Finalists revealed for North East Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HR Awards

22 companies have been shortlisted in this year’s awards, with the winners revealed at a ceremony on May 22

The 2013 CIPD HR Awards

The waiting is over. Today The Journal can reveal the names of the finalists in our prestigious competition to root out the cream of the region’s employers.

The judges have drawn up the list of the 22 companies shortlisted in this year’s North East Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) HR Awards.

And in unveiling the list we’re also giving you a last chance to book a table at what has become the highlight in the calendar for North East HR and development teams, the grand final on May 22 when the winners of the competition will be named.

Scores of firms from across the region entered the awards, which seek out the employers that go the extra mile in recruitment and training, bringing out the best in their employees and, in turn, producing results for the business.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development teamed up with The Journal and Nigel Wright Recruitment to publicise the competition and its aims.

The winners of the North East Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HR awards will be revealed at the black tie dinner at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Thursday, May 22, and a small number of tables remain available for booking.

Catherine Attwell, judge and CIPD executive officer, said: “The awards are now in their eighth year and this year we have seen even more newcomers and a wider range of organisations submitting entries.

“The quality of applications has been outstanding with many success stories all deserving recognition.

“Entries have demonstrated great practice and innovation whilst highlighting the valuable contribution HR&D makes to regional business success.

“While developing people remains a significant feature in many organisations, entries remain very strong in HR&D Team of the Year, Innovation through Social Media and Technology, Change Management and SME.

This further evidences how organisations are continually changing and how the HR&D profession can lead the thinking on how we can grasp opportunities and overcome challenges.

“The superb level and quality of entries also shows how HR&D professionals in the North East are passionate about people and passionate about their place of work. It’s no surprise that our judges have had an extremely tough job in deciding who should be this year’s finalists.

“The CIPD North East of England Branch is very proud to host the final of these awards, which provide a great opportunity to showcase some of the superb talent and skill in the region and also the chance to learn and share best practices.

Our awards aim to inspire future generations of the great North East. By celebrating and sharing business successes we hope winners will inspire others to achieve even more, providing a springboard for future success of HR&D and North East Business.”

Sue O’Donovan, senior consultant at associate sponsor Nigel Wright, added: “We really enjoy being involved in the judging of entries for the CIPD Awards as it gives us an insight into what organisations are up to in the region.

“This enables us to thoroughly understand the challenges they are facing and consequently, helps us to do our job better.

“This year the entries are very strong and I think it will be really difficult trying to decide the winners over the next few weeks.”

The finalists

Excellence in Developing People Award

IHC Engineering Business

Tesco Underwriting Ltd

Technology Services Group (TSG)

Innovation in Social Media or Technology Award

LSL Property Services plc

Utilitywise plc

Virgin Money

Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Award

Gateshead College

The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University of Sunderland

HR&D Team of the Year Award

Newcastle University

Utilitywise plc

Virgin Money

Engagement & Well-being Award

Komatsu UK Ltd

Parkdean Holidays

Parker Hannifin Manufacturing Ltd

Procter & Gamble

Change Management Projectof the Year Award

Arriva North East

Durham County Council


SME Excellence in HR&D Award

The Bazaar Group

Houghton International

Waterstons Ltd


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