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Trio of wins at industry ‘Oscars’

Industry-leading staff development and diversity, plus a pioneering app to help staff manage their shifts, last night (Dec 9) won UK Power Networks a hat-trick of awards.

From Press releases - 10 December 2019 12:00 AM

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The country’s biggest electricity distributor, which delivers power to 8.3million homes and businesses across London, the East and South East, had been shortlisted for 13 awards, at the Utility Week Awards 2019 - widely regarded as the Oscars of the industry.

It won the Staff Development Award for training over 200 mental health first aiders, the Diversity Award for encouraging a diverse workforce, and the Digital Transformation Award for the staff planning app introduced at its contact centre.

The awards come in a year when the company has:
• Continued to reduce power cuts and get electricity networks ready for an estimated 4.1m electric vehicles by 2030
• Launched the Power Partners Fund, which is worth £300,000 a year, to help people in fuel poverty  reduce their energy bills, and make community spaces more energy efficient
• Won the EEI International Edison Award in the United States, for its part in enabling Britain’s low carbon transition

There had been a record number of entries to the awards scheme, and Jane Gray, content director from Utility Week said: “The passion and ambition in this year’s entries posed a challenge to our judges who were forced to make tough decisions on which submissions should make the cut.”

UK Power Networks’ director of HR Andrew Pace said: “These awards recognise the hard work and dedication of our employees who are always striving to improve the way we work, both for staff and our customers. It was particularly good to see that our focus on helping to safeguard employees’ mental wellbeing struck a chord with the judges. Being an employer of choice is very important to us.”