Over 1000 companies of all sizes from across the UK entered the awards, with ten companies being shortlisted in the Employer of Year category, sponsored by law firm Howard Kennedy. Having completed a comprehensive entry submission, all the shortlisted firms gave a presentation to a panel of judges who selected the winner.
Founded in 1969 by toolmaker Bill Alderman, Aldermans remains in family ownership and management today. Bill’s daughter Karen Friendship has headed up our 40-strong team as Managing Director since 2005, with Production Manager Shane Heaney and Quality Supervisor Tony McEwen also part of the senior management team.
“At its heart Aldermans is a family business, both in ownership and attitude,” Karen commented. “Our inclusive, friendly culture is one of the things that makes Aldermans a special place to work, and I’m so proud of the team we have here.”
This is not just sentiment, however, as business metrics prove that our combination of culture and training is a winning formula for the bottom line.
The judging panel were particularly impressed by our commitment to training staff in business improvement skills, and to Karen’s work as a STEM ambassador.
“By equipping and empowering staff to make positive improvements in their work areas we not only keep our staff motivated and inspired, but see our productivity increase and costs decrease, which are key to maintaining our place in a very competitive market,” Karen continued.
“For a small company such as ourselves, the national award achievement is particularly gratifying. We believe that exceptional employment practice, with proven business benefits, can be achieved by any company of any size in any sector – and we’re proof of it.”
Pictured above left to right at the awards ceremony: Tony McEwen, Quality Supervisor; Steve Gilbert, Production Supervisor; Shane Heaney, Production Manager; Karen Friendship, Managing Director.