Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support local businesses.
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Best Company to work for in the UK
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Bosses at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce aim to support their staff as much as they do the local businesses they serve. To that end managers have introduced dedicated time every month with each of their employees to discuss anything from work to personal life as the workforce get to grips with working remotely in a pandemic.

Additionally, monthly staff briefs from chief executive, Sharon Smith, include virtual networking time where colleagues split into breakout groups to connect with each other.

Founded nearly 200 years ago to support businesses in order to enhance the local economy, The Chamber provides a range of services to members who pay an annual fee to access the services and knowledge it has to offer. Based in Worcester with an office in Hereford, it is the eighth largest of 53 Chambers across the UK with more than 1,400 members including micro businesses, small, medium and multinational companies, with more than 50% employing fewer than 10 people.

Offering plenty of development opportunities, employees tend to work with a mixture of departments in their day-to-day roles, as well as being involved in helping with special events and giving their input into decisions.

The organisation believes that happy employees are committed employees and prides itself on its open, family-friendly culture which places a high price on wellbeing and regularly seeks feedback from its staff. HWCC recognised the commitment and hard work of staff with an early finish after the virtual Christmas party and a Christmas hamper.

Featured Workplace Factors

Personal Growth

90% of staff agreed

The experience I gain from this job is valuable for my future

HWCC has continued to support professional development including degree apprenticeships. Managers have access to the training courses and webinars the Chamber has organised for external businesses which range from building resilience to managing mental health during the Coronavirus crisis and leading through change and uncertainty.

Wellbeing

83% of staff agreed

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

Morale boosting activities included quizzes, origami making, a sunflower growing contest and the 12@12 initiative - 12 minutes of exercise at noon to encourage staff to get away from their desk. During the initial lockdown HWCC also introduced a Friday Pause at 4 to encourage employees to meditate.

Giving Something Back

98% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

During the pandemic, HWCC has provided a day's paid leave for employees to take part in charity work. Fundraising events included a virtual Macmillan Coffee Morning and a short comedy festive video it made for a virtual carol service to raise money for the local food bank.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1832
Total number of employees
3
Number of UK locations
41
Employee average age
33% : 67%
Male : Female employee ratio
27%
Employees earning £35k+
16%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

Benefits

Holidays

Companies offering a minimum of 26 days annual leave to all employees.

Profit Related Pay

Companies where Profit Related Pay is available to all employees.

Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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Best Small Companies to work for in the UK
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Quote from the top...
"‘On behalf of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce I am delighted that we have been recognised as a ‘Best Companies’ Employer for the fourth consecutive year, as well as a ‘Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work for 2021’, ‘Top 20 Best Business Services to Work for 2021’ and ‘Top 100 Best Midlands Companies to Work for 2021’. It has been a challenging time for many businesses across the UK and indeed Internationally too, so to be rewarded for supporting, developing, motivating and nurturing our brilliant team is fantastic. Uniting our team enables us to provide the very best engagement and support to local businesses in the community, so for our Members and our staff, these awards mean the world to us."

Sharon Smith, CEO - Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

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