The winners of our Very Important Benefit Awards (VIBs) have been announced.


Celebrating the best in reward strategies and practice in all types of organisations, the Very Important Benefit Awards (VIBs) were a success yet again. Alongside an evening of food, drinks, networking and familiar faces, we announced our winners for the categories.

The full list of winners and highly commended:

Best approach to total reward

  • Winner - LifeSearch

Best family-friendly initiative 

  • Highly commended - PEMA Rules UK Ltd
  • Winner - North West Regional College

Best financial education strategy

  • Winner - iPSL

Best flexible benefits provider

  • Winner - Capita Employee Benefits

Best financial education provider

  • Winner - Close Brothers

Best healthcare & wellbeing strategy

  • Highly commended - Visualsoft
  • Winner - Clearswift

Best healthcare product

  • Highly commended - Health Shield Friendly Society
  • Winner - BHSF Employee Benefits Limited

Best health cash plan provider

  • Highly commended - Medicash
  • Winner - BHSF Employee Benefits Limited

Best strategy for making pay go further

  • Winner - iPSL

Best overall reward & benefits strategy

  • Highly commended - Cafcass (Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Services)
  • Winner - Visualsoft

Best employee benefits consultant

  • Highly commended - Capita Employee Benefits
  • Winner - Arthur J. Gallagher

Best group risk provider

  • Highly commended - Punter Southall Health & Protection
  • Winner - Unum

Best product for making pay go further

  • Highly commended - Perkbox
  • Winner - Lex Autolease

Best use of technology for reward

  • Winner - Capita Employee Benefits

Best use of voluntary benefits & discounts

  • Highly commended - Nottingham City Council
  • Winner - Parker Hannifin & Edenred

Best wellbeing provider

  • Winner - Barnett Waddingham

Best reward communications

  • Highly commended - Home Group
  • Winner - Merseyrail

Reward provider of the year

  • Winner - Barnett Waddingham

Reward champion of the year

  • Highly commended - Kevin Byrne, Checkatrade
  • Winner - Andy Parry, Merseyrail

As the night came to an end, HR directors and managers used the drinks reception to network and meet new individuals in the industry.