The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For were revealed last night (Feb 20) at an awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London.

Among the local business to be recognised in the list of 100 best medium sized companies to work for in the UK is The Rick Stein Group, which appears at 55th place in the list.

MD, Ian Fitzgerald, said: “A highly engaged team is the bedrock of our business; the average length of employment, the number of internal promotions and the outstanding quality of feedback from our customers is testament to this. Being recognised as one of the UK’s top employers reflects on the efforts of everybody. This is a team award. Great people make for great companies and we are the proof.”

Law firm Stephens Scown is ranked for the sixth successive year, placed at #74, while chartered accountancy Bishop Fleming is listed 82nd.

“To be ranked among the best employers in the UK for six years in a row is a great achievement,” said Richard Baker, Stephens Scown’s managing partner. “We have worked hard to make Stephens Scown a great place to work; from becoming employee owned, to our Giving Back initiative that allows colleagues to take three days off a year for volunteering.

“We focus on offering our people a great career where the work is exciting and challenging.

The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For ranking is an annual survey and 2020 marks its 20th year. Designed to recognise the well-being and motivation of employees, the survey is widely acknowledged as the most searching and comprehensive research into employee engagement in the UK, and the results depend entirely on the opinion of employees.

The 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations were also revealed at last night’s ceremony, with the Eden Project coming in at 81st place.

Eden’s HR director, Dawn George, said: “We are excited to have grown our levels of engagement to be included in the Top 100. Following our 2017 survey we assessed the results and listened to what our employees were saying.

“From this we’ve actively worked on some key development areas including strengthening our learning and development strategy and scope of offer, embedding an active mental health and wellbeing strategy, and further building our benefits programme.”