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The IoIC Excellence Express Awards 2017

In March 2017 the Institute of Internal Communication (IoIC) held their annual awards night in Station Hall. Nominees from across the central and north regions of the country came together for a glorious night celebrating excellence in internal communication.

The organisers fully embraced everything railway-related. From the name of the awards to the straplines and hashtags they used, their entire event concept celebrated the unique location they had chosen for this record-breaking awards night.

Guests were welcomed with a sparkling drinks reception on the Royal Platform next to Queen Victoria’s carriage—often referred to as her ‘palace on wheels’. This softly-lit area of the museum is beguilingly atmospheric at night.

The guests progressed to their tables as dinner and the awards ceremony got underway.

The organisers had picked a sumptuous three course menu: Yorkshire pudding with sticky pulled beef and Black Sheep Ale and a main of corn fed chicken supreme with a chorizo and sage mousse, borlotti beans, slow roasted plum tomatoes and dauphinoise potatoes. Dessert was a Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake with rhubarb jelly and parkin crumbs, followed by coffee and homemade fudge.

The food was served by our in-house catering partner Levy UK, and each course was interspersed with award-winner announcements.

More than seventeen awards were handed out by the evening’s compère Mike Ramsden, including ‘Best Campaign’ for Secret Cinema: Phoenix Group by Words & Pictures and Phoenix Group, and ‘Best In-House Team of The Year’ to SNC Lavalin Rail and Transit Team.

To close out a memorable event, guests celebrated their success by dancing the night away among the carriages and locos.