On Friday 12 June, the employee benefits industry celebrated with the best in the business at the 13th annual Employee Benefits Awards.

During this lunchtime summer party, hosted by Debra Stephenson, we gave out 24 awards. This was followed by an afternoon of networking, relaxing and making the most of the fun of the fairground (click through to our Photo gallery to see who got up to what).

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a very special thank-you to Mercer, who have once again been our headline sponsor.

At our judging in March, the panels were particularly struck by the steps employers are taking to offer staff the flexibility to tailor their benefits package to best suit their individual needs, particularly where they have an increasingly multi-generational workforce.

I would like to thank our highly esteemed judges (see who was on our six judging panels in Meet the judges) for all the hard work they put into judging the awards. They all put in days of hard work to read their allocated entries before gathering at Employee Benefits’ offices to go through each entry in detail.

We are proud of the huge effort put in by all the judges and the robust integrity of their decisions. Each year, our new judges are struck by just how rigorous and influence-free the process is.

This means being a finalist in these awards is a huge achievement. The quality of the vast majority of entries was extremely high and in some heavily-entered categories we had to reject some good entries to whittle our way down to a manageable, but excellent, shortlist.

Where we had long debates within our panels, we have also bestowed a highly commended award to acknowledge a close-run race for top spot.

You can read all about why the winners won by using the Categories links above or scroll down.

Congratulations to all our winners and highly commended.

Debbie Lovewell-Tuck
Employee Benefits

Mercer is delighted once again to be the headline sponsor of this key event in the benefits calendar. As a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement, and investments, Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth, and performance of their most vital asset — their people.

Employee benefits were designed to meet the needs of the workforce, to use the scale of the employer to achieve value for the employee. These core benefits remain important today, but employees’ expectations and needs have changed and life has become more complex. The pace of change continues to increase. The benefits and resources provided and the ways in which they are provided and communicated are changing. It’s no longer just about benefits – it’s now all about helping employees to manage their health, wealth and careers, and enabling them to do so digitally.

Our clients recognise this and we are working with them to develop new ways to help them to address the challenges of a managing diverse workforce in a new digital world.

Richard Wilson