Celebrating excellence: The 2023 Business Culture Awards finalists announced

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The judging panel of more than  50 top HR and business leaders have spoken. Here are the Business Culture Awards Finalists for 2023

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Recognising and sharing the power of stand-out culture

Business Culture Awards Finalists 2023

In the dynamic world of business, creating a positive organisational culture has emerged as the cornerstone of success. This year the Business Culture Awards celebrates those companies that have taken a leap forward, enhancing both their people and performance through innovative cultural initiatives.

The extensive judging panel, comprising more than 50 prominent HR and business leaders, have meticulously reviewed and chosen the finalists for the 2023 Business Culture Awards, for which The People Space is a partner. These organisations have not just understood the pivotal role of culture in business, but they have actively integrated substantial initiatives that positively impact organizational performance.

Tim Pointer, chair of judges, said: “The way we connect, collaborate and deliver our work has rapidly evolved in recent years. It's fantastic to see such a breadth of organisations thinking innovatively and taking deliberate action to better engage and empower their employees. Across these case studies, we see how a winning business culture delivers positive performance and results for all stakeholders.”

For those anticipating the big reveal, the winners will be announced at a glittering event at the DeVere Grand Connaught Rooms in London's West End on Wednesday 15 November. An evening dedicated to celebrating the spirit of enterprise and innovation, it's an occasion not to be missed.

This year Business Culture Awards is also running a daytime learning and networking conference before the big night. Attendees can engage with past winners and partners and gain insights into their strategies. Senior practitioners from organisations including Wunderman Thompson, Civil Service Fast Stream, Sage, Ocado Group, Mitie, Oracle and Swiss Re are among the speakers.



You can view the programme and speakers, as well as highlights from the June conference at Lord’s Cricket Ground. 



Speakers will share actionable insights that your team can bring back to your organisation on: 

  • Successfully aligning culture and business strategy
  • Creating lasting behaviour change in leaders and teams based on organisational values
  • Reengaging employees and customers post-pandemic
  • Building a more inclusive, creative, collaborative organisation

This event is designed to enable attendees to network with like-minded senior practitioners and their teams in a forum which enables real conversation, debate and connection around the major workplace trends facing businesses right now. 

To all the finalists, well done. Here's to celebrating business culture and to forging connections. Make sure to book your spot at the awards dinner for what promises to be an enlightening and enchanting evening.

2023 FINALISTS

Best Business Transformation Initiative (Large Organisation)

Alzheimer’s Society

GKN Automotive + Emperor

Invesco + Corporate Punk

Lloyds Banking Group

Noble Foods

SOCOTEC UK

Shared Services Connected

Best Business Transformation Initiative (Small to Medium Organisation)

Be Caring

Citygate Automotive

CLOUD NINE

Creative Media

Gattaca

Ninety Consulting

Leading with Purpose for Business Culture (Large Organisation)

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

ISS World Services A/S

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group

Noble Foods

Provide Community Interest Company + ETS

Leading with Purpose for Business Culture (Small to Medium Organisation)

CAE Technology Services

Gattaca

Lubbock Fine

Ninety Consulting

RMP Enterprise

Vynamic

Best Brand & Values Initiative for Business Culture

Arriva Group + WPA Pinfold

Be Caring

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

elaworld + elements

Escapism Bars

Lovell + Culture Consultancy

Sage

Building a Culture of Innovation Initiative

ABM Industries + FTI Consulting

AstraZeneca UK

CAE Technology Services

monday.com

Provide Community Interest Company

Shared Services Connected

UST

Best Working Environments & Practices Initiative

Currys

Lloyds Banking Group

NHS Shared Business Services

Peldon Rose

Sage

Shared Services Connected

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture (Large Organisation)

DFDS UK&I

Great Western Railways + The Happy Consultancy Group

Imperial Brands

Lloyds Banking Group

Mitie

Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers) + Hive Learning

Phoenix Group + Samaritans + CanStudios + Cowry Consulting

WPP

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture (Small to Medium Organisation)

Blue Door Creative Development + The Regional Support Centre, U.S. Department of State + Kit Theatre CiC

CAE Technology Services

Embrace CX

Gatehouse Bank + ETS

Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (Large Organisation)

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Lloyds Banking Group

Mitie

Pernod Ricard (Chivas Brothers) + Hive Learning

Shared Services Connected

XPS Pensions Group

Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative (Small to Medium Organisation)

Blue Door Creative Development + The Regional Support Centre (RSC), U.S. Department of State + Kit Theatre CiC

