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Greggs one of the best places to work in UK

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Greggs is one of the friendliest places to work in the UK, a new study has shown. The chain ranked sixth out of 25,000 companies.

Jobs website Glassdoor, who conducted the survey, said comments it received about the winners included praise for managers, a friendly atmosphere, staff discount, subsidised canteens and different time-off options.

Joe Wiggins, of Glassdoor, said: "When it comes to finding a new job we all have our own priorities, whether it's better pay, career progression or seeking out a certain company culture."

"Retail is the UK's biggest employer, so the atmosphere at work potentially impacts millions of people on a daily basis."

"It's no coincidence that this list is packed with some of the UK's most popular high-street retailers, because clearly camaraderie is easily forged amongst people working on the front line in customer-facing roles"


Children in foster care 'disrupted by repeated moves'

Action for Children says more long term foster homes are needed Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A charity says the lives of many North East children in foster care is being disrupted by repeated moves to new homes.

Action for Children says in our region, almost a quarter of fostered children were placed with new carers at least twice over a year.

It says this cycle is disruptive and can heighten behavioural and emotional problems.

'For children in care, moving home is not just about leaving a house. It means leaving a family, friends, school and everything that's familiar to start again."

– Sue Atkinson-Milmoor, Action for Children North East

Action for Children says its figures come from a Freedom of Information request to local authorities, focusing between April 2014 and March 2015.

Not all councils responded. From those that did, the charity calculates that 2,903 foster children were in care across the North East during that period. 675 were moved twice or more within that time.

Today, Action for Children launches a new fostering campaign, urging people to consider giving a home to children in need.

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