Enfield has become the 500th Specsavers store accredited as a Platinum Employer.

In order to celebrate the milestone, councillor Kate Anolue, deputy mayor of Enfield, visited on May 31 to present store directors Alan Phillips and Mark Anderson and their team of 56 with the award.

The Platinum Employer scheme was designed by employee engagement specialist Korn Ferry Hay Group to help Specsavers to create a good employee experience and to recruit and keep employees of a high-calibre.

Each store is assessed in five people management areas, which include recruitment, induction, performance management, reward, and learning and development.

Dawn McIntyre, human resources director for UK/ROI Specsavers, said: ‘The scheme is designed to give each Specsavers store owner guidelines and support to achieve best practice employee engagement, which we have found is critical to business success and retention. It means we can be confident to really shout about what a great place we work in, and help us to tap into the best people in the market place’.

Enfield’s optometrist director Alan Phillips added: ‘The overall benefit is that colleagues feel more valued and motivated. They realise that their career is taken seriously here and that each role is important.’