Ellis Whittam

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There are plenty of carrots to entice staff to work at Ellis Whittam (and quite a few apples and pears too). One of the more unusual benefits is a company vegetable patch and fresh fruit ready to be plucked from the trees in the company orchard. This new entry, based in Aldford, Cheshire, gets its highest scores for Giving Something Back (with a top 20 positive result of 72% overall). The 55 Ellis Whittam employees know all about staff benefits, as they provide employment law, human resources and health and safety advice to clients. The office has its own rainwater harvesting system, everyone recycles, and there are cash benefits for drivers who give lifts to work. Staff say the company really helps the environment, with a 78% top 20 score. Fundraising events last year included sponsored beard growing. Employees give the firm its highest relative score of 77% (ranking eighth) for its community support, and they believe its support for good causes is not simply for the publicity (66%). Ellis Whittam was founded in 2004 by chief executive Mark Ellis, who knows everyone by name, and listens to what they have to say (78%). Staff say he runs the firm on sound moral principles (82%). People haven't suffered recent work-related stress (81%), say deadlines are realistic (76%), don't feel the company takes advantage of them (78%) and are excited about where it is going (83%). Ellis warns in his blog that the UK opt-out of a 48-hour working week is effectively over, and nobody at the company exceeds this limit. Staff aren't spending too much time working (68%) and are happy with the balance of work and home life (75%).

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92% of staff agreed

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

The organisation does a lot to enhance the welfare of their colleagues. They offer many traditional benefits such as a pension, free life assurance, private medical insurance, dental care, optical care, an employee assistance programme, child care voucher scheme, an enhanced service day and unpaid leave package. Ellis Whittam has their own apple trees, colleagues pick their own apples and their committee arranges for those apples to be pressed and bottled. Their home grown organic Ellis Whittam apple juice is then available free of charge for colleagues to drink throughout the winter months. In addition, they have a vegetable patch and produce from it is offered to colleagues with an honesty box. Any funds raised go towards their annual chosen charity. They also organise regular sports competitions including cycle challenges, 'It's a Knockout' and an annual sports day. Taking time out in the fresh air to play and compete together has proven to be hugely successful in enhancing the feeling of wellbeing and morale amongst their colleagues.

Leadership

89% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Their engagement plan comprises many elements implemented in the last 12 months, including a thorough and comprehensive induction programme for new starters. Twice yearly unique “Sharing The Vision” sessions at which they take the entire business off site for half a day to report on progress towards achieving their mission, vision and values. The organisation also holds “Afternoon Tea & Cake with Chairman & CEO” sessions for all new starters. An appraisal programme, refreshed within the last 12 months and their “Client Champion” reward scheme. The leader of Ellis Whittam, Deven Thakrar, is certainly distinctive. It is the unique combination of many traits and qualities that make him distinctive, including his ability to inspire colleagues. His ability to mentor and develop and genuine passion and commitment to achieving EW's Mission, Vision and Values. His tremendous work rate, pace and ambition – all of which are infectious. Deven is also accessible to all colleagues, his active involvement with all teams and attendance at all team meetings. He also has a personable nature, knowing all colleagues by name and taking the time to build a rapport with all of them.

My Manager

85% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The organisation does a lot to enhance the welfare of their colleagues. They offer many traditional benefits such as a pension, free life assurance, private medical insurance, dental care, optical care, an employee assistance programme, child care voucher scheme, an enhanced service day and unpaid leave package. Ellis Whittam has their own apple trees, colleagues pick their own apples and their committee arranges for those apples to be pressed and bottled. Their home grown organic Ellis Whittam apple juice is then available free of charge for colleagues to drink throughout the winter months. In addition, they have a vegetable patch and produce from it is offered to colleagues with an honesty box. Any funds raised go towards their annual chosen charity. They also organise regular sports competitions including cycle challenges, 'It's a Knockout' and an annual sports day. Taking time out in the fresh air to play and compete together has proven to be hugely successful in enhancing the feeling of wellbeing and morale amongst their colleagues.

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Employees earning £35k+
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