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.


We are now awaiting the Awards Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony is planned for 29 June 2022, 6 December 2022, and a preview of the Book is due to be available around the same time.


We are now closed for entries to the 2020 Peer Awards for Excellence.

Step by Step

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

You may well already know which of our awards you wish to enter (you can enter for one, for two or for all three), and it could also know the number of different submissions you plan to make for each. Take a look at the Company Awards if you plan three or more entries as these offer something in addition. We ask for your organisation’s logo, either as an image that can be uploaded from your computer or in the form of a link to your logo at a publicly accessible internet location. We expect to also need this as a hi-res image for the Book.

When you complete and submit the signing-up 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.

You may draft as many entries as you like online at your Dashboard and keep making revisions until you are happy that they are ready to be submitted.

You will need to select the award category you would wish an entry to be considered for – we may subsequently fine-tune 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 for instance. 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 supplemented with reference materials for judges that wish to dig deeper, and that you ensure you address both judging criteria impact and innovation.

You will be invited to supplement your entry with insights that we might use when writing about your entry in the Book we plan to publish, but that will not be included in the submission being judged. You can wait on this until after the awards are finished, if you prefer,

When your entry is ready to submit, clickon the dashboard, say how many entry credits you would like and select any of the submission options offered you would like to apply.

You may find that an entry could be suitable for other categories as well – from this or another peer award. It will be possible for you to resubmit what is basically the same entry for other categories, but it should have a clearly distinctive focus, title, content and images in each case. After all the different versions could all be judged by the same people and they might not welcome duplication.

If your company is a supplier to business it is important that your entry be non-promotional; which means it should focus on the impact and innovation of a client that uses your products/services, rather than on your products/services directly.

Rather than simply just declining unsuitable entries, we can 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 preference.

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.

Also now of course, being nominated means you will feature in the Book.

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.

New for 2020: Confirmation of inclusion on the shortlist is subject to the agreement of the judges. It is possible that by the end of the judging process the consensus amongst the judges will be that some entries that were included by us ought to be omitted from the final list. In this way we the shortlists as well as the winners are now also determined by the peer community.

At the awards ceremony we announce the winners of the competitive awards for initiatives that are most innovative and that have the greatest impact for each category, for each award, and for each industry sector, geographical region, and for each of the judging criteria, as well as the initiative that is the Grand Winner of an overall Peer Award.

In addition we grant qualitative awards to candidates that have three or more entries nominated for an award. So for example, you could be guaranteed acknowledgement at the ceremony with a “2020 Peer Award for Commitment to Excellence in People and Performance”, and your company could be included in a special section in the Book. At the Awards Ceremony we also plan to acknowledge the company that performs best overall, which takes account of all their nominated entries.

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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; Phillips; 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