The Herald Top Employer Awards

The Herald Top Employer Awards celebrates the best of Scotland’s employment industry.

Showcasing businesses that are thriving, offering a world-class employee experience and that put their employees at the forefront of the business while providing opportunities for training and progression, have a diverse and inclusive focus and are committed to supporting their people.

The awards are judged by an independent judging panel that consist of industry experts and the event is promoted through The Herald’s leading business titles and online platforms and is positioned as the top employment event in Scotland.

Entries to the awards are now open.


Thursday, September 8


Wednesday, October 26

Countdown to entry  deadline:

2022/09/08 18:00:00


The Herald would like to thank our 2022 sponsors for their support.

Flexibility Works is a social business, co-founded by two of Scotland’s leading experts in Flexible Working – Lisa Gallagher and Nikki Slowey.

Between us, we have vast experience of working directly with employers in Scotland around flexible working. We also have experience of working in senior roles within different sectors and setting up and running organisations.

Flexibility Works is our way of harnessing our energy, knowledge and passion to support more employers than ever before to move their dial on flexible working. Our approach is human, professional and practical.

We have worked with large and small organisations across different sectors to create working culture change.

As a social organisation, part of our mission is to add value for employers free of charge, supporting lower income workers to balance their work and home life.

Working flexibly is not only good for employers and people, it has the power to address deep-rooted, societal and economic issues like poverty, inequality, and the health and wellbeing of our nation.

As two mums of six boys, it is our personal and professional mission to change working culture in Scotland, creating a more fair and flexible way that will benefit workers not only today but our children’s generation and generations to come.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills agency.

Our purpose is to drive productivity and inclusive growth through investment in skills, enabling businesses and people to achieve their full potential.

Central to our focus is to contribute to the economic and social recovery, and the creation of a more prosperous, greener and fairer economy aligned with Scottish Government ambitions as detailed in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.

Our services are designed to reflect best practice nationally and internationally and, through extensive engagement with partners at national, regional and local level, we flex and shape our delivery to meet local needs and priorities.

At SDS we are committed to embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion throughout all we do. Through a wide range of policies, initiatives, and continuous improvement activities, we’re working to embed equality and diversity throughout our organisation and meet our responsibilities as a public sector body. Before the pandemic hit, inequality existed across education and employment in Scotland, and the crisis has exacerbated many pre-existing inequalities. Therefore, during the pandemic, we took additional action to ensure our services continued to be accessible to all, whoever they are, wherever they live, whatever their needs.

Our work includes providing careers advice in schools and our high street centres, as well as online through website My World of Work; helping employers develop the skills of their workforce.

Our message to employers is that equality is good for business. A diverse workforce is a more creative one. Fostering an inclusive working environment helps bridge skills gaps and harnesses different experiences, backgrounds and approaches. Our employer web service Our Skillsforce reinforces these positive messages to employers.

Colleagues from across SDS help spread our message by promoting information on equality issues, developments and best practice.

Bio coming soon

With a Volvo Truck or Bus, you’re in a strong position from day one. But our commitment does not stop when we hand over the keys. It’s just the beginning. See how our dedicated dealer teams, extensive Genuine Volvo Parts and service offer and groundbreaking connected solutions can keep your truck and business moving. Mile after mile. Day after day. It’s all part of our promise to provide the best possible support through the entire lifecycle of your Volvo Truck or Bus – and beyond.

Founded in 2001, Newton Property Management is one of Scotland’s leading property management companies. The business is renowned for its people first approach, providing exceptional proactive and responsive service to its customers and creating an energising, progressive and supportive culture for its employees.  The business has always had the goal to shake up the property management sector and has built its reputation on its modern approach to factoring that puts people first and profit second. With offices across Scotland, the business is focused on further growth and continues to invest heavily in its people and customers to support this ambition.

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About Arnold Clark

Founded in 1954, the fledgling business took off from a single-car showroom on Glasgow’s Park Road, given flight by its founder’s simple philosophy: to offer genuine value for money and customer service of the highest level. Fast forward 68 years, and the company continues to flourish; with 200 branches across the country, and selling over 300,000 cars a year. But while Arnold Clark is a name that’s synonymous with vehicle sales, there’s much more to the business than you see on the showroom floor. There’s also a vehicle rental and fleet management divisions. The Group also offers everything that a customer might need for the onward journey, with parts and servicing departments, an accident repairs division, and insurance services.



LOCALiQ is one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies

We combine our best in class marketing technology, the data insights this provides, with our huge audience reach. We can help our customers grow, and take their business to the next level.

At LOCALiQ we focus on you. As part of Newsquest Media Group, the UK’s leading local publisher, LOCALiQ gives you access to a network of 200+ trusted news brands, both in print and online, an award-winning events division, recruitment platforms and a wide range of multimedia marketing solutions.


Raise your profile nationally by sponsoring the awards and reaching the top employers across Scotland. If you would like more information on the opportunities available, please contact Stephen Laughlin, Events Manager on or 0141 302 6050.


