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Enterprise wins at Girls Out Loud awards

Headed up by Natalie Salunke, who featured in the last edition of Drive, the Enterprise legal team picked up a prestigious European Counsel Award for the best general Enterprise picked up the Corporate Brand Ambassador Award at the Girls Out Loud first Shining Stars Ball in Manchester.
Girls Out Loud is a charity that creates programmes that help girls at secondary school channel their potential and make better life choices by supporting them through the challenges of growing up.

Enterprise has partnered with the charity for several years, in U3, by providing employees as mentors and speakers, as well as through financial support.

Girls Out Loud said, “The team at Enterprise Rent- A-Car walked away with the Corporate Brand Ambassador Award in recognition of all their support financially and in nominating many of their female team to volunteer at our school events and participate in our Big Sister programme. Without socially responsible employers like Enterprise our work would have ground to a halt years ago.”

HERoes of gender equality

ReUK & Ireland HR Director Leigh Lafever-Ayer was featured in the UK’s first listing of the top gender champions. The HERoes ranking is a list of female and male executives who have effected the greatest changes for women in the workplace, both at their place of employment and beyond. Leigh was ranked number 43 out of 50. The listing included executives from many major businesses including Centrica, Channel 4, Aviva, Accenture and IBM.

A champion of social mobility

Enterprise continues to be recognised as a champion of social mobility. This means that the company’s recruitment, retention and talent development are inclusive and promote opportunity, irrespective of social background.

Enterprise featured at number 10 in the UK’s first social mobility index of the top 50 employers, alongside other large organisations including Skanska, Standard Life and PwC.

Our recruitment strategy was also highly commended at this year’s UK Social Mobility Awards.

New deputy editor

Enterprise DRIVE is delighted to welcome Sarah Knight as its first deputy editor.

Sarah has worked for Enterprise for four years, starting as the business rental sales coordinator in Group SC before relocating to EU99 as the European implementation coordinator. Sarah joined the magazine for the April 2016 edition and has been an active contributor ever since. She is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion within Enterprise, both through her work on DRIVE and her role at EU99.

Sarah will work with DRIVE editor Leigh Lafever-Ayer, as well as the other members of the editorial board, to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of the magazine as part of Enterprise’s diversity strategy.

The Race Equality Awards

Enterprise received Business in the Community’s Race Equality Leadership Award and was also named on the inaugural Best Employers for Race list, which recognises organisations that demonstrate best practice for race equality.

The Race Equality Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in the workplace. Only one in 16 people from a BAME background are in a senior leadership position in the private and public sector in contrast to the rapidly changing demographic of the working age population. The award therefore recognises employers who are working towards increasing the number of BAME people in leadership roles on boards and executive positions and to increase the number of senior champions and executive sponsors for race at senior levels.

The Best Employers for Race is an exclusive list of 65 organisations in the public and private sector, which collectively represent the best employers for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the UK. The list includes companies such as HSBC UK, BBC, National Grid, PwC, and Shell. The full list of employers can be seen at race.bitc.org.uk/awards-benchmarking/ best-employers-race-list-2017.

Enterprise UK Managing Director Khaled Shahbo said, “It’s truly an honour to receive the Leadership Award in particular because it recognises our strategic approach to racial equality and highlights our strategies as an example for other organisations to follow. We should all be very proud of this recognition, as we were shortlisted alongside some very impressive companies, such as Mott MacDonald, John Lewis Partnership, and the Royal Bank of Scotland.”

Shahbo continued: “As a business, we are absolutely committed to providing an inclusive workplace in which every employee is valued, respected and given opportunities to succeed based on their merits.

“Our success is dependent on the calibre of our people. The very specific qualities that are essential to our business are not limited to any specific race, gender, religion or sexuality. Therefore for us to attract the brightest and best candidates, we need to recruit talent from the broadest range of backgrounds possible. A workplace that is welcoming to all is essential for us to access and retain that talent.”

Sandra Kerr, Business in the Community’s Race Equality Director, said, “They are taking a comprehensive and strategic approach to tackling racial inequalities within their organisations, and being recognised in the Awards is testament to their commitment to creating real change. I hope that their success will encourage other employers of all sizes and across all sectors to step up on this issue in future.”

Daryl Scales, John Bercow (speaker of the House of Commons), Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Ashley Hever

Daryl Scales, John Bercow (speaker of the House of Commons), Leigh Lafever-Ayer, Ashley Hever

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