Sewell Group named as one of Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 23 Feb 2018

One of Hull’s biggest employers has been named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list in the UK.

Sewell Group, which currently employs 460 staff, has also secured a Best Companies 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, which recognises the highest standard of workplace engagement and represents organisations which excel.

Best Companies is the number one specialist for workplace and employee engagement in the UK and its survey, which was completed by Sewell staff, powers the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list.

Sewell Group has entered the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For four times in the past 10 years, including 2018, and has been successful in making the top 100 every time, beating off competition from thousands of companies.

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Paul Sewell, managing director of Sewell Group, said: “I have always seen the best places to work listings as the greatest accolade an organisation can attain, both in the UK with the Sunday Times and the USA with the Fortune 500.

“They are about as objective as it gets, as they are based upon what your people say about where they work, as well as engagement experts examining how you do ‘the people thing’.

“It is vitally important to me, as I believe you need to be a decent place to work so you can be a great company to deal with, and people do business with people.

“The group (Sewell) has doubled in size and diversified both by offer and geographically since our last examination, and this can water down culture and challenge the family feel we want. So, to retain the top 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ status in such a prestigious listing is as remarkable as it is pleasing.

“Thanks must go to all of the wonderful people who make up the Sewell work family and our customers whose patronage and loyalty keeps us progressing as a business.”

Staff across the business were asked for their opinions in the independent Best Companies questionnaire focused around their manager and team, personal growth, wellbeing, giving something back, leadership, the company as a whole and fair deal for employees.

Paul Sewell, managing director of the Sewell Group

The feedback helps to shape a Best Companies Index score, which determines a company’s accreditation level and position.

Sewell Group is a multi-disciplined group of companies operating across the Yorkshire region, ranging from its developments, construction and facilities management operations, to its 13 “Sewell on the go” fuel and convenience stores.

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The business has most recently acquired Illingworth and Gregory (I&G), a Huddersfield-based construction company, to further its growth.

The company invested more than £465,000 delivering over 2,060 days of training for its people in 2017, with 332 different people trained through in-house talent development sessions.

Sewell Group expanded after investing in Huddersfield construction firm I&G. From left, Paul Sewell and Jez Illingworth, MD of I&G

Cameron Hodgson, who joined Sewell Construction as a management trainee in March 2017, said: “No matter what your position, status or job role is, Sewell treats everybody with the same respect and concern for their wellbeing and future.

“I’ve seen consistent development opportunities offered to all those who are willing to work outside their comfort zones and be challenged. This is a trait not often found within mid to larger companies.

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“I feel being in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For is utterly deserved for the business and employees alike.”

Sewell Group also say it will maintain its commitment to its communities and 2017 saw the business give more than £500,000 to causes across the region.

Jonathan Austin, Best Companies founder and chief executive officer, said: “I would like to congratulate Sewell Group on their achievement.

“This year, it is encouraging to see that more and more organisations are recognising the value of employee engagement and are willing to benchmark themselves against the best to ensure they are offering their employees the best possible experience.”

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