East Mids firms revealed in Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list

(L-R) Robert Hands, executive managing editor of The Sunday Times, presents the Top 100 best Companies Award to Elizabeth Hardwick-Smith, head of HR at BWB Consulting, and chief executive Steve Wooler

Six East Midlands business have been named in the 2017 edition of the influential Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

First Response Finance of Nottingham (9th), Castle Donington-based PKF Cooper Parry (32nd), Lincoln-based Lindum Construction (38th), Freeths of Nottingham (50th), BWB Consulting (59th), based in Nottingham and Derby-based Motorpoint (92nd) made the tables this year.

Elizabeth Hardwick-Smith, BWM Consulting’s head of HR, hailed the accolade as a tribute to all staff.

She said: “Becoming a Top 100 Company to Work For is a journey the whole business has to go on. Securing accreditation is the result of engaging with our people year after year, listening to what they have to say, taking positive action and working really hard together to build a better business.

“Involving our people is something we’re massively enthusiastic about. We have business improvement teams driving our three key priorities – people, business growth and operational efficiency. Personal growth is also high on our agenda. We have a range of award-winning learning and development opportunities in place, and to recognise our people we’ve also introduced a fantastic loyalty programme which gives sabbaticals, enhanced pensions, bonuses, extra holiday and a fantastic discount scheme.”

She added: “Being ranked 59th in the country is just amazing. We’ve worked year on year to get into this position and we won’t stop there.”

Steve Wooler, chief executive of BWB Group, added: “Over the past couple of years we have won a string of major awards related to the way the business performs and they all point to the same thing: a company with a real sense of purpose and ambition.

“Best Companies accreditation is probably the most important of all, however, because it proves that our ambition to be the best is shared by everyone in the business. We have brilliant people delivering some amazing projects for our clients and that’s what drives our progress.

“I couldn’t be prouder. We’ve had to overcome some tough challenges during the 27 years we’ve been in business, but our collective willingness to continually adapt and improve has put us in a very strong position to exploit new opportunities. I’m confident that BWB’s future is very bright.”

Meanwhile, a further three East Midlands companies made the Sunday Times’ Best Small Companies to Work For list.

Lincoln flight training firm Inzpire comes in 32nd, while recruitment firm Macildowie is at 65th and fellow Nottingham recruitment firm SF Group is in 95th.

James Taylor, managing director at Macildowie, said: ” “We pride ourselves on delivering a top-quality service to our customers and, to do that, we know how important it is to take care of everyone who works here at Macildowie.

“Our people are at the centre of our brand and they’re all very passionate about being part of a highly motivated and engaged team. I’m very proud of everyone here and we are very pleased to have been recognised for our efforts.”

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