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Finalists Revealed for Working Families Best Practice Awards 2019

Published: 10 May 2019

After a record number of entries for 2019, Working Families announces the shortlist of employers whose stand-out cultures and working practices are leading the way in flexible and employee-friendly workplaces.   

The organisations that have been shortlisted in one or more of the 12 categories in Working Families’ Best Practice Awards has been unveiled today.   

Now in their tenth year, Working Families’ Best Practice Awards showcase and celebrate employers who are offering flexibility for all their people and going above and beyond in their support for parents and carers. 

Employers from a diverse range of sectors from across the UK have competed to catch the judges’ attention in 12 categories. The shortlisted organisations are:  

Best for Mothers 

  • Barclays 
  • FYXER 
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 
  • Mum & You 

 Best for Fathers 

  • Response IT 
  • Deloitte 
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 

Best for Carers & Eldercare 

  • Barclays 
  • Centrica 

Best Flexible Working Initiativesponsored by NHS Employers  

  • MHA Larking Gowen  
  • Suffolk County Council 
  • Global Witness 

Best for Embedded Flexibility– sponsored by Arnold Clark  

  • Freestyle 
  • Deloitte  
  • Morgan Sindall  Construction & Infrastructure

Best for Flexible Recruitment 

  • Suffolk County Council 
  • Arnold Clark 

Best for Line Manager Support 

  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 

Best Innovation – sponsored by ILF Scotland  

  • Waltham Forest Council 
  • Arnold Clark 

Best Returner Programme – sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada  

  • Barclays  
  • Allen & Overy 
  • Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure
  • Natwest Markets 

Best Family Network 

  • Barclays  
  • Royal Bank of Scotland 
  • Sky 

Best for Mental Health & Wellbeing – sponsored by Schroders  

  • Deloitte 
  • QBEInsurance Group 
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield 
  • Financial Ombudsman Service 

Best Small Private Sector Employer 

  • Response IT 
  • 9-2-3 Jobs 
  • Slalom 

Jane van Zyl, Chief Executive of Working Families and chair of the judging panel said:  

“Congratulations to our finalists whose flexible working culture, innovation and supportive workplaces have earned them a much-coveted place as finalists of this year’s Best Practice Awards. These outstanding companies stood out amongst a record number of entrants.  

“Flexible working isn’t just good for parents and carers; it’s good for business. Employers reap valuable rewards when they give their staff members more control over their time—from improved employee engagement to better organisational performance.”  

“Our research shows an unmet demand for flexible working. 86% of parents want to work flexibly but less than half (49%) actually do [5].  Initiatives like those on the shortlist are key to helping parents take control of their time and find the work-life balance that works best for them.” 


The winners of the Working Families’ Best Practice Awards will be announced at London’s Vintners’ Hall on 20th June 2019.  

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 knows the identity of the companies which they are judging.