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Scottish Top Employers for Working Families revealed

The best Scottish employers for flexible and family friendly working cultures have been announced (on 22/3/18) by Scotland’s leading work-life balance organisation, Family Friendly Working Scotland.The Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2018 celebrate progressive employers that support staff to happily combine home and work life - and harness the business benefits this brings.

The 2018 winners are:

Best Large Private Employer: Barclays – Banking group.

Best SME Employer (Small): Senshi Digital – Tourism marketing agency in Glasgow.

Best SME Employer (Medium): Pursuit Marketing – Technology and B2B-focused marketing agency in Glasgow.

Best Public Sector Employer: Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF)– Based in Livingston, the ILF provides funding to 3,000 disabled people to help them live independently.

Best Third Sector Employer: Young Enterprise Scotland (joint winner), Offers enterprise and entrepreneurship programmes to young people in Scotland. Based in Glasgow.

Best Third Sector Employer: Includem (joint winner) Specialist charity working with vulnerable young people and their families on issues such as raising attainment, family breakdown and reducing youth offending. Based in Glasgow.

Best for Innovation: Senshi Digital – As above.

The following organisations are highly commended:

SST Sensing Ltd (Best SME – Medium). Designer and manufacturer of gas and fluid sensors, based in Coatbridge.

Gillies and Mackay (Best SME – Small). Designer and manufacturer of sheds, garages and summerhouses, based in Errol, Perthshire.

Historic Environment Scotland (Best Public Sector). Based in Edinburgh, the organisation manages historic locations and advises others on property and environment conservation issues.

Nikki Slowey, Joint Programme Director for Family Friendly Working Scotland, said: “Many congratulations to our winners who are leading the way in finding innovative and progressive ways of working that benefit both workers and the business itself.

“We’ve seen an increase the in the quality and quantity of applications for our awards so we’re confident Scotland is making progress in shifting to a more flexible working culture.

“We appreciate this isn’t something that happens overnight but we hope our awards inspire more organisations to think about how they could improve work-life balance and want to stress that we’re here to help and advise them on their journey.”

The Scottish Government is a member of the Family Friendly Working Scotland partnership.

Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd, said: “I congratulate all the finalists of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards and especially the winners: it really is something to be proud of.

“It is extremely positive to see so many of Scotland’s employers - both large and small – recognising the benefits of creating a family friendly workplace culture. Not only is it good for workers and families but it is also good for business and boosts productivity

“The Scottish Government remains committed to working with employers to promote and support family friendly and flexible working, and we are proud to support, and work with, Family Friendly Working Scotland to continue to support employers and their employees.”

The judges looked for clear examples of how organsiations support their people to have a good work-life balance. They considered the company culture, leadership and practical support provided as well as official policies. They also wanted to see family friendly working as part of an organisation’s strategy and how this impacts positvely on the business. The judges heard testimonials from employees as part of the process.

The winners embrace many forms of flexible working including part-time hours, compressed hours, flexible start and finish times, remote working, term-time working and/or more ad-hoc arrangements that help members of staff to balance their home and work lives.

Nearly half of Scots (46%) say they can currently work flexibly. Of those, 77 per cent say they are more productive and 77 per cent say they 'go the extra mile' for their employer as a result (1).

Increasing productivity is just one of the evidenced business benefits of flexible working. Other benefits include increasing staff retention, improving recruitment and reducing absenteeism.

The winners were announced at a Bright Lights ceremony at the Lighthouse in Glasgow on Thursday 22 March 2018.

The event was hosted by Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director at the Scottish Government and Host of TedX Glasgow 2017. Guest speakers included David Eustace, Creative Consultant and Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and Petra Wetzel, Founder and Managing Director of West Brewery.

The awards are sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, Dentons, City Building Glasgow, Scottish Power, Skills Development Scotland, Quorum, Arnold Clark and Pursuit Marketing.

Embargoed photos are available from 5pm on Thursday 22 March. Journalists requiring more information can contact Jenny Legg on 07725 619304 or email


Notes to editors:

  1. Figures are from YouGov. Total sample size was 1,021 adults of which 493 were workers. Fieldwork was undertaken online between September 5 and 7, 2017. The figures are weighted and representative of all Scottish adults aged 18 and over.

Family Friendly Working Scotland aims to create and support working culture change in Scotland that builds economic success and improves the lives of families.

Family Friendly Working Scotland works with employers, government, families and others to promote a flexible and family friendly working culture. This is a way of working which delivers business success and enables working families to have a good balance between work and family life.

Spanning boundaries between private, public and third sectors, we offer practical support to employers and share best practice. We also raise awareness of the issues and benefits around flexible and family friendly working. Acting as a nucleus, Family Friendly Working Scotland promotes innovative and sustainable ways of working that are good for families and the Scottish economy.

Family Friendly Working Scotland is a collaborative partnership between Working Families, Fathers Network Scotland, Parenting Across Scotland and the Scottish Government. Visit or @ffworkscot on Twitter.

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