Beaverbrooks

We’re an award-winning and family-owned jewellers and we have a passion for fine jewellery, diamonds and watches.
http://www.beaverbrooks.co.uk/

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Best Company to work for in the UK
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A family-owned jewellers for 102 years, Beaverbrooks has provided a glittering example in a time of crisis. While nearly 200,000 retail jobs have been lost during the pandemic, the business is proud to have continued to recruit staff to its team of more than 900 people and invest in its online operation and network of 72 stores.

The company was begun in 1919 by the Adlestone brothers, Isaac, Harry and Maurice, and today Isaac's grandson Mark Adlestone chairs the company, which has bucked the high street trend to retain strong profits. As customers mark milestones such as engagements, weddings, christenings and birthdays with precious gifts, Beaverbrooks has topped up its employees' furlough pay to 100% from the government's 80% allowance. Staff have been kept in the loop with regular, transparent communication.

With a core purpose to enrich lives through its focus on customers, colleagues and communities, the business has channelled 20% of profits through the Beaverbrooks Charitable Trust, donating £1.5 million to more than 250 charities. Teams chose a local charity to support with a donation of £100 per person.

Throughout the pandemic, employees have done their best to volunteer, giving their time to telephone befriending services, cooking meals for the homeless and recording the Talking News for blind people. The charity team uses its Yammer network, newsletters and Zoom updates to inspire colleagues to get involved. Some staff have stepped up to help vulnerable local people with shopping or supported the NHS front line at vaccination centres.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Managing director Anna Blackburn was listed by Business Leader magazine as a pandemic business hero for connecting with employees through digital platforms, and encouraging community support. She hosts 12 staff focus groups each year to hear ideas and took a shift in the warehouse to check new Covid-19 safety processes.

My Company

96% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Directors have kept in contact with regular video messages and made use of Yammer, not only for business updates but to share inspiration for greater wellbeing. Every Beaverbrooks employee working from home was posted the Special Times Lockdown Issue of the company newsletter, packed with fun and uplifting content.

Fair Deal

81% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Beaverbrooks continued to pay bonuses in March 2020 and January 2021 and is renowned for the long service record of its team. Every five-year milestone is marked with a personal letter and phone call from the managing director and chairman and a gift of £250 for every five years served at the company.

Benefits

Long Service

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Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Private Healthcare

Companies offering private health insurance to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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