Ascertiva Group Ltd

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THE ASCERTIVA GROUP, one of the world's top third-party certification companies, helps secure safe electrical installation in Britain. Almost 2.5m people get an electric shock in their homes or garden every year, any one of which could result in injury or death. The organisation works with a range of businesses, government departments and charities to combat unsafe installation of electrical wiring and equipment and improve safety across the country. The company, a new entry to our list, was established in 1923 and was formerly known as the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC). The organisation's operating arms include NICEIC Electrotechnical, serving Britain's electrical contracting industry; NICEIC Certification, for gas operatives and new energy; and NQA, the international certification body. The 331 staff feel proud to work for Ascertiva, with a 79% positive score, and believe their company makes a positive difference (73%). All profit made by the group is gift-aided to its parent, the Electrical Safety Council, a registered charity since 1971. The last Friday of each month is “dress down for charity day”. Employees pay £1 and donations are matched by the firm. Based in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, Ascertiva has recently expanded into renewable energy, with its Puragen renewable energy franchise, and staff feel the organisation cares about the environment (74%). It also has several green practices in place, such as a cycle-to-work scheme, double-sided printing and recycling of waste materials. Having failed to make our list last year, the firm responded to feedback from our employee-engagement survey by giving its workforce the opportunity to volunteer in the community. One day was spent redecorating the visitors' room of the local hospital, while another was dedicated to creating a nature trail in the grounds of a primary school close to company headquarters. Area engineers earn an average basic salary of £47,267 and staff tell us that they are happy with their pay and benefits (64%). Workers received a bonus of £150 to thank them for helping the group achieve its financial targets at the end of March last year, and they got an extra day's holiday at Christmas because the business was ahead of the budgeted surplus at the end of November. Employees of the month, nominated by their colleagues, receive £50 in gift vouchers.

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Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The last Friday of every month is a dress down day for charity when all staff donate £1 to that month's nominated charity. Employees are able to make nominations for a charity of their choice. The Group match whatever money is raised across each of the Group's locations. No upper limit has been placed on this initiative. The Group have also matched money being raised by individuals for various charities of their choice outside of work.

My Company

92% of staff agreed

I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The senior management team actively look for ways to embrace and show their dedication and commitment to the staff and Group as a whole. The Executive Team have an open door policy and many chose to regularly work out in the open plan space so they are visible and approachable to staff. Further the Executive Team meet monthly to discuss the business and the current big topics, following these meetings the Executive communicate to all staff via e-newsletter and in team meetings on what was discussed, celebrating the successes as well as advising any actions being taken to address issues. Further, the Executive supports the Best Companies initiatives by getting involved/participating in the desk hops, email free days and meeting free week. Recently a ‘Meet the Directors' induction day took place in October. All new entrants who joined the Group this financial year were invited to the all-day event in Head Office. The initiative was hosted by the CEO and involved a number of presentations by the Directors and Executive Team. The aim of the day was for the Directors to meet the new entrants and for the new starters to gain more information about the different Director's roles and responsibilities and the parts of the business that they are responsible for. It is an initiative that the Group are keen to undertake twice a year so that new starters get the opportunity to let the Directors know what it feels like to be a new entrant.

My Team

77% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

The Group's induction process ensures learning and development is supported throughout the induction and probationary review process. They also have “Be Our IDEAL Candidate” which ensures their employees are given the best support and advice when applying for internal job opportunities and developing their careers across the group. Every job vacancy is advertised internally and includes a link to supporting information on how to complete an internal job application, and hints and tips on carrying out a successful interview, giving all candidates the best chance of success. Employees also have regular one to one's with the line managers and formal reviews are carried out as part of the annual and interim personal development review process. Learning and development opportunities are sought as part of this process and employees have personal development plans to support their personal development.

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Employees earning £35k+
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