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International Transgender Day of Visibility 2021

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3/31/2021

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International Transgender Day of Visibility celebrates transgender people and raises awareness of discrimination. At Wickes our LGBT+ committee marked today by sharing the changes we’re making as a business to be a more diverse and inclusive place to work, so our colleagues can be their true authentic selves. From updated HR policies, new titles on our HR system to gender-neutral toilets as part of our store refit programme. We’ve also shared what it means to identify as a trans person, selfie pledges to show support, and some really interesting colleague perspectives, you can read Kit Rayne’s below.

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International Women's Day 2021

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3/8/2021

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Marked annually on the 8th March, International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and raising awareness about women's equality. As part of our Balance for Better (BfB) workstream, we passionately believe that a balanced organisation is a great support for colleagues, it’s felt by our customers and will further enhance our brand and performance. So this year we’re inviting all colleagues from around the business to take part in our International Women’s Day celebration.Take a listen below to find out what our BfB committee members had to say about why they are passionate about BfB and why they are celebrating IWD:

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Zero Discrimination Day 2021

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3/2/2021

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On Monday, we celebrated Zero Discrimination Day aiming to highlight the urgent need to take action to end the inequalities surrounding all forms of discrimination.  You can see our Boards stance on the topic below:

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LGBT+ History Month: Our History

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3/1/2021

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Joe Cornish, Regional Leader

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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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Abdi, Internal Warehouse

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8/26/2020

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What’s your role at Wickes?I work in the Internal Warehouse (I.W). Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?Made redundant B&Q Wandsworth after 27 years. Joined Wickes - Good decision :-) What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?Interaction with customersWorking I.W.Staff friendly and supportive What do you love about your job?Teamwork and the great management team. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes?Join us! Friendly staff, and a good working environment.“It’s got our name on it” What does Approachable, Curious & Resourceful mean to you?AAA (Approach, Advice, Add-ons) Learning

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Jade, Duty Manager

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8/26/2020

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What’s your role at Wickes?Duty Manager (Operations Manager Secondment) Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes?I have always worked within retail and sales and lately designing. I was made redundant during the pandemic and managed to find a job at Wickes. Since then it has been a steady path of progression. What makes a typical day at Wickes for you?Being surrounded by a great group of people with positive attitudes. What do you love about your job?I love that no two days are the same - facing new challenges every day and working with such a diverse group of people. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes?Great colleague and channels for progression - go for it! What does Approachable, Curious & Resourceful mean to you?Being adaptable, affable, and hard working.

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Zahir, Store Manager

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8/24/2020

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What’s your role at Wickes? Store Manager Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you end up working at Wickes? I have been working for Wickes for just over 2 years. Wimbledon is my second branch for Wickes since I started. I used to work for a company called BetterBathrooms which was a bathroom showroom. It was going through turbulent times and after I left the business, it filed for bankruptcy a year after! What makes a typical day at Wickes for you? Every day is a different day, One minute, I could be helping in the showroom and second minute, I could be working IW on the shop floor with my team. What do you love about your job? People development is always close to my heart, Seeing people grow and develop is what I love about my job. It is a great role for those who love helping others and see people grow. What makes Wickes a great place to work? What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at Wickes? At Wickes, opportunities don’t need to be structured. You can work part-time, have a fixed shift pattern, work on a set number of days a week. So, if you’re looking for a role where you can get the right balance, you should definitely consider working for Wickes. At Wickes, everyone is welcome and the company states that equality, diversity, and inclusion is extremely important. In fact, there are a number of networks and groups within the organisation for employees to be a part of. This includes the BAME Network and the Wickes inclusive, Ability. Ultimately, the company is committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued. And, one where every single colleague is given the same opportunity. What does Approachable, Curious & Resourceful mean to you? Being available for the customer, helpful, and giving them world-class service. Not just helping them but going the extra mile to help them with whatever their project is.

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Olivia, Publication & Studio Marketing Manager

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8/24/2020

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I started off in fashion buying (I have a fashion degree) and slowly I started to look at interiors (I worked in the home furnishings department at Laura Ashley) which lead me to my role at Wickes in Commercial. I then moved into Marketing.A typical day for me is approving, writing and reading briefs within the Studio.  Managing timelines for print across all customers comms including publications. Ordering paper/booking in printers. I love how every day is different. Wickes is a fast pace business and with my role you need to be reactive to change and therefore each day brings variety and challenges. I like a challenge! It's a great place to work where you can share and explore new ideas every day and the business will support you

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