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Edinburgh charity wins gong for employee satisfaction


Boost for cancer research group

Worldwide Cancer Research has been recognised for its commitment to staff wellbeing.

The Edinburgh-based charity, which funds research into all types of cancer around the world, won the prestigious Employer Brand award at The Marketing Society’s annual St Andrew’s Day dinner. 

Each year, the Marketing Society recognises the important role organisations play in attracting, retaining and developing talent in Scotland, with Worldwide Cancer Research taking the 2023 prize for the positive impact its polices and values have on its team of Curestarters. 

Representatives from the charity collected their award last week, during St Andrew’s Day celebrations at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh. 

Laura McLachlan, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at Worldwide Cancer Research, said: “We are thrilled to have been named Employer Brand of the year by The Marketing Society and I’m absolutely delighted for all of our team. At Worldwide Cancer Research, we pride ourselves on practicing our values on a daily basis to empower our colleagues and reinforce how important their efforts are. 

“Our recent staff surveys have demonstrated that those working for Worldwide Cancer Research see it as a great place to work, and for this to also be recognised externally is a great reward for our entire team for their continued hard work and commitment to our values.”

Worldwide Cancer Research currently funds more than 80 research projects across the globe, worth a collective £17 million, which are focused on finding new cures to stop cancer.  

Since 1979, the organisation has been dedicated to supporting bold new ideas that will save lives, with £200 million worth of projects funded in that time. As the charity has grown, this innovative approach has been implemented further, across all departments, with the organisation providing industry-leading benefits and training to staff. 

McLachlan added: “As a people-centric charity, our team is at the heart of everything we do. We value and promote individuality, strengthening our work as a team towards our uniting vision – no life cut short by cancer. We firmly believe employees who have meaningful and rewarding jobs will be happier and more fulfilled in life and work.” 



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