Do you want to work for a company with a Heart?


Front of storeThornton’s Budgens is ‘The Community Supermarket that really Cares” based in Belsize Park, North London. We believe in the principle that if you ‘put people and our planet first, profit will follow’.

We have six guiding principles:

  1. Every team member at Thornton’s Budgens has a fulfilling job.
  2. The families of Thornton’s Budgens team are positively impacted.
  3. The customers of Thornton’s Budgens have a joyful experience.
  4. The community of Belsize is positively impacted by what we do.
  5. The planet is positively impacted by what we do.
  6. We inspire others by what we do and who we are.

What this means in principle is:

  • Every member of our team have an input into the decision making of their departments and we have a Company Council where selected team members are in effect part of the board of the company and its decision making processes.
  • We are committed to our local community and are a key part of it. The support of our community is so strong that when in when Tesco announced they were going to open a store 100 metres away from us and not too long after , the whole community protested. The protests were so strong that Tesco in the end withdrew.
  • We care about the environment: for example we now use 50% less energy than we did 4 years ago and were the first supermarket in the UK to store giving away free carrier bags (more than 8 years ago).
  • Thornton’s Budgens is the founder of and the case study for Heart in Business Limited, a movement designed to inspire and advise other companies to become more heartful (check out

If you are interested in being considered for a post at Thornton’s Budgens, please send your cv to along with no more than 2 paragraphs as to why you think you would be a good addition to the team at Thornton’s Budgens.