National jewellery and watch retailer, Beaverbrooks, scooped the Best Place to Work accolade at the 2020 Retail Week Awards.
This is the second year running that the family-fun jeweller and watchmaker has won the award and comes as the business won a trio of accolade in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.
The judging panel praised Beaverbrooks for its ongoing commitment to employees, highlighting the generous benefits on offer, strong family values and community focus.
Beaverbrooks’ benefits include five-year employment milestones, performance-related bonuses and a generous healthcare scheme. Emphasis is also placed on the company’s family values, with a pledge never to open on Boxing Day, and counselling available to employees and their families when needed.
Community is also very important to Beaverbrooks, with 20% of its net profits going to charity and personal charity donations made by staff matched pound for pound by Beaverbrooks. Over the past 20 years The Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust has donated over £14.5 million to charities.
As a result of its commitment to employee care, led by managing director Anna Blackburn and chairman Mark Adlestone, a third of Beaverbrooks’ 940 employees have been with the company for 15 years or more.
The judges commented: “Beaverbrooks has been incredibly successful in setting out its purpose and very clear objectives for everyone to get behind, while ensuring staff are cared for and valued in a way that feels very genuine and authentic. They really do care, and this comes across in everything they do, making it a truly great place to work and an inspiration to other retailers.”
Retail Week Awards event director, Poppie Mickleburgh, added: “Beaverbrooks should be very proud of winning this much coveted award for the second year running and flying the flag for employee care and commitment in what remains a very challenging retail sector. The company is a true inspiration and thoroughly deserves this award.”