Entry Process - PR and Communications
Entry deadline: 8 November 2019
We are proud to launch the 2020 Headlinemoney Awards, the ‘Oscars’ celebrating the best of financial services media. The industry’s favourite night of the year takes place on 6 May 2020 at The Brewery, London EC1.
This part of the Headlinemoney Awards is coveted amongst financial PRs. It’s where the financial press recognises the year-round support and help of media relations professionals, communications teams and industry commentators.
Who can take part?
Entries are welcomed in the following categories from financial services communications professionals, press teams and expert commentators. Whether you’re doing a great job as an individual, or as part of a team, there’s a category for you to showcase your achievements.
Categories & Entry Criteria
Each category is free to enter. Please make sure you read the relevant category criteria below and entry guidelines on the online entry forms before submitting an entry. Judges’ decisions will be final in all cases.
Please note that, unless stated, these awards cover the calendar year 2019.
PR Professional of the Year (in-house or agency)
This is the Blue Riband award for communications professionals working in the financial services marketplace. Judges will be looking for evidence that you are the best individual PR/communications executive working, either in-house for a financial services company or organisation, or working for an external PR agency with financial services clients.
2019 Charlotte Banks, Schroders
2018 Madhu Kalia, Rathbones
2017 Victoria Leyton, Quidco & VoucherCodes
Press Team of the Year (in-house)
This award recognises the outstanding in-house press team representing either a financial services company or a related organisation (for example, a member association). Judges will be looking for evidence that you are the best at understanding journalists’ areas of coverage and audiences, coming up with worthwhile pitches and being proactive, professional and proficient when dealing with the financial press.
2019 The Association of Investment Companies
2018 JP Morgan Asset Management
PR Agency of the Year
This award recognises the financial PR agency which is most in tune with the financial press. Judges will be looking for evidence that you are the best at understanding journalists’ areas of coverage and audiences, coming up with worthwhile and being proactive, professional and proficient on behalf of your clients when dealing with the financial press.
2019 KL Communications
2018 Quill PR
2017 Quill PR
Rising Star PR Professional of the Year
This award is aimed at up-and-coming communications professionals working in the financial services marketplace. Judges will be looking for evidence that you are the best individual PR/communications executive working, either in-house for a financial services company or organisation, or working for an external PR agency with financial services clients.
Please note: entrants in this category must be 30yo or younger on 31 December 2019.
2019 Rachel Harrison, Edelman UK
2018 Sophie Mayall, MRM Communications
2017 Martyn John, GoCompare.com
Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year
This award recognises the year’s most outstanding and thought-provoking press campaign undertaken by a financial services company or organisation. Judges will be looking for evidence of the campaign’s impact and success in gaining coverage in the financial press and beyond.
2019 Fidelity International with Teamspirit for The Financial Power of Women
2018 TSB for Consumers Matter
2017 Aviva with Instinctif Partners for Family Finances Report – Generation Regret
Expert of the Year
This award recognises the financial services professional who best provided timely, accurate and valuable comment/insights (verbal and/or written) to the financial press across print, broadcast, online (or a combination of all three media channels). Judges will be looking for evidence of great communications skills combined with guru-like knowledge from the individual concerned.
2019 Martyn James, Resolver
2018 Sir Steve Webb, Royal London
2017 Tom McPhail, Hargreaves Lansdown
How do I enter and what do I need to submit?
Make your entry via our online entry forms.
For each entry, you will be asked to include BOTH a 50-word summary of your entry, as well as a longer supporting statement of up to 300 words.
Please include a relevant image with your entry. For example:
- If you are entering the PR professional, rising star, or expert categories, provide a headshot.
- If you’re entering the press team or PR agency category, include a relevant team photo or corporate image.
- If you’re entering the thought leadership category, provide a relevant illustration of the campaign that’s being submitted.
Can I nominate someone else?
Yes, but ONLY in the ‘Expert of the Year’ category, where we’re happy to receive entries from third parties making a nomination on an individual’s behalf as well as direct from commentators themselves. (For example, a press officer making a nomination on behalf of an expert from the same company for whom they’ve achieved airtime).
Who will judge my submission?
Entries in each category will be scrutinised by a panel of judges from the financial services media. The judges will compile shortlists for each of the six PR categories and the winners will ultimately be decided by the financial journalist community via an online vote.
What will the judges be looking for?
There are no hard-and-fast rules about what makes a great entry in each of these categories. But bear in mind that it’s the financial press that has the final say in the decision-making.
Ultimately, the aim is to impress on the judges your communications expertise when it comes to working with the financial press.
Evidence of dedication, professionalism, reputation for efficiency, quality of story/campaign, ability to deploy experts at short notice, and an understanding of a journalist’s particular audience, are some of the factors that will doubtless contribute to the final decisions.
This is your chance to tell journalists about your media relations strengths and achievements over the past year!