Gleeson Recruitment Group celebrated a massive milestone in 2020, being named as 19th “Best Small Company to Work For in the UK” by the Sunday Times Top 100.
Set up in 2011 by three directors, Jason Granger, Jason Blakey and Tony Gleeson, Gleeson has grown from five employees to over 80 and has seen rapid growth over this time thanks to its strategy of investment and focus on employee engagement.
Several factors were considered in the rankings, but Gleeson was particularly commended for its employee reward, community initiatives and environmental initiatives.
Gleeson offers all staff a 4.5-day working week, with full flexibility to work from home reducing emissions and perhaps, more importantly, the amount of time staff spend in traffic on the way to the office. In addition to this wellbeing and environmental initiative, the office is powered by 100% renewable energy, with motion censored lights and a filtered water system to eliminate the use of bottled water.
The recruitment firm chooses a charity every two years that they fundraise for collectively; for 2019/2020 the chosen charity is Macmillan, which they have raised over £11,000 for so far.
As well as these environmental and community initiatives, the company prides itself on continuously improving the quality of working life for employees, with a vast range of perks including an onsite gym, weekly yoga sessions, fortnightly massage appointments and quarterly social events.
The Top 100 ranking marks the end of a strong all-around year for Gleeson, with the firm seeing a turnover of £17.3 million and achieving year-on-year growth of 42%. This continued success has resulted in further inward investment, designed to facilitate further job creation in both Birmingham and Reading.
Jason Blakey, director at Gleeson, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been listed in the Sunday Times rankings. We’ve worked hard to ensure our team love coming to work every day and to implement staff suggestions on how to make this the best workplace possible. Our employees are what make our company, so we’re very proud to receive this award and be recognised for our commitment to our people.”
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