Beaverbrooks has been named the 10th Best Company to Work for in the UK and the jeweller’s chairman and managing director has also received recognition for their leadership skills at the prestigious Sunday Times awards.
The family-owned jewellers, which is the only retailer to feature in the Top 10 List, also received a special achievement award for featuring in the Top 100 List (mid-sized companies) created by the Sunday Times for 16 consecutive years.
Beaverbrooks, which is celebrating its centenary this year, is the only company in Best Companies’ 19-year history to have consistently achieved 3 Star accreditation – the initiative’s highest standard of accreditation which reflect ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.
In a joint statement, Beaverbrooks’ chairman, Mark Adlestone and managing director, Anna Blackburn, said of the achievements: “To be named among the UK’s Top 10 places to work and to be recognised as Best Companies’ longest-serving 3 Star accredited company, are great accomplishments. Beaverbrooks was also the highest-ranking retailer in the Top 100 List and so there’s lots to celebrate with this year’s result.
“We’re also honoured to be recognised as UK’s Best Leaders as we enter our centenary year and are immensely proud of what we’ve achieved as a business. Our people are what make us so special and The Beaverbrooks Family has achieved some remarkable things together. As we celebrate our past, we’re very excited for our future – here’s to the next 100 years and beyond.”
The duo continues: “An elevated focus internally over the last five years has seen our highest ever response rates (this year 92 per cent) and increasing scores. We’ve also generated our highest profit levels in our 100-year history, proving that treating people right is not only the right thing to do, it pays directly into the bottom line.”
Now in its 19th year, over 700 companies applied for a place in The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work for 2019 list, which is described as the most comprehensive guide to workplace engagement in Britain. Employees of all competing firms are asked to anonymously answer questions around eight factors of workplace engagement, including leadership, wellbeing, personal growth opportunities and relationships with their manager and team.