A northern-based, facilities management company has been named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies to Work for list at number 32 under the Sewell Group brand.

Sewell Facilities Management, which has its headquarters in Hull as well as offices in Huddersfield, York and Willerby, is part of the team being awarded its eighth Best Companies accreditation and fifth appearance on the Sunday Times Top 100 list.

The FM business, which currently employs 88 staff, has also contributed to the group maintaining its previous accolade of Best Companies 3 Star ‘extraordinary’ accreditation, which recognises the highest standard of workplace engagement, an area the group have seen an improvement on since their last listing.

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 now entered the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For five times in the past 10 years, including 2020, and has been successful in making the top 100 every time.

Twenty of the team from various parts of the business all over the North of England, and with 320 years of service between them, travelled down to the glamorous award ceremony to hear where the business had placed on the UK-wide league table.

Katie Crosby, Facilities Manager with Sewell FM, has been with Sewell since she was 19 and actually left her previous job to be able to attend the interview with the business. A decade later and she has joined the team attending the awards evening after being awarded the chairman’s special prize at the company’s internal recognition ceremony, The Sewell Star Awards.

She explains why earning a place on the Sunday Times Top 100 means so much to her:

“It’s something we often hear at our company-wide convention, ‘People do business with people’. I think Sewell really understand this more than most companies. A happy team means an enthusiastic, engaged and motivated workforce who will keep customers happy.

“I think that’s why, for me, this mark of recognition in the Sunday Times Top 100 is so important. It’s a little pat on the back for the whole team that they’re doing a fantastic job, after all it’s more than just your manager who make your place of work a nice place to be.

“It’s really made me very proud to attend the awards this year and hear in real time where we placed. It makes it even more exciting to be a part of the reveal and be sat in amongst some of the best companies in the UK while they hear where they’ve ranked too!”

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 a fair deal for employees, with the results showing they feel happy, engaged and recognised for their efforts.

The feedback helps to shape a Best Companies Index score, which determines a company’s accreditation level and position in the Sunday Times Top 100.

Martin Stead, managing director for Sewell FM, said:

“There’s been a lot of excitement around making the Sunday Times Top 100 list this year, as there is every year. I think this level of passion and enthusiasm is indicative of the engagement of the team and the ways they get behind the business.

“It’s been an honour to have some many of the wider team with us to at the awards this year. The people behind the business being part of the celebration, seeing the places that their effort and hard work takes us. It’s made it a fantastic experience.

“We’re a close knit team and we share the same values and behaviours so to see our people being recognised for those on a national stage has been a privilege indeed.”