These are the Nottinghamshire companies which are officially the best to work for

The Sunday Times has published the list of the top companies to work for, according to their employees.

There are four different categories: Best 100 Small Companies, Best 100 Mid Companies, Best 25 Big Companies, and Best 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations.

The list has been published by Best Companies since 2001, with the Sunday Times on board as a publishing partner.

It uses anonymous questionnaires around eight different factors of workplace engagement to determine how employees really feel. The factors are: My Company, Leadership, My Manager, Giving Something Back, Fair Deal, Wellbeing, My Team, and Personal Growth.

We are delighted to see four members of Nottingham Partners named in the list.

Nottinghamshire recruitment company Macildowie came in at number 23 in the list of best small companies.

Managing director James Taylor said: “As a business we are all about our own people.  “We have a dream to become the best recruitment company to work for in the universe and that means two things. Firstly, continually improving our employee value proposition, the factors used by the best companies to measure success; and, secondly, helping our employees to be the very best versions of themselves, so they come to work every day believing they are going to learn and grow.

“Having a happy, motivated and engaged team means that our customers will receive a great service and enjoy the overall recruitment experience. “We are immensely proud of the people who have made our business one of the best places to work in the country.”

Best 100 Small Companies


Address: Waterfront House, Station Street, Nottingham

Year established: 1997

Position: 23

What it does: Recruitment company specialising in the recruitment of HR, Accountancy, Business Support Operations, Sales & Marketing and Procurement & Supply Chain professionals.

Staff earning over £35k: 21%

Working there: The firm’s highest performers are rewarded with a trip to Las Vegas every year as part of Macildowie’s suite of staff incentives.

At least 20% of staff are known to undertake charitable activities during business hours without incurring financial loss.

Best 100 ‘Mid’ Companies

Freeths LLP

Address: Cumberland Court, 80 Mount Street, Nottingham

Year established: 1810

Position: 57

What it does: One of the UK’s leading regional law practices, offering legal services to a wide range of commercial and private clients across the entire legal spectrum.

They work with a variety of clients, including Aldi, Tarmac, Experian and Lloyds Bank, as well as many charities and universities.

Staff earning over £35k: 57%

Working there: At least 40% of senior managers are women, and ‘school hours’ contracts are offered to all staff.

A staff discount scheme called Perkbox offers discounts in shopping, entertainment and dining outlets natiowide.

BWB Consulting Ltd

Address: Waterfront House, Station Street, Nottingham

Year established: 1990

Position: 98

What it does: An engineering and environmental design consultancy working with public and private sector clients.

Staff earning over £35k: 52%

Working there: Incentives include loyalty awards for employees with more than three years’ service, two-week paid sabbaticals, healthcare cash plans, flexible working hours and employee discount schemes.

Chief Executive Steve Wooler runs an ‘Ask Steve’ email inbox, which he uses to respond personally to employees’ questions.


Best 100 Not-for-Profit Organisations

Nottinghamshire YMCA

Address: Voluntary Action Centre, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham

Year established: 1871

Position: 75

What it does: It provides a wide range of services across Nottinghamshire supporting healthy living, youth development and social responsiblity.

It belongs to a worldwide Christian Ecumenical system that welcomes individuals of all faiths to take part in its activities.

The charity’s programmes cover health and fitness, childcare, day camps, sports, children’s residential care, community centres, family and adventure activities.

Staff earning over £35k: 8%

Working there: Non-work related training is supported. Chief Executive Will operates an open-door policy and knows the first names of all 172 staff.