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Scottish Top Employers Awards are open!

The search is on for the country’s most flexible and family friendly employers with the launch today of the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards.

Organised by Family Friendly Working Scotland, the awards showcase the work of forward-thinking businesses who support employees to combine home and work life.

Lisa Gallagher, Programme Director at Family Friendly Working Scotland, said:

“The Scottish Top Employers for Working Families awards are totally unique. They are the only business awards which specifically recognise employers that have created a great flexible and family friendly working culture. The awards are a great platform for people-centred businesses to get recognition for their innovative approach and to be recognised as trail-blazers in their field.”

Now entering their fourth year, the awards are attended by 150 business leaders.

Five awards categories for 2018 include Best Large Private Sector Employer, Best SME employer and Best Public Sector Employer. There is also an award for Best Third Sector Employer and a Best for Innovation category.

The winners will be announced at an event in Glasgow on March 22 2018.

Confirmed speakers include the acclaimed Scottish photographer and director David Eustace and Petra Wetzel, founder and MD of West Brewery. Wetzel combines being a mum to her 12-year-old son with running the successful beer hall and brewery on Glasgow Green which distributes to more than 1000 UK venues. She is passionate about encouraging flexible working to allow parents and carers to fulfil their potential.

Petra Wetzel said: “The only way to get women involved in business more, in whatever level of the organisation, is to make it easier for women to be mums, wives or partners and employees. It is really about having a holistic approach. We don’t have just one role in life, we have several roles and the only way to make somebody able to fulfil all those roles is to make them work in harmony.

“As a society, we would be stupid not to facilitate that because we would be leaving 50 per cent of our talent pool untapped and that can’t ever be good for growth of an economy or an industry or society as a whole.”

In addition to speaking at the awards ceremony, Wetzel is also one of the judges, along with Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO of Working Families, Hugh Aitken, CBI Scotland director, and other business leaders.

Pursuit Marketing was previously Best SME Private Sector Employer.

Lorraine Gray, Group Operations Director said: “Pursuit has strived to offer an industry leading flexible working environment. Winning the award has leveraged our position as innovators in this field and the go-to employer in our industry.

“The accolade, along with the Happy to Talk Flexible Working recruitment strap-line has supported our efforts to attract and retain the best talent. Our team is growing from strength to strength.”

West Dunbartonshire Council was previously named Best Public Sector Employer.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said:

“The award was an outstanding achievement which fully recognised and highlighted the great policies we have to support our dedicated workforce.

“Supporting our staff is integral to delivering our services, so it is fantastic that the Council met the top level of recognition for our support of employees with caring responsibilities.”

Virgin Money was also among last year’s winners and took award the award Best for Innovation while Lloyds Banking Group won Best Large Private Sector Employer.

Entries for the 2018 awards can now be made on the Family Friendly Working Scotland website and are open until November 6.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on March 22, 2018.

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