Huddersfield-based Thornton & Ross, part of the STADA Group, has been named Top Employer in the UK and across Europe by the Top Employer Institute for the second consecutive year, recognising its up-to-date HR practices and steadfast dedication to fostering an exceptional work environment.  

Thornton & Ross is one of five STADA affiliates to achieve the certification, with its operations in Germany, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Romania also being recognised.  

Thornton & Ross is a major supplier to the NHS and pharmacy industry and the force behind household brands including Covonia®, Cetraben®, Hedrin®, Savlon® and Zoflora®. Thornton & Ross was founded in 1922 and is now one of the Kirklees’ major employers with sites in Linthwaite and Slaithwaite. 

The Top Employer Institute, an independent body, evaluates companies worldwide for their dedication to culture and people, auditing areas including people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, diversity and inclusion, and wellbeing. 

Nigel Stephenson, general manager at STADA, Thornton & Ross, said: “Our people are at the heart of everything that we do, so I am incredibly proud of the team for driving us forward and achieving Top Employer status for a second year running.  

“Throughout STADA, we are committed to providing our employees with a unique culture that promotes their individual growth and inspires them to contribute to our purpose ‘Caring for People’s Health as a Trusted Partner’. 

“This year, we are really pleased to see improvements to our well-established practices with several new initiatives including the successful launch of GoFluent, an online language learning platform we have made available to all our employees, bringing us even closer as an organisation and strengthening our collaboration as OneSTADA. We have also launched our mental health wellbeing platform, Caring For You, which provides 24/7 support to our employees and their families.”