New awards to celebrate the best in the highways sector

A SafetyCam vehicle, a previous winner of a Highways England award.

A new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best of the highways sector has just been launched. The Highways England Awards aim to showcase individuals, teams, projects and companies.

Nominations are now open and are invited from all Highways England employees, its suppliers and their supply chain (including extended supply chain and small and medium enterprises). To recognise the very best of its suppliers and staff, Highways England has combined the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Awards and the Supplier Recognition Scheme.

Jim O’Sullivan, Highways England chief executive, said: “At Highways England we are constantly challenging ourselves and our supply chain to achieve more for our customers. We focus our efforts around our three imperatives - safety, customer and delivery - and seek out ways to improve and innovate in these areas.

“The Highways England Awards allow us to reflect on our accomplishments, celebrate our achievements and share examples of excellence in our industry. These awards will continue the legacy of the Supplier Recognition Scheme and the Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards under a single event, which recognises the very best work of our company and its suppliers.

“I encourage you to apply for these awards. I know we have committed, talented and motivated people in our company and supply chain. This is your opportunity to take pride in your achievements and allow Highways England to celebrate the contributions made by those who work with us and for us.”

Click here to see a video announcing the launch of the awards on the Highways England YouTube channel.

Judges will be looking for nominations that demonstrate clear outcomes and benefits and illustrate how these have been evaluated. The winners will reflect the very best of the business and demonstrate the highest standards for the industry.

The ten award categories are:


  • Excellence in Occupational Health and Wellbeing
  • Excellence in Safety for Road Users
  • Championing Safety
  • Leading Behaviour Change for Safety


  • Excellence in Customer Service
  • Improving Customers Journeys
  • Improving Employee Engagement and Behavioural Change


  • Excellence in Environment and Sustainability
  • Leading Efficiencies and Continuous Improvement
  • Project of the Year

In addition, the Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Safety, which focusses specifically on excellence in safety and getting people ‘home safe and well’, will also be presented at the awards.

Click here to access an entry form for the awards.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Monday 3 December and a ceremony to present the awards will take place in Birmingham on 28 March 2019.

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