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Working Families Special Awards winners announced

The awards showcase flexible and family-friendly workplaces across the UK

The winners of the Working Families Special Awards have been announced at an event in London.

The awards showcase flexible and family-friendly workplaces across the UK.

Here are the winners in full:

The Direct Line Group best for embedded flexibility award

Turn IT On

ICT support business Turn IT On actively recruits staff to work flexibly, innovating to support those who work in non-traditional ways. Flexible workers are valued and recognised for their efforts.

The Allen & Overy innovation award

Grant Thornton UK

Advisory firm Grant Thornton has pioneered a flexible approach to family leave. Its policies recognise that every family is different and individuals are best placed to choose how they tailor their pay to meet their needs.

The Carers UK and Centrica best for carers and eldercare award

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Public sector body Highlands and Islands Enterprise is working hard to improve the experiences of its carer population and offers a range of practical support to suit individual circumstances.

The Deloitte best for all stages of motherhood award


Engineering firm Dulas is bucking the trend in STEM businesses with its extremely successful retention strategies for new mothers, resulting in a 93% retention rate over a 10-year period.

The Cityparents best for all stages of fatherhood award

Imperial College London

Imperial is enacting cultural change in a traditionally male-dominated academic institution. Initiatives aim to break down traditional assumptions around parenthood and ensure fathers can take an equal role.

The best for flexible recruitment award

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group has extended its agile approach into the hiring process. The bank has worked with candidates and managers to enhance advertising and recruitment practices, enabling flexible workers to progress.

The Cross River Partnership best flexible working initiative award

Alexander Mann Solutions

Talent acquisition and talent management company Alexander Mann Solutions last year launched a global flexible working programme to increase the take-up and consistency of flexible working.

Best large private sector employer award

Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group puts flexible work at the heart of its business, focusing on agile workers, parents and carers.

Best small employer award

Brand Learning

The judges were impressed with Brand Learning’s thoughtful approach to enabling staff to perform. Its family-friendly culture recognises the need to balance work and home life demands.

Best public sector employer award

West Dunbartonshire Council

West Dunbartonshire Council’s continuing commitment to being the best was clear to the judges in the steady progress made in its family-friendly provisions.

Best third sector employer award

Inspiring Scotland

The judges praised the way Inspiring Scotland uses time to compete with private sector organisations that offer bigger salaries. Its flexible culture attracts and retains high-calibre staff.