Firm is one of best to work for

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS - STU­ART GREER

ONE of the UK’s lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion finance spe­cial­ists, HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion, has been ranked in 69th place in the Sun­day Times ‘Best Small Com­pa­nies to Work For’.

The com­pany in­creased its po­si­tion in the rank­ing ta­ble by 22 places from last year when it was awarded 91st place, show­ing its on­go­ing com­mit­ment to em­ployee sat­is­fac­tion and progress.

Mac­cles­field- based HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion re­ceived ac­cred­i­ta­tion as an ‘Ex­tra­or­di­nary’ em­ployer, based on in­de­pen­dent feed­back from staff en­gage­ment sur­veys.

The firm faced tough com­pe­ti­tion from hun­dreds of other small com­pa­nies with up to 250 em­ploy­ees that had put them­selves for­ward to be named in this year’s list.

The accolade fol­lows a record year for the com­pany – back in Au­gust it an­nounced a 48 per cent in­crease in turnover, which has helped cre­ate dozens of jobs in the area.

The an­nual rank­ing aims to find the most con­tent and mo­ti­vated work­forces in the coun­try. All the scores and rat­ings are based on em­ployee opin­ions and ev­ery year the ques­tion­naires are re­vised to re­flect the cur­rent work­place con­cerns.

Howard Jack­son, founder and head of ed­u­ca­tion at HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion, said: “We’re ex­tremely proud to have achieved a three star ac­cred­i­ta­tion, for the sec­ond year run­ning.

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ab­so­lutely de­lighted to have in­creased our rank­ing by 22 places from last year. It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment and a tes­ta­ment to all our hard­work­ing staff.

“At HCSS Ed­u­ca­tion we en­sure our em­ploy­ees are happy by mak­ing sure that they are fully en­gaged and in­volved in the strat­egy and vision for HCSS.

“Our team knows that ev­ery­one plays a key part in de­liv­er­ing on our ob­jec­tives and achiev­ing our goals. We try to pro­mote an open-door pol­icy which en­cour­ages open­ness and trans­parency.

“We also like to in­vest in so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties like our an­nual day at Ch­ester Races. It is great chance for the team to so­cialise and bond out­side of the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

“Our phi­los­o­phy has al­ways been to de­liver in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices to the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket to en­sure that schools have the tools, sup­port and guid­ance they need to en­sure ef­fec­tive fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

“In or­der to do this we con­tin­u­ally in­vest in our own peo­ple to cre­ate an in­spir­ing place to work.

“This de­ter­mi­na­tion and the hard work of our em­ploy­ees has en­abled us to get to where we are today.”

●● Com­pany bosses re­ceiv­ing the award

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