EKM

As the worlds first cloud-based ecommerce solution, we have grown to become the UK's most popular platform to set up your own online shop.
Hidden mission statement
http://www.ekm.com

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Very Good
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially an Outstanding
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a World Class
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For

Officially a Global*
Good Company
to Work For

Officially a Good
Company to Work For
Globally*

#
20
Best Company to work for in the UK
May 2021
th
Best Company
to work for

Over 80,000 British businesses have trusted EKM with their online shop since the company was founded in 2002 by Antony Chesworth. It was the country's first cloud-based e-commerce platform and is still, to this day, the UK's highest-rated such organisation – with over 2,000 five-star reviews.

EKM is built to support online stores and its services cover everything from beautiful design tools to powerful order processing features. Best of all, it promises no hidden costs.

Entrepreneur Antony grew EKM at the age of 22 from his bedroom and more than 70 world-class e-commerce experts now work from its Preston-based office. What makes the company so special, however, is not just the technology services it delivers but its team members. Their customer support is held up as one of the top reasons business-owners choose EKM.

During the past year, Antony and his leadership team have taken a lot of time out of their schedules to ensure good company communications. Regular morning Hangout calls discuss work challenges and successes. Managers organise monthly Zoom games that include quizzes, escape rooms and bingo. They have also sent out gifts and keeping-in-touch cards so that some communication and engagement takes place in a physical capacity rather than just virtually.

One thing that employees were worried about was that they would be forced to come back into the office before they were ready, so EKM has instead given people the option to work from home even after lockdown lifts for as long as they wish.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

98% of staff agreed

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

A RISE values system – do the Right thing; make a positive Impact; keep it Simple; and always Evolve – shapes the EKM culture and attract the best new talent, recruited mainly using job boards, LinkedIn, and by scouting Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) graduate fairs.

My Team

98% of staff agreed

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

Employees can recognise their colleagues in a “Wheel of Heroes” initiative, to tell them how appreciated it was when they helped out. Names go into a draw and the winner gets to spin the Wheel of Heroes for prizes of anything from £1 toilet roll to £100 or a day's holiday.

Giving Something Back

82% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

EKM has donated to various charities over the past year, including Save the Children. The company also works closely with local schools and CEO Antony has given speeches by video link to classes on building your own business.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
2002
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
32
Employee average age
70% : 30%
Male : Female employee ratio
5%
Employees earning £35k+
0%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Pensions

Companies offering a final salary scheme to all employees, or one in which the employer's contribution is at least 5%.

Profit Related Pay

Companies where Profit Related Pay is available to all employees.

List Positions

National Ranking
#
20
Best Small Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
20
Best Mid-Sized Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
20
Best Mid-Sized Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
20
Best Large Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
20
Best Big Companies to work for in the UK
National Ranking
#
20
Best NFP Organisations to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
Sector Ranking
#
17
Best Companies to work for in the UK
London
#
Best Small Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Mid Sized Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Mid Sized Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Large Companies to work for in London
London
#
Best Big Companies to work for in London
The Midlands
#
Best Companies to work for in the Midlands
East of England
#
Best Companies to work for in the East of England
The North East
#
Best Companies to work for in the North East
The North West
#
36
Best Companies to work for in the North West
Northern Ireland
#
Best Companies to work for in Northern Ireland
Scotland
#
Best Companies to work for in Scotland
The South East
#
Best Companies to work for in the South East
The South West
#
Best Companies to work for in the South West
Wales
#
Best Companies to work for in the Wales
Yorkshire & The Humber
#
Best Companies to work for in Yorkshire & The Humber
Quote from the top...
“To get 3 stars and be recognised for world class levels of engagement is testament to the world class team that makes EKM the most amazing of companies. It shows just what can be achieved when a business and it’s team values all align. We believe everyone should spend life doing something they love. This is as true for our customers as it is our team members. We want every single member of the EKM team to love what they do. We want them to know they are making an impact on the universe by doing the right thing and helping their colleagues and customers to also spend life doing something they love. Over the past 12 months all our lives have changed, many businesses have had to quickly adapt to selling online and without ecommerce platforms and the surrounding infrastructure they wouldn’t have been able to survive and so I am immensely proud of our team at EKM in helping ten of thousands of customers not just survive but thrive. They have adapted to work from home and pulled out all the stops to help our customers and their colleagues.”

Antony Chesworth, CEO - Ekm

Want to work for a Best Company?

If you like what you see and are interested in exploring any opportunities, please visit the organisation's careers page for more information.

Careers