Highwood

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Property developers Highwood Group answered the call from a local primary school early this year donating laptops to enable pupils to access online learning during the third national lockdown. It has also given laptops to employees to help home-school their children and, thanks to another donation, the elderly mother of one of the team has now learned to shop online.

Highwood was founded in 1987 as a privately owned company with a commitment to acquire land selectively, build sensitively and sustainably while setting benchmarked standards of design and construction. Its portfolio includes affordable homes in community developments luxury waterside apartments and retirement living, care home and care villages that cater for those requiring specialist care.

Based in Romsey, near Southampton, its operational reach spans the south coast of England, west to east from Bournemouth to Chichester and north to the M25.

Reflecting Highwood's commitment to supporting local communities, it donated surplus personal protective equipment to a local hospice and gave more than £1,000 in Sainsbury's vouchers to Romsey Foodbank to help families who needed support during the lockdown and summer holidays. In December it presented a cheque for £10,000 to its newly adopted charity, Trinity Winchester, which supports the vulnerable and homeless in Winchester.

The leadership team has kept close tabs on how employees are coping with the effects of the pandemic with regular calls and check-ins to ensure their wellbeing is being supported.

Employee recognition awards are given monthly to those who have shown outstanding work.

Featured Workplace Factors

My Company

81% of staff agreed

I love working for this organisation

During the year staff were sent recognition baskets and birthday cards and to thank them for their hard work in 2020, they also received a large Christmas hamper and a voucher. Highwood also held a virtual update and Christmas party which included a quiz, prizes and long service awards.

Personal Growth

68% of staff agreed

This job is good for my own personal growth

Highwood runs graduate training schemes and offers financial support for college and degree courses. In 2020 two directors and four managers were promoted to more senior roles, four of whom started in significantly more junior positions. The organisation also encourages mentoring and coaching and peer to peer support.

Giving Something Back

77% of staff agreed

This organisation has a strong social conscience

Highwood maximises the performance of the materials used in its buildings. Increasing insulation, reducing heat loss and air infiltration and using the sun as a heat source are typical methods that ensure it can reduce energy consumption and help keep bills down.

Quick Facts

Organisation established in
1987
Total number of employees
11
Number of UK locations
46
Employee average age
82% : 18%
Male : Female employee ratio
76%
Employees earning £35k+
3%
Employee turnover (voluntary)

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“We’re delighted to have achieved a 1 Star accreditation from Best Companies, which reflects how seriously Highwood takes workplace engagement. We believe that by creating a culture that’s centred on listening to our people and ensuring they feel valued, we can make a real difference to their wellbeing and inspire them to achieve their potential. Indeed, the way the Highwood workforce has overcome the challenges we have faced during the pandemic is testament to their determination and we are particularly proud of their efforts during this time. Our management team will continue to build on this great achievement and we look forward to celebrating the next stage of our journey with Best Companies.”

Stephen Matthews, Managing Director - Highwood

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