Family-run Beaverbrooks has been named best mid-sized retailer and ranked number nine in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For 2020’.

For the second year running, the company’s chairman, Mark Adlestone OBE DL and managing director, Anna Blackburn, were also named as UK’s Best Leaders.

The national jewellery retailer, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, also received a special award for ‘Giving Something Back’ and is the only company in Best Companies’ history to have consistently achieved a three-star accreditation for 17 consecutive years – the highest standard which reflects ‘extraordinary’ levels of workplace engagement.


Beaverbrooks donates 20 per cent of retained post-tax profits to charity and in its centenary year alone, donated £1.422 million. The company has donated in excess of £14 million to over 750 charities since the year 2000.

In a joint statement, Beaverbrooks’ chairman, Mark Adlestone OBE DL, and managing director, Anna Blackburn, said of their Sunday Times Best Companies achievements: “Beaverbrooks’ 100th anniversary year has been nothing short of incredible and to win a trio of awards and be recognised for our efforts in our centenary really is the culmination of an exceptional 12 months. We’re both honoured and privileged to be recognised as UK’s Best Leaders for the second year running.

“Being a great employer and treating our people well has always been part of our DNA, but we’ve elevated our focus over the past few years with an intention to prove that being a great workplace and treating people well can directly impact the bottom line – and we’ve just had our sixth most consecutive profitable year in our 100-year history.”

The duo continue: “Our focus on our people absolutely translates into profitability and high levels of employee engagement; it is no coincidence we received our highest ever response rate to the Best Companies engagement survey (93%) and we continue to buck the national trend on the high street in terms of sustained financial success year on year.”

Now in its 20th year, The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For 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.