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Breaking records at the HR Excellence awards - 2 July 2012

We scooped a record six gongs at the HR Excellence awards on Monday 25 June at the London Park Lane Hilton. This is more than any organisation in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors has ever won before.

Breaking records at the HR Excellence awards (image) - 2 July 2012
The coveted awards, in their ninth year, promote excellence in the field of HR. The awards are hard to win and are judged by HR directors and CEO's known for critical judgement. Judges look for:
  • Clearly defined vision and goals
  • Creative approach, originality and differentiation
  • Strongly developed business case showing how initiatives or people practice is aligned to organisational priorities
  • Senior level commitment
  • Tangible evidence of impact of with measurable and quantifiable results, particularly financial impacts.

AmicusHorizon won four main awards: Best HR Team not-for-profit/third Sector - beating housing association rivals One Vision Housing, Most Effective Use of Internal Communications - beating Heineken UK, Lloyds Banking Group and others, Outstanding Employee Engagement Strategy - beating Arriva UK, Sainsbury's and others, Best Use of CSR in HR - beating AXA PPP Healthcare and Marriott Hotels. Plus the overall 'Gold Award' celebrating the best of the best and Most People Focused CEO (public and voluntary sector) for Steve Walker promoted by HR Magazine and workplace engagement specialist Best Companies. A list of 10 top CEOs is drawn from employee feedback taking into account leadership criteria including inspiration, confidence and senior team building.

We were also a finalist in the change management strategy but pipped to the post by Thames Water. Entries were submitted by AmicusHorizon's graduate intake; Thomas Charnock, Patrick Cooper, Suzi Dutfield, Charles Glover-Short and Pavel Pemberton. The graduates attended the glittering ceremony joining directors on stage for the awards they helped write.

The judges warmed to the AmicusHorizon story and the way our "kick ass" HR strategy and people focus underpinned our performance over the last few years. They recognised our forward thinking vision, passion for customers and staff engagement. Judges loved the strategy, the real sense of passion and fun, and "big hairy goals." Judges deemed our approach "top drawer."

Steve Walker said: "This is yet another example of external validation of the success of our people journey. We've taken on the best of public and private sectors. We are showcasing housing associations at the forefront of remarkable HR and people practices. By investing in staff, we've cemented the link of motivated staff = great performance = happy customers. The awards are very special to us because they tell us we are on the right track. They give us confidence and pride, so we do more for customers."

Siân Harrington, publisher and editor of HR magazine said: "Entrepreneurs, visionaries, great leaders and managers, people who challenge and dare - these are the winners in my view. And it is these people and organisations that inspire us, that we want to work for and that help us learn, develop and fulfil our own potential. They have proved, once again, how great people strategy and practice are vital in helping organisations prosper."