Citypress

We specialise in helping companies and brands navigate complex communications challenges to engage and influence people across every platform.
http://www.citypress.co.uk

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This PR and communications agency demonstrated its commitment to being a positive force in society when the NHS Nightingale Hospital was created in Manchester. Citypress seconded 10 consultants to provide pro bono support for the launch, including producing video addresses from the Duchess of Cornwall, who performed the virtual ribbon-cutting.

The Manchester-based agency, founded 60 years ago, also wants to be a positive force in the lives of its employees. Everything it does is underpinned by Citypress Life, a wellbeing strategy for physical, mental, financial and social health, implemented as a result of direct staff feedback.

This strategy led directly to the biggest fundamental shift in the agency's history. This year, Citypress became employee-owned, a move that allows it to engage even more closely with the team. Now, the staff – or owners – will receive a tax-free share of the profits, of up to £3,600, on top of their other rewards.

Citypress Life initiatives include a commitment to ring-fence 20% of consultants' available time for wellbeing and learning, and the provision of mindfulness, yoga and meditation sessions.

From the start of the pandemic, the board held weekly calls to ensure staff in the four Citypress offices – in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh as well as Manchester – were updated regularly on the agency's financial performance, client work and the support available to the team.

Featured Workplace Factors

Leadership

97% of staff agreed

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

The senior leadership team are focused on remaining active practitioners – more than 60% of their time is spent doing client work. They work directly alongside the team, integrating themselves by hot-desking. This helps them to retain credibility and lead by example.

My Company

99% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

Inspirational speakers from totally different fields are invited to share their stories with staff as part of Citypress's wellbeing strategy. In 2020, these included Lord (John) Bird of The Big Issue and Simon Binns of LadBible. Board games and book clubs encourage staff to take a proper break at lunchtime.

Fair Deal

81% of staff agreed

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

The agency makes 40% of its operating profit available for performance-related bonus rewards, and last year the whole team received a bonus for outstanding contribution. Everyone receives a £500 cash bonus at Christmas, and there are one-off bonuses of up to £1,000 for exceptional performance.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1985
Total number of employees
4
Number of UK locations
32
Employee average age
34% : 66%
Male : Female employee ratio
45%
Employees earning £35k+
11%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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