40 Years of Busy Bees

Busy Bees ranked 28th in the UKs Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces list

Published: 04/10/2023

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Busy Bees has been ranked 28th in the Newsweek 2023 UK Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces® list, recognising the leading nursery group’s commitment to supporting its employees.

The list is created in collaboration with the Best Practice Institute (BPI), a leadership development and benchmark research company.

The results were determined after survey more than 2million employees from businesses with workforces ranging from 50 people to more than 100,000.

The Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces® list recognises companies that have created a working environment where employees feel respected, inspired and appreciated, and are at the centre of the business model.

Busy Bees Chief People Officer Charlotte Hutchings said: “Busy Bees was established 40 years ago with a clear vision to give every child the best start in life.

“That dedication – shared by almost 25,000 colleagues worldwide, including 10,000 in the UK – runs through everything we do as a business, enabling our teams to feel part of something genuinely valuable, and supporting positive feelings of stability and security.

“We are thrilled to be named as one of the UK’s Most Loved Workplaces, which demonstrates how committed we are to empowering and rewarding the people who deliver the highest quality early years care and education for our children.”

Busy Bees is certified as a Most Loved Workplace because of its proactive approach to employee engagement and benefits – from a culture that encourages collaboration and continuing professional development to practical well being support and discounted childcare.

One of the ways Busy Bees demonstrates its difference is the pioneering Talent Exchange Programme, which saw 30 extraordinary practitioners from across Busy Bees’ global territories convene in Canada in September to share best practice and learn from colleagues.  

The company’s full Most Loved Workplace certification report can be viewed here

Newsweek’s Global Editor, Nancy Cooper, said: “With the rapidly changing workplace and competition for top talent, more companies are recognising the importance of employee engagement and commitment. 

“The workplaces that have demonstrated a commitment to their employees in 2023 are more likely to attract the best talent and deliver strong business outcomes.”

Busy Bees, which was founded in Staffordshire in 1983, was also recently rated at 13th in the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, underlining its commitment to creating high quality career opportunities for apprentices of all ages.

The Most Loved Workplace scheme certifies companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. Busy Bees was recognised based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™ which surveyed staff on various elements including the level of respect, collaboration, support and sense of belonging that they feel inside the company.

The full Newsweek list of 2023’s UK Most Loved Workplaces, topped by Virgin Altlantic, can be viewed here.