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Work/Life balance: awards for best employers, search begins for “Britain’s best boss”

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Parents at Work and Lloyds TSB are looking for nominations for the award of “Britain’s Best Boss”. The winners of the PoW/Lloyds TSB Employer of the Year awards were announced last week. They aim to recognise “employers who help their employees and their businesses to reap the benefits of good work-life balance”. The search for Britain’s best boss is a more recent development, only in its second year, and is the individual equivalent. It is intended to identify and reward individual employers and line managers who take practical steps to improve work / life balance for their staff, while also practising it themselves. They should encourage flexible hours and home-working, be understanding about family emergencies and ensure that no one under their management works unreasonable hours.

The employee who nominates the winning boss will receive a bottle of champagne and the Best Boss will receive £1000 in travel vouchers, courtesy of Lloyds TSB. All the finalists, and those who nominate them, will be invited to a celebratory lunch at the House of Lords in May 2002.

You can get a nomination form by calling the Best Boss Hotline on 020 7588 1788 or you can fill in a form on the Parents at Work site.

Results of the 2001 PARENTS AT WORK/Lloyds TSB UK Employer of the Year Awards, supported by the Department for Trade and Industry

“These unique and prestigious awards In 2001, for the first time, there are 11 national and regional awards, allowing us to celebrate good practice across the UK. The awards are a great chance for public, private and voluntary sector employers to win both local and national recognition. Past winners and runners up testify to the enormous benefits to be gained from entering.”

UK Employer of the Year: BT

Joint Small Employers of the Year: BIBIC (British Institute for Brain Injured Children)and MTM Products Ltd

Medium Employer of the Year: Listawood Ltd

Large Public Sector Employer of the Year: Employment Service

Large Private Sector Employer of the Year: BT


UK Employer of the Year Awards finalists

Small Employer category
BIBIC (British Institute for Brain Injured Children)
MTM Products Ltd
The Patchwork Traditional Food Company Ltd

Medium Employer category
Listawood Ltd
Greenwood Dale School
National Asthma Campaign

Large Public Sector Employer category
Employment Service
Scottish Court Service
Dept of Social Security/Dept for Work and Pensions
Sperrin and Lakeland Health and Social Care Trust

Large Private Sector Employer category
BT
Nationwide Building Society
Accenture


National and Regional Employer of the Year Awards Winners

Northern Ireland Employer of the Year: Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust
Small employer: Southern Area Health Promotion Department
Medium employer: LEDU
Large employer: Sperrin Lakeland Health and Social Services Trust

Scottish Employer of the Year: The Scottish Court Service


Welsh Employer of the Year: The Patchwork Traditional Food Co Ltd
Small Employer of the Year: The The Patchwork Traditional Food Co Ltd
Highly Commended in Medium category: Aykroyd & Sons
Large Employer of the Year: North Wales Police
Highly Commended: Neath Port Talbot CBC


Eastern Employer of the Year: Listawood Ltd
Small Employer: University of Hertfordshire Students’ Union
Medium Employer: Listawood Ltd
Large Employer: Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Joint East Midlands Employers of the Year: MTM Products and Greenwood Dale School
Small Employer: MTM Products
Medium Employer: Greenwood Dale School

London and South East Employer of the Year: National Asthma Campaign
Joint Small Employers: Happy Computers and Classic Cleaners
Medium Employer: National Asthma Campaign
Large Employer: Southend Hospital

North East Employer of the Year: The Tees and NE Yorks NHS Trust
Small Employer Cleveland Accredited Training Centre
Large Employer: The Tees and NE Yorks NHS Trust
Highly Commended: Durham District Land Registry

North West Employer of the Year: Space Housing
Highly Commended in Small category: Clock Creative
Commended: Resources for Business
Medium Employer: Space Housing
Large Employer: City of Salford

Joint South West Employers of the Year: BIBIC and Salisbury NHS Trust
Small Employer: BIBIC
Highly Commended in Medium category: Fire Service College
Large Employer: Salisbury Healthcare NHS Trust
Highly Commended: Bristol City Council

West Midlands Employer of the Year: Sneakers Childcare
Small Employer: Sneakers Childcare
Medium Employer: Community First
Large Employer: Staffordshire University

Yorkshire and Humber Employer of the Year: Leeds Metropolitan University
Small Employer: The Childcare Information Service – Wakefield Ltd
Large Employer: Leeds Metropolitan University


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