RD:IR Congratulates Award Winners

It’s that time of the year again when black ties and long dresses get an airing at various awards ceremonies.

First up was the IR Society’s Best Practice Awards 2016 held on Tuesday 22 November.  As Gold Sponsor, RD:IR was well represented, hosting 5 tables of clients and staff.  MD, Richard Davies, awarded the grand prize of Best Overall Company IR to Shire plc. 

A full list of the winners can be found below.


Self-Entry Awards

Best Annual Report

International – Phosagro  /   Small Cap & Aim – McBride   /   FTSE 250 – DS Smith   /   FTSE 100 – Arm Holdings

Most Effective Sustainability Communications

International – BASF  /   FTSE 250 – Go-Ahead Group   /   FTSE 100 – Anglo American

Best Digital Reporting

International – Geberit   /   Small Cap & Aim – Inland Homes   /   FTSE 250 – Evraz   /   FTSE 100 – Old Mutual Group

Best Use Of Digital Communications

International – Gazprom Neft   /   Small Cap & Aim – Shanks Group   /   FTSE 250 – Hays   /   FTSE 100 – British Land

Best IPO IR Communications – McCarthy & Stone

Best Overall Communication of Company Investment Proposition

Small Cap & Aim – Eurocell   /   FTSE 250 – Pennon Group   /   FTSE 100 – Taylor Wimpey

Voted Awards

Best Newcomer To IRCharlotte McBride, J Sainsbury

Best IROGreg Feehely, Asos

Best Overall Company IR Shire


The second awards ceremony of the week was Investment Week’s “Investment Company of the Year Awards 2016” (in association with the AIC) held on Thursday 24 November.  RD:IR works very closely with the Investment Trust community and was delighted to see so many clients among the winners.

Those honoured with awards are listed below.


Quantitative Award Categories

UK Equity Income – Finsbury Growth & Income

UK Equity and Bond Income – Henderson High Income

UK Growth – JPMorgan MidCap 

UK Smaller Companies – Rights & Issues Investment Trust

Private Equity – HarbourVest Global Private Equity

Single Country – New India Investment Trust

Europe – Henderson EuroTrust 

Asia –  Pacific Assets

Global – Scottish Mortgage

Overseas Income – Henderson International Income Trust

Overseas Smaller Companies – Baillie Gifford Shin Nippon

Emerging Markets – BlackRock Frontiers

Flexible Investment – RIT Capital Partners

Specialist Income – CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities

Specialist – Worldwide Healthcare

Property (joint winners) – Picton Property Income & TR Property Investment Trust

VCTs – Unicorn AIM VCT


Qualitative Award Categories

Best New Issue – Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust  

Best New Issue VCT – Puma VCT 12

Group of the Year – Baillie Gifford 

Outstanding Industry Contribution – Andrew Bell, Witan 


Congratulations to all winners and best of luck for 2017.