Apprenticeship Employer of the Year

Co-op’s apprenticeship scheme was designed to address a list of key challenges for the organisation, refining the retailer’s employer brand, improving retention and creating talent pipelines.

Our judges said Co-op’s focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise was particularly innovative and the benefits to the organisation were hugely evident.

The Co-op

Consultancy of the Year
Egremont were hugely praised by out judges for their services for Southern Water and were particularly impressed that this work not only delivered tangible business benefits but also developed the utility’s capability to sustain and embed changes. “An excellent piece of consultancy,” said one judge.

Egremont Group

Diversity & Inclusion – Private Sector Award

The FT wanted to improve the gender diversity of its subscriber base, four out of five of whom were male, and it began by looking at its workforce.

Our judges were impressed by the results the publisher achieved in quite a short period, with leadership and management approaching parity and a tangible change in inclusive practice.

Financial Times

Diversity & Inclusion – Public Sector Award

Our judges were impressed by the bold targets made by FSCS especially focusing on age, gender and ethnicity. A well-thought-through and robust approach to tackling diversity which has improved customer satisfaction. An amazing, uplifting project with clear workforce benefits.

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Excellence in HR through Technology Award
Last year’s overall winners at the Awards are triumphant again. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are recognised here for their chatbot “Sammy” which managers said saves them an hour a week, time that could be put back into patient care or employee wellbeing. Judges described it as “first-class” – not just the implementation of a new system, but a true transformation project.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Excellence in Learning & Development Award

The brewer behind Carling, Cobra and Grolsch cut their attrition rates by a third in just two years through a focus on employee experience and onboarding. Judges were impressed by the joined up manner Molson Coors delivered their strategy and the savings made by immediate results. A truly innovative project.

Molson Coors Brewers UK & Ireland

Excellence in Public Service HR Award

Last year was a pivotal year for Network Homes, a housing association for vulnerable and disadvantaged people. Our judges said there was a compelling blend of passion, energy innovation and down to earth practicality to Network’s entry, which saw it realigning its strategy in the wake of budget cuts.

Network Homes

Employee Benefits Award

Our judges said the financial wellbeing solutions offered by Dunelm had clearly been pitched perfectly for the home furnishing retailer’s workforce. Almost half of Dunelm’s 10,000 staff had engaged with the financial hub and testimonials proved it was being well received.


Employee Engagement Award

Care homes don't get a great press but Brighterkind's submission didn't duck the challenges faced in turning around the workplace culture and resident experience. Judges described the care home provider's challenge as compelling and that it was evident that the approach on a limited budget was paying off across its 70 homes - for workforce and residents alike.


Employer Branding Award

Our judges said this was a truly fantastic and inspirational global campaign that reached nearly 5 million people. The strapline "Bring everything you are - be everything you want" helped S.A.P attract 20,000 recruits over the year and shared hundreds of colleagues' real stories of working at the tech giant.


Employment Law Firm of the Year

Irwin Mitchell’s employment team has more than 70 lawyers and it aims to become trusted business advisers working in partnership with HR professionals. It handled 1,000 tribunal claims in 2018 across a number of sectors. Our judges were impressed by the firm's many achievements including its focus on supporting junior HR professionals and the recognition of the particular needs of the education sector.

Irwin Mitchell

Graduate Scheme of the Year

The Civil Service Fast Stream is the government’s flagship graduate programme, which also includes school leavers, attracts around 2,500 individuals to work at the heart of government. Our judges said it was good to see the already-successful Civil Service Fast Stream not rest on its laurels and take decisive action to improve diversity.

Civil Service Fast Stream and Early Talent

Health & Wellbeing Award

Egremont were hugely praised by out judges for their services for Southern Water and were particularly impressed that this work not only delivered tangible business benefits but also developed the utility’s capability to sustain and embed changes. “An excellent piece of consultancy,” said one judge.

South Western Railway

HR Director of the Year

Our judges expressed their admiration for Fiona Deal’s approach to a three-year “People and Culture Agenda” to transform Network Homes into a great organisation. Fiona’s systematic and holistic approach included a huge amount of personal involvement and the benefits to the organisation were clearly evident in a passionate and convincing nomination from her HR team.

Fiona Deal, Network Homes

HR Impact Award

KP Snacks has been on an acquisition spree and integrating the new businesses has been a huge challenge for its HR team. Our judges said that HR was pivotal to the seamless transitions and the team is to be congratulated for outstanding work that positions them well for future success.

KP Snacks

HR Supplier Partnership Award

KPMG’s entry focused on it the work for one of this evening’s other winners, the Civil Service Fast Stream. Our judges were impressed with the overhaul of the programme and the collaborative way KPMG works with its clients.


HR Team of the Year

Our judges said this was a stand-out entry. This online retailer proves that all aspects of people management can have a huge impact on an organisation's culture and help deliver huge benefits to the wider business. A clear and comprehensive HR solution to a well-articulated challenge and meaningful benefits both from a customer and colleague perspective.

Innovation in Recruitment Award

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory used a challenging online game to raise awareness of the agency and help them attract talent it had been losing to its competitors. Six thousand people played the game, a handful of whom hold top score, because they hacked the software – a result DSTL was looking for to reveal applicants skilled enough to dig a little deeper.


L&D Team of the Year

Not many employers achieve this but Mitchells and Butlers wins L&D Team of the Year for the second year running! From “All Bar One” to “Vintage Inns” the company runs some of best known restaurant and pub brands. Our judges praised the entry for the impressive results across remote sites, all delivered by such a small team.

Mitchells & Butlers

Managing Change Award

GWR’s rolling stock is transforming from the oldest in the UK to the newest and with that comes a raft of change, preparing for next month when 75% of its services change. Our judges described GWR’s strategy as exceptional, tackling so many things at once in a difficult industrial relations environment. “A very strong change programme and a real drive for innovation and cultural influence”.

Great Western Railway

Sustainable Business Award

Reconomy provides outsourced recycling and resource management services. Our judges said it tackles some of society's bigger challenges, providing work for vulnerable groups, meeting the needs of multiple stakeholders, and demonstrating a holistic, organisation-wide approach to responsible business.


Talent Management Award

Our judges said this was a thorough, top to bottom, end to end overhaul of many processes and procedures - but with a critical reappraisal of the mindset and role of HR’s contribution to the business: all-in-all a sound and solid approach.

Fresh Direct Group (a Sysco company)

Overall Winner

The Co-op were shortlisted in three categories tonight and were crowned Apprenticeship Employer of the Year. Well now they take the overall prize for their ambitious programme which radically transform retail jobs into retail careers. This large-scale programme has achieved a significant reduction in staff turnover, high engagement scores and an improved talent pipeline.

The Co-op