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Top Employer Awards

Working Mums

Workingmums.co.uk has announced the winners of its seventh annual Top Employer Awards, celebrating the leading companies in gender diversity and flexible working.

The Awards, which took place in Workingmums.co.uk’s 10th anniversary year, were presented at a ceremony at London’s Soho Hotel on 1st November where the keynote speakers were MPs Jess Phillips and Flick Drummond, joint chairs of the all-party parliamentary group on women and work.

Winner of the Overall Top Employer Award, sponsored by You At Work, was Sky [pictured]. It was praised by the judges for the strong evidence of its support for diversity, female career progression across the board and family friendly working which was backed up with strong evidence and case studies.

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Awards were presented for eight other categories:

The Top Employer Award for Innovation in Flexible Working, sponsored by M&G Investments, went to Vodafone in recognition of its pioneering global maternity policy which allows women to return from maternity leave on four days a week but get full pay for the first six months, easing them back into the workplace.

The Top Employer Award for Career Progression, sponsored by A.T. Kearney Ltd, went to Sky for its well thought through policies for identifying and promoting women, its ambitious targets, including 50/50 shortlists, which it was succeeding in working towards, its strong mentoring programmes and good evidence of success for its leadership programmes.

The Top Employer Award for Best for Dads, sponsored by IG Group, went to Lloyds Banking Group for its broad range of policies supporting dads, from their Being a Dad course, their Family Matters Network and training and support for managers in how to support dads to including dads on pre and post maternity leave support calls and their agile working culture.

The Top Employer Award for Talent Attraction, sponsored by CA Technologies, went to Berwin Leighton Paisner for its flexible recruitment policies, which included being upfront about flexible working in job adverts and the firm’s pilot of home-based working in a sector not known for flexible working.

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Winner of the Top Employer Award for Family Support, sponsored by Capability Jane, went to Carillion for the range of initiatives it offered to support families, including publications that promoted a changing culture, membership of Employers for Carers, family-related events and its star managers award which were an innovative way of recognising and rewarding good practice.

The Top Employer Award for SMEs with 1-25 employees, sponsored by Johnson Fleming, went to Cuttsy and Cuttsy for a strong, well rounded entry which was genuine and personal.  The judges praised the company for its holistic approach to wellbeing at work and for the fact that all training and benefits were provided across the board, creating a culture of give and take.

The Top Employer Award for SMEs with over 26-250 employees, also sponsored by Johnson Fleming, went to Madgex for its work on female career progression, support for dads and a strong emphasis on flexible working and work life balance across the board.

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The Good Web Guide Awards

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” The hunt for stunning sites has begun “, The Good Web Guide Awards attracts entries from both grass roots startups and established players.

Last year entries were received from the likes of Foxtons, Belstaff, Black Tomato, Wicked Uncle and Posh Totty, with The GWG Website of the Year going to TrustedHousesitters, the world’s largest house/pet sitting network.

This year’s programme has several new categories for entrants, including Sports, for individual sports/clubs, sporting news and blogs and Corporate, for sites promoting organisations/businesses’ services or products.

2015 Website of the Year Winner
2015 Website of the Year Winner: TrustedHousesitters.com connecting home & pet owners who need trustworthy people to housesit

The winning site will win a number of prizes worth over £7,000 to help perfect their online presence. The distinguished panel of judges includes serial entrepreneur and internet investor, William Reeve, whose past successes include Lovefilm and Forrester Research, Stefano Maruzzi, Vice President EMEA of GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, Kitty Parry, founder and CEO of the Social Media Compliance, Aneeqa Khan, founder of eporta, one of the largest interiors inventories globally and others.

Inspirational words from Caitlyn Jenner

Inspirational words from Caitlyn Jenner who was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards 2015.  The video is really worth watching.

An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony.

The Sony World Photography Awards 2015

© Marcin Klocek, Poland, Sport, Shortlist, Professional Commpetition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards
© Marcin Klocek, Poland, Sport, Shortlist, Professional Commpetition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s biggest photography competition and its aim is simple: to recognise and reward the best contemporary photography in the world.

The awards have brought untold reward and recognition to those involved and each year offers an incredible $30,000 (USD) in cash prizes plus the latest Sony digital imaging equipment.

Black Kaali by Elangovan Subramanian. Dussehra is a Hindu Annual Celebration.Here,in kulasekarapattinam,Tamilnadu,India it is being celebrated by thousnads of devottees who offer prayer to the god by disguising themselves as one of their gods,pray at the temple and remove their makeups at the sea shore nearby.
Black Kaali by Elangovan Subramanian.
Dussehra is a Hindu Annual Celebration.Here,in kulasekarapattinam,Tamilnadu,India it is being celebrated by thousnads of devottees who offer prayer to the god by disguising themselves as one of their gods,pray at the temple and remove their makeups at the sea shore nearby.

Free to enter, photographers of all abilities are invited to submit either their best single shots or series of work. The images are judged by the World Photography Organisation and a specially selected jury from the World Photographic Academy which is made up on the photographic industry’s most esteemed individuals.

The nuns on the way by Manh Ngoc Nguyen
The nuns on the way by Manh Ngoc Nguyen

The awards offer an unparalleled opportunity for exposure for photographers at all stages of their career and are known worldwide by industry leaders.

Frog Story by Harfian Herdi Three cute frogs at morning light.
Frog Story by Harfian Herdi
Three cute frogs at morning light.

The annual awards gala and ceremony takes place in London, welcoming an international attendance of industry leaders to celebrate the recognition of the best in contemporary photography and each year also pays tribute to one of our masters with the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award. Supporting the celebration is an exhibition of the winners and shortlist, comprising of hundreds of photographs expertly curated inside the historic London landmark, Somerset House.

For more information, please visit:  Sony World Photography website.

Reinefjorden by Wojciech Kruczynski Panorama of Reine (Lofoten) made from three frames.
Reinefjorden by Wojciech Kruczynski
Panorama of Reine (Lofoten) made from three frames.