Brand Learning wins Top Employer Award

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London and New York-based marketing capability consultancy Brand Learning was recognised last night as one of the UK’s leading progressive employers in the Top Employer Awards 2013, run by http://www.workingmums.co.uk/ and sponsored by Unilever and McDonald’s among others.

London and New York-based marketing capability consultancy Brand Learning was recognised last night as one of the UK’s leading progressive employers in the Top Employer Awards 2013, run by http://www.workingmums.co.uk/ and sponsored by Unilever and McDonald’s among others.

Brand Learning was awarded first place in the Top Employer Award for SME Companies (26-250 employees). The category recognises companies that demonstrate a real commitment to ‘work-life balance’ employment practices that specifically help working parents, such as flexible working, support on return to work from maternity leave and career development.

In addition, Brand Learning was shortlisted in the ‘Talent Attraction’ category, which recognises organisations that demonstrate recruitment practices which openly promote flexible working.

The company picked up the accolade at a ceremony held at The Soho Hotel with a keynote address given by Jo Swinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs.

Michele McGrath, chief operating officer of Brand Learning, comments: “We value and appreciate the link between flexibility, engagement, well-being and performance. Our flexible working policies are central to our effectiveness as a business and help make Brand Learning a great place to work - especially for directors, both men and women who support 120 multinational clients and so travel extensively across the world. We are very honoured to be recognised for our efforts by this 'Top Employer' Award.”

Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk, says: “The standard of entries is very high this year and they allow us to spread the word about the innovative practices these businesses employ so that others can be inspired by them. These employers fully understand that businesses need to recruit and retain talented female staff and go out of their way to back that up with action.”

Brand Learning is the leading global specialist in transforming organisational marketing capabilities. Since its inception 14 years ago, founded by Mhairi McEwan (CEO) and Andy Bird (Executive Director), Brand Learning has worked with over 120 clients in more than 60 countries and over 60 per cent of its business is now sourced outside the UK. Its UK and international client list is a roll call of some of the world’s most successful companies, including multinational giants such as PepsiCo, Astra Zeneca, GSK, Unilever, Shell, Novartis and Kellogg.

The Brand Learning Group, now chaired by Niall FitzGerald KBE, continues to successfully build its business. It achieved 16% revenue growth in 2012 following five years of double digit growth and in its last financial year, revenue of £17 million. In the last year alone it has also secured 24 new clients including AbbVie, Chivas Brothers, Colgate-Palmolive,Yum! Brands, SC Johnson and Mondelez.

Brand Learning was also recognised for its family-friendly, flexible working culture in September when it was shortlisted for The Top Family Friendly SMEs award sponsored by Childcarescheme.com in association with the Top Employers for Working Families 2013.

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