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Bradford Centre wins Outstanding Employer award

Published: 17 November 2020 - Neil Mead

The team at a Bradford Garden Centre are celebrating after winning the Outstanding Employer award at the 15th annual Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business awards.

The team at Tong celebrate the good news with Neil Barwise-Carr in the foreground
The team at Tong celebrate the good news with Neil Barwise-Carr in the foreground

Tong Garden Centre's Head of People and Culture, Neil Barwise-Carr represented the team at Tong in a unique online awards ceremony that was hosted by former BBC news presenter, Harry Gration.

"The Outstanding Employer award celebrates employers who value and reward their staff and empowers employees to play a role in moving the company forward, so we're absolutely delighted to win the award," said Mr. Barwise-Carr.

Tong Garden Centre employs 196 local people at its Tong Lane site. Mr. Barwise-Carr and his colleague, Becki Smith have spent the last 18 months developing a raft of initiatives including e-learning platforms, enhanced staff benefits and improved communication and employee engagement to ensure that Tong continues to be a great place to work.

The Tong Lane business faced strong competition from fellow Bradford business, Exa Networks; Leeds business, Thrive Law and South Yorkshire companies, One Medical and Mechanical Facilities.

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