Twenty-six of the most progressive employers and their representatives have been shortlisted for this year’s Workingmums.co.uk Top Employer Awards including BEVA's MumsVet.

The Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 7th November, which will involve a keynote address by Ann Francke, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute, as well as networking sessions and a Q & A with a panel of experts.

The ceremony is the eighth annual Top Employer Awards and celebrates companies who are leading the field in developing innovative ways of smart working suited to today’s world.

The Awards recognise employers of all kinds who are progressive in their flexible working practices and proactive in seeking to retain talented staff, particularly working parents who want to combine successful careers with being a parent.

The sectors represented in this year’s shortlist range from technology, law, banking, retail and housing to the performing arts and the veterinary sector.

The Champions Award is for stand-out individuals whose efforts have made a big difference to working mums in their workplace are the nominees are; 

Shortlisted: Vicki Nicholls and Lucy Grieve, co-founders of MumsVet at the British Equine Veterinary Association; Dawn Moore, Director of Human Resources at Morgan Sindall, Cassie Raine and Anna Ehnold-Danailov, founders of Parents in the Performing Arts; Dana Denis-Smith, founder and CEO of Obelisk Support.

An overall Top Employer will be chosen from the winners of each category.

Gillian Nissim, Founder of Workingmums.co.uk, says: “We are delighted at the broad range of sectors represented in this year’s shortlist and the diversity in terms of innovation. The aim of these Awards and our Best Practice Report which features our winners is to spread the word about the innovative practices these businesses employ so that others can be inspired by them. It is not a question of whether organisations should adopt flexible working. Those that don’t will find it hard to survive in our turbulent times. What is important is to ensure that flexible working is mutually beneficial so everyone prospers from it. The shortlisted employers fully understand the business case for good flexible working and provide strong examples for others looking to benefit.”

The Awards will be judged by an expert panel made up of Gillian Nissim, founder of Workingmums.co.uk; Andy Lake, editor of Flexibility.co.uk; Jennifer Liston-Smith, Director/Head of Coaching and Consultancy at My Family Care; Dave Dunbar, Head of Digital Workplace at Nationwide Building Society; and Clare Kelliher, Professor of Work and Organisation at Cranfield School of Management.

The judges will take part in the Q & A Panel and there is also a networking session for attendees.