40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

sponsored by Key Cities

On the evening of 7th November, Start with a glass of fizz in the Sky Loft taking in the extrodinary views over Birmingham from the 16th floor of Park Regis. Move through to the Sky Gallery for a delicious three course dinner, which will be transformed from the day to night, setting the mood for the fabulous awards evening to take place over looking the twinkling night time skyline of the city.
Dress code: Business Smart

The Awards

This year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of IED there will be a host of awards. With categories covering collaboration, innovation, excellence, impact and outstanding contribution. It promises to be an insightful, inspirational and uplifting occasion.

Recognising achievers in the public and private sector through 9 award categories:
Leader of the Year
Economic development professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and management in their role, and who motivate and inspire their team to achieve success through effective leadership.
Team of the Year - Sponsored by GPC Skills
Exceptional economic development teams who have gone above and beyond in ensuring the smooth running and effective delivery of economic development functions in their organisations.
Rising Star of the Year - Sponsored by AtkinsRéalis
Younger economic development team members aged 30 or under (as of 1st June 2023) who have demonstrated excellence, commitment and gone above and beyond in their early career.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champion of the Year
Individuals who have strived to actively promote, celebrate and raise awareness of EDI, improving under-represented involvement in economic development in their organisation or externally.

Social Value Champion of the Year - Sponsored by The Social Value Engine
Individuals who have championed and made a significant contribution to social value creation, developing best practice in their field and making positive impacts in their communities. 

Most Innovative Project of the Year
Innovative economic development projects which have pushed the boundaries beyond traditional approaches and delivered additional beneficial outcomes as a result of the innovation.

Collaborative Initiative of the Year - Sponsored by WECD
Outstanding cross-sector economic development collaboration between two or more partners drawn from local authorities, private sector, third sector, business and academia.

Outstanding Impact - Sponsored by YTKO
For projects delivered and concluded in the last five years, which demonstrate benchmarked evidence against other similar initiatives. Impacts could include environmental, social, business support (from start-up to growth and scale), rural development and regeneration.
*Outstanding Contribution to Economic Development
Individuals who have made a sustained outstanding contribution to any field of economic development over a minimum of 20 years.

*To be selected by Institute of Economic Development Board and expert judging panel.