A £1,000 prize is up for grabs in a competition launched to find the UK’s ‘most flexible’ small business.
The initiative, run by flexible working experts Timewise, will champion small companies that offer flexible work options to employees, and will aim to prove that SMEs are recruiting and employing staff in innovative new ways.
Timewise is calling for applications from businesses with between two and 249 employees, where many work part time or remotely. The winner will receive a £1,000 cash prize and have a three-minute video produced about their business and how they work.
Media partner of the initiative SmallBusiness.co.uk and Timewise will host the video simultaneously.
To enter and be in the running for the £1,000 cash prize, businesses need to fill out a short nomination form describing how flexible their working culture is.
The scheme will be delivered in partnership with the Business is Great campaign, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and PwC.
Timewise co-founder Karen Mattison MBE says, ‘There is an unfair and outdated perception that flexible working is ‘the enemy of small business’ – we want to debunk that myth.
‘The working world has moved on so much in the past ten years, with innovative and progressive SMEs using flexibility as a tool for attraction, retention and growth, as a matter of course.’
Employment minister Jo Swinson, of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says, ‘Extending the right to request flexible working will help firms attract and retain the best talent and reap the benefits of a more motivated workforce.
‘It will also ensure that there is a cultural shift towards more modern, 21st century workplaces that embrace the technology that enables more innovative and effective ways of working.’
Stephanie Hyde, head of regions at PwC says, ‘Small business is the backbone of enterprise in the UK. This important initiative underlines the level of innovation occurring within the sector.
‘Research shows that it is these businesses which are leading the UK’s economic recovery, and we’re pleased to be supporting Timewise in their work to champion them.’