Princes shortlisted for Employer of the Year at the Grocer Awards 2021

It is awards season in the food and drink industry and we are delighted to share the news that we have either won or been shortlisted for several prestigious awards.

We are particularly pleased to have been shortlisted for the Employer of the Year category at this year’s Grocer Awards.

The awards, widely recognised as among the most important in our industry, “recognise the very best standards in grocery retail and reward only the highest levels of service, initiative and commitment in the FMCG sector”.

The shortlisting for the Employer of the Year award is for the successful launch and implementation of the ‘Our Princes – Our People’ employer brand, which enabled us to bring to life our People Excellence strategy.

The ‘Our Princes – Our People’ branding is underpinned by 6 pillars – Our Values, Our Journey, Our Community, Our Rewards, Our Performance and Our Health & Wellbeing.

The successful launch of ‘Our Princes – Our People’ initiative was an important milestone on Princes’ overarching ambition to become an Employer of Choice.

Alongside our shortlisting for Employer of the Year, Rob James, Canning Plant Manager at our Long Sutton site, has been shortlisted for the Factory Manager of the Year Award.

The winners of the Grocer Awards 2021 will be announced at an exclusive dinner at the Guildhall, London on October 5th.

We are also delighted to have won the Best Training Initiative at the recently announced Food Management Today Industry Awards 2021.

This award recognises the success of the Princes’ Commercial Graduate Programme which this year saw a record number of applications.

Over 855 graduates applied this year for six places – up 15% – and applications had to close seven weeks early due to the unprecedented demand.

Our commercial graduates spend eight months at a time rotating across Sales, Marketing and Buying and gaining real experience. During this two-year period, they get a really good grounding in the company and our many different brands. Alongside this, they receive a highly competitive salary, great benefits package and the opportunity to achieve professional qualifications.

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we made it a priority to continue with our graduate scheme this year and look forward to our new graduates getting started over the coming weeks.

Last but certainly not least, we have been shortlisted in three categories at the Food and Drink Federation Awards 2021.

Princes is in the running for HR Initiative of the Year for ‘Our Princes – Our People’ as well as the Business Resilience Award and Exporter of the Year.

The winners will be revealed at a special event on September 16th at The Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

According to the organisers, the awards “honour the dedication and commitment of those working in the food and drink industry, including the efforts which have ensured the country has been fed during the pandemic. It is a celebration of the way the food and drink supply chain – from farm to fork – has responded to the challenges of the past 18 months.”

Although we still have some way to go, industry recognition such as the above demonstrates to us that we are making good progress in the three key areas of Operational Excellence, Customer & Consumer Focus and People Excellence.

It is also another step towards colleagues feeling part of one team and that no matter where they are in the world, they have a common purpose in striving to achieve our vision to ‘proudly help families to eat well without costing the earth’.



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