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The Best Companies to Work For in the North West revealed During inspirational live broadcast

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The year has got off to a flying start for those companies putting their employees at the heart of everything they do, with the Q1 2023 reveal of the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ in the UK. Broadcast live from Salford’s MediaCity and hosted by TV presenter Dan Walker, Best Companies Live Q1 revealed the league tables of the Best Companies to Work For in the UK – nationally, by region and by sector.

The top 10 Best Companies to Work For in the North West, based on their employee engagement scores are:

  1. Hydrock
  2. In Technology Group
  3. Barnett Waddingham
  4. Mills & Reeve
  5. JMW Solicitors
  6. Brabners LLP
  7. Weaver Vale Housing Trust
  8. CAE Technology Services
  9. AppLearn
  10. SMG

Construction consultant Hydrock were not only crowned ‘Best Company to Work For in the North West’ but also in the West Midlands and Wales. The company wants to make a positive contribution to shaping a global and sustainable future community, and is committed to providing an environment where their people can thrive.

“The wellbeing of our people has always been at the heart of our culture, which is why we invest in experiences that bring our people together, learning and development programmes that can enhance all of our lives, and promote a supportive, respectful and caring culture.” Dr Brian McConnell, Chief Executive Officer, Hydrock.

Recruitment firm In Technology Group, ranked number two in the North West league table, were also named the second ‘Best Small Company to Work For in the UK’.

Will Wareing, Director, said, “At In Technology Group we prioritise our employees and their well-being as they are the key to our success. We begin each month with a company meeting where employees are celebrated for the month before and are also able to communicate with me directly and voice any opinions they need. There is a two-way commitment in place and a trust that is integral to a successful working environment. Our company values each and every one of our employees and would be nothing without their hard work.”

As well as a day of celebration, Best Companies Live Q1 gave employee-first workplaces the opportunity to share valuable insight on what they’re doing well and how they’re navigating some of today’s biggest corporate challenges.

Free-to-view panel discussions on the infamous red chairs covered topics such as supporting workforces through a deepening cost-of-living crisis, how to listen to employees to build corporate confidence and ways to break down silos and create a vision that unites.

For Best Companies’ founder and CEO, Jonathan Austin, it’s been a solid and encouraging start to 2023:

“There are companies that truly shine in challenging times. They continue to innovate, finding new ways to show their employees how valued they are, as well as keeping them involved in the fundamentals, like shaping the vision and values. Through Best Companies Live, we’re giving these organisations a platform to inspire others and help make the world a better workplace.”

Best Companies’ quarterly league tables concept is now in its second year – a move away from the previous annual list. It gives workplaces more flexibility on when to survey their employees. They can do it once or up to four times a year, giving them more opportunities to showcase what makes them great places to work in a competitive recruitment market.

The ranking positions on the quarterly League Tables are based on employees’ responses to the B-heard survey, which uses Best Companies’ unique 8-Factor methodology to produce a BCI (Best Companies Index) score.

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