The Superdrug and Savers teams ran an Easter Art drawing competition for the children of employees working from home during the pandemic. This was to keep them engaged and entertained, with the results shared on the Hub, the internal communications portal, and prizes awarded for best entries in different age groups.
Following the first activity’s success, the teams decided to purchase packs of sunflower seeds to send to colleagues and their families. Many participating staff planted the seeds at home in their gardens or in pots in their windows, hoping to see the sunflowers grow in June and July. A competition for the tallest and biggest plants will be held in July with prizes going to the most talented green thumbs.
A.S. Watson Group has today announced an employee support package of £40M to help staff battle through COVID-19, covering its UK retail businesses Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop.
Working in partnership with the Mekong Club, an independent NGO, A.S. Watson Health and Beauty UK has developed online training modules to raise awareness of modern slavery to all levels of staff in the UK.
A mandatory Modern Slavery eLearning Module was launched in September to all colleagues at Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop. A secondary mandatory module was also launched for colleagues who are directly involved in procurement, since they are the people who would most likely come across situations involving potential modern slavery.
During the National Apprenticeship Week, Savers organised a myriad of events across the country to showcase the apprenticeship opportunities in their stores. Apprenticeship shows were hosted in various locations including Milton Keynes, Strood, and Birmingham, and were advertised across multiple channels and platforms to both internal and external audiences.
The new Superdrug store located in Edge Lane adopts new retail park formats
Savers celebrated its 400th store opening on Enfield Church Street
Superdrug opened its 800th store in the UK, marking an important milestone of A.S. Watson Group (ASW) in the market. The new store located in Edge Lane in Liverpool, which is one of Superdrug’s new retail park formats and this bigger space allows the full range of products to be showcased and with focus to make up brands.
All Savers store colleagues were invited to take part in a fundraising event in June, to raise money for Marie Curie, a charity that provides care and support for terminally ill people and their families. Events were held in stores, and everyone was asked to dress in yellow throughout the month. Teams created fun activities such as baking cakes and doing face-painting. A staggering total of £24,727.25 was raised.
In support of Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal for cancer patients, Superdrug stores donned their best fancy dress costumes to collect donations for a weekend. The event showed the passion that the Superdrug team had for increasing the £2.7 million already raised during the five-year partnership between the brand and the impactful charity.
Savers has also played its part in raising funds for Marie Curie with the first event of 2017 kicked off in March also with the Great Daffodil appeal. With the help of our lovely store colleagues they really did some fantastic events from dressing up to baking sweet treats and raffling prizes!
In November 2016, Superdrug and Savers launched the Resource Recovery Unit at their Dunstable Distribution Centre, which had already been recycling 9,000 tonnes of waste from stores each year. The purpose-built unit will improve the facility’s capacity whilst freeing up space to support availability in stores. The 26,000 square foot unit is home to the recycling, cage repair and tote washing facilities for the Superdrug and Savers brands.
Currently, more than 200 school and college leavers are enrolled into Savers’ apprenticeship programme. These 16- to 18-year-olds are all working towards a Retail Skills Level 2 apprenticeship and their positive feedback has helped rank Savers 3rd amongst United Kingdom’s top 100 employers. Savers has also been awarded Top Apprentice Employer for Retail, Best Level of Support and Best for Job Satisfaction awards, further boosting the reputation of Savers’ national talent and skills programmes.
Savers has been recognised as the 15th Best Big Company to work for in the UK. In the survey, Savers was rated with significant improvement on the key 8 engagement drivers.