PETERBOROUGH’S COLOPLAST CLIMBS INTO TOP 50 OF THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 100 COMPANIES TO WORK FOR
Peterborough-based medical devices company Coloplast (www.coloplast.com) has stormed up The Sunday Times ‘top 100’ league table of best companies to work for, coming in at number 39 – a massive leap from last year’s placing of 68. It is the fourth year running that the company has been named as one of the best medium-sized companies to work for in the UK.
Nearly 900 companies took part in this year’s awards process, with employees giving their opinions on their employers and places of work. As part of the process, Coloplast staff were asked to give their views on eight key areas of their relationship with the company, including leadership, wellbeing and personal growth.
When asked if they feel the company makes a real difference to the world, staff rated the company so highly that, for the second year running, it ranked second in the UK.
Speaking after the glittering awards ceremony, Sam Sedwill, HR director at Coloplast, said: “What an amazing achievement! We had hoped to make it into the top 50 this year, so to be number 39 is fantastic, jumping 29 places up the table from last year.
“The award is given as a result of staff feedback so each year it has enabled us to see exactly what makes us great and what areas we need to focus on. Having taken the feedback on board over the last three years we have worked hard to make Coloplast an even greater place to work and the results are there in black and white.
“It isn’t just one thing that makes the difference. We have introduced leadership forums and training, plus we run sessions where employees can come and talk to us openly about any ideas they may have for the company. We support staff when undertaking charity events, like last year’s Snowdon Push which saw 15 of our employees push, pull and lift a colleague in a wheelchair up and down Mount Snowdon in a day.
“We work to support the Hampson Foundation and staff have been able to spend time with the founder, former English rugby union prop Matt Hampson.
“We invite customers in to talk to staff about the service we provide, we hold events like family fun days and have introduced annual wellbeing weeks. On top of all of this we offer great benefits, profit related pay, plus regular treats like vouchers at Christmas.”
Coloplast manufactures medical products ranging from dressings and gels to catheters and colostomy bags. Its ‘mission’ is to make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions.
The Sunday Times found that staff are excited about where the organisation is going (81 per cent) and have a great deal of faith in UK general manager Sue Kernahan (81 per cent). Staff feel that executives truly live the values of the organisation (80 per cent) and were impressed when Sue worked a shift in the firm’s warehouse, demonstrating her ability to pick, pack and despatch products.
Sue commented: “I believe in leading by example and it is an honour to see that highlighted by our staff and by the Sunday Times. I also believe in nurturing and developing our staff – after all it is their hard work and dedication that make the company the success that it is. To hear that staff find the training we provide of great benefit (73 per cent) and that they believe they can make a valuable contribution to Coloplast’s success (84 per cent) is fantastic.
“Knowing that staff enjoy working here and that they are proud to do so (85 per cent) makes me incredibly proud.”
Coloplast was presented with the prestigious Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2014 award at a ceremony in London where company representatives celebrated alongside other winners including multi-national companies and public sector organisations.
If you are interested in joining a company that is recognised in the top 50 of The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For, has won awards for people development, cares for its customers and genuinely recognises and rewards success, visit www.jobsatcoloplast.com.
NEW YEAR MEANS NEW ROLES FOR SEVERAL AT LARKFLEET GROUP
Several employees at Bourne-based house-builder and development organisation Larkfleet Group (www.larkfleetgroup.co.uk) have started 2014 in new roles within the company.
Paul Adams is now taking on the role of deputy managing director of Lark Energy, a successful Larkfleet Group company that is the UK’s leading developer of photovoltaic (PV) ‘solar farms’ that generate electricity from sunlight.
Nigel Parsons has worked for Larkfleet Homes, Larkfleet Group’s flagship company, for several years. He started as construction director before taking on the role of construction director of technical, commercial and design in 2011. He has now been promoted to managing director of construction, a role that will encompass control of Larkfleet Homes’ current and upcoming construction projects.
Dave Hummel joined Larkfleet Homes in 2009 as a senior surveyor and was quickly promoted to commercial manager in 2010. Due to the continued expansion of the business, Dave has now been promoted to director of commercial.
Ben Burge, who joined the company less than two years ago as sales manager, has been promoted to director of sales for Larkfleet Homes and will lead Larkfleet’s sales teams in the East of England and East Midlands.
Larkfleet CEO Karl Hick commented: “It is encouraging to see these employees – some of whom have been with us for years – progressing within the company and taking on added responsibility. Although these new roles will be challenging, I have no doubt that each of my colleagues will meet and exceed the expectations demanded of their new roles.”
Larkfleet Group comprises several companies that have a joint focus and established expertise in many areas of sustainability. The group provides high quality, energy-efficient housing, domestic and large scale energy saving technologies, and renewable energy generation projects, whilst investing in the future sustainability of the construction industry.
LOCAL WOMAN BUYS HOME AT LEIGHFIELD PARK AFTER COLLECTING £1,000 PRIZE
Nearly a year after Alison Sharp was presented with a cheque for £1,000 following her participation in some market research sponsored by housebuilder Larkfleet Homes (www.larkfleethomes.co.uk) she is now purchasing a property at the company’s Leighfield Park development in Oakham.
The market research, carried out by Peterborough-based marketing communications company Metrix Marketing (www.metrixmarketing.co.uk), offered people entry in to a £1,000 prize draw in return for a few minutes of their time to talk about their experiences searching for a new home.
As an Oakham resident, Alison’s feedback involved a discussion of Larkfleet’s Leighfield Park showhome and how impressed she was with the quality of the development and helpful sales team. Alison’s details were then drawn from over 100 entries to win the £1,000 prize.
Alison was so impressed with the quality of Larkfleet’s three showhomes on site that, nearly one year later, she has decided to purchase one of them and make it her new family home.
Alison said: “I was really struck by the quality of Larkfleet’s properties when I started house hunting last year. The quality of the fixtures and fittings and the overall condition of the properties remained with me for some time and this, coupled with the location of Leighfield Park, made a move here seem like the right choice for us.
“My husband was also very impressed with the PV panels that were included with the property as we both think that sustainability is an important consideration.”
Leighfield Park is part of Oakham Heights, Larkfleet’s major urban expansion of Oakham, located on land between the Oakham bypass and Barleythorpe Road.
The development offers one, two, three, four and five bedroom properties and is aimed at families looking for a stylish, traditional home that allows them to enjoy rural life while still benefiting from good transport links to surrounding towns and cities.
Alison added, “The location of the development is ideal for us too as it is just a short walk from the local school.”
Larkfleet CEO Karl Hick said: “It is great to hear that our properties have such a positive impact on potential buyers and it is a credit to our sales teams on site that members of the public find visiting a Larkfleet development such a pleasant experience.”
Larkfleet recently released 10 three-bedroom properties and 24 one and two-bedroom apartments for purchase at Leighfield Park, much earlier that it previously anticipated.
The government’s Help to Buy scheme, which allows homebuyers to potentially own 100 per cent of their new home with just a 75 per cent mortgage and 5 per cent deposit, is available at Leighfield Park.
All houses also have solar PV (photovoltaic) panels fitted as standard so homebuyers can benefit from reduced energy bills and generate an income from selling their excess energy to the grid under the government’s Feed in Tariff scheme. The PV panels will produce electricity from daylight, generating useable power even on cloudy days.
There is also an electric car charging point on site for resident and public use.
For further details on Leighfield Park call 01572 722 262 or email email@example.com.