Family Friendly Employer Awards 2018

Applications for 2018 are now open!

It is widely accepted by business leaders that employees react positively when they are aided by their employer to achieve a better work/life balance. The benefits to employers include increased staff motivation, productivity and loyalty. Implementing multi-generational family friendly policies within a company is a win-win for employers and employees.

Employers For Childcare wants to recognise those employers who go above and beyond the legal requirements to provide family friendly policies by inviting employers from across the UK to enter the Family Friendly Employer Awards 2018.

The prestigious Awards, now in their 8th year, are free to enter and the perfect opportunity for organisations to showcase their commitment to their employees with caring responsibilities. Last year, we had a record number of applicants apply, with over 170 professionals from 100 businesses across NI & UK attending the pinnacle Awards Ceremony. In 2018, we want to continue that trend and encourage all businesses and organisations to apply.

Why apply?

Winners, along with their award, will receive a ‘Family Friendly Employer’ logo for their website and promotional use, a free month in the 2019 Family Friendly Employer Awards annual calendar (which goes out to more than 3,000 organisations across the UK), and a profile on the Family Friendly Employer blog.

What our previous winners had to say:

“The award provides worthy recognition for the HR and OD team and their work to develop and implement best practice through policies and initiatives which support our people. It validates our efforts to be an employer of choice and lead the way in the provision of work-life balance and family friendly initiatives”  

Suzanne Wylie, Chief Executive, Belfast City Council, Overall Winner 2017

“Winning these awards was fantastic kudos for BHSCT and gave our HR Improving Working Lives team the recognition that not only are they doing a good job but they are also leading the Trust to be recognised externally as an organisation that can inspire others to promote, develop and implement working practices that support working families and enhance working lives”. 

Samantha Whann, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Overall winner 2016


For each category (Public Sector, Large Private Sector, SME/Micro Business and Charity/Social Enterprise) there will be one winner, one highly commended and one runner up entry. There will be one overall winner selected from across all categories.

Entrance Criteria

  • The organisation should embrace family-friendly employment initiatives and actively promote the initiatives to employees.
  • The organisation should have an innovative and creative approach to the implementation of family-friendly employment initiatives.
  • The organisation should aspire to be a Family Friendly Organisation and plan to embrace Family Friendly initiatives within the next three years.

Enter Now

Download an application form (available above) and return it by 5:00pm on Friday 18 May 2018. The shortlisted companies will be selected over the summer months and the winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 24 October 2018 held in the Galgorm Resort & Spa, Ballymena.

For further information please contact us on 028 9267 8200 or