Crewe and Newcastle companies make the Sunday Times 100 Companies To Work For
TWO companies which have been ranked among the best in the UK to work for, say happy staff provide a better service to customers.
The Swansway Group, based in Crewe, and the Aspire Group, headquartered in Newcastle, have been recognised for how they listen to and care for their workforces.
Family-owned car dealership group Swansway is at number 37 in the Sunday Times 100 Companies To Work For.
It has risen up the rankings in the last three years and the listing comes after the group won the 2013 AM Award for Best Retail Group over 10 Sites last month.
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Group director John Smyth said: "We are delighted to move up the Sunday Times Best Companies To Work For ranking for the third consecutive year.
"As a family business we try to extend that family feeling to our entire 650-plus workforce and our latest move up the rankings, confirms that we are achieving just what we set out to do."
His brother Peter said: "It's particularly satisfying that these awards come during tough times and our employees deserve another massive thank you."
Workplace engagement specialist Best Companies compiles the top 100 following a comprehensive survey of workplaces in the UK. The views of 250,000 employees were gathered from nearly 900 organisations for the 2013 list.
It said 84 per cent of Swansway staff agreed the business was run on strong values,.
Almost 40 per cent of workers clock up five years and more with the business which has tackled unsociable hours in the sales department with the introduction of flexible working, and even provided a driver for one employee who was unable to drive through illness.
The Aspire Group, which has more than 600 employees, is ranked at number 58 in the Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For – up from 90.
Ninety-four per cent of workers completed the annual survey, which measures how committed and satisfied staff are from across the Aspire Group which includes PM Training, Social Enterprise West Midlands and Furniture Mine.
Aspire was also runner-up in the Best Companies awards for training and development.
Sinéad Butters, group chief executive, said: "I'm delighted that Aspire has been recognised as having improved on last year's success.
"This is due to the hard work and commitment of every one of our 650 colleagues who cares passionately about what they do.
"They have a clear vision about improving people's lives and neighbourhoods.
"Committed and satisfied staff provide better service to our customers."
White Cross Vets, which has a practice in High Street, Wolstanton, was given a three star rating in the Top 100 Small Companies To Work For league table. The company ranked 48th.
A spokesman for Best Companies said the survey illustrated what was important to today's workforce.
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