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
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.
PERSONNEL TODAY AWARDS 2019 WINNERS
Diversity & Inclusion in the Public Sector, sponsored by Civica
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Diversity & Inclusion in the Private Sector
Employee Engagement Award
HR Team of the Year, sponsored by PeopleScout
Apprenticeship Employer of the Year
Excellence in Public Service HR
Award for Excellence in HR through Technology
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
HR Impact Award, sponsored by XpertHR
Graduate Scheme of the Year
Civil Service Fast Stream & Early Talent
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
Health & Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group
South Western Railway
Employment Law Firm of the Year
HR Director of the Year, sponsored by ResourceBank Recruitment
Fiona Deal, Network Homes
Personnel Today Awards 2019 Overall Winner