Small Employer of the Year (250 employees or less) – sponsored by The Glenmorangie Company

This award will recognise examples of the businesses approach to the staff culture, family support and employee working practices and policies. What was the initiative behind creating such a culture and how does it benefit the staff and business? What makes your practices and procedures of having a focus on health and wellbeing, mental health, home and work life balance and family/caring responsibilities unique from other organisations?

Medium Employer of the Year (250 – 1000 employees)

This award will recognise examples of the businesses approach to the staff culture, family support and employee working practices and policies. What was the initiative behind creating such a culture and how does it benefit the staff and business? What makes your practices and procedures of having a focus on health and wellbeing, mental health, home and work life balance and family/caring responsibilities unique from other organisations? If the business have plans to scale up, how will this be manage with the expansion of employees?

Large Employer of the Year (more than 1000+ employees)

This award will recognise examples of the businesses approach to the staff culture, family support and employee working practices and policies. What was the initiative behind creating such a culture and how does it benefit the staff and business? What makes your practices and procedures of having a focus on health and wellbeing, mental health, home and work life balance and family/caring responsibilities unique from other organisations? How is this managed with the scale of employee numbers?

Best Flexible Working – sponsored by Flexibility Works

This award will recognise examples of a business/organisation that have implemented flexible working for all levels of staff with the use of methods such as hybrid working, working from home/remote locations, flexible working days/weeks/hours or any other methods that are not ‘business as usual’.

Best Diversity and Inclusion dynamic in the Workplace – sponsored by Skills Development Scotland

This award will recognise a company or organisation (including charity organisations) that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership to harnessing the benefits of a diverse workforce internally and externally. The winner will also have a commitment to driving diversity and inclusion, shared commitment across all levels of the organisation and best practice, a joined up approach aimed at embedding diversity & inclusion across the organisation and evidence of inspirational and measurable outcomes.

Best Apprenticeship/Graduate Programme – sponsored by Arnold Clark

This award will recognise and celebrate businesses and organisations that provide further opportunities within their business for school or further education leavers. Entrants should provide evidence of how the programme assists apprentices and/or graduates into career growth, development and leadership with the opportunity to gain further qualifications in their chosen field. Entrants should also showcase the support on offer to individuals on the programme i.e with dedicated mentors and can also details training and development opportunities and the opportunity to rotate around several departments of the business.

Inspiring Employee Culture Award – sponsored by Newton Property Management

Having a strong, effective employee culture is key to running a successful business. Entrants should provide evidence on how they have encourage and implemented an inspiring workplace culture which created by staff and compliments by business practices, experiences and results.

Best Use of Digital Technologies

This award will recognise a business or organisation that has implemented digital features into their employee and wider communication strategies through the use of apps, video work, career portals, staff intranet systems and online learning. Entrants should demonstrate how this has or will positively impact a business’s employees.

Best Training & Skills Development Initiative – sponsored by CIPD

This category shines a light on a business that has extensive training and skills development opportunities available for its employees. Entrants should provide evidence of the training and skills development opportunities on offer and show how it is innovative, how impactful it is for the employees and the business and if there are any experiential offerings such as training via VR headsets, online learning, off-site training etc.

Scottish Top Employer of the Year – sponsored by Volvo Truck & Bus North and Scotland

The winners of the Scottish Top Employer of the Year will demonstrate commitments to their staff and a range of their policies and practices such as staff culture, flexible working, family/caring support, diversity and inclusion practices and more that have had a positive impact on the business and its employees.

How to Enter

Please review and select the category, or categories, you would like to enter, please complete an entry form.

You can submit an entry online by clicking the ‘Enter Now’ button below or if you would like to be able to save your form and come back to it, please click ‘Download Entry Form’ and submit it by email when ready.

If you have any questions regarding the entry process, please see the FAQ section below or get in touch via the details at the bottom of this page.


Doubletree by Hilton, Glasgow – Wednesday, October 26

The Awards Ceremony

The evening includes a 3 course meal with ½ bottle wine, entertainment, official event programme, networking and the awards presentation.

Event attendees will also have access to exclusive discounted bedroom rates at the venue.

Tickets to attend the awards will be available soon.


Jennifer Reoch is a Scottish Television and Radio presenter and is best known for being on Heart Radio Drivetime weekdays across Scotland and has been on your screens on BBC travel show ‘Getaways’, ITV’s ‘This Morning’ and STV on shows such as ‘Live at Five’, ‘Edinburgh Festival 2018’ and the ‘Scottish Children’s Lottery’. After graduating with a Law and French degree in 2011 she went on to spend a year as Miss Scotland which allowed her to travel and take part in some incredible challenges including climbing Kilimanjaro and running the London Marathon; as well as going on to proudly represent Scotland on the international stage at Miss World placing 7th.

Jennifer Reoch


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If you have any questions or need more information on the awards, please contact Events Manager, Stephen Laughlin on 0141 302 6050 or

Stephen Laughlin

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0141 302 6050



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