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South Shields store staff make a spectacle of award win

The South Shields Specsavers team.
The South Shields Specsavers team.

A South Shields optician’s has been honoured for its focus on keeping its employees happy.

Specsavers, in King Street, has received a Platinum Employer Award after being recognised for the branch’s outstanding people management skills.

We are over the moon that we have achieved Platinum status.

Bryan Clark

Platinum Employer is the key initiative to support Specsavers’ 2020 ambition of becoming ‘famous as a great place to work’.

The aim of the initiative is to deliver real improvements in business results through encouraging managers to invest time and effort in their people.

South Shields store director Bryan Clark is delighted to be awarded Platinum Employer status.

“We are over the moon that we have achieved Platinum status,” he said.

And he paid tribute to the hard work and commitment from his staff which made the platinum award win a reality.

“It is the great service to our loyal customers, as well as the opportunities and support internally, which is the reason behind the award,” he said.

“I am very proud of my team, and I just hope this continues to be a great place to work for all.”

The initiative is an externally-validated accreditation scheme which focuses on five key areas – talent management, recruitment and induction, performance management and reward, learning and development and employee communications and engagement.

John Perkins, Specsavers’ joint group chief executive, said the company is encouraging all its branches to work towards Platinum accreditation.

“The Platinum Employer initiative is one that Specsavers fully supports, and we hope that over time all Specsavers stores will be awarded this status,” he said.

“Platinum Employer aims to improve employee engagement and deliver enhanced commercial performance through enabling staff to be at their very best.”

Staff at the South Shields branch have demonstrated their commitment to supporting their community – both locally and globally – this year.

The team raised £225 for Brain Tumour Research thanks to their fundraising on Wear A Hat Day, taking up the company’s national challenge.

And they have collected more than 1,000 pairs of glasses to be recycled in support of charity Vision Aid Overseas.