Nominated and entered by Equiniti, Edwards won Best International Share Ownership Plan with their detailed all employee plan launched within an 8-week time scale and achieving take-up rates of 61% in the UK and 43% overseas.
IGas won in the category ‘Best Employee Share Ownership Plan’ achieving a staggering 75% take-up rate with their generous and innovative matching share ratio scheme.
Finally, Pearson was awarded in the new category ‘Best all-employee share plan communications’ with their outstanding communication strategy and execution.
Phil Ainsley, Managing Director, Employee Benefit Solutions at Equiniti said: "It is fantastic to be part of the team that delivered for those clients who have won these awards. The other nominations were of a very high calibre so it is real credit to everyone involved who worked so hard to ensure the schemes launched successfully and seamlessly."
This year the awards were held on 6 November at the RAF Club in London with guest of honour Otto Thoresen, Director General of The Association of British Insurers in attendance.
The ESOP Centre has supported broad-based employee equity schemes for more than 20 years. For the last twelve years, the prestigious Centre Awards have highlighted best practice case studies which motivate and inspire other companies in the sector.
About the ESOP awards
For more than 20 years, the ESOP Centre has taken the lead in encouraging broad-based employee equity schemes. The awards, now in their twelfth year, provide best practice case studies which lead where other companies can follow.
The three main awards made to companies and their advisers:
- Best employee share ownership plan for a company with over 1,500 employees
- Best employee share ownership plan for companies with fewer than 1,500 employees
- Best communications supporting an all-employee share plan
The winners were decided by a panel of three impartial judges who are experts in the area of employee equity. These judges included Malcolm Hurlston CBE, chairman.