Business Environment has won the award for “Best Social Intranet” at the 2012 Interact Intranet awards in London, beating Waterstones and GHA in the final.
The company launched their new intranet across the business in early 2012 and it was widely praised for the level of quality content. Called “The Lounge”, the Business Environment intranet has been set up as the primary resource for all group information, social updates and employee interaction.
“We are delighted that our intranet has been recognised as the best social communication intranet in the UK,” said Jo Vass, Intranet and Extranet Manager at Business Environment. “The entire intranet is focused around engagement and encouraging continued repeat visits. We have allowed team members to talk with each other and share best practice. Also by putting things like forms on to The Lounge we have reduced paper use across our business by over one third and reduced employee time by 25%”.
Business Environment managing director, David Saul commented, “We have had an intranet now for over 4 years but took the decision this year to raise the bar. It was important to get every member of the team to see The Lounge as the primary information resource across the group. The work that has been done to create a social area with updated content has been very well received. By developing the Intranet we have seen a number of cost savings for the company and a significant improvement in our ability to communicate across all levels of the business”.
The Lounge provides a resource for every department, with online forms and holiday booking. It also has an extensive area providing updates on the latest films, events and places to shop.
Interact run a number of annual awards to recognise outstanding achievements in company communication through intranets. The award for “Best Social Intranet 2012” was made on 4th October 2012 at the Interact annual conference in front of delegates and Interacts team at the Americas Square conference Centre in the City of London.
Jo Vass is Intranet & Extranet Manager at Business Environment