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Leicester-based industrial supplies distributor Cromwell  is celebrating a strong start to 2021, with two prestigious accolades recognising it as a great place to work.

The company, a global supplier of industrial tools and equipment, was awarded Great Place to Work UK certification and placed 26th in the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards, an annual ranking of the UK’s top 50 employers. Both awards were based upon the feedback from hundreds of colleagues to determine eligibility.

The certification from leading workplace recognition programme Great Place to Work was awarded to Cromwell following a rigorous evaluation process that takes both employee feedback and organisational practices into consideration. A key element is the Trust Index employee survey, which assesses the quality and attractiveness of a company's workplace culture from the employees’ perspective. Cromwell scored 81%, just a few points away from the average Trust Index score of 85% held among the 25 companies on the programme’s World’s Best Workplaces list.

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, placed Cromwell 26th in the UK with a ranking of 4.2 out of five.

Cromwell employs 1700 staff across 37 sites in the UK.

Commenting on the accolades, Managing Director Neil Jowsey said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be starting 2021 on such a positive note. The wellbeing of our team is a top priority at Cromwell and our Great Place to Work certification along with our Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award demonstrates our commitment to cultivating a positive working environment.

“To be ranked in the same list as global companies such as Microsoft, Google and AstraZeneca 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 a Great Place to Work.”