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Diversity & Inclusion

At Wickes we’re proud of the hard work we’ve done towards creating a diverse and inclusive culture.

We now have a number of groups helping us lead the way and there will be plenty of chances for you to get involved and support, if you’d like to.

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Wellbeing

Let’s create a place where we feel comfortable, healthy and happy

Our colleagues’ financial, mental and physical wellbeing matters to us. That’s why we take time to make everyone feel like they belong, they’re heard, and they’re supported.

Our Wellbeing programme ensures Line Managers have the tools and skills they need to create a place of wellbeing - where colleagues feel good and function well.

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BAME

Let’s make everyone feel welcome

We want people from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to see Wickes as a welcoming environment where they can succeed at all levels in our business.  

We believe that when different backgrounds, different cultures, different nationalities, and different perspectives come together, we’ll be more creative, more inclusive and more productive.

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Youth Board

Let’s plan for the future

Some of the 16-25 year old colleagues in our business today could end up running the show one day. So it’s important that we listen to their ideas and give them opportunities to help shape our future. 

Our Youth Board has been set up to encourage younger employees to step forward and get involved in intergenerational conversations.


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LGBT+ 

Let’s do it with Pride

We want our stores and offices to be positive and supportive environments where our LGBT+ colleagues can reach their full potential. To make sure everyone feels comfortable being themselves, we’ve created the Let’s do it with Pride network of colleagues. The network is responsible for ensuring we: encourage and support our current LGBT+ colleagues, attract a more diverse range of candidates and appeal to a more diverse range of customers. 

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Ability

Let's make Wickes accessible to all

Our focus is to make Wickes accessible to all through focusing less on our differences and more about the abilities that we hold. 

Helping everyone understand our disabilities and where needed to remove any barriers, physical or through stigma to allow our ability to be recognised. 

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Joe Cornish, Regional Leader

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Store Operations

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9/15/2020

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What’s your role at Wickes?I am a Regional Leader,  I look after an area of stores across the South East and London. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I previously spent 10 years working in the food retail sector in various roles and wanted to try something new and a little bit different. I instantly became addicted to the fantastic culture in Wickes and the opportunities it has brought for myself and my team. I started 4 years ago as a Store Manager and have been a Regional leader since Jan 2020. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I spend most of my day visiting my store teams, understanding how their business is performing, and both encouraging and looking for opportunities to improve the shopping experience for our customers, whilst keeping our stores safe and legal. What do you love about your job?Bit of a cliche but genuinely no two days are the same, this has taught me a wide variety of skills and experience. I love talking with a wide variety of people from colleagues to customers, and I enjoy supporting colleagues as they grow towards their future career goals. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes? The inclusivity of our business is our greatest quality, so the best advice I can give is to be yourself, embrace the fun and friendly culture, and be open to both sharing and hearing great ideas from our colleagues.

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Stefanie, Operations Advisor

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Support Functions

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8/26/2020

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What's your role at Wickes?I am an Operations Procurement Manager. I sit within the Store Operations Department under the Cost Control team. Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I initially started with Wickes as a part-time colleague in stores whilst I was at University but it soon became clear to me that I wanted to stay on and build my career in Wickes. After earning my degree, I started taking on more roles in-store and became full time. I was exploring my options both in-store and out of stores as I found out that there was a wide variety of roles available within Wickes and that’s how I made my way to the Support Centre. I have now had three different roles within the Support Centre (working my way up within Store Operations) and I’m loving my time with Wickes even more. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?I’m involved (to varying degrees) in all new stores, refits and all the ranges reviews that take place in stores so you’ll probably find me in a meeting! Joking aside, there is a lot of interacting with our suppliers (building relationships and keeping on top of all the projects going on) and with lots of different teams in the Support Centre. All the while, I have to make sure we’re getting the best work for the best price. It’s such a varied role and you get to talk to and work with so many people. What do you love about your job?It’s got to be the fact I get to interact and work with so many different people. It’s great to be able to meet so many people from teams across the Support Centre. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give someone who wants to work at Wickes?I really enjoy the flexibility and the culture Wickes offers. Both in-store and in the Support Centre there is so much opportunity to learn and grow as well as having a life outside of work. Everyone is so supportive and lovely, it’s amazing what you can achieve with the right culture! My advice to someone who wants to work at Wickes is: do it! Jump in with both feet and don’t be afraid to say yes to any and all opportunities that come your way.

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