Beaverbrooks, which is celebrating its centenary year in 2019, has been named the 10th Best Mid-Sized Company to Work for in the UK and the company’s chairman and managing director have also been recognised as UK’s Best Leaders at The Sunday Times Best Companies Awards 2019.
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 of mid-sized companies for 16 consecutive years.
It is the only company in Best Companies’ 19-year history to have consistently achieved 3 Star accreditation; the highest standard of accreditation which rewards extraordinary levels of workplace engagement.
As part of Beaverbrooks’ stated mission to ‘enrich lives’, the company donates 20 per cent of retained profits to charity and since the year 2000 has given £13m to over 700 charities.
In a joint statement, Beaverbrooks’ chairman Mark Adlestone OBE DL FGA and managing director Anna Blackburn (pictured top), said: “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 company’s teamwork and employee satisfaction has also been achieved at a time of record financial success.
Sales rose by 6% to £127 million in the financial year ended February 2018 and operating profit rose by 2% to £13 million. “We’ve 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,” Mr Adlestone and Ms Blackburn state.