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The Rewards

Thu Dec 10, 2020
17:00 - 23:00
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The 10th annual Rewards: The most distinguished event in the industry’s calendar

Those within pay and reward are classed as key workers during the pandemic, at a time when it’s more crucial than ever to ensure employees are engaged and uplifted.

In these uncertain times, the employers, teams and individuals doing an exemplary job should not be forgotten, they deserve public recognition.

Broadcast digitally on December 10, the ‘Decade Edition’ of The Rewards will be even more special, as it will now feature The Reward 300 Awards - celebrating the work of both The Reward 300 and wider profession during COVID-19.

Recognising high achievement

The Rewards ceremony is the most distinguished event on the industry’s calendar. Join us in recognising high achievement and celebrating excellence in payroll, HR, pensions, reward and employee benefits.

Make sure you are there to witness the winner announcements and join fellow payroll, reward and HR professionals in celebrating the very best in our industry.


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Why you should attend


The Rewards are the industry’s leading independent payroll awards. Returning for the 10th year, the awards ceremony is a night to remember for everyone attending. Attendees represent key payroll, reward, pension and HR decision makers and the night offers an incredible chance to meet new contacts.


Key reasons to attend:

  1. Network with top names in the industry including the Reward 300
  2. Support the stars of the rewards industry
  3. Be dazzled by a night of entertainment
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2020 Judges View All

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2020 Judges

Aaron Mudd

European Pay and Benefits Manager
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Adele Hauxwell

Payroll and HR Manager

Amiel Barrimond

Global Head of Reward

Brian Lee

Payroll Administrator

Brian Sparling

Senior Global Operations Manager

Elizabeth Strong

European Employee Services Lead
Kerry Group

Hazel Robinson

Associate Director - Reward, Recognition and Payro
Brunel University London

Heidi Watson

Payroll Manager
Benefit Cosmetics

Henry Tapper


Ian Davis

Head of Payroll
Direct Line Group

Ian Hodson

Head of Reward
University of Lincoln

Jamie Flarry

Employee Accounting Manager

John Stonestreet

Head of Payroll & Pensions
Essex Police & Kent Police

Julie Northover ChFCIPPdip

Payroll Specialist

Kay Ingram

Director of Public Policy
LEBC Group

Ken Pullar

Chief Executive

Kevin Waller

Payroll Specialist
Your Payroll Team

Liz Robins

Managing Partner
AS Robins

Lou Gray

Head of Transition & Operations

Mareena Flint

HR Director
Everyday Loans

Maria Stark

EMEA Payroll Manager

Megan O'Shaughnessy

Head of Reward - Consumer

Michelle Sutton

Head of Compensation and Reward
SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK

Neil Robson

Benefits Contracts & Payroll Manager
Northumbrian Water Group

Rebecca Mullins


Sian Evans

Director of HR
Stepchange Debt Charity

Simon Parsons

Director UK Compliance Strategies
SD Worx

Stu Clennell

Head of Payroll Operations
Sopra Steria Group

Susan Ball


Suzanne Foody

Benefits & Reward Manager
Sunrise Senior Living & Gracewell Healthcare

Tim Robertson

UK Compensation & Benefits

Tracey Newton

Director of People Performance
Yorkshire Building Society

Winners 2019

Winners 2019



Shortlist 2019


Each year the awards are independently judged and culminate in a prestigious black tie dinner and ceremony at The London Hilton Bankside, providing an excellent forum for celebrating success and unparalleled networking opportunities.


winners 2018 winners 2017 winners 2016 winners 2015 winners 2014 winners 2013

Shortlist 2018 Shortlist 2017 Shortlist 2016 Shortlist 2015 Shortlist 2014 Shortlist 2013

Best Business Award - Up to 100 staff
Best Business Award - Over 100 staff
Best Employer Award
Best Leader Award - Up to 500 staff
Best Leader Award - Over 500 staff
Best Manager Award
Best Rebrand
Best Reward Strategy
Customer Service Award
Diversity & Inclusion Award
Employee Benefits Provider Award
Global Payroll Award
In-house Team Award
Innovation Award - Over 100 staff
Innovation Award - Up to 100 staff
International Payments Provider Award
Next Generation Award - Up to 5,000 staff
Next Generation Award - Over 5,000 staff
Payments Provider Award
Payroll & HR Provider Award
Payroll & HR Software Product Award
Public Sector Team Award
“Ready to Retire” Award
Rising Star Award
Service Provider Team Award - Up to 50,000 employees served monthly
Service Provider Team Award - Over 50,000 employees served monthly
Specialist Payroll & HR Provider Award
Technology Award
Wellbeing Provision Award
Workplace Pension Provider Award
Reward 300 Award


The Rewards 2020 categories




Click on one of the categories below and login or register for free to view the entry page, what the judges are looking for and to start your entries. From there you can enter as many categories as you wish and can edit and return to your entries as many times as you like before the final deadline.



Early entry until 24 July: £100 per entry

Standard entry until 28 August: £150 per entry

Final late entry until 11 September: £200 per entry



All materials will remain confidential to the judges. Winning case studies may be used in post-event materials to promote best practice, but permission will be sought from entrants before publishing.



By entering the awards, you are agreeing to our terms & conditions. Please click here to view the full terms & conditions.


It’s mandatory for shortlisted companies to have at least one representative at the awards ceremony to collect their award should they win. Therefore, every shortlisted entry has a single seat at the Awards Dinner. Entrants reaching the provisional shortlist will be contacted prior to the public announcement of the full shortlist to pay for your reserved seat and discuss optional table bookings and promotional opportunities. The shortlist will not include entrants who have not secured their seat as once the shortlist is announced publicly, tables sell fast. Therefore, to ensure the full shortlist can attend we have put this measure in place.



