Resellers and other IT firms are well represented on the latest Sunday Times Best Companies rankings, with Chess, UKFast, ANS Group and Risual making an appearance.
Yesterday the Sunday Times released two top-100 lists – Best Companies to Work For and Best Small Companies to Work For – as well as an overall top Best 25 Big Companies ranking and a 100 Best Companies category.
Telecoms firm Chess was placed second in the 100 Best Companies list, citing its charitable and environmental work as a keyy differentiator.
On the small companies list, UKFast was the highest-ranking channel company, in 33rd place.
The Manchester company entered for the sixth time and described keeping staff happy as a "business no-brainer". It offers staff perks such as the use of a giant chessboard, a nap room and "beer Fridays".
Microsoft partner Risual came 42nd on the list, with software developer Cambridge Online Systems and IT sales firm Cadline popping up in 57th and 62nd place respectively.
Bytes came in 70th place and NetApp and Cisco partner ANS Group came in 83rd place. The latter's CEO Paul Sweeney told CRN that ensuring staff are happy is "massive".
"If staff aren't happy and motivated, they are not going to be happy and motivated to look after the customer," he said. Sweeney added that perks such as "champagne Fridays" and "lunch with the CEO" help staff get to know each other, which encourages a stronger sense of community in the business.
Lawrence Jones, chief executive of UKFast, added that ongoing training is essential in his business.
"In July 2013 we recruited two full-time teachers with the view that people are more satisfied and more motivated by learning and development than by money. The results have been phenomenal.
"We have created something far beyond what I first imagined; a small school within the business. We're now a top 100 apprenticeship employer, we've won numerous awards for staff development and we work with dozens of schools in Greater Manchester and influence 35,000 kids.
"We plan to become more closely linked with tech education in the near future. It's a big part of what makes us one of the best companies to work for."
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