Global nursery provider reopens national office

A Burntwood-based global employer celebrated the reopening of its head office for the first time since the pandemic began.

Busy Bees nurseries welcomed staff back to its national support centre on Shaftsbury Drive.

Both Marg Randles, Busy Bees’ founder, and Simon Irons, global chief executive, thanked the team for their support and commitment over the last few months.

Irons said: “The past few months have shown just how resilient our teams can be, collaborating and making remote working a success, in the face of the most challenging circumstances.

“There are clear benefits to working from home, but we also recognise this may not suit everyone – some of our employees live on their own, don’t have a suitable space to work, or simply miss interacting with their team in person rather than behind a screen. There’s nothing more important to us than the health and wellbeing of our people, so for that very reason we’re embracing the agile workspace and giving our colleagues choice and flexibility.

“Being able to see our colleagues in person after so long, albeit with social distancing guidelines in mind, was truly special.”

Busy Bees cares for more than 55,000 children across around 630 sites globally, including centres in the UK and Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Australia and the United States.