Organisational cultures that succeed: celebrating the best at the Business Culture Awards 2022

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Mortgage Advice Bureau, the UK’s leading mortgage intermediary brand, took the top accolade at this year's Business Culture Awards. But the competition was fierce as organisations demonstrated the positive impact of an exceptional culture. Check out the winning organisations below
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The Business Culture Awards overall winner Mortgage Advice Bureau

Mortgage Advice Bureau was announced as Overall Winner at the Business Culture Awards 2022. Now in its eighth year, the awards recognise organisations that have taken active steps to create a stand-out business culture.

Mortgage Advice Bureau beat other category winners to take away the top accolade for demonstrating the broadest deployment of its initiative and most comprehensive approach in its methods, when examined both quantitatively and qualitatively. The judges were looking for the highest standards in stakeholder engagement, innovation, strategic alignment, leadership, communication, learning and more. 

At an awards ceremony on 5 October in central London, founder of the Business Culture Awards Tim Pointer said this year’s awards were especially relevant because “unprecedented is the word of the year”.

“We have steered our organisations through an unprecedented pandemic; unprecedented changes to the ‘role of the office’ – hybrid isn’t just a car anymore; the phenomena of ‘quiet quitting’; unemployment at its lowest rate since 1974; war in Ukraine; record temperatures of over 40C and soaring energy costs.

“We have responded to the death of our Queen; surging interest rates; stuttering supply chains; strikes by everyone from barristers to port workers to train drivers … and we know it’s not over yet! And still we keep on going.”

He added that organisations choose how they respond in such circumstances.

“It is a choice to put diversity, equity & inclusion at the centre of our work; a choice to support colleagues volunteering in their local communities; a choice to prioritise women’s health; a choice to champion colleague safety; a choice to care for employees’ mental health.

“It is also a choice to advance the products and services that we all rely upon; a choice to create and sustain purposeful workplaces that listen to and engage our colleagues and a choice to have a business culture that does all of this in our constantly changing but always challenging society.”

The People Space was delighted to be media partner once again for the Business Culture Awards and we send our huge congratulations to the winners, highly commended and finalists below:

Business Culture Awards: Overall Winner

Mortgage Advice Bureau

Best Business Transformation Initiative

Winner: Mortgage Advice Bureau + Culture Consultancy
Highly CommendedHanson UK + Dragon Learning
Finalists: BeLiminal,, Industrial Trading Solutions, Lubbock Fine, Socotec UK, Uniqa

Leading with Purpose for Business Culture

Winner: GAMA Healthcare
Highly CommendedSlalom
Finalists: Netsurit, Peel L&P, UST, Wunderman Thompson

Best Brand & Values Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Lloyds Banking Group – Group Culture Team
Highly CommendedMount Anvil
Finalists: Elaworld + Elements, Engtal, GAMA Healthcare, Glide, Moore Barlow + Dragonfish

Building a Culture of Innovation Initiative

Winner: UST
Finalists: Bewley Homes, Bitwise Industries, NatWest Group, SSCL, Tata Consultancy Services

Best Working Environments & Practices Initiative

Winner: Personio
Highly CommendedLubbock Fine
Finalists: Cambridge University Press and Assessment, Evora, gunnercooke llp, Peldon Rose, Spirit Health

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture

Joint Winner: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Joint WinnerEDF + OPG + t-three
Finalists: CAE Technology Services, Charity Link, Jasco Products,, NatWest Group, Schroders + Higson Consulting

Best Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative

Winner: Takeda + Vynamic
Highly CommendedSchroders
Finalists: Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Blake Morgan, Cultural Infusion, UST, Westminster City Council, XPS Pensions Group

Best Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture (Large Organisation)

Winner: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Highly CommendedLloyds Banking Group – Group Health & Wellbeing
Finalists: Blake Morgan, Cambridge University Press & Assessment, Slalom, SSCL, UST

Best Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture (Small to Medium Organisation)

Winner: GAMA Healthcare
Highly CommendedNetsurit
Finalists: Acacia Training, CAE Technology Services, Industrial Trading Solutions, Inzpire Limited, Peldon Rose

Best CSR / Corporate Sustainability Initiative

Winner: Swiss Re
Highly CommendedCambridge University Press & Assessment
Finalists: Patron Capital, SSCL, TruRating, UST, Wunderman Thompson

Best Internal Communications Strategy for Business Culture

Winner: Phoenix Group + Cowry Consulting + Emperor
Finalists: Phillip Morris International, SSCL, UST

Best Employee Voice Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Strativ
Highly CommendedSSCL
Finalists: Autocab, Lloyds Banking Group – Group Culture Team, Mount Anvil, Talent Point, The Good Marketer, UST

Business Culture Leadership Award

Winner: Provide Community Interest Company – Mark Heasman
Highly CommendedMortgage Advice Bureau – Claire Smith
Finalists: Bewley Homes – Elaine Stratford, Evora Global – Board of Directors, Globalization Partners – Nicole Sahin, UST – Sunil Balakrishnan

Business Culture Ambassador Award

Winner: Spirit Health – Vanessa Reading
Finalist: Industrial Trading Solutions – Liza Lavender

Business Culture Team Award

Winner: Takeda + Vynamic
Highly Commended: Uniqa + Accenture
Finalists: Euro Accounting, Sage, SSCL, WeShape

Best Coaching, Mentoring &/or Personal Development Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Charity Link
Highly Commended: CAE Technology Services Ltd
Finalists: Glide, Peel L&P

Best Talent Approaches for Business Culture

Winner: Footprint Digital
Highly CommendedWharton Business Consulting
Finalists:, South East Water + ETS, Westminster City Council, Wunderman Thompson

Best Next Generation Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Wunderman Thompson
Highly CommendedNatWest Group
Finalists: Footprint Digital, Peel L&P, The Good Marketer, Westminster City Council, Wharton Business Consulting

Best Integration & Merger Initiative for Business Culture

Winner: Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Finalists: Fairstone Group Ltd, Moore Barlow + Dragonfish

Best International Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: EDF + OPG + t-three
Highly CommendedNetsurit
Finalists: Bitwise Industries, Euro Accounting, Globalization Partners, UST, Workhuman, Xenergie

Best Large Organisation for Business Culture

Highly CommendedUniqa
Finalists: Hanson UK + Dragon Learning, Sage, Schroders, Slalom, Ultra Electronics

Best Medium Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Mortgage Advice Bureau
Highly Commended: BMJ + Coode Associates
Finalists: Fairstone Group Ltd, gunnercooke llp, Personio, Workhuman, XPS Pensions Group

Best Small Organisation (50-250 people) for Business Culture

Winner: Peldon Rose
Highly CommendedSpirit Health
Finalists: Patron Capital, Strativ, Talent Point, WeShape

Best Small Organisation (under 50 people) for Business Culture

Winner: Level
Highly Commended: BeLiminal
Finalists: Euro Accounting, Industrial Trading Solutions, The Good Marketer

Best Public / Not-For-Profit Organisation for Business Culture

Winner: Provide Community Interest Company
Finalists: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, The Children’s Trust + Dragonfish, Westminster City Council

Business Culture Consultancy of the Year

Winner: Culture Consultancy
Highly Commendedt-three
Finalists: Coode Associates, ETS, Vynamic, Xenergie

Published 6 October2022
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