Making mobility magic!

The winners of the Re:locate Awards 2013/14, which recognise and reward talent from across the relocation and global mobility spectrum, received their trophies at a special black-tie event held in May at the Institute of Directors, in London.

The winners of the Re:locate Awards 2013/14, which recognise and reward talent from across the relocation and global mobility spectrum, received their trophies at a special black-tie event held in May at the Institute of Directors, in London.In a year that saw the highest-ever overall standard and a huge increase in overseas entries, this sparkling event was the social and networking highlight for everyone involved in relocation, as HR professionals and suppliers from across the industry came together to celebrate excellence in this diverse and increasingly high-profile field.Nearly 200 guests networked the night away as they awaited the announcement of the winners. Between them, the 12 awards recognised individuals, teams, policy and innovation, with a choice of categories for HR and service providers.The high-calibre shortlist reflected the many different types and sizes of organisation involved in relocation.Speaking before the gala dinner, Fiona Murchie, managing editor of Re:locate, said, “With increasing globalisation, the need for mobility is also growing, so it’s no surprise that this year saw hot competition across all categories and continued growth in international entries.“Our four new categories for 2013/14, which covered the key areas of immigration, financial support, health and talent, were very well supported.”She added, “It’s clear that, when compiling their submissions, many entrants took inspiration from the judges’ comments on previous years’ winners and our series of awards newsletters and webinars. This is resulting in a year-on-year rise in standards, which explains why these awards have become the ultimate recognition of excellence in all aspects of relocation, in the UK and around the world.”THE EVENING UNFOLDS…Setting the scene for the celebrations was a champagne reception in the elegant Waterloo Room, accompanied by jazz from the Robert Reid Trio. Host and guest speaker John Simonett joined guests to celebrate success and good practice in all aspects of relocation.Having enjoyed a varied career as psychologist, sportsman, businessman and magician, he was perfectly placed to reflect and reinforce Re:locate’s key themes of engagement, creativity and innovation, motivation, and making connections, which he did through an after-dinner speech that entertained and informed in equal measure, skilfully combining the latest thinking from neuroscience and psychology with real-world business applications.And, as a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, John Simonett was able to make some very special mobility magic through feats of memory and clever illusions which had many guests still asking “How on earth did he do that?” some days after the event.MOBILITY ‘SHOULD TOP BUSINESS AGENDA’In her introduction to the awards presentation, which was hosted by John Simonett, Fiona Murchie highlighted the importance of HR and global mobility professionals working together to shape the future and deliver better working lives and relocation experiences, for the benefit of the people they moved, business, the economy and wider society.Pointing out that the effects of global growth would be felt by all organisations, not just those currently doing business in emerging markets, she highlighted some of today’s hottest business topics. These included women’s role in business and leadership, managing the new generation of relocatees, and the latest up-and-coming relocation destinationsFiona Murchie emphasised the role of the Re:locate media in helping to solve the people management issues that were at the top of companies’ agendas globally, and to inform, support, and help businesses to make connections and grow.“We are all operating in a growing area in a niche market,” she concluded. “It’s key to your success to stay informed of the wider issues and use your voice to communicate with the wider business world. “Start the conversations tonight, and let’s put global mobility issues at the top of the business agenda, where they should be.”