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29 October 2004

Working Families

Employers of the Year 2004 finalists announced

The finalists in the prestigious Working Families Employer of the Year Awards were announced today. Twenty-five employers, large and small, from a range of sectors will shortly be interviewed by expert panels of judges to decide who will be the Employers of the Year 2004.

The winners of the Employer of the Year Awards will be announced at a Gala Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in London on 10 December, 2004. The keynote address will be given by the Rt. Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State for Children. The Awards will be presented by David Lammy MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Constitutional Affairs. Comedy writer and performer Arabella Weir will be the guest speaker.

The Working Families (formerly Parents At Work) Employer of the Year Awards are designed to reward innovation and creative thinking in work-life balance, spread the word on best practice and encourage pioneering approaches to improving working lives and building business success. This year has seen a record number of entries from self-nominated organisations.
To find out more, go to http://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/eya

This year, the finalists are as follows:
Carers UK Carers in Employment Award, sponsored by BT:
Centrica Plc
The Department for Constitutional Affairs
The Special Needs Information Point in Edinburgh
The Scottish Court Service

Comet Men at Work Award
Diabetes UK
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust
Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust
Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust
Cuthbert Ltd

Lloyds TSB Scotland Scottish Employer of the Year Award
The Scottish Executive
Lauder College
DLA Scotland LLP
Job Centre Plus Scotland
Organon Research Scotland

NSPCC Family Friendly Award, sponsored by Norman Broadbent
The Penguin Group (UK)
Westfield Contributory Health Scheme Ltd
Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust
Loop Customer Management Ltd

Working Families Innovation Award
NHS National Services Scotland
Central Scotland Forest Trust
Brent Council

Working Families Chief Executive Sarah Jackson said: “We have had a record number of entries to all the Awards this year and have been very impressed by their calibre and diversity. It is exciting and inspiring to see such a range of organisations taking work-life balance seriously and demonstrating the business benefits it can bring.”

Notes to editors
The media are welcome to attend the morning presentations about the Awards and the drinks reception that follows, as well as the Awards Ceremony itself. Photographs will be available immediately after the ceremony. Please contact Maggy Meade-King at Working Families if you would like to attend the presentations or ceremony or would like photographs to be emailed to you.

Working Families, formerly Parents At Work and New Ways to Work, is a campaigning charity which supports and gives a voice to working parents and carers. It also helps employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone. In addition to the Awards, we also run the Best Boss competition which celebrates individuals who have made a real difference to their employees’ working lives.

Lloyds TSB Scotland employs around 2000 people across Scotland and is proud of its achievements in promoting work-life balance and flexible working options to its staff. It is committed to facilitating the sharing of best practice nationwide, to enable Scotland to remain competitive in the European employment arena. For more information, visit www.lloydstsb.com

Comet has around 250 stores throughout  the UK which offer a wide range of home electricals at every day low prices.  Comet customers can also shop direct by telephone or at www.comet.co.uk. Comet is committed to enabling its workforce to achieve a good balance between work and home and over the last four years have worked hard to develop policies and infrastructures to support this. The business benefits speak for themselves, with a significantly more engaged workforce and increased retention. These tangible benefits – in particular a happier and more productive workforce  –  have undoubtedly spurred us on to further develop our strategies for improved work/life balance within our business. 

Carers UK is the UK’s leading organisation of and for carers. A registered charity, it provides information and support for carers, via free information leaflets and a free telephone helpline. Carers UK also carries out research and campaigns for better rights for carers, and has branches and members throughout the UK. Carers UK leads the ACE National project, an innovative partnership exploring ways of overcoming the barriers facing carers who work or want to work.

BT is one of Europe’s leading providers of telecommunications services.  Its principal activities include local, national and international telecommunications services, higher-value broadband and internet products and services, and IT solutions.  In the UK, BT serves over 20 million business and residential customers with more than 29 million exchange lines, as well as providing network services to other licensed operators. For more information, visit www.bt.com

The NSPCC’s purpose is to end cruelty to children. Its vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential.  It seeks to achieve cultural, social and political change – influencing legislation, policy, practice, attitudes and behaviours and delivering services for the benefit of children and young people.

Norman Broadbent is the international executive search arm of BNB Resources plc, a listed company with a world-wide turnover of some £135million, and has been one of the pre-eminent search firms in the UK for over a decade. It is a member of TRANSEARCH International and has 53 offices in 35 countries. www.normanbroadbent.com

For more information, contact:
Working Families: Maggy Meade-King on 0208 341 0708 or email [email protected]

Scottish Award: Laura Laird; Lloyds TSB Scotland Press Office on 0131 260 0392; [email protected]  or Glen McGill; 0131 260 0477; [email protected]

Men at Work Award: Val Rushton or Fiona Hardman, Comet Press Desk on 07000 425 425.

Family Friendly Award: Lucia Hadjiconstanti, Media Officer, NSPCC on 020 7825 2962, out of hours mobile 07976 206 625 or email [email protected]

Carers Award: Patricia Orr, Third Sector PR on 020 7222 5510 or 07889 140 139                 

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