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XPS Pensions Group and Emperor win Business Culture Awards 2020

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 Business Culture Awards Gold Overall Winners: XPS Pensions Group + Emperor

 Business Culture Awards Gold Overall Winners: XPS Pensions Group + Emperor pictured with Chair of Judges, Tim Pointer and Sam Smith from Awards Lead Partner, KellyOCG

XPS Pensions Group and Emperor were crowned overall winners at the Business Culture Awards 2020, beating off stiff competition from Foxtons and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The UK-based FTSE 100 pensions consultancy together with communications specialist Emperor also won the Best Business Culture Transformation Initiative and were finalists in the Best Integration & Merger Initiative for Business Culture.

Judges said the submissions were compelling and showed how important a values-led culture was in the integration of two businesses. XPS Pensions Group was born out of the acquisition of Punter Southall Group by Xafinity Consulting in January 2018.

Announcing this year’s awards, run virtually for the first time, chair of judges Tim Pointer said 110 organisations were represented at the event, employing some 2.5 million people globally.

“If we're going to win in the marketplace, we have to win in the workplace. If you think that changing the culture of your organization is daunting, start with yourself, start with modeling those behaviours, that way of working that you wish to see in others.

“If those 2.5 million people go home and you add immediate family, this might total another six million or so people, if we get our organizational cultures right, if we do things the right way in our businesses, well we get to impact the wellbeing and the experience of about 8.5 million people. We get that many people to be happier. I think that’s a prize worth celebrating.”

In such a challenging year, the awards took on even more meaning for HR professionals who have worked hard to support each other, their organisations and their communities in order to survive and succeed. So well done to all the organisations below who have been recognised for their exceptional business culture for all of us here at The People Space. We are delighted to continue our relationship as media partner for the Business Culture Awards.

2020 WINNERS

Overall Winner Gold: XPS Pensions Group + Emperor
Overall Winner Silver: Foxtons
Overall Winner Bronze: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Sponsored by Lead Partner: Kelly OCG

Culture in a Crisis (over 500 employees)
Winner: Temenos
Highly Commended: Be Caring
FinalistsMinistry of Defence, Slalom, UST Global, Volkswagen Group United Kingdom

Culture in a Crisis (under 500 employees)
Winner: Featurespace
Highly Commended: EG
Finalists: Cirrus, CPMS, Jasco Products, REAL Fundraising

Best Business Culture Transformation Initiative
Winner: XPS Pensions Group + Emperor
Highly Commended: Very
Finalists: Lloyds Banking Group – Your Best, Performance and Development Team, McCann Worldgroup, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust,Volkswagen Group United Kingdom

Best Use of Innovation for Business Culture
Winner: Tata Consultancy Services
Highly Commended: Radiology Partners
Finalists: Everyday Loans, Patron Capital

Best Integrated Talent Approach
Winner: Mount Anvil
Finalists: Featurespace, Sainsbury’s + t-three

Best Learning Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: Barclays
Winner: Sainsbury’s + t-three
Finalists: Cognizant, Everyday Loans, Patron Capital

Best Coaching, Mentoring & Personal Development Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: DP World
Finalists: Everyday Loans, Lloyds Banking Group – Your Best, Performance and Development Team

Best Diversity & Inclusion Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: Foxtons
Highly Commended: Westminster City Council
Finalists: Dentons, DP World, McCann Worldgroup

Best Health & Wellbeing Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: Westminster City Council
Highly Commended: Volkswagen Group United Kingdom
Finalists: EG, John West Foods, NFU Mutual, Omexom

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: EG
Finalists: Aico, Jasco Products, LeathwaiteREAL Fundraising

Best Brand Purpose & Values Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: Catalyst
Highly Commended: REAL Fundraising
FinalistsEla World + Elements Lifestyle, John West Foods, Makesworth Accountants, Omexom

Best Integration & Merger Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: Mercer
FinalistsXPS Pensions Group + Emperor

Best Working Environment & Workplace Design for Business Culture
Winner: Appreciate Group plc
Finalists: Aico, Very

Best International Initiative for Business Culture
Winner: UST Global
Highly Commended: McCann Worldgroup
Finalists: Applus+, DP World, Radiology Partners, Very

Best Large Organisation for Business Culture
Winner: Lloyds Banking Group – Your Best, Performance and Development Team
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s + t-three
Finalists: Dentons, Lloyds Banking Group – Group Culture, Temenos, TSB + businessfourzero

Best Medium Organisation for Business Culture
Winner: Omexom
Highly Commended: Foxtons
Finalists: Be Caring, Featurespace, NFU Mutual, Workhuman

Best Small Organisation for Business Culture
Winner: REAL Fundraising
Highly Commended: Makesworth Accountants
FinalistsCPMS, Leathwaite, Mount Anvil, The Write Impression

Best Public/Not-For-Profit Organisation for Business Culture
Winner: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
FinalistsCatalyst, Ministry of Defence, Westminster City Council

Business Culture Consultancy of the Year Award
Winner: The Resilience Development Company
Finalists: Cirrus, HRLocker, Slalom, Tata Consultancy Services Limited, Workhuman

Business Culture Team Award
Winner: TSB + businessfourzero
Highly Commended: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Finalists: Cognizant, John West Foods, NFU Mutual

Business Culture Leadership Award
Winner: Kate Everett, The Write Impression
Finalists: Steven White, Everyday Loans; Rich Whitney & Dr Anthony Gabriel, Radiology Partners

Get involved in 2021

Business Culture Awards will be running a series of events throughout 2021 where you can hear more about strategies and programmes they have put in place to build exceptional workplace culture for their people. It will be open for entries for next year's awards at the start of April and you can pre-register now. Register here to be the first to receive an entry pack.

Published 26 November 2020
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