Article date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 14:11:08 GMT
Manchester hosting firm UKFast is celebrating its place in The Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For list for the fourth year running.
Its focus on employee wellbeing and team building initiatives helped the hosting firm climb to 45th place in the list of the best small companies in the UK.
UKFast is the only internet hosting provider to appear in the list and is one of only three in Manchester in a list dominated by businesses in the capital.
The central Manchester business gained particularly high scores in the 'Team' category, ranking 16th in the list. The company's training facility at the foot of Mount Snowdon and regular team activities including exclusive cinema premieres and skiing trips encouraged employees to give 92 per cent positive feedback for the fun they have with their teams.
UKFast also scored highly in 'Manager' and 'Wellbeing' categories with employees reporting a sense of fulfillment in their roles and low stress levels at work.
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "We've been particularly focused on the team's wellbeing over the last 12 months. We've introduced a personal trainer into the company who is having a huge effect on the health and happiness of the team on a day to day basis as well as maximising the success of our Snowdon trips. It's great to see that our investment in people is paying off. I believe a healthy and happy team is a more productive one - I know my team of 130 punches way above its weight - and it's just as important to continue that investment in a tougher economic environment."
The North West was fairly well represented with 12 businesses from the region securing a spot in the top 100.
Dominic O'Connell, business editor of The Sunday Times said: "These businesses are the engine room of the British economy from which Britain's recovery will flow. Even in troubled times, employees find these businesses dynamic and fulfilling places to work and they feel their contribution is valued and genuinely makes a difference."
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