Comment Awards Sponsors 2016

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Awards Partners


Barclays is a transatlantic consumer, corporate and investment bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website.

Broadcast Media Partner

LBC is leading Britain’s conversation as the country’s first commercial talk radio station. It tackles the big issues of the day, with intelligent, informed and provocative opinion from guests, listeners and presenters, including Nick Ferrari, James O’Brien, Shelagh Fogarty, Iain Dale, Ken Livingstone, David Mellor, Olly Mann and Tom Swarbrick. LBC is available on DAB digital radio, online at, through mobile apps, Sky Channel 0112, Virgin Media 973, Freeview 732 and on 97.3 FM in London.

Associate Partner

Newsworks is the marketing body for UK national newspapers in all their forms. Our stakeholders are dmg media, ESI Media, Guardian News & Media, News UK, Telegraph Media Group and Trinity Mirror. We collaborate with all parts of the industry, including advertisers, agencies and other media, to promote understanding of national newspapers and their role as newsbrands in the multi-platform world.

Category Sponsors

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned, commercially-funded, not-for-profit public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit. As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with around 300 creative companies across the UK every year. In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4Music, 4seven, and on-demand channel All 4.

Corinthia Hotel London is rated amongst London’s finest 5-star luxury hotels. Combining traditional grandeur with modern freshness, the luxuriously redesigned Victorian destination is ideally located in the heart of London, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions. For more information visit or visit Twitter @corinthialondon or Instagram @corinthialondon

Doddle is the easy way to send and receive parcels. With stores around transport hubs, universities and shopping centres across the UK, Doddle is open early until late, seven days a week. 
Our Parcelistas ensure customers are in and out of Doddle stores in two minutes, providing parcel services to suit busy consumer lifestyles.
Doddle works with all carriers to receive customer parcels and has a growing list of retail partners. To find out more visit

EVRYTHNG ( is an Internet Of Things software company that helps manufacturers digitise their physical products by connecting them to the web. This makes products more intelligent, more interactive, more trackable and more valuable. Companies can now have direct relationships with consumers through their products, make products better with digital features and support services, and make business operations like manufacturing, shipping and selling products smarter.

Good Business is a strategy consultancy working with Business, Foundations and Governments globally, helping them find solutions to today’s challenges. From behaviour change initiatives, to helping organisations find and utilise their real purpose, to developing cross sectorial partnerships and sustainability programmes, Good Business draws on its breadth of experiences over the last 20 years to deliver standout thinking and practical implementation to all its clients. Visit to see some examples of its work.

The mission of the International Rescue Committee is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future.

The Jewish Museum London is a place for people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to discover Jewish culture, history and heritage. We aim to surprise, delight and engage all people in the culture of Jews in Britain: by inspiring discovery, provoking questions and encouraging understanding. Every year we reach over 100,000 people through our critically-acclaimed exhibitions, events and learning programmes.

Pictet is a partnership of six owner managers. As an investment-led service company, we offer only wealth management, asset management and related asset services. We do not engage in investment banking, nor do we extend commercial loans. With CHF 436 billion in assets under management,  our strategy is guided by the conviction that our success depends on providing individuals and institutions with the highest possible investment quality and service.

The Pictet Group, founded in 1805  in Geneva, Switzerland, employs more than 3,900 people. Our headquarters remain in Geneva. The Group also has offices in other financial centres: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Lausanne, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, Munich, Nassau, Osaka, Paris, Rome, Singapore, Taipei, Tel Aviv, Turin, Tokyo, Verona and Zurich.

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of IT, BPS, infrastructure, engineering and assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognised as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 344,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. For more information, visit us at

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 57 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2015, Vodafone had 461 million mobile customers and 13 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit:

Virgin Media offers four multi award-winning services across the UK and Ireland: broadband, TV, mobile phone and landline.

The Company’s ultrafast network delivers the fastest widely available broadband speeds to homes (200 Mbps) and small businesses (300 Mbps). We are expanding our network through a £3bn investment programme enabling us to reach 17 million premises by 2020.

Its interactive TV service brings live programmes, thousands of hours of on-demand programming and the best apps and games in a set-top box, as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones.

Virgin Media launched the world’s first virtual mobile network and is one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the UK and Ireland.

Through Virgin Media Business, the company supports entrepreneurs, businesses and the public sector.

Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global, the world’s largest international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 27 million customers across 14 countries.

Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications and engagement firm in 78 cities across 34 countries and operations extending to 126 cities in 81 countries. The firm’s diverse team of strategists, analysts, producers, designers, developers and campaign activators has won the most prestigious awards in the world for innovative, creative approaches and impactful work, including being honoured as PRWeek’s 2016 PR Agency of the Year and 2015 Global Agency of the Year, an Ad Age A-List Agency in 2014 and 2015, and The Holmes Report’s Global Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2015. Weber Shandwick and its Prime unit have won a combined 25 Cannes Lions since 2009. Weber Shandwick was also named a Best Place to Work by Ad Age in 2014 and 2015 and PRWeek in 2013 and 2014. The firm deploys deep expertise across sectors and specialty areas, including consumer marketing, corporate reputation, healthcare, technology, public affairs, financial services, corporate social responsibility, financial communications and crisis.

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. We provide more than £800 million a year to support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.
Our £18 billion investment portfolio gives us the independence to support such transformative work as the sequencing and understanding of the human genome, research that established front-line drugs for malaria, and Wellcome Collection, our free venue for the incurably curious that explores medicine, life and art.