Amey announced as a finalist in the National Business Awards

04 September 2009
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Amey shortlisted for the Employer of the Year Award 2009

Leading public services company Amey has been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year category in the 2009 National Business Awards. The award will go to the organisation that can best demonstrate how it has applied its human and supporting resources to achieve commercial success, through well-adopted company values, the provision of stimulating and supportive workplaces and the active development of all employees.

Mel Ewell, Chief Executive of Amey said:

“We are delighted to have been named as a finalist in the National Business Awards’ Employer of the Year category. At Amey we place a great deal of importance on the wellbeing and development of our employees and being shortlisted for this award is testament to our commitment to creating a great place to work.

“Amey has introduced a number of award winning HR initiatives over the last five years, including introducing a robust set of company values, an award winning talent tracker programme and a targeted wellbeing initiative that promotes the welfare of our employees. Today also sees the opening of our 2010 graduate recruitment programme, we currently employ over 250 graduates and are looking to attract up to 150 graduates nationwide over the next 12 months.

“The National Business Awards have become a hallmark of successful businesses and we look forward to the winners being announced later in the year”

Amey has transformed significantly in recent years and its people agenda has never been more important. This year the company has significantly improved employee engagement by investing in a robust engagement campaign, which has been externally accredited three times in 2009, including:-

Kingston Business School Survey: An employee engagement consortium, sponsored by the CIPD, concluded that ‘80% of Amey people feel highly engaged on a daily basis.’

Investors in People assessment – May 2009: Amey was awarded silver status – to date less than 1% of organisations have achieved this.

MacLeod review of employee engagement: Amey featured as a case study in a recent government review which highlights the importance of employee engagement to the recovery of the UK economy.

During 2009, Amey’s headcount is expected to grow by at least 30% through a combination of TUPE transfers and external recruitment, taking the total figure from 8,771 in January 2009 to around 12,000 by the end of 2010.

Finalists will as of today prepare to deliver their presentations in person before the National Business Awards’ independent expert judging panel. “To reach the final stage of the UK’s most important business recognition programme is an enormous achievement. It is companies like these, who are bucking the economic trend and delivering excellent results that will benefit most when the upturn finally comes. It will be fascinating to see which companies walk away with the awards in November”, said Martin Lyne, Director for Small and Medium Enterprise for headline sponsor, Orange.

Winners will be unveiled at a glittering gala award ceremony on 10th November at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.

For further information on The National Business Awards sponsored by Orange and the list of 2009 finalists visit

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For further information please contact:

The National Business Awards, Henriette Svensen, PR Manager,

Telephone: 020 7234 8753/0750 091 7628


Notes to Editors

Finalists entries:

The Employer of the Year Award

Alsbridge, London, EC1N 6TE
Amey, Oxford, OX44DQ
Bright Grey, Edinburgh, EH2 1BG
buyingTeam, London, WC1V 6NX
Cirrus Communication Systems, New Milton, BH255NN
Doncaster Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise, Doncaster, DN4 5JQ
HostelBookers, London, WC1V6RL
Luminus Group, Huntingdon, PE29 3QW
Moorhouse Consulting, London, SW1H 0EX
Novacroft, Northampton, NN6 9AA

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