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FEIEA Grand Prix 2012 winners revealed in Zurich

The FEIEA Grand Prix competition seeks to recognise excellence at the European level and to promote the sharing of best practice in internal communication. This year’s results were revealed at the FEIEA Grand Prix ceremony, which took place in central Zürich on 7 November 2012.

This year 103 practices from across Europe were entered in 15 categories from printed and electronic media to internal communication strategies and events. After three judging rounds (atnational and international level) the judges selected what they believed were the top three entries in each category.  Says Marie-Eve Deltenre, FEIEA GP director: »The FEIEA Grand Prix competition provides an opportunity for entrants to gauge their organisation’s communications against a European benchmark,«.

The FEIEA Grand Prix ceremony together with the Swiss National »Golden Quill« Awards presentations took place at the UBS Conference Centre in Zürich.  The FEIEA Grand Prix winners celebrated the best internal communication achievements from across Europe. In each category, different subcategories of printed publications, electronic media, IC events and strategies, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners were announced.

  • The best single multilanguage publication was published by Vivaqua (Belgium)
  • Best regular multilanguage publication went to OMV AG Styria Multi Media
  • The best magazine was produced for Crédit Suisse employees (Switzerland)
  • Employees of Centrica Energy (UK) read the best internal newspaper
  • Delta Lloyd Group from The Netherlands made the best front cover
  • The best photograph in internal publications was chosen from Service public fédéral justice’s internal publication (Belgium)
  • Slovenian colleagues from Si.Mobil published the best graphic image
  • The best electronic newsletter came from Portugal’s Gruppo Ch
  • A1 Telekom Austria had the best intranet
  • A film from Belgium’s Infrabel was selected as the best in the audio-visual category
  • Siemens Portugal organised the best single event
  • DHL IT Services from Czech Republic the best multiple event
  • The best single issue strategy was conducted in the UK by Allman Communication for Mitchells & Butlers
  • The best ongoing strategy by ING Insurance from Czech Republic
  • A Slovenian entry from the company Mercator won in the multinational strategy category

FEIEA President Steve Doswell says: »Every year we see the emergence of new trends and the persistence of cultural differences. So it was this year, with an ever-growing focus on corporate values and a search for authenticity in communication in some cases, together with a continued formalism in the way senior figures are portrayed in others. Our challenge as a pan-European organisation is to distinguish between ‘good and bad’ on one hand and ‘culturally appropriate’ on the other. Never easy but always fascinating.

»Above all, we do our collective best to treat each entry fairly and to arrive at decisions that ‘work’ for organisations as diverse as a hardware retailer in Scandinavia, a national railway in ‘Mitteleuropa’ or a telecoms operator in southern Europe.«

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FEIEA is looking for the best internal communication practices in Europe

The FEIEA Grand Prix competition seeks to recognise excellence at the European level and to promote the sharing of best practice in internal communication. This year, the final international judging stages took place over three intensive days in Brussels on 21-23 September.

This weekend was a busy one for the 10 members of the jury from 10 FEIEA countries, as they looked into 103 entries from 15 categories from printed and electronic media to internal communication strategies and events.  After the first selection completed by a national jury the short-listed entries were presented to the European jury composed of specialists from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the UK. During the first international round – the Grand Prix semi-final stage – up to three entries per country and per category were examined by at least four members of the European jury. Only one entry per category and per country made it through to the second and final round. Here, judges selected what they believed were the top three entries in each category representing the best examples of internal communication practice in each category.

FEIEA President Steve Doswell described the process: »Put two internal communication professionals together and you get three opinions. So when you put ten of us together in Brussels from ten different countries and ask us to evaluate more than one hundred examples of internal communication, the result is two and a half days, effectively 24 solid hours, of discussion, debate and – yes, of course, it sometimes happens – disagreement. Eventually, decisions are taken. Who wins, who comes second or third, who comes close and in some cases, who earns a special commendation for an individual aspect of their work.  That’s exactly how it is with the FEIEA Grand Prix pan-European judging panel.

»Every year we see the emergence of new trends and the persistence of cultural differences. So it was this year, with an ever-growing focus on corporate values and a search for authenticity in communication in some cases , together with a continued formalism in the way senior figures are portrayed in others. Our challenge as a pan-European organisation is to distinguish between ‘good and bad’ on one hand and ‘culturally appropriate’ on the other. Never easy but always fascinating.

»Above all, we do our collective best to treat each entry fairly and to arrive at decisions that ‘work’ for organisations as diverse as a hardware retailer in Scandinavia, a national railway in ‘Mitteleuropa’ or a telecoms operator in southern Europe.«

Now all attention is focused in on Zurich, where this year’s results will be revealed when the awards are presented at the FEIEA Grand Prix ceremony on 7 November 2012.

For details about the FEIEA Grand Prix contact FEIEA Grand Prix Director Marie-Eve Deltenre.

FEIEA WEBSITE

The FEIEA website is being reconstructed and updates have been suspended for the time being. The new-look website should be ready by the end of this year, and will be managed by our colleague from Denmark Henrik Vinther, as the new webmaster. We have clear ideas about how we want the new website to look and work but we would also appreciate your own comments or suggestions about renewing the FEIEA website.

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FEIEA is looking for the best internal communication practices in Europe

FEIEA invites you to enter the FEIEA Grand Prix 2012, an awards competition which seeks to recognise excellence at the European level and to promote the sharing of best practice in internal communication. This year’s competition will close for entries on 27th July 2012. Awards will be presented at the FEIEA Grand Prix ceremony in Zurich on 7th November 2012.

 Marie-Eve Deltenre, FEIEA GP Director: “The entries go through a first selection done by a national jury. The best of them will be presented to the European jury composed by specialists from Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and UK. During the first international round, each entry will be examined by at least 4 members of the European jury and only one entry per category and per country will take part at the second – final round to select the first, second and third in each category.«

 WHO CAN ENTER?

The competition welcomes entries from private and public companies, professional associations, NGOs and charities, agencies and other organisations developing internal communication programmes.

Entries are welcome from both members and non-members of national associations within FEIEA. However, members benefit from a reduced entry fee.

FEIEA GRAND PRIX 2012 ENTRY FORM

Download FEIEA Grand Prix 2012 ENTRY PACK

 BENEFITS OF ENTERING

All entrants receive feedback, with comments from the judges. All FEIEA Grand Prix judges are experienced communication professionals from around Europe, so this is an excellent opportunity to receive a well-qualified assessment of work for internal communicatorsFor Second and Third Place entrants receive a certificate, andClass Winners receive the FEIEA Grand Prix trophy, which is presented at the award ceremony. The best practices receive publicity on the FEIEA website, in the media, and within the national associations. In this way, the winning entrants have a chance to showcase their work for a wider European audience and can use the official ‘FEIEA Grand Prix Winner’ logo. Judges may also award a ‘certificate of merit’ if they feel that an entry deserves recognition but has narrowly failed to reach the top three places.

GRAND PRIX ENTRY CLASSES

Communicators can enter in one or more of the 15 classes this year – seven printed publication categories, three for electronic communications, two event categories and three communication strategy categories.

For details about the FEIEA Grand Prix, the classes, how to enter, the judging process and criteria, see FEIEA GP 2012 entry pack, contact your national Association representative for FEIEA GP or FEIEA Grand Prix Director Marie-Eve Deltenre (marie-eve.deltenre@vivaqua.be).

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