Beaverbrooks, the 101-year-old Belfast-founded jeweller, has confirmed that its usual staff perks will remain in place this December in spite of the challenges posed by 2020.
Despite the four months the retailer had to close its stores for this year, it will still close all shops on 26 December in order to allow a company-wide holiday for staff.
Furthermore, its usual pay bonus, equating to one extra week’s pay, will remain in place as usual for all staff that have been with Beaverbrooks for one year or more.
Since it was founded in 1919, Beaverbrooks has never opened on Boxing Day, a tradition it does not plan on ending this year.
Throughout 2020, Beaverbrooks has supported its staff in a number of ways.
In addition to the Christmas bonus, the jeweller ensured all furloughed colleagues were guaranteed 100% of their salary from March until May, topping up the government’s 80% payment.
The business has continued to enhance furlough pay above the government 80 per cent, from June until present.
Employees who worked throughout the whole of the first lockdown were also given two additional days of annual leave, as well as receiving a £500 Beaverbrooks gift card to use in-store or online.
Anna Blackburn, managing director at Beaverbrooks, said: “This festive period, we will be maintaining our annual tradition of giving our 960+ colleagues one week’s extra pay in December, as a thank you for their hard work.
“Despite not trading in-store for approximately four months due to Covid, we will also be closing all our stores on Boxing Day, as we have done for every year of Beaverbrooks’ 101-year history, to enable colleagues to be with their loved ones.
“This year our people really have gone the extra mile – the hard work, dedication and resilience they’ve shown over recent months has been truly remarkable and we couldn’t be prouder.
“When we’re safely allowed to do so, we’ll be having one heck of a party and in the meantime, we’ll be having a Christmas office get-together via Zoom, where we’ll be filming our annual festive video for our store colleagues to watch on Christmas Eve.
“Our business is run on strong family values and that hasn’t changed as a result of the pandemic. It’s important to us that we continue to recognise their commitment and show our appreciation.”