Please contact Reward Strategy’s Editor Amber-Ainsley Pritchard via email.


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Best Business Award

Nominations welcome from businesses in the payroll, HR, pensions and reward space that can quantify their success, growth and innovation.

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Best Employer Award

Nominations welcome from companies in reward, payroll, HR, pensions and benefits, that can quantify their staff satisfaction levels and demonstrate a commitment to employee engagement and development.

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Best Leader Award

Nominations welcome for senior payroll, HR, pensions and reward managers who are widely recognised by colleagues and staff as inspirational, people-focused leaders.

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Best Manager Award

Applications welcome from payroll, HR, pensions and reward managers who have demonstrated outstanding performance.

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Best Reward Strategy

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that can show they have an innovative reward strategy which engages and enhances their employees’ lives.

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Crisis Management Award

Nominations welcome from both in-house and supplier teams within payroll, reward, HR, benefits and pensions, that have proactively and efficiently dealt with the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Customer Service Award

Applications welcome from payroll, HR, benefits, pensions and reward teams or service providers that can quantify and demonstrate outstanding customer service since 1 April 2019.

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Diversity & Inclusion Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has promoted diversity and inclusion within their own workforce, as well as organisations that have contributed to industry-wide initiatives.

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Employee Benefits Provider Award

Applications welcome from employee benefits providers.

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Global Payroll Award

Applications welcomed by payroll teams dealing with global, multi-country or expatriate payrolls, who are delivering cost-effective and accurate payrolls.

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In-house Team Award

Applications welcome from in-house payroll, HR, pensions and reward teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

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Innovation Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has carried out a project to introduce, innovate or transform a system.

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Next Generation Award

Applications welcome from any apprentice or student, in the reward profession, whether that be payroll, benefits, HR or pensions* and be actively studying.

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Payments Provider Award

Applications welcome from organisations delivering international and/or UK-based payroll payments.

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Payroll & HR Provider Award

Applications welcome from providers of payroll and HR systems and software products, new or existing.

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Payroll & HR Software Product Award

Applications welcome from providers of outsourced, fully-managed or bureau services.

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Public Sector Team Award

Applications welcome from in-house public sector payroll, HR, pensions and benefits teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

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“Ready to Retire” Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has had a real, positive focus on communicating and educating with its employees who are coming up to retirement age.

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Rising Star Award

Applications welcome from all payroll, HR, pensions, employee benefits and reward staff that have less than three years’ industry service.

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Service Provider Team Award

Applications welcome from bureau or outsourced payroll, HR and reward teams that have demonstrated outstanding performance.

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Specialist Payroll & HR Provider Award

Applications welcome from providers of specialist or niche outsourced, fully-managed or bureau services.

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Technology Award

Applications welcome from in-house teams or software/service providers. Applications should highlight how technology has helped to enhance work in the payroll, HR, pensions, benefits or reward space, providing significant benefits to service provision since 1 April 2019.

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Wellbeing Provision Award

Applications welcome from any company or organisation that has successfully embedded wellbeing into their policies and practices, demonstrating a long-term and in-depth commitment to employee’s health.

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Workplace Pension Provider Award

Applications welcome from organisations supplying workplace pension schemes compliant with auto-enrolment legislation.

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The Reward 300 Award

This is a special honour awarded to a member of the Reward 300 index in recognition of outstanding work, commitment and service to their dedicated profession. It is ultimately selected and awarded by an internal panel and does not require nomination.






The Rewards is the biggest and most esteemed awards scheme in the rewards, payroll and HR calendar. Sponsorship offers an invaluable opportunity to position your business and brand at the forefront of innovation and success.


How will you benefit:

  • Unrivaled access to an engaged audience of the most senior executives in the industry
  • Significant brand exposure pre and post event through our extensive marketing and editorial coverage
  • Be seen as the ‘go to’ company within that specific category of the market
  • Align your brand with the stand out achievers and operators in the UK reward, payroll, and HR industry

Become a sponsor


Place yourself at the heart of an opulent celebration, recognising the successes of an eventful industry year as well as cementing and building contacts to grow and evolve your business.


It’s time to get involved. Guarantee you get the best out of this by contacting our team via email.



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Reward & Payroll Summit



Taking pace during the day of The Rewards, the Reward & Payroll Summit focuses on the key trends and challenges across the pay and reward landscape, including the effects Covid-19 has had on both employers and employees.


You will have the opportunity to hear from key speakers working within reward. They will share their experiences over the last year - how they, their teams and companies have adapted for the future.


Topics covered will include financial wellbeing, employee engagement, taboo subjects such as menopause and fertility policies and impending legislation that was halted or suspended as a result of the virus. We will also look at the changing approach to flexible working and why employee communication is important now more than ever.



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As government policy has rendered large gatherings like our awards ceremony impossible, you have the opportunity to purchase a company licence to view the awards gala presentation, based on the number of you watching:

  • Small (2-10 employees): £2,000
  • Medium (11-50 employees): £3,000
  • Large (51-unlimited employees): £4,000
All company licenses include the following:
  • Access to to digital awards ceremony broadcast live
  • Access to digital awards ceremony broadcast on-demand
  • Access to 1-2-1 networking with other attendees



All prices are exclusive of VAT.

Want to talk about what to expect on the big night, need advice on what categories to enter or would like to book? Give us a call at 020 7940 4801.

Winners packages


License to use The Rewards winner’s logo
The Rewards certificate
Winners photo of you collecting the award
Judges’ comments
Full page advert in printed Reward Strategy Magazine

Double page piece of collaborative content detailing what set your company apart from other finalists


Price if you purchased a company license

Price without a company license


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