Personnel Today Awards 2019: The Co-op takes overall winner prize

The Co-op team collect their Overall Winner trophy from Personnel editor Rob Moss and guest host Sally Phillips.

The Co-op has won the “best of the best” trophy at the 2019 Personnel Today Awards.

The group, which has 3,750 outlets and around 70,000 staff, was shortlisted for three awards and scooped the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year for what the judges described as an ambitious programme “to transform retail jobs into retail careers”.

Co-op then received the Overall Winner trophy in recognition for what it has achieved with its significant reduction in staff turnover, high engagement scores and an improved talent pipeline.

2019 Personnel Today Awards Winners

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More than 900 HR professionals attended last night’s 21st Personnel Today Awards in the glamorous Great Room in the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

The audience was entertained by stand-up comedian Zoe Lyons, before Sally Phillips, star of I’m Alan Partridge, Miranda and Smack the Pony, hosted the Awards ceremony.

Fiona Deal from Network Homes won HR Director of the Year, following the housing association’s success winning the Excellence in Public Service HR Award. Judges said Network Homes’ approach was a “compelling blend of passion, energy, innovation and down-to-earth practicality”.

Rob Moss, Personnel Today’s editor, said: “Tonight’s winners demonstrate the diversity of ideas in HR and L&D – there really is loads of great ideas and good practice. Congratulations not just to the winners but to all of those shortlisted. It’s been a terrific night.”

Online retailer Studio was awarded HR Team of the Year, presented by our gold sponsor PeopleScout, for the huge impact that people management had on the organisation’s culture, bringing benefits to colleagues and customers.

Mitchells & Butlers won L&D Team of the Year for a second year running while Great Western Railway and its sister franchise South Western Railway both collected trophies, for health and wellbeing and managing change respectively.



Diversity & Inclusion in the Public Sector, sponsored by Civica
Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Diversity & Inclusion in the Private Sector
Financial Times

Employer Branding Award

Employee Engagement Award

HR Team of the Year, sponsored by PeopleScout

Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
The Co-op

Award for Innovation in Recruitment

Sustainable Business Award, sponsored by The Guardian Jobs

Excellence in Public Service HR
Network Homes

Award for Excellence in HR through Technology
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

HR Impact Award, sponsored by XpertHR
KP Snacks

Graduate Scheme of the Year
Civil Service Fast Stream & Early Talent

Employee Benefits Award, sponsored by Employee Benefits Live

Excellence in Learning and Development
Molson Coors Brewers

Learning & Development Team of the Year
Mitchells & Butlers

Award for Managing Change, sponsored by the Forum for Expatriate Management
Great Western Railway

Award for Talent Management
Fresh Direct Group

Consultancy of the Year
Egremont Group

Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
South Western Railway

Employment Law Firm of the Year
Irwin Mitchell

HR Supplier Partnership

HR Director of the Year, sponsored by ResourceBank Recruitment
Fiona Deal, Network Homes

Personnel Today Awards 2019 Overall Winner
The Co-op

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