Peel Ports earns a place for ‘Employer of the Year’ on leading industry awards shortlist

We’re fast approaching one of the highlights of the shipping industry calendar, the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA), which takes place Thursday 14th March at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. 

Among the awards that Peel Ports is shortlisted for is Employer of the Year. Ahead of the ceremony, Mandy Willis, Peel Ports Group’s Head of HR, explains what makes Peel Ports worthy of a place on the shortlist. 

As one of the UK’s leading port groups, we own and operate some of the country’s most important ports and terminals. But what really sets us apart is the way we work with customers to extend and transform their supply chain, increasing efficiency and helping them maximise their potential.  However, we are only as good as our people and so we place high importance on providing an exceptional place to work for all our employees.

Over a year ago, we launched Project Engage, aiming to create a positive culture shift within the business. After consulting with people from across the business new core values were defined, and since then the business has been working towards embedding these values and inspiring our people towards positive action.

Key initiatives include:

  • Long service awards introduced
  • Overhaul of charitable giving structure
  • New intranet launched
  • Coaching and mentoring programme introduced
  • Reward and recognition scheme launched
  • Upgrading facilities and communication initiatives to reach the difficult to reach colleagues
  • Developing a safety-first culture though our Safety365 campaign

The results of these efforts have been overwhelming, with 80% of people asked stating they would recommend Peel Ports Group as an employer to family and friends.

We understand our duty in investing in both our current employees and the next generation.  Over the last year, we have launched a management training programme to 10% of the workforce giving them the valuable leadership skills needed for both personal and professional development.   

Separately, nearly 10% of Peel Ports’ total workforce is either now, or during 2019, going through training, partly funded by the Company’s contribution into the apprenticeship fund of c£300,000. 

Communication is key to running a leading business, with senior leaders meeting each year during which the Executive team outlines the priorities for the year ahead. This is then cascaded across the business through team briefings, as well as in our staff magazine and on the intranet, to ensure that all colleagues understand the roadmap and the part that they play as individuals.

During the 2018 conference we also launched the ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Awards’ (ABCD Awards). These quarterly awards recognise and reward individuals who exemplify our values and who have performed beyond the call of duty.

A great employer though is as much about the community as it is to its own people and operations, and as such a strategy that facilitates regional economic growth is important. Through partnerships with industry, stakeholders and policymakers across the UK, Peel Ports has created one voice to help change the perception of the maritime and logistics sector, both nationally and regionally.   The growth plans will also have a significant positive impact on the local community and economy creating over 250 new jobs in the next twelve months alone.

So, to sum up why Peel Ports has a worthy place on the shortlist, over the last year the group has driven unprecedented levels of positive culture change, job opportunities and career development whilst supporting employees in driving a more collaborative, safety first working culture. This has driven tangible commercial benefits alongside an enhanced safety record and positive feedback from employees.

To find out what current vacancies are available at Peel Ports, click HERE.

To find out more on Mersey Maritime, click HERE. 

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