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Finalists announced for the 2018 UK & European Employee Engagement Awards



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  • Finalists include: Barclays, Clarins, E.ON, ODEON, Oracle, Nissan, Santander, Superdrug, Visa, Unicef
  • Winners will be announced at a ceremony at Twickenham Stadium on January 24, 2019
  • Tables are on sale now
  • Learn from finalists at the Employee Engagement Conference in London – April 16, 2019

The 2018 UK & Europe Employee Engagement Awards, today announces its shortlist of finalists. These are the companies that the judges believe put the employee experience at the heart of their business.

Founder Matt Manners said: “With a record number of entries this year, it shows that business leaders clearly value the difference that putting people at the heart of their organisations can make. Especially in areas such as Diversity and Inclusion, where diversity of thought can provide an instant competitive advantage if embraced.”

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Twickenham Stadium on January 24, 2019.

The EE Awards not only recognises great work but wants to inspire others to follow suit. It will host a one-day conference in London on April 16, 2019. This will profile the finalists and winners from a wide range of businesses and sectors. The conference will provide practical advice to help Engagement professionals achieve better employee engagement results. You can pre-register for Super Earlybird tickets here –

The full 2018 UK & European shortlist is as follows:

1. The Employee Engagement Company of the Year

  • E.ON
  • Heathrow Airport
  • PKF Cooper Parry
  • Post Office
  • PPL
  • Shepherds Friendly Society

2. Culture & Purpose Award

  • Acceleration Partners
  • ADP
  • Away Resorts
  • Dragados UK
  • Natterbox
  • RB
  • Superdrug
  • Touchwood Shopping Centre
  • Viisi
  • Visa Europe
  • University of Lincoln

3. Innovation in Engagement Award

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Bayer AG
  • Caesars Entertainment
  • Clarins Group UK
  • Direct Line Group
  • Dreams
  • Nissan Europe
  • ODEON Cinemas Group
  • Paldis
  • RB
  • Santander UK
  • University of Lincoln

4. Diversity & Inclusion Award

  • AIB UK
  • Beyond
  • Capital One
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • ODEON Cinemas Group
  • PPL
  • Tata Consultancy Services

5. Employee Benefits Award

  • Oracle
  • PKF Cooper Parry
  • Skyscanner
  • University of Lincoln

6. Internal Communications Award

  • Carnival UK
  • Dreams
  • HM Land Registry
  • Imagination Technologies
  • Merton Council
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Mitchells & Butlers
  • Mondi Group
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • UST Global
  • Vanquis Bank

7. Employee Wellbeing Award

  • Aster Group
  • Gateshead College
  • Microgaming
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • Oracle
  • PKF Cooper Parry
  • PPL
  • RBS
  • Smart DCC
  • Visa Europe
  • Vita Coco

8. Social Responsibility Award

  • Barclays
  • C&A + C&A Foundation
  • Caledonian Produce
  • Generali Country Italia
  • Microgaming
  • Touchwood
  • UST Global

9. Employee Engagement SMB Company of the Year (0 – 1000 employees)

  • ADP
  • Aker BP
  • First Utility
  • PKF Cooper Parry

10. Employee Engagement Non-Profit/Charity Project of the Year Award

  • Plan International
  • Unicef

11. Employee Engagement Public Sector Project of the Year Award

  • Bank of England
  • University of Lincoln

12. Unsung Hero Award

  • Anna Krzak – Ocado
  • Fionna Cannon – Audely Group

13. Best Use of Technology Award

  • Clarins Group UK
  • Heathrow
  • Nissan Europe
  • RBS
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Travelex
  • Unicef UK
  • University of Lincoln
  • William Hill

14. Employee Engagement Consultancy of the Year Award

  • Bright Innovation
  • H&H
  • Home
  • Inpulse
  • People Lab
  • Synergy Creative

15. Employee Engagement Vendor of the Year Award

  • Clear Review
  • From Babies with Love
  • Hive HR
  • StaffConnect
  • Xexec

There are limited opportunities remaining for companies to sponsor the awards & conference. For more information please contact matt

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Global corporate dividends hit third-quarter high




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Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson reveals that the global corporate dividends have touched an all time high for the third quarter. Needless to say, the stat indicates the robust health of the corporate sector around the world.

According to the index, dividend payouts increased by 5.1 per cent to a comfortable third-quarter record of $354.2 billion. The United States, Canada, Taiwan, and India all witnessed all-time record quarterly payouts, while China posted positive trend in dividend payment after three years of decline.

The following are the main highlights of the report.

  • Global dividends rose 5.1 per cent in Q3 to a third-quarter record of $354.2bn.
  • Underlying growth was 9.2 per cent, continuing the strong growth reported in Q2.
  • All-time record payouts in Canada, Taiwan, India andthe United States, but Australia lagged well behind.
  • Chinese dividends grew for the first time in four years.
  • Dividends forecast to be $1.359 trillion in 2018 with underlying growth upgraded to 8.1 per cent.

