DAVID NOWELL looks at three Lancashire businesses who have been recognised for their work and value as employers
Beaverbrooks the Jewellers has been named best mid-sized retailer and ranked number 16 in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2016.’
This is the 13th consecutive year the family-run jewellers has featured in The Sunday Times Top 100 (250-3,000 employee category), seeing off competition from over 1,000 businesses.
Now in its 16th year, The Sunday Times awards, described as the most comprehensive guide to workplace engagement in Britain, celebrated the UK’s leading companies at a ceremony in London.
Employees of all competing firms are asked to anonymously answer questions about management practices, career progression, workplace culture, job satisfaction, relationships with their colleagues and their working environment.
The multi-retailer, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, was recognised by employees for providing inspirational leadership, its open and honest company culture and for its strong company ethos and commitment to the wider community.
Beaverbrooks, which has its head office in St Annes, donates 20 per cent of post-tax profits to its charitable trust and matches the funds that its people raise for local charities, and continues to score highly each year.
Chairman Mark Adlestone, who introduced the concept of charitable giving in the company and created the Beaverbrooks mission of ‘enriching lives’, was recognised for his philanthropic values on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015 and awarded an OBE for his services to business and charity in the North of England.
Mark, who was also recognised as UK’s Best Leader for the fifth time in 2015, said: “To be named among the UK’s top 25 workplaces for 13 consecutive years is quite an accomplishment. Our people are what make us so special and together we have achieved remarkable things over the past 12 months.”
Meanwhile, Lancashire law firm Harrison Drury has entered the UK Top 40 – at least when it comes to its relations with its staff.
The firm has made number 39 in the Sunday Times list of the Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For, which is compiled after an in-depth study of how good companies are at engaging with their employees.
Harrison Drury found out in December that it had been awarded a Three Star Accreditation for employee engagement – the highest rating available – by Best Companies, the organisation that conducts the research.
The firm – which has its head office in Preston – then had to wait until an award ceremony in London to find out exactly where it ranked in the Top 100 list.
Laura Dover, operations manager at Harrison Drury, said: “We won’t rest on our laurels, we’ll use this achievement as a springboard. We want to show people they can have a great legal career here in the North West.”
*Inspired Energy PLC, one of the UK’s largest energy consultants, has once again been identified as one of the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.
The London Stock Exchange report celebrates the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over the past four years and to significantly outperform their industry peers – something which Kirkham-based Inspired Energy PLC has done consistently since floating in 2011.