Giacom

We provide cloud services to IT companies who support the thousands of small businesses across the UK.
https://cloudmarket.com/

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Founded in 1999 as a dial-up internet provider in Hull, Giacom has transformed into a high-growth cloud software marketplace for IT companies that support thousands of small businesses across the UK. Its Cloud Market platform allows customers to offer a range of software products that small and medium size businesses need from email to security and backup from technology titans like Microsoft, Acronis, and Bitdefender.

To recognise the impact of remote working on families during the pandemic, Giacom's Chief executive, Mike Wardell, sent a letter to staff's children thanking them for sharing their home and parents with the company and enclosing a £10 Amazon voucher for each of them.

Giacom was Business Insiders fastest growing Yorkshire business in 2020 and recognised as one of the UK's 100 fastest growing technology businesses by The Sunday Times for the last four years. In the four years since Wardell oversaw a management buyout, turnover has risen from £13.9m to almost £50m and the workforce has grown from 30 to 70. Giacom, Hull City Football Club's main shirt sponsor for the 2020/21 season, has ambitious goals of its own as it prepares for the next phase of its growth.

The people-focussed company prides itself on its friendly, collaborative working environment, opportunities for self-development and sociability with monthly events and office games. To try to replicate the workplace buzz Wardell set up a weekly quiz and the senior management team hosted virtual games to boost morale, including Through the Keyhole.

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My Company

93% of staff agreed

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

The coveted quarterly Giacom Star is awarded to the person who has truly demonstrated the company's values. The winner receives a trophy, gets to name a star after themselves, choose a gift experience such as spa break or family trip out, and a night out with the team.

Wellbeing

73% of staff agreed

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

Giacom encouraged staff to exercise during the working day creating a running/cycling leader board for one month with a donation to charity for the winner. Five staff were trained as mental health first aiders and new wellbeing officers promoted events such as zero sugar week and nutrition month.

Giving Something Back

82% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

The June Challenge got employees walking, running and cycling a total of 3,000 km, raising money for two local charities. Giacom also supported a Macmillan Coffee Morning matching money raised by staff and Mental Health Awareness Week, hosting a quiz which raised over £200 for The Mental Health Foundation

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1999
Total number of employees
1
Number of UK locations
36
Employee average age
71% : 29%
Male : Female employee ratio
46%
Employees earning £35k+
18%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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Quote from the top...
"I am absolutely thrilled that Giacom are being recognised as a great place to work in Yorkshire. Making Giacom an enjoyable place to work and somewhere people want to be is really important to me. We have a fantastic team that truly make this happen and who are always looking at ways to make it even better. I’m really proud to work alongside a great bunch of people and think its fantastic that our team work is getting recognised. You spend so much time at work and with the people you work with, its just got to be great"

Mike Wardell, CEO - Giacom

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