Best Employers 2021: A Pure Executive analysisCanva

28 February 2022
Lynn Walters

Workplaces have changed amidst the turmoil of the pandemic, with lots of employees ditching the commute and working from home. How has this changed the way they engage with their workplaces and colleagues?

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Flexible pandemic approach pays dividends for finance firm

26 January 2022
Adam Pescod, Archant

Beckett Investment Management Group, a financial services firm with offices in Suffolk, Norfolk and Leicestershire, was awarded Platinum accreditation and won Best Overall Medium Company at the Best Employers Eastern Region 2021 awards.

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'We put the effort in to show our people they are our most important asset'

13 January 2022
Tom Kay

Tom Kay, director of engagement, communication and L&D at Archant, a partner of the Best Employers Eastern Region, explains why company culture is crucial for sustainable growth.

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Survey results offer valuable insight into employee engagement

12 January  2021
Gill Buchanan

As the co-founders of Best Employers, alongside psychometrics experts eras Ltd, Pure understand the importance of gathering feedback on employee engagement. Chief operating officer Gill Buchanan explains what Pure learned in 2021 from its own survey.

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eras'Sometimes it is in adversity that people’s true qualities shine through'

11 January 2022
George Sik

Director of assessment Dr George Sik, of Best Employers co-founders eras ltd, reflects on how the company’s culture of teamwork has brought out the best in its employees during the pandemic.

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It’s time to give positive mental health the recognition it deserves

10 January 2022
Shaun Savoury, Birketts

As a partner of Best Employers Eastern Region, Birketts believes in supporting staff with a strong focus on wellbeing and positive mental health. HR director Shaun Savory explains. 

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'Some people think professional services is dull – they couldn’t be more wrong!'

8 January 2022
Caroline Bixby, Scrutton Bland

HR director Caroline Bixby explains what makes professional services a highly sought-after career choice, and why Scrutton Bland is proud to have recently received a gold accreditation from the Best Employers Eastern Region programme. 

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Copyright Holkham'Our staff take pride in wearing the Holkham badge'

7 January 2022
Alex Triplow, Holkham

Alex Triplow, head of HR at Holkham Estate, explains why its people are central to its mission to be the UK’s most pioneering and sustainable rural estate – and how the Best Employers survey has been instrumental in achieving this.

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‘There is always more you can learn’

6 January 2022
Helen Peck

Helen Peck, operations manager at training and development provider Lighthouse Group, reflects on its aim to rid the world of poor managers, and why the Best Employers Eastern Region survey is a great indicator that the business is on the right track.

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Beckett Investment Management Group'Our objective is to enable everyone to thrive'

5 January 2022
Ian White, Beckett Investment Management Group

Ian White, managing director at Beckett Investment Management Group, explains why an engaged workforce was the key to achieving Platinum accreditation and winning Best Overall Medium Company at Best Employers Eastern Region 2021.

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Copyright Treatt'Communication is the key to success'

4 January 2022
Simon Weir, Archant

An inclusive culture and a commitment to ensuring all staff believe they belong. These were two of the people-focused features highlighted by the judges at this year’s Best Employers awards, crowning Treatt the Best Overall Large Company. 

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Best Employers Eastern Region raises £11,000 for good causes 

6 October 2021
Simon Weir

The 2020-21 Best Employers Eastern Region programme reached its conclusion last week with an online conference – attended by more than 75 businesses from across East Anglia – at which awards and accreditations were announced and it was confirmed that more than £11,000 had been raised for charity.

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Best Employers - creating a legacy

Creating a legacy - Best Employers 2021

7 October 2021
Judith Pugh, Pure 

The awards conference is the final event in this year’s programme. 90 people joined us online to hear the award and accreditation announcements and were treated to valuable insight from Hamish Taylor, former head of brands at BA, CEO of Eurostar and Sainsbury’s Bank, and Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams.

The best of the best to be revealed at the Best Employers event

25 August 2021
Jo Malone, Archant 

Businesses across the east are gearing up to celebrate the culmination of months of work as part of the prestigious Best Employers programme.

Suffolk Business Awards: Employer of the Year

7 June 2021
Simon Weir
The past 12 months have been tough on everyone - but the best businesses have gone out of their way to look after their people. That's why the Employer of the Year award is such an important one in the Suffolk Business Awards.

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How to use share incentives to increase employee engagement

17 May 2021
Simon Weir
Share incentives are an affordable and effective way to boost employee engagement and secure future business growth. Lisa Hayward of Birketts explains why you should be using them. 

best employers grow with shared insights

12 May 2021
Simon Weir
The Best Employers premise is clear and simple: organisations with engaged employees are more successful. The not-for-profit programme returns for 2021 to help employers across East Anglia not only get more from their staff but also take greater care of them and attract the best talent. 

