Assael Architecture has been selected for the Sunday Times newspaper’s exclusive Best Small Companies to Work For 2015 accreditation scheme, securing 36th place and listed as the top architectural practice.
It is a notable jump back in to the Top 40 of the 100 Best Small Companies league table in a year that has seen revenues of almost £6m and profits of just under £922,000. Impressive figures include the top mark of 11 with a score of 85% for ‘giving something back’ with £16,250 donated to charity in 2014 and 79% of staff saying they have a healthy work life balance.
The accreditation scheme for businesses with between 50 to 250 staff is a key benchmark for staff satisfaction and rewards businesses that value their staff, look after their clients and work in partnership with the communities in which they operate. Based on staff feedback, organisations receive a Best Companies index score which determines their star rating compared to a fixed standard.
Chairman, John Assael, said:
“We are thrilled to be judged not only as one of the top 36 companies to work for but also for being the top architectural practice listed in the league table. Our mission is to be a sustainable, profitable business that offers security for our directors and staff. The foundation of our business is based on our staff, we invest in them and support them in their career progression and most importantly we work together as one team.”
Best Companies, the entity that compiles the list for the Sunday Times, has developed an academically rigorous methodology to measure levels of “workplace engagement” based on its experience of responses from nearly 740,000 employees in thousands of organisations. The Best Companies accreditation scheme then recognises those organisations that have achieved high levels in this area.
Best Companies’ stated goal is to “help make the world a better workplace”.