Our colleague engagement survey ‘What Matters’ tell us that many of our colleagues enjoy their work, are proud to work here and can see how they contribute to our businesses success. That’s why we have designed a range of benefits that will reward your contribution and achievements. While your benefits will vary depending on your role and length of service, they may include:
Please note this is a snapshot of the reward and benefits that you may receive here and is intended as a guide only.
We believe that if our people thrive, our business will thrive, too. That is why we aim to give you all the opportunities you need to make the most of your talents. From mentoring and development to our online learning portal, we will make sure you have access to all the tools you need to achieve your full potential.
We will also help you to plan your future and build an enjoyable and rewarding career with us. This means you will have opportunities to work for our different brands and gain experience in a range of industries. You’ll be encouraged to take on new responsibilities, learn new skills or perhaps move into a completely new area. Most of all, you’ll receive great support from the colleagues around you so you can develop, grow and fulfil your career ambitions.
No matter what your role, you will have access to a full range of learning and development tools through our in-house online development portal. From a growing range of e-content and toolkits, to podcasts and workshops, there’s everything you need to develop your talents further.
We are also an apprentice levy employer. This means we will support you in gaining relevant skills, experience and professional qualifications for your job and to meet your career ambitions. With an award-winning apprenticeship programme, as well as structured development programmes, it all adds up to an environment where everyone can flourish.
To continue our success, we need effective leadership that will take us forward. That is why developing managers of the future is a vital part of our business.
Whether you are a new manager or an experienced leader, you will be able to make the most of a full range of development opportunities. From leadership essentials and bite-sized workshops, right through to management toolkits and masterclasses, we will support your progress, so you have everything you need to drive ours.
From giving time off for volunteering and our payroll charity giving scheme, to running our own flagship charity events, we encourage colleagues to support the communities they live and work in. And they do, whether it’s volunteering in schools, helping out at the local allotments, or organising and running charity fundraisers. So far, our Community Link-Up programme has raised almost £600,000 and helped over 220 different charities.
A fantastic sponsored bike ride spanning 104 miles, four counties and the Severn Bridge.
Riding from Paris to Swindon raising over £25,000 for various charities.
Racing dragon boats in Worcester. No wins but a huge amount of fun.
Walking across the Tran-Pennine Way in support of Macmillan Trust. 22 Walkers. 32.5 miles. £9,000 raised.
Enjoying coffee and cakes with Macmillan, Connect Group and Mrs Brown!
Our annual 5-a-side football tournament, featuring 30 teams from across Connect Group.
Our annual netball tournament. One of the most popular events in the community calendar.
Distributing over 5,000 items of warm clothing to 1,000 homeless people through our ‘Pass It On’ initiative.
Celebrating colleagues who have gone above and beyond in the name of charity.
Our finance team helping out at the local Forget me Not Hospice.
Delighting children by donating Easter Eggs to a local cause.
Connect Offices across the World take part in our charity Christmas Jumper Day.
‘Woo Fest’ a charity festival established by an Instore colleague to raise money for St. Richard's Hospice.
Our Stockport-based Smiths News colleagues taking part in the ‘Race for Life’ for CRUK.
Our Smiths News colleague Joanne completing ten half marathons in 12 months.
Giselle from Tuffnells raised money to sing with the Military Wives Choir in New York
Colleagues reacting to the Ebola crisis and raising money for Medicin Sans Fronterre.
Andrew of Smiths News climbing the Matterhorn to raise money for Alzheimers UK.
We are built on the strong relationships we develop with our customers, our suppliers and, most of all, with each other. That’s why we encourage an inclusive atmosphere, where people are recruited based on ability, integrity is valued and everyone’s treated with decency and respect. We work hard to create an enjoyable work environment where difference is accepted and everybody can contribute, speak out and find their own career in our business.