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Law firms, banks and recruiters among winners of the Working Families Best Practice Awards 2022 

Published: 8 Jun 2022

Work-life balance charity Working Families has announced the winners of the 2022 Best Practice Awards at a celebratory event held at Vintner’s Hall alongside the official event partner, Bright Horizons. The awards celebrate employers whose stand-out cultures and working practices are leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.

This year has seen an exceptional quality of entries, as organisations across sectors and sizes have risen to the challenges of the pandemic. The winners have all gone above and beyond for the parents and carers in their workforce, and demonstrate that from construction to banking, international companies to small businesses, any organisation can build flexibility and family-friendly support into their job roles.

The winning organisations are:

Best for Mothers – sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada

     WINNER: Macfarlanes LLP
Best for Fathers  

     WINNER: Wates Group 

     COMMENDED: British Army

Best for Carers & Eldercare  

     WINNER: Phoenix Group 

     COMMENDED: North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Best Family Network    

     WINNER: Bank of England  

     COMMENDED: Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Investors in People 

     WINNER: Santander 

     COMMENDED: Northern Lighthouse Board

Best for Flexible Working  

     WINNER: SF Recruitment  

Best for Flexible Recruitment 

     WINNER: Hill Dickinson LLP 

     COMMENDED: Slalom

Best Small Employer  

     WINNER: SF Recruitment  

Best for All Families – sponsored by Fastn 

     Wates Group 

Guest Award – Best for Supporting Fertility and Pathways to Parenthood – sponsored by Fertifa 

     Bank of England  
     NatWest Group 

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families said:

“Two years on from the pandemic, we are beginning to understand its potential longer-term impact on flexible working practices, and it’s been a joy to see how our award-winning organisations this year are forging innovative ways to support their workforce.

Their commitment to finding flexible solutions and fostering supportive cultures illustrates not only that flexibility can work, but that it’s win-win. The Working Families Best Practice Award winners 2022 are shining examples of implementing policies and practices so that employees enjoy more autonomy whilst businesses get a boost in performance from an engaged and committed workforce.”

Denise Priest, Executive Director of Work and Family Solutions at Bright Horizons, said:

“It has been an immense honour to partner with Working Families at this wonderful event and congratulations to everyone who has been recognised today. The Best Practice Awards are a fantastic platform to celebrate UK employers whose stand-out cultures and practices demonstrate that they understand that all employees perform better if the organisation supports their work-life balance. These awards are deeply connected to what we do as for more than 30 years we have been delivering innovative work and family solutions, helping families and employers look forward to a brighter future.

About Working Families   

Working Families is a charity on a mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace. We provide free legal advice to parents and carers on their rights at work. We give employers the tools they need to support their employees while creating a flexible, high-performing workforce. And we advocate on behalf of the UK’s 13 million working parents, influencing policy through campaigns informed by research. 

Twitter @workingfamuk  
About Bright Horizons® 

Bright Horizons has been supporting working families for more than 30 years. We help employers to anticipate the challenges facing their employees and equip them with the tools they need to thrive. From workplace nurseries and back-up childcare to tutoring services and eldercare, our bespoke care solutions are helping families and employers look forward to a brighter future. 

The Working Families Best Practice Awards 2022 

Read about the awards.  

Judging Panel. The final winners of each Award category are judged by an expert panel. The judging process for the Awards is anonymous; none of the judges know the identity of the companies that they are judging.