UK’s Best Workplace Accolade for Industrial Supplies Distributor Cromwell

Neil Jowsey Cromwell

Leicester-based industrial supplies distributor Cromwell has been recognised as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces by leading workplace recognition programme Great Place to Work.

Cromwell, a global supplier of industrial tools and equipment, ranked 11 out of 33 in the super large category, which includes businesses with 1,000 or more employees. It sits alongside the likes of Hilton and Cisco, which topped the list.

The prestigious accolade is based on a rigorous evaluation process that takes both employee feedback and organisational practices into consideration. Cromwell scored 81% on the Trust Index employee survey, a key element of the process which assesses the quality and attractiveness of a company’s workplace culture from the employees’ perspective.

The success follows Cromwell’s ranking of 26 on the Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2021 list, which analyses the quantity, quality and consistency of online reviews left by current and former employees to determine its top 50.

Cromwell employs 1600 staff across 37 sites in the UK.

Commenting Managing Director Neil Jowsey said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be designated one of the UK’s Best Workplaces, joining some of the world’s biggest and best-known brands. The wellbeing of our team is a top priority at Cromwell, and this demonstrates our commitment to cultivating a positive working environment.

“Our inclusion in both the Great Place to Work and Glassdoor lists is a real achievement, and a credit to our team whose talent, hard-work, passion and loyalty are key to reaching this milestone. 

“Being a great place to work has always been hugely important to us, but the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further strengthened our focus on care and compassion for our workforce and we’ve been working especially hard over the past year to put extra measures, allowances and communications in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues. We’ve engaged with the team openly and honestly throughout, extended flexible working to all, maintained regular contact with those on furlough, and put comprehensive safety measures in place for those required to work onsite.

“For additional reassurance, we put ourselves forward for an audit by the British Safety Council, which we passed very comfortably. It was great to get an external perspective on how we were doing, and we received praise for our approach and recognition that our employees feel engaged, supported and valued. An additional benefit of an engaged workforce is excellent customer service, which drives overall business performance in turn.

“Looking ahead to the rest of the year, our focus will be increasing sales, carving out a high performance culture that allows people at Cromwell to grow, learn and develop, and keeping employee wellbeing at the heart of the company as we continue to deal with the fallout from the pandemic. I’d like to thank all of our staff for their work over the years, and especially in the past year. It is our people that make Cromwell one of the UK’s Best Workplaces.”

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