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The cHeRries Awards 2018: Staff-focused firms step up

Last year's exemplary Employer of Choice - Winner - Entier Ltd collected by Lesley Officer.
Last year's exemplary Employer of Choice - Winner - Entier Ltd collected by Lesley Officer.

Organisations which put the people working for them at the very heart of their business strategy are being urged to celebrate it by entering the 2018 cHeRries Awards.

One of the honours up for grabs in the prestigious annual awards for human resources (HR) professionals, now in their 11th year and run by the Press and Journal, will recognise an “exemplary employer of choice”.

Nominees must be able to show how a strong, employee-focused culture has helped people feel valued.

Last year, the accolade was won by north-east catering firm Entier after it demonstrated excellent people skills in relation to its work with local farmers and producers.

The clock is ticking for entering the 2018 awards, with the final deadline set for Sunday, February 18. HR, training and recruitment specialists across the north-east of Scotland have a chance to win one of 10 competition categories, or the much-coveted “top cherry” award.

This year’s event is being held in association with the Robert Gordon University and supported by Mattioli Woods. It will reach its exciting climax on Friday, June 1, at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

CHeRies award ceremonies are attended by more than 450 people and widely seen as the perfect platform for showcasing some of the best HR professionals and practices in Scotland. Three new categories have been added this year: superb services to the industry, terrific team of the year and exceptional employee engagement.

Other gongs will celebrate an excellent manager, extraordinary initiative, fantastic adviser, outstanding director, and tremendous learning and development, while the blossoming award is for an up-and-coming talent who has yet to study for their professional Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development HR qualification.

The awards, launched in 2008, are backed by a high-profile group of companies committed to recognising the importance of people to the success of businesses.

To enter the 2018 edition, visit www.cherriesawards.co.uk, or contact Jacqui Gray on jagray@dctmedia.co.uk or 01382 575564.

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