Bark

We’re the UK's largest & fastest growing services marketplace, connecting consumers and businesses with the right professional for their project in over 1,000 categories.

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Bark.com, an online services marketplace, brought a bit of magic to staff during lockdown. It supplied magicians to entertain them at virtual social events.

Bark helps people find the right professional for their project, covering more than 1,500 categories, from personal trainers to web design or gardening. The business is already profitable and has a proven model, but, with a small team of about 65 staff, it has the feel of a start-up.

Cutting-edge technology and talented staff are used to find the best person to do a job for clients.

Bark is a dynamic, exciting, early-stage business with the financial security of a privately owned, revenue-generating established company. Staff receive all the benefits of working in a start-up environment, which offers ownership, agility, responsibility and stimulation without any of the worries.

The company was placed sixth on The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 league table. It has a presence in eight countries and there are plans to expand its reach, globally.

Staff are seen as members of one big family who like to work hard and play hard, while being passionate about what they are doing.

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Leadership

85% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of the senior management team

Leaders became reliant on video calls during the pandemic, but made sure to not just chat or write emails to employees, but to engage in weekly socials, consistent team meetings and quick calls to discuss an issue or concern. The company believes in the lead-by-example approach.

Personal Growth

84% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Bark offers secondments to all its departments. The aim is to make sure there is a smooth transition from one role to another and that everyone is happy with the transition. A variety of internal or external training is available to encourage staff to increase their skills.

My Team

99% of staff agreed

My team is fun to work with

Weekly one-to-ones take place with all employees and there are also weekly team-building events, along with six-week and quarterly town hall meetings, which have been moved online. There are also online socials.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2015
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
25
Employee average age
67% : 33%
Male : Female employee ratio
54%
Employees earning £35k+
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Pensions

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