Updated: May 20
In a first for the sector, this year's much-anticipated Think Relocate Awards ceremony was a unique virtual celebration. Ruth Holmes reports.
The winners of global mobility's biggest accolades, the Relocate and Think Global People Awards, have just been announced (12 May) in a video livestream to almost 300 guests from around the world, spanning the US, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, New Zealand and beyond.
The Think Relocate Awards – virtual for the first time ever because of the COVID-19 lockdown – brought together every element of our tight-knit, but fast-expanding international community of global mobility, relocation and business travel expertise in an upbeat online gathering that successfully inspired, connected and celebrated global people.
Capturing the spirit of innovation in this important sector
Renowned BBC broadcast and BAFTA-nominated journalist Jayne Constantinis hosted the ceremony, which was in-step with this time of reflection and adaptation.
“I’m delighted to be the host for this, a slightly different ceremony,” she said. “The Relocate Awards were the first in the sector back in 2007. They are known for innovation and pushing the boundaries. They are doing it once again with the sector’s first-ever virtual ceremony. “
Presenters and winners are connecting in from all over the world, making this a truly international, virtual event.”
Introducing the awards – and welcoming guests after an evocative and memorable montage of stunning images from past Relocate Awards ceremonies – Relocate Global’s managing editor, Fiona Murchie said, “Although we may not be together today, we are all together as one community, working towards excellence in global mobility, international management and HR, doing great work to support individuals and organisations to flourish and grow.”
Celebrating excellence in international management and talent mobility
The Think Relocate Awards covers every aspect of the global mobility supply chain: from HR and global mobility policy and procedure, international leadership, technology and analytics, immigration and taxation, finance and banking, business travel, education and schools, removals, partner and family support, health and wellbeing, serviced apartments, to residential and commercial property.
Each entry across the15 Relocate and Think Global People Award categories showcases innovation and dedication to the Relocate Global and our wider community’s cause: supporting businesses, their employees and families to make their international assignments and career development plans a reality in an age of talent shortages and globalisation.
The global pandemic now more than ever is putting the focus on people’s wellbeing,” said Fiona Murchie. “People are at the heart of our sector.“
As well as striving for and achieving excellence, what all our award winners share in common is all are truly making a difference to people’s lives. We are so proud to be able to honour every one of them.”
Recognising success, globally
Setting the stage, versatile Rockabilly band, Bamboozle, again gave a brilliant live performance that captured the dynamic and creative spirit of the sector. This followed their fabulous reception from guests at the 2019 Relocate Awards at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London.
Honouring collaboration, community and mutual support, guests at the online awards ceremony were also actively cheering on and congratulating the winners as they have in previous years’ gala awards events.
“Relocate Awards are widely regarded as among the most coveted in the relocation and global mobility sphere and a highlight of the global mobility calendar,” added Fiona Murchie. “Our prestigious annual event brings everyone together in a real celebration of excellence, and this is what we achieved again today."
And the Think Relocate Award Winners 2020 are...
Congratulations to all our winners!
1. Excellence in Relocation Management or Mobility Support, sponsored by Reloc8 Asia Pacific Group
Winner: RELO Direct
Highly Commended:Heart Relocation
2. Best Service Apartment Provider – Country/Local
Winner: Vision Apartments
Highly Commended: Week2Week
3. Best Service Apartment Provider – Regional/Global
Winner: Synergy Global Housing
Highly Commended: Oakwood
4. Best International Removals Provider
Winner: Pickfords Move Management
5. Excellence in Technology or Analytics – Corporate, sponsored by The Ascott Limited
6. Excellence in Technology and/or Analytics – Employee or Family
Winner: IKAN Relocation Services India
7. Excellence in Employee Experience or Family Support
Winner: IMPACT Group
8. Destination Service Provider of the Year – Country/Local
Winner: NYC Navigator
Highly Commended: Icon Relocation
9. Destination Service Provider of the Year – Regional/Global
Winner: Santa Fe Relocation
10. School Providing Outstanding Relocation Support, sponsored by the International School of London
Winner: Garden International School
Highly Commended: The International School of Kuala Lumpur
11. Excellence in Education Consultancy/Support
Winner: Enjoy Education
12. Excellence in Corporate and Service Provider Partnership, sponsored by Mauve Group
Winner: IMPACT Group
13. Best Resourcing, Talent, L&D, Coach Professional or Initiative
Winner: Frasers Hospitality
14. Best Sustainability or Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, sponsored by Santa Fe Relocation
Winner: Delta Air Lines
15. Best Research Contribution, Thought Leadership or Book
Winner: Santa Fe
A big 'Thank you' to Think Relocate Award sponsors, supporters and judges
Commenting on the ceremony and congratulating the winners, Fiona said, “We have been leading the sector for over 15 years to get to where we are today, presenting awards in our virtual ceremony to some seriously impressive entries that showcase the very best of the global mobility community and international management sector.“
"Our awards again are also truly global. As a multimedia publisher, we engage with an international readership. Our entrants and award winners reflect the sheer scope, scale and diversity of their efforts.“
"We are very grateful to all our judges and Award sponsors Reloc8 Asia Pacific Group, Santa Fe Relocation, Mauve Group, The Ascott Limited, The International School of London and supporters the ARP (Association of Relocation Professionals) and EuRA (the European Relocation Association), FOCUS and AoEC (the Academy of Executive Coaching) who have helped make the 2020 Relocate Awards such a great success.”