Edge Hill University has been named the UK’s top employer and will now compete to become the best in Europe in the European Business Awards.

EBA Ruban d' Honneur 2015-16The University was the only UK Ruban D’Honneur recipient in the Employer of the Year category in this year’s coveted awards.

It was selected from the 678 National Champions already awarded in the first round of the competition by a panel of judges made up of European political and business leaders, academics and entrepreneurs.

The Employer of the Year award seeks to recognise organisations that “have the ability to inspire and motivate their staff by enabling career expansion, operating equal opportunity schemes and understanding the importance of a work-life balance.”

The University was judged as one of Europe’s most dynamic and exciting businesses, demonstrating the core principles of the European Business Awards: success, innovation and ethics, and an international mind-set.

John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are proud that the University has been judged as the only UK Ruban D’Honneur recipient in the Employer of the Year category.

Dr John Cater“We were pleased to be given the opportunity to explain in more detail what makes Edge Hill such a special place to work and show why we were not only awarded the Times Higher’s University of the Year but also the best University Workplace for 2014/15.

“To be judged against organisations across all sectors, and not only Higher Education, in both the UK and internationally demonstrates the outstanding opportunities we have available to all our staff are amongst the best in Europe.”

Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said: “To survive in this economic climate is hard enough, so to innovate, prosper and grow in the way this year’s Ruban D’Honneur recipients have is truly remarkable. Europe needs more companies like these. Well done to Edge Hill University.”

Edge Hill University will now undertake a face to face interview with the judges before the top awards are announced at a gala ceremony in June.

The European Business Awards engaged with over 32,000 companies from 33 countries this year, a record breaking number for the competition, now in its ninth year. The European Business Awards was created to celebrate and promote business success and support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe, and is supported by the UK Trade and Investment and the European Union.

Running alongside the independent judging part of the competition is the public vote, which will decide the ‘National Public Champions’ of the competition for each country. To vote for Edge Hill University click here.