Chess

To continue to build an energetic, hard-working, fun and exciting place to work that attracts, retains and inspires people to give their best.
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To build an energetic, hard-working, fun, and exciting place to work that attracts, retains, and inspires people to give their best is the commitment of IT & Telecommunication Provider, Chess.

Born in 1993, Chess was originally a utilities reseller. Following deregulation, it started focusing on telecoms, purchasing fixed-line, mobile and broadband products.

Utilising a buy-and-build growth strategy, Chess acquired specialist companies in software design, development, and support; partner and mobile sales; hosted and cloud solutions and, most recently, cybersecurity consultancy. It is now one of the UK’s leading independent technology service providers, employing 300 skilled people and supporting over 20,000 organisations.

Protecting its culture is so important to Chess that it has a dedicated team of 28 Cultural Ambassadors (CAs). Drawn from all parts of the company at a non-management level and voted for by their colleagues, the role of the CA is to ensure that the culture, values, and principles of the company are protected and adhered to by Chess employees across the business.

Also key to Chess’ culture is its commitment to Diversity, Equality, and Inclusivity (DE&I). Recently, the firm launched a ‘Diversity and Inclusion Week’, with all colleagues undergoing training. To celebrate its diverse makeup, the week saw colleagues talk about their experiences as members of the BAME, LGBT, and disabled community and held a cooking event to showcase foods from different communities and cultures.

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Personal Growth

89% of staff agreed

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

Chess supports and promotes employee development through an initiative called “Learn to Earn”. This enables Chess people to increase their earning potential by achieving clearly defined learning milestones which include both role-required knowledge and soft skills such as customer service and team work.
Giving Something Back

99% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Chess has 12 chosen charities upon which it focuses its charitable work each year. To bolster fundraising, the company's recognition scheme sees employees submit a 'praise' for a job well done or positive act. For every 'praise' that is given, the organisation donates £1 to one of its chosen charities.
My Manager

97% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

With a passion to promote from within, Chess sends all employees moving into management roles on an internally-developed training course called 'Introduction to Leadership'. This sets out the company’s expectations of a leader, covering process and procedures, employee relation and coaching and mentoring. New managers also get extra annual leave allowance and mental health training.
Personal Growth
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89% of staff agreed

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

Chess supports and promotes employee development through an initiative called “Learn to Earn”. This enables Chess people to increase their earning potential by achieving clearly defined learning milestones which include both role-required knowledge and soft skills such as customer service and team work.
Giving Something Back
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99% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Chess has 12 chosen charities upon which it focuses its charitable work each year. To bolster fundraising, the company's recognition scheme sees employees submit a 'praise' for a job well done or positive act. For every 'praise' that is given, the organisation donates £1 to one of its chosen charities.
My Manager
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97% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

With a passion to promote from within, Chess sends all employees moving into management roles on an internally-developed training course called 'Introduction to Leadership'. This sets out the company’s expectations of a leader, covering process and procedures, employee relation and coaching and mentoring. New managers also get extra annual leave allowance and mental health training.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1993
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
39
Employee average age
69% : 31%
Male : Female employee ratio
38%
Employees earning £35k+
22%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
Quote from the top...
Love our people, our people love our customer that’s how we build a business we can be proud of. It has been our philosophy for that last 29 years, Chess a great place to work, a great place to be a customer. It’s served us well with 13 years in the Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.

David Pollock, Executive Chairman

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