IPE AWARDS - Pension funds have until Friday 14 September to enter the IPE Awards.

Of the 35 categories, 11 awards are divided into the bronze silver and gold categories, with bronze awards covering the best use of alternative, equities and fixed income.

Silver awards will be given to the best corporate pension fund, best industry-wide or multi-employer option and the best public scheme or best small fund with assets under €1bn.

The remaining four gold awards round out the evening by naming Europe's best pension fund and the year's outstanding industry contribution, as well as the pension fund personality of the year.

Additionally, the best long-term investment strategy will be recognised.

Awards based around investment themes are also available, with funds able to compete for an award in any of 12 different themes, including the best use of alternative benchmarks, emerging market or liability-driven investment and the best implementation of risk management solutions.
Funds have the option of entering as many of the specialist, bronze, silver and gold categories as they wish, with all entrants automatically put forward for the regional best pension fund award.

Finland's Tapiola Pension, voted last year's Best In-house Investment Team, said the award had been a "great recognition".

CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo said: "The award was widely recognised by our employees, board members, customers and media as well.

"By winning the award, we received a great deal of interest in our investment strategy from our stakeholders."

Funds seeking to enter the awards can submit here online, or contact Robert Watson for more information (robert.watson@ipe.com).

To nominate pension funds for the gold awards Outstanding Industry Contribution and Pension Fund Personality of the Year, click here.