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Northern Ireland Employers urged to enter Annual Family Friendly Awards

Employers from every industry across Northern Ireland are being urged to enter the 2016 Family Friendly Employer Awards!

Organised by Employers For Childcare, the annual Awards are the perfect opportunity for businesses to showcase their commitment to helping their employees achieve a balance between their work and family lives. Whether it’s through the provision of Childcare Vouchers, flexi-time or even an extra day off work, among many other initiatives, the Awards recognise and reward those who go above and beyond legal requirements to provide and actively promote family friendly working practices.

Employers For Childcare Chief Executive Marie Marin says the Awards are a great way to not only meet like-minded employers but also provide an opportunity to share best practice advice, inspiration and practical ideas to improve employee welfare.

“Family friendly initiatives have been proven to have a significant impact on staff retention, loyalty and productivity,” says Ms Marin.

“The Family Friendly Employer Awards provide employers with the chance to celebrate initiatives that are working well for them, as well as learn from other organisations and gain ideas for their future initiatives,” she says.

The awards are sponsored by leading solicitors firm Worthingtons Solicitors who specialise in employment law. Maxine Orr, a Partner in the firm, says she is delighted to support the Awards.

“This is our third year as sponsors and we see a huge benefit as participants. We are proud to be associated with Employers For Childcare because we can see very big improvements in employment practices across all the sectors which is something we want to promote and encourage,” says Ms Orr.

There are six categories:

· -Public Sector Organisation of the Year

· -Large Private Sector Company of the Year

· -Micro Business of the Year

· -Small Medium Enterprise of the Year

· -Education Sector Organisation of the Year

· -Charity Social Enterprise of the Year

Organisations wishing to enter the Awards should visit www.employersforchildcare.org/about-us/family-friendly-employer-awards or email hello@employersforchildcare.org for more information and to receive an application pack.

The deadline by which entries will be accepted is Friday 12 August 2016. Each category will include a Winner and a Highly Commended entry, with one overall winner being selected from across all categories. Judging will be conducted by a panel which includes Maxine Orr, editor of Business First Gavin Walker, Julie Taylor of Integrity NI and several other leading business figures.

The winners will be announced at a special lunch at Galgorm Resort and Spa on Thursday 29 September 2016.

Maxine Orr, Partner at Worthingtons Solicitors pictured with Marie Marin, Chief Executive Employers For Childcare and Louise McAloon, Partner at Worthingtons Solicitors at the launch of the Family Friendly Employers Awards sponsored by Worthingtons Solicitors.

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