menu above) enables us to create your personalised Peer Awards Dashboard. This is where you draft and submit your entries and later is also where you will be able to review other entries and vote for winners.

You should know which of our four awards you wish to enter, and the number of different submissions you plan to make for each. Take a look at the Enterprise Award option if you plan a few entries for more than just one of the awards. Also you will need to provide your organisation’s logo. This image can be uploaded from your computer or can be provided as a link to your logo at a publicly accessible internet location.

When you complete and submit the registration form, the system will ask you to verify your email address. Please make sure that you have access to your corporate email (as opposed to a generic email like gmail or Hotmail etc.) so we can verify the organisation that you work for – which is how we vet finalists and judges for quality assurance of the integrity of the Peer Awards.

At the checkout page press the [complete] button to confirm your order and for your Dashboard to be generated. The invoice will need to be settled before we consider your submitted entries for nomination.

You may draft as many entries as you like online at your Dashboard and keep making revisions until you (and any colleagues) are happy that they are ready to be submitted. Only when you submit an entry do you use up a credit.

You will need to select the award category you would wish an entry to be considered for. We may subsequently adjust the final list of categories to best suit the entries that get nominated.

Our entry form is completely flexible, enabling you to simply re-use materials that you may have already prepared for other award entries or communications. You can provide a mixture of text (as little or as much as you choose), images, video and PDF. Our two suggestions are that you provide an executive overview first, supplemented with reference materials for judges that wish to dig deeper, and that you ensure you address each of the judging criteria (impact, innovation and inspiration).

Click to see what the entry form looks like. The illustration is of an entry where a title, picture and category have been selected, and shows what we need to know about an entry and its description.

When your entry is ready to submit, click the ‘thumbs up’ icon on the dashboard and select the free-of charge bonus that you would like from the options offered. If the ‘Thumbs up’ icon is in black and white and not coloured, then this means that there is still some information we need from you in order for you to submit an entry.

You may find that one of your entries could be suitable for more than one category in this award, or for another category in one or more of the other awards. It will be possible for you to resubmit what is basically the same entry for other categories, for a reduced fee. The entry itself will need to remain the same, but you are invited to change the title, the strap-line and the main picture. If you know that it is your intention to do this, then we suggest that you make sure that your entry is phrased in a way that addresses the different categories. Each such entry will be considered for nomination on its merits.

Rather than simply just declining or nominating submitting entries, we frequently revert back to a candidate with requests and suggestions, so that we can hopefully nominate every entry that has the potential to be a winner, which is our intention.

Once your entry is nominated you will be offered a further selection of options.

Being nominated is something to celebrate. Every year we receive a very high quality of entries, and so being included amongst those selected is an honour and an achievement in itself. We send you an electronic badge that you can use, and are delighted to showcase your entry at our website after the judging is complete.

When all the nominations are complete we finalise the categories and assign a quorum of nominated entries to each. It is when the shortlist is announced that finalists discover the specific award categories that their nominated entries are in, and is also when they learn about the other entries that are in the same category.
At the awards ceremony we announce the winners of each award category and of each award as a whole. Also, at the Peer Awards ceremony, we announce the winners of the various industry sector, geographical region and judging criteria awards, as well as the Grand Winner of the overall Peer Awards. In addition candidates with three or more nominated entry for an award are able to be celebrated in an award for their own category that features just their nominated entries, and enterprises with multiple nominations across the awards may be celebrated in their own custom award.
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User Guide

Who can Enter

Entries are invited from internal departments (HR and L&D for instance) and from suppliers of relevant products and services.

Our one proviso is that the entry not be self-promotional, so that the nominated entries (which are basically case studies) can be presented to fellow professionals (the judges) untarnished by any sales agenda.

Entries should focus on one or more internal initiatives, all of which help present an innovative idea or approach. They can all have taken place within one client organisation, or across a number. An involved supplier can be acknowledged alongside the organisation in whose name the entry is submitted. Alternatively the entry can be in the supplier’s name, in the form of a case study championed by at least one end-user organisation.

Become a Finalist, Win an Award

It is very easy to submit entries to the Peer Awards, and we are keen to nominate any (non-promotional) entry that is clearly expressed, shows an impact in its target community, is doing something different and is likely to interest fellow HR practitioners (that is the other finalists, who are also the judges).

The Peer Awards Ceremony

The ceremony planned for June 2018 will again be a champagne afternoon cream tea at a prestigious Central London venue. It is here that all the finalists are acknowledged and the winners announced and celebrated.

New this year is the opportunity to celebrate being a finalist (with a certificate and a photo) at the Awards Ceremony even if your entry is not a winner, and (especially with our international clients in mind) the opportunity (simply by submitting three or more nominated entries) to be guaranteed acknowledgement and success at the awards ceremony.

Peer Review (Judging)

All finalists are invited to also be judges, and we anticipate that it will also be possible to register just as a judge without submitting any entries, to read, review and rate the nominated entries of interest, asking questions of the other finalists for further information and greater clarity where you wish. You may adjust your ratings later with the benefit of hindsight.


Our exciting Enterprise Award provides a unique way for your company to sponsor a prestigious award, to participate with your own client entries and be sure that at least one of these will be celebrated at the Awards Ceremony, all without compromising the integrity of the award. This enable your brand to be prominently associated with innovation and excellence at the Peer Awards and across our media coverage, at the Awards Ceremony and at the Winners Summit, all for the price of half a dozen nominated entries and a table at the ceremony.

Previous People & Performance Finalists

All of these organisations have been finalists for the Peer Awards for Excellence in People & Performance in previous years, some of them multiple times. Where you see an entry highlighted this means you can click to view their showcase page…

The AA; ASDA; Bank of America; Baxter Storey; BP; British Gas; Buckinghamshire County Council; Bupa; Canary Wharf; CapGemini; Carewatch; Channel 4; Cisco; Coventry And Warwickshire NHS Trust; Crawford; Cushman & Wakefield; Dell; Deutsche Telekom; Direct Line; DSTL; EDF; Electrocomponents ; The Entertainer; Eversheds; Experian; G4S; Global Pay; Ground Construction; Halton Council; HC-One; Hertfordshire Constabulary; The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising; InterContinental Hotels Group; Kadence International; Kent County Council; Lansons; Legal & General; Marsh; Maxus Global; MBNA; McDonald’s; MetLife; Middlesex University; Migros; Mitie; Molson Coors; Napp; The Natural History Museum; Nokia; Norton Rose Fulbright; NSL Services; The O2; OMV; Orange UK; PDSA; Pharmaceutical Product Development; Philips; Phoenix Futures; Phonographic Performance Limited; PKF; Primark; PZ Cussons; Rackspace; Ramsay Healthcare; RBS; Reader Offers; Reed Smith; Royal Caribbean; SAP; Save the Children; Simmons & Simmons; The Skills Funding Agency; SSP; Takeda; TalkTalk Technology; Tearfund; Thomas Eggar; Thomson Reuters; Trafford Housing Trust; Turkcell; UCLan; UKTV; University of Bolton; Virgin Media; Vodafone; Whitefriars Housing Group; Wipro