Janus Henderson’s forecast for headline growth remains unchanged at 8.5 per cent, taking the total dividends for 2018 to $1.359 trillion. On an underlying basis, however, this means growth in 2018 will be 8.1 per cent, up from 7.4 per cent in forecast at the time of the last edition of the JHGDI.

Ben Lofthouse, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson said: “The third quarter exceeded our expectations, but more importantly, the quality of growth was better than we expected. It came despite a negative impact from exchange rate moves and a lower level of special dividends. Importantly, our core underlying measure of growth was strong.”

“2018 may be a volatile and more challenging year for stock markets, but steady profit growth means dividends should continue to make steady progress.”

“Expectations for corporate earnings growth in 2019 are starting to come under some pressure, given the late stage of the economic cycle. That is not to say that profits themselves are set to fall, however, rather that the pace of expansion may now be slower than previously thought. Growing profits and strong cash flow mean that dividends should continue to be well supported and so investors seeking an income from their shares should feel confident about the year ahead.”

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Did your hear about the Smart Airports?



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In the 21st century, everything has to be smart. Smartphones, smart gadgets, smart washing machines, smart houses and so on. If you have the comfort of having smart appliances, the public spaces need to live up to the expectations and this is why large customer oriented companies and industries are always trying to innovate.

We have all been to an airport and we know how crowded it usually gets. However, we have to give airport administrators some credit, the flow of reaching your boarding gate is pretty well planned in order for everyone to board the right plane.

Currently there is a growing focus on implementing effective customer experience strategies which drive the global Smart Airports market toward growth, year by year.

The recent report, which was published by Melvin Bright, an independent provider of reliable and unbiased strategic market research for a multitude of technologies, products and services markets around the world.

It is impressive to find that the global market for Smart Airports is estimated to reach $20.3 billion by 2025. This growth is the direct result of the focus that is casted on enhancing the air passenger travel experience by implementing smart and connected digital solutions.

Airport IT infrastructure is in the focus and is part of the market growth and conventional airports need to innovate and stay in the competition, as the smart airport systems create an immersive and personalized ecosystem.

Some of the key benefits that airports need to take into consideration are:

  • better operational efficiency
  • improved non-aeronautical revenues
  • enhanced passenger’s travel experience
  • improved queue management
  • congestion management
  • improved security

We must also mention that smart airport are embedding the emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, big data analytics, predictive analytics, cognitive computing, Internet of Things (IoT), machine vision, Blockchain, mobile payment, wearables or Near Field Communication (NFC).

Long gone are the days when biometrics was considered an innovation, even if it has been critical in transforming the air travel experience today.

Guess there are some things that can be accounted for the ever-rising air passenger traffic, the demand for automation systems and solutions which in turn has fueled the demand for smart airport technologies.

The complete study is available on the following link:

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AI-powered identity verification could reduce KYC and AML costs significantly



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It has been revealed in recently published whitepaper, that among the many aspects of implementing AI, there are some significant cost reductions when dealing with lenders.

The report shows, that the implementation of AI-powered identity verification could reduce Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-money Laundering (AML) costs by up to 70%. We must also mention that the verification speed is notably improved, with up to 80%.

The whitepaper, which looked into the state of the digital lending market in Europe, was released today by Mitek, authored by Fintech research practice Autonomous NEXT, and points one of the key benefits of investing in digitization.

The title of the study is ‘European Digital Lenders: How operating efficiency is helping digital lenders attack a $150 billion annual origination market across the Eurozone in 2018’, and the researchers found that while European digital lenders are growing at a rapid pace, digital share is still low relative to the addressable market opportunity.

Lex Sokolin, Global Director Fintech Strategy at Autonomous NEXT, said: “The digital lending sector has grown dramatically in the last few years and is a great example of how technology can democratize access to financial services. But banks still dominate lending, and digital-first lenders are struggling to provide loans on better terms than their traditional rivals given high cost of capital. Our report found that venture capital investment is still flowing into the space and is set to hit $800m in Europe. The UK alone has originations of over $6bn, and Europe-wide, the addressable market is $150bn – with current digital lender revenues estimated at $400m. Moreover, the market shows impressive originations growth, with a 60% CAGR since 2013.

An interesting aspect that has been pointed out in the report, is that onboarding times have been drastically reduced in the digital world, however the acquisition costs still remain high.

Additionally to these finds, the cost of their capital is preventing digital lenders from competing with incumbent banks on price.

As a result, digital lenders should harness their lower operating costs to their advantage and by reducing costs they could start offering a real alternative to traditional banking providers. Next to the lower cost and speed, digital lenders must also improve on security and use digital identity verification processes as a tool to catch up with the competition.

Rene Hendrikse, EMEA MD at Mitek, said: “The solution is investing in digital identity verification, powered by AI technologies, which provides an opportunity to massively enhance the efficiency of the onboarding process in terms of both speed and cost reduction. In fact, the report found that digital IDV solutions can help reduce KYC and AML costs by up to 70% – and could potentially improve the speed of these checks by 80%.

We are eagerly looking forward to an AI powered future that could drastically reduce costs and the speed of processing for many industries. This is just the beginning, we will surely look back on these reports a few years from now and see what could have happened if we have invested more into technology.

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