UK Employee Experience Awards 2018: Winners Honoured in London

Aleksandar IlicMay 21, 201810min0
Some of the best businesses in the UK to work for have been honoured at the 2018 UK Employee Experience Awards.

EXA winners

Taking place in the heart of London at the Park Plaza hotel overlooking the Thames, the spectacular day-long event saw the winners of 22 categories take to the stage following a morning of detailed presentations before expert judging panels.

Firms, including some of the best-known brands in the UK, outlined strategies and initiatives that lead to high staff satisfaction and retention rates, and explained how this translated into customer satisfaction and even boosted profits.

Attendees also enjoyed a day of networking opportunities and met with representatives from the event’s influential partners. This year, they included employment engagement specialists Benefex; global professional services provider FDMCranfield School of ManagementTherapy Solutions; and the new venture from awards judge Donna O’Toole, August: The Awards Consultancy, the world’s first online course designed to help firms win awards and significantly raise their profile.

Meanwhile, also partnering the awards was The World Employee Experience Institute, and its founder Ben Whitter, AKA Mr Employee Experience himself, met with finalists throughout the day and also took to the stage during the gala ceremony to share valuable insights.

The event was also sponsored by children’s charity Barnardo’s, which outlined to attendees their amazing work in rescuing victims of child sexual exploitation.

The highlight of the day was the award presentations, which saw wholesalers Bidfood UK take home the coveted Overall Winner title after an outstanding victory in the Team of the Year category.

Other notable success stories includes London’s Jubilee Street Practice, which won Overall Best Employee Engagement, and the Holly Private Hospital in Essex, which won an amazing three category titles: Employee Engagement – Values & Strategy; Reward & Recognition; and Talent Management.

Speaking with Customer Experience Magazine, Ben Whitter said:

“Employee Experience is one of the most important aspects of business in the UK, and this event is the premier celebration of that.

“I have heard of some truly amazing EX initiatives in the run-up to today’s event, and I was lucky enough to tour the HQ of finalists to see for myself exactly why they deserve to be here today competing for these titles. They are all raising the standard for other businesses and I salute each and every one of them.”

Meanwhile, Matt Nathanielsz of Benefex added:

“EX is a massive trend in industries after years of being overlooked and undervalued. It’s great to see so many companies making the experience for their employees so special.”

Judges were also “hugely impressed” with the presentations. Judging Chairperson Hina Sharma, Head of Communications with Pitney Bowes UK, said:

“What was most impressive for me and many of the judges was how the finalists linked their employee engagement initiatives to overall business success. That standard of entries was exceptional. Well done to all who entered.”

Neil Skehel, CEO of hosts Awards International, added:

“It was fantastic to see so many inspiring companies who are leading the way in effective employee experience. Congratulations and thank you to all of our finalists, winners, and judges. See you again next year.”



UK Employee Experience Awards 2018 Winners
Category Winner
Employee Engagement – Recognition & Wellbeing
  • Staysure (Silver awarded to University of Lincoln; Bronze to Sky)
Employee Engagement – Growth by Design
  • Startle (Silver awarded to Brewdog PLC)
Diversity & Inclusion
  • Sky
Employee Engagement – Values & Strategy
  • The Holly Private Hospital (Silver awarded to Bidfood UK; Bronze to Vodafone)
Employee Engagement – Transforming through EX
  • Jubilee Street Practice (Silver awarded to Childbase Partnership)
Employee Engagement – EX Design
  • Manpower Group (Silver awarded to Royal Bank of Scotland)
Health & Wellbeing
  • Let’s get healthy (Silver awarded to Risual; Bronze to LifeWorks
Insight & Feedback
  • Sparks Grove and FCA (Silver awarded to BT Business and Blue Sky; Bronze to Hologic)
Learning & Development
  • BT Business and Blue Sky (Silver awarded to DPD Group; Bronze to River Island)
Reward & Recognition
  • The Holly Private Hospital (Silver awarded to Belron UK; Bronze to Stockport Homes Group)
Talent Management
  • The Holly Private Hospital (Silver awarded to Sparks Grove and McDonalds)
Innovation in Recruitment
  • Marketing VF
Business Transformation & Managing Change
  • Homeserve (Silver awarded to Hologic)
Organisational Development
  • BT Business and Blue Sky
Thought Leader in Employee Experience
  • Rebecca Robinson, Sparks Grove
  • The Holly Private Hospital (Silver awarded to DJS UK; Bronze to EValue)
Technology for Productivity
  • LifeWorks (Silver awarded to Vodafone)
Agency of the Year
  • Manpower Group (Silver awarded to Spindogs; Bronze to ORC International)
Leader in Employee Experience
  • Marketing VF (Silver awarded to Manpower Group)
Team of the Year
  • Bidfood UK (Silver awarded to River Island; Bronze to Marketing VF)
Overall Best Employee Engagement
  • Jubilee Street Practice
Overall Winner
  • Bidfood UK

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