Euro Accounting

Gattaca

Lewes FC

Vynamic

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion category sponsored by ISS

Best Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture (Large Organisation)

Alzheimer’s Society

EE (Part of BT Group)

Lloyds Banking Group

Shared Services Connected

Viasat + Inmarsat

XPS Pensions Group

Best Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture (Small to Medium Organisation)

Creative Media

Embrace CX

Lubbock Fine

Peldon Rose

SevenRooms

ZOPA

Best CSR / Corporate Sustainability Initiative

ihateironing

ISS UK + PwC

Lloyds Banking Group

Mount Anvil

REAL JOBS

RMP Enterprise

UST

Best Employee Voice Initiative for Business Culture (Large Organisation)

Alzheimer’s Society

AstraZeneca UK

Currys

HSBC

ISS World Services A/S

NHS Shared Business Services

Sage

Wunderman Thompson

Best Employee Voice Initiative for Business Culture (Small to Medium Organisation)

Autocab

Citygate Automotive

Scott Bader Company

Business Culture Leadership Award

Be Caring – Sharon Lowrie

Escapism Bars – Flynn Byrne

Make it Clear – Sarah Edwards

Mortgage Advice Bureau – Claire Smith

Peldon Rose – Jitesh Patel

UST – Sunil Balakrishnan

Sponsored by EJF Search

Business Culture Team Award (Large Organisation)

BT – Data, Legal, Compliance & Assurance

DFDS UK&I – People Team

Invesco – European Marketing Leadership (MLT)

NHS Shared Business Services – Internal Communications Team

Shared Services Connected – Continuous Improvement Team

UST – OVC (Office of Values and Culture)

Business Culture Team Award (Small to Medium Organisation)

Autocab – People Team

Citygate Automotive – People and Culture Transformation Team

Peldon Rose – Culture Calendar Team

Wagada Digital Team

Zopa – People Team

Best Coaching, Mentoring &/or Personal Development Initiative for Business Culture

Embrace CX

Gatehouse Bank + ETS

MCBS Electrical

Mount Anvil

NFU Mutual

Sodexo

Transport for London + t-three

Wunderman Thompson

Sponsored by EMCC UK

Best Talent Approaches for Business Culture

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

ISS UK + PwC

Lloyds Banking Group

REAL JOBS

SevenRooms

SOCOTEC UK

Transport for London

Sponsored by Gattaca Solutions

Best Global/International Organisation for Business Culture

GKN Automotive + Emperor

Imperial Brands

Integrated Global Services (IGS)

ISS World Services A/S

Scott Bader Company

UST

WPP

Best Large Organisation for Business Culture

Arriva Group + WPA Pinfold

AstraZeneca UK

DFDS UK&I

HSBC

Metro Bank

Sage

Sodexo

Best Medium Organisation for Business Culture

CAE Technology Services

Citygate Automotive

Gattaca

HE Simm Group

Lovell + Culture Consultancy

MI-GSO | PCUBED

No7 Beauty Company + Coode Associates

Best Small Organisation (50-250 people) for Business Culture

CLOUD NINE

Embrace CX

Mount Anvil

PACE-XL

Spirit Health Group

Best Small Organisation (under 50 people) for Business Culture

Escapism Bars

Interaction

Level

Make it Clear

The Good Marketer

Wagada Digital

Best Public / Not-For-Profit Organisation for Business Culture

Alzheimer’s Society

Barnsley Premier Leisure + WPA Pinfold

National Trust + dragonfish

Provide Community Interest Company

Transport for London

Business Culture Consultancy of the Year

Coode Associates

Corporate Punk

Culture Consultancy

dragonfish

The Happy Consultancy Group

Vynamic

International Finalists 2023

Best Business Transformation Initiative

Allianz Turkey

Goodbody + Culture Consultancy

ÌGA – Istanbul Grand Airport

ISS World Services A/S

Leading with Purpose for Business Culture

ISS World Services A/S

Netsurit

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture

İGA –İstanbul Grand Airport

Transparent BPO

Building a Culture of Innovation Initiative

Bitwise Industries

Netsurit

Best CSR / Corporate Sustainability Initiative

ÌGA – Istanbul Grand Airport

MHP SE + FTI Consulting

Best Large Organisation for Business Culture

Fiverr

Saint Gobain North America + FTI Consulting

Best Medium Organisation for Business Culture

Goodbody + Culture Consultancy

OKE Group GmbH

Business Culture Consultancy of the Year

CultureBrained® Consultancy

Culture Consultancy

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