Ground Control

We are one of the UK’s leading landscaping and external solutions providers for the commercial sector.
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https://www.ground-control.co.uk

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Ground Control started small, maintaining the grounds for Tesco stores, and still mows lawns and picks up litter. But it has expanded into landscaping, fencing and arboriculture, and even instals charge points for electric vehicles. Serving a wide range of customers including the NHS, housing associations and local councils is a loyal workforce: the Essex firm's annual employee retention rate is 90%.

Growth and technological development have brought long-term employment and the chance for staff to progress their careers. It runs a mentoring scheme linked to the management development programme that helps people broaden their skills. Ground Control also emphasises an inclusive culture that supports and celebrates the diversity of those who work for it.

Perks include car lease and cycle-to-work schemes, travel loans and shopping discounts, and bonuses are paid twice annually. Outside work there are team away days, five-a-side football, virtual yoga, summer barbecues and winter parties.

As a large business whose key activities takes place in the natural world, it is aware of its environmental impact and has achieved carbon neutral certification with the active support of employees. It is involved in tree planting projects around the country and uses battery-operated tools.

One of its key commitments was the decision to dedicate 5% of net profits to the Evergreen Fund. This will provide seed and growth capital to companies and social enterprises that are focused on delivering measurable, beneficial and sustainable environmental impact.

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My Manager

87% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The development path for managers operates through apprenticeships and the GC Academy programme. Colleagues from all departments work together both on developing their own skills and learning about the wider business through tacking its challenges together. Areas covered include presentation, leadership and customer service.

Fair Deal

56% of staff agreed

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

Staff are recognised and rewarded by share options and enhanced benefits. There are gifts such as flowers, hampers and weekends away to thank people after particularly busy work periods. Company award schemes for good customer service and other achievements offer prizes up to £3,000.

Giving Something Back

94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Ground Control match-funds employees' fundraising and events, and continued to encourage them to use volunteering days in response to organisations asking for support during the pandemic. Staff have given their time to help out at food banks, provide laptops for schools and make deliveries to vulnerable people.

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87% of staff agreed

I feel that my manager talks openly and honestly with me

The development path for managers operates through apprenticeships and the GC Academy programme. Colleagues from all departments work together both on developing their own skills and learning about the wider business through tacking its challenges together. Areas covered include presentation, leadership and customer service.

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56% of staff agreed

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

Staff are recognised and rewarded by share options and enhanced benefits. There are gifts such as flowers, hampers and weekends away to thank people after particularly busy work periods. Company award schemes for good customer service and other achievements offer prizes up to £3,000.

Giving Something Back
96%

94% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Ground Control match-funds employees' fundraising and events, and continued to encourage them to use volunteering days in response to organisations asking for support during the pandemic. Staff have given their time to help out at food banks, provide laptops for schools and make deliveries to vulnerable people.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1973
Total number of UK employees
Number of UK locations
45
Employee average age
75% : 25%
Male : Female employee ratio
34%
Employees earning £35k+
14%
Employee turnover (voluntary)
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“We are very proud to have achieved an “Outstanding” rating in our first year of entry, an achievement which is entirely down to our people. Ground Control has a clear mission in “Caring for our Environment”, and it is our amazing people that make that possible. Our shared purpose and values create a community that works hard every day throughout the UK to deliver great service to our customers. Our people have been incredibly resilient and focussed on working together and supporting each other as well as our customers through unprecedented times in the last 12 months, and this is a great way to end the year and celebrate our successes.”

Simon Morrish , CEO - Ground Control

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