Lucky number seven for Lookers

National motor retailer Lookers has been listed as one of the best employers to work for in the UK, ahead of competition from companies including First Utility and Facebook.

Lookers is the only motor dealership network to feature in a 20-strong list, compiled by the Chartered Management Institute and jobs site Glassdoor.

The retailer, which operates a national network of 157 retail outlets and represents 31 franchised brands, was placed seventh in the list, which is two places ahead of Auto Trader, the  only other company within motor retail to be mentioned.

The list was compiled by analysing reviews posted on the Glassdoor website by current and former employees of more than 700,000 companies.

Lookers is working hard to inspire a cultural revolution among the motor trade by building a more diverse workforce. This includes pledging to fill 30% of its managerial roles with women by 2030 as part of the 30% Club campaign to achieve a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards.

Providing the right training has always been a priority for Lookers, with its VESPA Philosophy helping to ensure that its customer service levels are maintained. The group has also been busy developing its apprenticeship programme, with its intake of technical apprentices increasing from 78 in 2016 to over 160 this year.

Andrew Stephenson, group people director at Lookers, said, ‘We are very proud to be placed so high in this list, which includes some of the UK’s most highly regarded businesses among employees. For us, a happy and inspired workforce is fundamental to our business. It’s something that shines through to our customers and allows us to build on our mantra of being meaningfully and noticeably different.’