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Working Families 2021 Best Practice Award finalists announced

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Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced the shortlist for its 2021 Best Practice Awards.

The awards celebrate employers with stand-out cultures and working practices leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.  

The Working Families Best Practice Awards is now in its 12th year, and employers from a diverse range of sectors from across the UK have competed to catch the judges’ attention in the nine categories.

Jane van Zyl, chief executive of Working Families and chair of the judging panel, congratulated all of the finalists.

She said: “Making it through to this stage in such a competitive year demonstrates they are leaders in creating supportive, flexible working cultures – all operating in very different contexts. 

 “This last year has been exceptionally challenging for everyone, and particularly for many working parents who’ve had to find ways to balance work with caring for children.”

Zyl said Working Families know that where employers have adopted flexible working practices, that balancing act has been made far less stressful, and allowed employees to be as productive as possible.

“As we move out of the pandemic into the ‘new normal’, we are determined to use what we’ve learned to benefit more of the UK’s 13 million working parents.

“This list of outstanding organisations is leading the way in showing that flexible, family friendly working policies aren’t just the right thing to do, they make great business sense,” she said.

See below for all shortlisted organisations for the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2021.


Best COVID-19 Response 

Hachette UK 
North East London NHS Foundation Trust 
QBE European Operations 
Teach First  
University of Strathclyde 


Best for Mothers 

British Army  
Experian  
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield   


Best for Fathers  

Man Group  
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield  


Best for Carers & Eldercare – sponsored by Crown Prosecution Service    

Anglo American Services (UK) Ltd 
Swansea University  
West Midlands Police 


Best Family Network    

Barclays PLC 
Nationwide Building Society 
Santander UK 


Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Hill Dickinson   

Mills & Reeve LLP 
Nationwide Building Society 
Santander UK 
Slalom 


Best Innovation – sponsored by Adactus 

Forward Carers  
Mills & Reeve LLP 


Best for Flexible Working – sponsored by Find Your Flex Group  

Hill Dickinson LLP 
Streamline Corporate  
Together Housing Group 


Best Small Employer – sponsored by ILF Scotland 

Keep Britain Tidy  
Warmworks