Trust, engagement and leadership are key to creating a high performing competitive business

The UK’s market leading personalised knitwear manufacturer, Rowlinson Knitwear has been named by Great Place to Work® as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ in the small organisation category (20-49 employees) in their annual Best Workplaces™ ranking. This was announced at a prestigious gala dinner on 3rd May in London.

Ranked 23rd, this is the first time Rowlinson has achieved this honour, which recognises the schoolwear manufacturer as having a high trust engaged workplace culture. The methodology behind the ranking is one of the most rigorous available and uniquely comprises both an employee survey and an audit into our organisation’s management and HR practices. The award recognises the strength of Rowlinson’s leadership and its range of innovative, creative and effective HR policies which create a successful workplace culture.

Donald Moore, Managing Director of Rowlinson Knitwear, says: ‘Our approach to people management is the driving force behind our ability to attract and retain talent to accelerate our business success. Rowlinson’s culture is built around values of trust, care and be better, and empowering our people. Upholding these values, encouraging everyone to share their opinions and ideas, and creating a happy workplace is the foundation for our Best Workplace culture.’

Head of People Services at Rowlinson Knitwear, Nicola Ryan, confirms: ‘As a majority employee-owned business, achieving this recognition is a huge honour and a testament to the hard work of all our people. It also underlines that Rowlinson’s unique and unwavering focus on putting customer and employee satisfaction before profits delivers sustainable commercial results from a highly engaged and productive employee community.’

Tom O’Byrne, Great Place to Work® CEO said: ‘We are delighted to see Rowlinson Knitwear on our Best Workplaces™ list this year. It is a validation of the strength of their leadership and their commitment to creating the kind of culture which attracts and retains the best talent and where people have pride in what they do and want to do their best. The hallmark of a great workplace like Rowlinson is that their policies and practices are designed around the employee; this employee focus helps attract and retain the talent essential for driving and sustaining competitive performance. It is no coincidence that high trust organisations like Rowlinson also tend to perform better than their peers.’

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