Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Employer of the Year

Winner: Hockley Mint

Judges were unanimous in their praise of Hockley Mint for the business’s commitment to apprenticeships and career progression. The apprenticeship programme at Hockley Mint has had seven recruits in a range of areas, training to become qualified in their discipline, with the business also ready to support and foster existing talent in new areas. One judge said: “The apprenticeship programme offered is just one part of what they do in providing all staff with great opportunities for career progression.” Hockley Mint also invested heavily in sales and customer service training this year, with area sales managers taking a budgeting, forecasting and closing sales course and the management team receiving training in customer service communication techniques.

Finalists

Allum & Sidaway

Impressed by the friendly, family atmosphere that Allum & Sidaway encourages among staff, judges were particularly positive about the retailer’s attitude to information sharing, training and company rewards between staff and managers, leading to a happy, more engaged workforce.

Beaverbrooks

This business has encouraged its employees to focus on the near and immediate future, as opposed to longer-term goals, which has resulted in greater employee satisfaction and better performance. Judges noted the company’s commitment to personal and team success.

Chisholm Hunter

Judges were impressed by Chisholm Hunter’s in-house training policy, which includes a training foundation course for new staff and progression paths for existing members. Across its stores, Chisholm Hunter has seen an increase in staff retention over the past year.

H&T Pawnbrokers

Judges were encouraged to see H&T Pawnbrokers’ commitment to reviewing and updating training programmes regularly. In particular, they noted the increase of internal workshop offers from 18 to 22 in 2014 and the continual development of the H&T Academy’s e-learning programme.

Seiko

Noting the clear focus on an awards system for incentivising employees who achieve and perform well, judges were also impressed by Seiko’s personal development plans for new starters, ensuring that new employees feel welcome and part of the company from day one.

 

Sponsored by Jolyon Marshall

Are you reading this on your phone or tablet?

Retail Jeweller subscribers can now access the latest news on the watch and jewellery industry on-the-go with the Retail Jeweller app.

Download the app here using your Apple or Android device and log in with the same details as you use for the website.

Follow us on Twitter

For the latest jewellery industry news follow Retail Jeweller @retailjeweller

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Comments that promote commercial services without adding substantively to the discussion will be removed.