IED Annual Awards 2023: shortlist announced
The shortlist for the IED Annual Awards 2023, which recognise achievers in the public and private sector through a series of individual, team and organisational categories, has been revealed by the Institute of Economic Development.
After a record number of entries were assessed by an expert judging panel, the final three nominees for eight awards have been decided. The winners be announced at the IED Awards Dinner, which will take place in the Sky Gallery at the Park Regis hotel in Birmingham on 7th November following the IED Annual Conference ‘Grow for Good? Reappraising the UK's Growth Objectives’.
A further special award, Outstanding Contribution to Economic Development, will be announced on the evening to recognise an individual who has made a sustained outstanding contribution to the field of economic development.
“Congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted, and thanks to everyone who has taken the opportunity to enter the IED Annual Awards,” said Executive Director Nigel Wilcock. “We are delighted that the enthusiasm for our awards continues to grow and have been blown away by the quality of entries received. They certainly encapsulate the full spectrum and contribution of economic development as we intended.
“With just six weeks to go until the awards, we are incredibly proud to host this biggest celebration of the economic development sector, and are particularly excited this year by the prospect of holding the IED Annual Conference and Awards Dinner together for the first time.”
Leader of the Year
Economic development professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and management in their role, and who motivate and inspire their team to achieve success through effective leadership.
Team of the Year
Exceptional economic development teams who have gone above and beyond in ensuring the smooth running and effective delivery of economic development functions in their organisations.
Rising Star of the Year – sponsored by Atkins
Younger economic development team members aged 30 or under (as of 1st June 2023) who have demonstrated excellence, commitment and gone above and beyond in their early career.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year
Individuals who have strived to actively promote, celebrate and raise awareness of EDI, improving under-represented involvement in economic development in their organisation or externally.
Social Value Champion of the Year – sponsored by The Social Value Engine
Individuals who have championed and made a significant contribution to social value creation, developing best practice in their field and making positive impacts in their communities.
Most Innovative Project of the Year
Innovative economic development projects which have pushed the boundaries beyond traditional approaches and delivered additional beneficial outcomes as a result of the innovation.
Collaborative Initiative of the Year
Outstanding cross-sector economic development collaboration between two or more partners drawn from local authorities, private sector, third sector, business and academia.
For projects delivered and concluded in the last five years, which demonstrate benchmarked evidence against other similar initiatives. Impacts could include environmental, social, business support (from start-up to growth and scale), rural development and regeneration.
Book your place for our 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner, sponsored by Key Cities, here.