De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, London
The IR Magazine Awards – Europe 2024 will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms. This very special event honors excellence in the investor relations profession across Europe and we are excited to welcome everyone for an evening of fine food and lots of celebrating!
Since the annual event first launched in 1990, tens of thousands of analysts and investors have voted in the surveys behind the awards. The result: vital benchmarking information on which companies do the best IR. In recent years, the awards program has expanded to recognize more aspects of an IRO’s role as we add new categories to the list and give IR teams the opportunity to nominate themselves.
By popular demand, we presented two types of award categories – researched and nominated – both celebrating the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in IR across Europe.
For our researched categories, companies do not submit nominations. Instead, hundreds of analysts and investors cast their votes and give their opinions on which companies provide the best IR service. In our nominated categories, companies submit written entries to articulate their success and achievements from the past year, giving any publicly listed company the opportunity to be considered for an award.
For our awards-by-nomination categories, individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.
View the full list of nominees and winners by clicking here.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4989.
The awards-by-nomination categories differ from our traditional researched awards, as individuals and companies are given the opportunity to submit written entries, free of charge, to be put forward to a panel of expert judges made up of investment professionals and IR Magazine editorial team members.
The judging process consists of three simple phases:
Phase one: Once the entry deadline has passed, the IR Magazine editorial team reviews all submissions and produces the short list
Phase two: The short-listed entries are shared with an independent judging panel made up of industry experts. The judges review each short-listed entry and select their top two picks per category
Phase three: The judges come together to discuss, debate and select the final list of winners who will go on to win an award
The judges’ votes are not made public, but their comments may be published in articles or reports after the event. Judges are not required to make comments against every submission.
"The evening was taken care of down to the last detail. Beautiful location, music, well-calculated timing also to leave room for both networking moments"
"Great food, good timings, all seamless which is rare to see! Presenter was fantastic."
"Well done to everyone at IR Magazine for another very well organised and enjoyable event. It was a real treat to be mingling and spending time again with so many industry experts and seeing many new and familiar faces! "
"The evening went very smoothly with the transition between dinner and awards, and the pacing of the awards was great so it didn't feel like it dragged at all. The venue was also lovely."
"Well organised, good venue and separate areas for networking. Nice sponsor touches with balloons. Good food, good service. Nice intro from James (editor). Good to hear from winners briefly.
Good event despite challenges - well done!"
"I liked meeting with other corporate attendees, networking and the venue. Organisation was good."
"It was all very elegant and beautifully laid out. The stage was very nicely decorated and the award ceremony was not too long."
Our awards-by-research nominees are determined by the input of hundreds of analysts and portfolio managers, who give their opinions on which companies provide them with the best IR service in Europe. Every year we invite any publicly listed company to submit their list of buy and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers, so that they have the opportunity to vote via our survey.
View the full list of nominees and winners by clicking here.
If you have any questions about this process or wish to access our data sharing agreement, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For any further queries about the research process, please contact [email protected].
The first thing to explain is that our awards are different from most others: for our awards by research, companies do not submit nominations. The winners are identified by in-depth research and any publicly traded company is eligible to be considered. This survey is the only one of its kind to go directly to the investment community, via a combination of an electronic survey and one-to-one telephone interviews, canvassing the opinions of the people who matter to you most.
November – December 2023: Sample selection
IR Magazine has been building investment community databases for more than 30 years. As part of the updating process, listed companies are contacted every year for details of the professionals who currently cover their stock.
January – February 2024: Electronic survey
IR Magazine then conducts an electronic survey of buy-side and sell-side analysts and portfolio managers. The electronic survey typically receives 300 individual responses from the investment community. These responses then go to Mary Maude Research for initial analysis. The research firm determines what will constitute a representative sample, weighted for Europe’s industry sectors and geographical regions.
December 2023 – February 2024: Telephone survey
The telephone survey then gets under way. The researchers conduct in-depth interviews with 300 portfolio managers and analysts across Europe. Many of them participate in the study year after year, but there is always a healthy proportion of new respondents each year as well. As the research progresses, the sample is adjusted to ensure appropriate weightings are maintained.
Once the survey stage of the research is completed, the final analysis is undertaken. The companies with the highest scores make the short lists for the awards categories, and the points are further analyzed to identify the best exponents of IR by sector. The independence of our research is crucial to the integrity of the whole awards program, so IR Magazine sees the results only once the research is complete. This ensures a transparent, independent set of results that IROs can trust as a valuable bench-marking tool.
April 2024: Short list compiled
IR Magazine receives the results and contacts the short-listed companies to give them the good news. The short list is then published to the entire IR community the month before the event.
June 20, 2024: Winners announced
And finally… the winners are announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2024!
June 2024: Report published
Shortly after the awards, the Investor Perception Study – Europe 2024 report is published and made available to IR Magazine subscribers.
Attendees at this event are leading IR practitioners from across Europe. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic IR role within his or her company.
Below is a sample of the attendees:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|CFO||illimity||Head of IR||Aker Solutions ASA|
|Chief sustainability officer||ČEZ||Head of IR||Entain|
|Deputy head, IR||OMV||Head of IR||Ignitis|
|Director IR and sustainability||Galata Wind||Head of IR||Vonovia|
|Director, IR||Technip Energies||Head, corporate and ESG reporting||Howden Joinery Group|
|Director, IR||Barco||Head, financial reporting||MJ Gleeson|
|Director, IR||GSK||Head, group, IR||UniCredit|
|Director, IR||National Grid||Head, sustainability||Kenmare Resources|
|Director, IR||St. James’s Place||Institutional IR lead||JLEN|
|Director, IR||WPP||IR||Novo Nordisk|
|Director, IR and sustainability||NCC||IR and ESG senior manager||Vodafone|
|Director, marketing||Augmentum Fintech||IR capital markets interface manager||Airbus|
|Director, communications||Sobi Orphan Biovitrum||IR, director||Schneider Electric|
|Director, sustainable business||Britvic||IR, manager||Nestle|
|ESG IR manager||TotalEnergies SE||IR, sustainability director||Turk Telekom|
|Finance director||Warehouse REIT||Senior IR manager||Johnson Matthey|
|General manager, London branch||Intesa Sanpaolo||Senior IR manager||Wood|
|Global head of IR||IG||VP, IR||Azerion|
|Group financial controller||Harworth Group||VP, IR||BP|
|Group head, sustainability||CMC Markets||VP,IR||Valemt Oyj|
Why partner with us?
Our awards provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the European IR community. As a partner, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post-event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with IR excellence and network with key decision-makers from across the region – the ones pushing the profession forward through innovation.
Partnering with the event will provide:
All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives. To find out more get in touch with Ross Ingram or call on +44 78 2653 8072.
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View the highlights from the 2023 awards ceremony