Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards


Our Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards celebrate progressive employers that have successfully embedded family friendly and flexible working practices. The awards recognise best practice, innovation and sustainability across all sectors and sizes of organisations.



2017 Awards event

2017 award winners (listed right) were announced in front of a 150 strong audience of business leaders on 9 March 2017, at a sparkling afternoon tea at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. Keynote speakers at the event were Jackie Kay, Scots Makar and Bob Keiller, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise.

You can read our 2017 ‘Winners Stories’ in our specially commissioned brochure.

Photographs from our 2017 Awards can be viewed in our photo gallery.

Our awards press release can be downloaded here.

David Drysdale memorial award - read all about the winner of this inaugural award.


Awards winners   [Photo by Martin Windebank]

Awards winners [Photo by Martin Windebank]



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Judging panel

The Judging Panel for the Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards 2017:

Sarah Jackson OBE, CEO, Working Families

Hugh Aitken, Director, Confederation of Business Industry Scotland (CBI Scotland)

Bonnie Clarke, Director of Scotland, Badenoch and Clark

Ann Henderson, Women's Officer, STUC

John McLeish, Chairman of The Scottish Tartans Authority and Senior Human Resources Expert

Craig Morris, Policy Lead,  Scottish Government

Linda Urquhart OBE, Chair of Morton Fraser, Chair of Investors in People Scotland and Co-Chair of Fair Work Convention


2017 winners

 Best Large Private Sector Employer


Lloyds Banking Group


Highly Commended:




Maclay Murray and Spens LLP



 Best small and medium enterprise employer


Pursuit Marketing



Provista UK Ltd

Quorum Network Resources Ltd

Solve HR Ltd


 Best public sector employer


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Winner: West Dunbartonshire Council


Highly Commended:

The University of the West of Scotland


Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Independent Living Fund Scotland

Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority

North Ayrshire Council


 Best third sector employer


Inspiring Scotland


Highly Commended:

Routes to Work South


Housing Options Scotland

Kibble Education and Care Centre

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice



 The Carers Scotland best for carers and eldercare


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Winner: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service


Highly Commended:

NHS Lothian


Scottish Water

West Dunbartonshire Council


 Best for innovation in family friendly and flexible working


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Virgin Money



BAE Systems - Naval Ships



Solve HR


 David Drysdale Memorial Award


Independent Living Fund Scotland


The David Drysdale Memorial award was created by Fathers Network Scotland in memory of its late founder and CEO. It honours the company judged to have contributed most to creating a father-friendly workplace.


The inaugural award in 2017 went to the Independent Living Fund Scotland, a young and small organisation built from the ground up to support fathers with flexible conditions modelled by its leadership. Read all about the winner here.