Big Group

We are an integrated digital marketing and communications agency who bring digital, experiential and creative ideas to life.
http://www.biggroup.co.uk

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During the first lockdown creative marketing services agency, Big Group, wanted to provide focus and motivation to employees and help those most in need, so it set its 150-strong workforce an activity-based charity challenge. Big Group calculated the distance between its offices in Bath, Newbury, London and Amsterdam dividing this by the number of employees, asking everyone to walk, cycle or run the distance and fundraise, which brought in over £3,000 for The Trussell Trust which supports a network of more than 1,200 food banks across the UK.

The award-winning private sector firm, founded in 1991,which counts global brands Mastercard, Hyundai, Samsung, BT and The North Face among its clients, has launched a new exercise challenge this year supporting mental health charity, Mind.

Staff apply bigger thinking to everything they do. So, following a consultation on voluntary salary sacrifice, every member of staff signed up to the scheme, creating a unified approach to tackling the pandemic and demonstrably living up to the Side by Side company value. Their team spirit and collegiate gesture was duly rewarded when as a result of their hard work the business did better than anticipated and was able to return the salary sacrifices in November.

Throughout the pandemic chief executive, Nick Scott, has continued to offer reassurance to staff and delivered monthly updates on the business's progress. Every employee was spoken to personally by a board director in the initial lockdown period and the People team checks in with every member of staff twice a week.

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Personal Growth

84% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

The firm invests more than £30,000 a year to ensure staff have access to relevant research and insight tools. Structured career paths allow employees to see progression options and the competencies needed. Development opportunities include monthly lunch and share sessions and training in areas from unconscious bias and presenting online.

Wellbeing

79% of staff agreed

I am happy with the balance between my work and home life

Managers and departments organised socials including quizzes, coffee catch-ups and wine Fridays. This year Big Group has given everyone free access to an on demand exercise and wellness platform to support them to stay active mentally and physically from their own home.

Fair Deal

63% of staff agreed

I am happy with the pay and benefits I receive in this job

Eligible staff, excluding board directors, receive a share of the operating profit made by the business based on length of service and their base salary. In 2019 the amount shared was nearly £100,000, with an average profit share pot of around £750. The scheme also paid out in 2020.

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