A stellar endorsement from its own workforce has seen The Midcounties Co-operative awarded a prestigious two-star rating in a national business awards scheme.
Best Companies accreditation recognises high levels of employee engagement and is sought after by some of the UK and Northern Ireland’s leading high street names and other successful businesses.
Achieving two-star status puts Midcounties in the ‘outstanding’ category and is two steps higher than last year’s listing of ‘One to Watch’.
The award was presented at a ceremony in London. Chief Executive Ben Reid, said: “This is very special, as a significant part of the assessment is feedback from our own colleagues.
“For any business to be successful you have to have those you work with on your side, sharing a common goal and vision.
“When you have 9,000 colleagues across 450 sites that’s a big task but this award is a clear demonstration that it’s a challenge we’ve met in style. I’m very proud to accept this award on behalf of all the colleagues at Midcounties.”
Best Companies accreditation follows the elite ‘Michelin-style’ star rating system. Based on employee feedback, organisations receive an index score which determines their star-rating compared to a fixed standard.
The score is defined from employees’ responses to questions within the Best Companies survey, which assesses all areas of the employment experience. This includes leadership, personal development, wellbeing and remuneration.
The two-star accolade follows hot on the heels of Midcounties retaining its Investor in People Gold award, alongside being named Co-operative of the Year in the annual Co-operative Awards that celebrate excellence, innovation and ethics in business.