Exciting News...


We are excited to announce the results of the 2021 PRWeek's Best Places To Work Awards. 
Congratulations to all those named Winners and Highly Commended. The judges were blown away by the calibre of entries this year proving that PR has risen to the challenges, and created effective and compassionate working environments.

Keep an eye on @prweekuknews where we will be releasing the judge's comments throughout the day. 

Congratulations to everyone on their achievements. Find out more information about the winners at our dedicated PRWeek's Best Places To Work hub.
A note from the editor
"Even the best organisations have felt the strain in this turbulent year, but many in the PR industry have risen to the challenges, and created effective and compassion working environments. 

The Best Places to Work Awards is your chance to stand out from the crowd and be recognised as a top comms employer - at a time when good employment practices are more important than ever."

John Harrington, Editor, PRWeek UK
Winning Best Place To Work was an incredible moment for us. We knew that our team did breathtaking work every day, but it was especially heartwarming to be recognised for the culture we’re building along the way. Asi (2).png

Best Places to Work Categories


Small Agency (2-29 UK employees)
Mid-Size Agency (30 to 99 employees)
Large Agency (100+ employees)
In-house Team
* Please note to enter a specialist category, you must also enter a Gold Award. There is no limit to the number of Specialist Categories you can enter.

 

NEW: Employee support during COVID-19
Please outline ways in which your organisation has adapted its workplace policies during the era of the coronavirus pandemic. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Practical help for working from home
- Mental health support
- Changes to the office (if relevant)
- Employee/employer communications channels and approaches

Please note: it's likely that you would have mentioned some of these steps earlier in the application form. It's not a problem to repeat them here.

 

Training & Development Award
- How do you decide what kind of training you provide to individual members of staff? Eg: during line manager appraisals, using third party training providers
- Describe your approach to staff training
- How do you measure the success of the training programmes?
- How much money and/or time do you allocate to staff training and development?
- How are staff promotions managed?
- How do you identify and fill skills gaps?

 

Reward & Benefits Award
- Describe your approach to staff pay
- Please describe your approach to staff bonuses. Eg: how the bonus is calculated, what percentage of profit is spent on bonuses
- Are staff able to acquire equity in the business? If so, please detail your approach
- What is your pay bracket for entry-level staff? Eg: £23k to £26k
- How do you assess if staff are being fairly remunerated for their work? Eg: benchmarking against industry averages
- Please describe your approach to holidays/annual leave
- Please describe your approach to staff sabbaticals, if applicable, and detail how many employees have taken sabbaticals in the past three years
- Describe your staff pension offer
- Please list other main staff benefits that you offer. Eg: health insurance, gym membership, cycle to work schemes

 

Mental Health Award
- How do you ensure your staff don't work excessive hours?
- How do you compensate or reward staff who work excessive hours?
- Detail any specific policies or schemes you have to support the mental health of employees
- How do you measure the success of these schemes?
- How would you support a member of staff whose mental health appears to be suffering?
- How do you ensure line managers are able to support the mental health of their team?

 

Diversity and Inclusion Award
- How do you encourage diversity in your recruitment, in terms of gender, ethnicity, educational background, disability and LGBTQ+?
- What impact have your policies had on the makeup of the workforce? Eg: proportion of non-white and female staff and board members

 

Internship and apprenticeships
- Describe your organisation's approach to internships, if applicable
- What impact has the internship scheme had on your organisation and on interns, if applicable? Eg: how many interns go on to become full-time staff members
- Describe your organisation's approach to apprenticeships, if applicable
- What impact has the apprenticeship scheme had on your organisation and on interns (if applicable)? Eg: how many interns go on to become full-time staff members

 

Winning Best Place To Work was an incredible moment for us. We knew that our team did breathtaking work every day, but it was especially heartwarming to be recognised for the culture we’re building along the way. Asi (4).png

Best Places to Work Judges


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FleishmanHillard Fishburn
Deputy CEO
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Alison Clarke Consulting
Principal
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Brownstone Communications/PRCA REEB
Director/Chair
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IPG Team Unilever
Global Engagement Director
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CIPD
Director of People, OD & Workplace
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Anchor Hanover
Head of External Communications
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Battenhall
CEO
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ENGINE | Mischief
Managing Director
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Cathcart Consulting
Chair
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OVID Health
Managing Director
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Don't Cry Wolf
CEO
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CIPR
PR and Policy Manager
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Octopus Group
CEO
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LNER
Director of Communications
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Blurred
Founding Partner
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Taylor Bennett Foundation
CEO
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W Communications
Director
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WE Communications
Senior Account Director
 
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CCgroup
CEO
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PrettyGreen & People Like Us
Account Director
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The Bar Council
Communications Manager (Policy & Campaigns)
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Lansons
Chief Executive