Best employers focus on employee engagement

6 May 2021
Simon Weir
As businesses look ahead to life after lockdown, it has never been more important – or more challenging – to look after their people. The Best Employers Eastern Region is a not-for-profit programme designed to help companies find the smartest ways of doing that.

IS your business a best employer?

14 April 2021
As businesses look to emerge from the pandemic, the world of work will have changed – and what workers expect of their employers may have changed too. So how do you find the best ways to engage, motivate and lead a team in 2021?

Best Employers ready for 2021

31 March 2021
Simon Weir
Staff welfare has never been more important for business than during the pandemic – but it can be hard to have the same confidence in how people are doing when so many are not in the office and working remotely. This is where the Best Employers Eastern Region programme can help.

World-class speakers to share knowledge with Best Employers

3 February 2021
Simon Weir
The Best Employers Eastern Region 2021 programme starts in earnest on April 22 and we are delighted to announce our world-class speakers for the launch event. 

Launch into 2021 with Best Employers Eastern Region

27 January, 2021
Employers passionate about developing their organisation’s culture, engagement levels and workplace environment, can now sign up to take part in the new Best Employers Eastern Region 2021 Programme.

How are your people?  Best Employers knows

27 January 2021
Simon Weir
The Best Employers Eastern Region programme returns to help businesses and organisations across East Anglia develop and support staff adapting to new ways of working.

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East Anglia Air Ambulance win Employer of the Year at the Norfolk Business Awards

Wednesday 25 November 2020
Simon Weir
The judges were incredibly proud to announce East Anglia Air Ambulance (EAAA) as Employer of the year at the Norfolk Business Awards.

Stow Healthcare wins Employer of the Year at the Suffolk Business Awards 2020

20 November 2020
Simon Weir
Stow Healthcare were chosen as Employer of the Year winners because of their relentless dedication to providing the highest quality care, and a safe, supportive environment for their staff and residents.

Remembering Alex Pearce

2 November 2020
We were incredibly sad to hear about the news of Alex Pearce, Managing Director of eras Ltd who died suddenly in mid-October following a short illness. I would like to pay tribute to our business partner and friend, who we co-founded Best Employers Eastern Region with, in 2012.

Best Employers Top Tips to make remote working a long term success

27 July 2020
Simon Weir
Best Employers Eastern Region exists so businesses can share knowledge, inspire and learn from one another, with a focus on employee engagement. It's shown time and again that companies with motivated, engaged staff are more successful and sustainable than their peers - but just as there has never been a tougher time for organisations to look after people, there has never been a greater need for it.

Lessons from the lockdown

17 June 2020
Best Employers Eastern Region exists so businesses can share knowledge, inspire and learn from one another, with a focus on employee engagement. It’s shown time and again that companies with motivated, engaged staff are more successful and sustainable than their peers – but just as there has never been a tougher time for organisations to look after people, there has never been a greater need for it.

Managing the transition back to work

10 June 2020
Simon Weir
The imposition of lockdown changed the way we work – but how do we change it back? Best Employers explain the benefits of a smarter, people-led approach.

How to lead in the coronavirus crisis

3 June 2020
Simon Weir
Covid-19 is placing unprecedented demands on executives. Here’s the Best Employers’ advice on being a good leader during the Pandemic.

innovation versus the coronavirus

27 May 2020
Simon Weir
Adapting to Covid-19 has brought out the best in business – and the Best Employers are using people power to survive.

Recruitment in the time of Covid-19

20 May 2020
Simon Weir
While we’re all adapting to video conferencing within our teams and with external contacts, bringing someone into the business can feel different – as though it needs the personal touch, to measure the firmness of the handshake and pick up on a whole range of non-verbal cues. Yet when handled correctly it is possible to manage an interview process without meeting the candidates, even reading body language on screen without that hands-on sense of getting to know them.

It’s good to talk to employees during lockdown – as long as it’s done well

13 May 2020
Simon Weir
With workforces scattered, communication within a business has never been so important. Best Employers share the secrets of effective engagement.

How working from home can work for your people - and for your business

6 May 2020
Simon Weir
Coronavirus and lockdown have altered how we work - but for Best Employers, remote working is an opportunity as much as a change.

Best Employers approach to furlough

29 April 2020
Simon Weir
Covid-19 has changed not only how we work but also who is working. According to the British Chambers of Commerce, since the job-retention scheme was introduced on March 20, 71% of companies have placed staff on furlough – a term virtually unused in British business before the coronavirus outbreak.

How is everybody? Looking after staff in the coronavirus crisis

22 April 2020
Simon Weir
How the free Best Employers Eastern Region survey can help take care of employees during the Covid-19 crisis.

How focusing on employees leads to growth and an award-winning reputation

25 March 2020
Named Best Employer in the 2019 Norfolk Business Awards, MHA Larking Gowen say passion for people pays off


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