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AN INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE and re-insurance underwriting group with a portfolio in special risks, the Kiln Group keeps planes flying, enables ships to deliver cargo, helps to keep energy moving around the globe and supports those in need in the aftermath of some of the world's most tragic disasters. Part of the Tokio Marine Group, Kiln's UK operating company is one of the largest trading in the Lloyd's insurance market. It's not surprising that the 321 staff in London, Manchester, Ipswich and Leeds are proud to work for the organisation, which also has offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, France, Germany and Brazil, giving an 86% positive score in our survey. Run on sound moral principles by chief executive Charles Franks (86%), in whom employees have great faith (85%), the company also has a strong social conscience (another 85%). All three are top-10 scores. Kiln, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, sponsored the ground-breaking marathon in Makeni, Sierra Leone, last June in support of the British charity, Street Child of Sierra Leone. The company paid for 20 employees to take part in the African road race and matched money raised by staff, resulting in a donation of £180,000. The business supports charitable activities (89%). People are encouraged to study for professional membership within their own field, with the firm picking up the cost of fees, providing study leave and organising exam revision classes. There are bonus payments or pay increases for those who pass. Kiln, which invested more than £1,500 per head on training on average last year, also runs lunchtime talks on technical and professional topics enabling staff to develop continuously. In addition to decent pay — the average salary of an underwriter is £113,740 and more than half the employees earn in excess of £55,000 — an annual lunch is held every January to thank staff and celebrate the success of Kiln. People say their health is not suffering because of work (83%), adding that senior managers are good listeners and that they are happy with the balance between work and home (both 72%). They wouldn't leave tomorrow even if they had another job to go to (78%), which is backed up by the fact that more than 40% have been at the organisation at least five years.

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Giving Something Back

97% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Kiln promotes healthy living by providing free fresh fruit every day, the aim is to get staff to avoid sweet snacks and help them take a healthy option instead. The company also provides coaching from outside of the company to help employees address issues that are impacting on their work life, they organise a yearly flu jab programme which takes place in the office, all employees over the age of 35 are able to attend a Well Man/Woman medicals, those who are over 45 are able to attend an Executive Health Assessment, an even more exhaustive medical. Kiln also provide a 75% contribution to yearly gym membership fees with selected gyms partners that are located close to the office locations, to enable staff to go to the gym during lunch breaks if they wish to.

Leadership

95% of staff agreed

This organisation is run on strong values / principles

Kiln promotes healthy living by providing free fresh fruit every day, the aim is to get staff to avoid sweet snacks and help them take a healthy option instead. The company also provides coaching from outside of the company to help employees address issues that are impacting on their work life, they organise a yearly flu jab programme which takes place in the office, all employees over the age of 35 are able to attend a Well Man/Woman medicals, those who are over 45 are able to attend an Executive Health Assessment, an even more exhaustive medical. Kiln also provide a 75% contribution to yearly gym membership fees with selected gyms partners that are located close to the office locations, to enable staff to go to the gym during lunch breaks if they wish to.

My Company

94% of staff agreed

I feel proud to work for this organisation

The Kiln Group hold an annual lunch every January. This is an important date in the calendar for all staff, but particularly the leadership team as this is their way of thanking staff and celebrating the success of Kiln. The leadership team make the commitment to hold the lunch every year, and close the office for half a day. The event is viewed as the social highlight of the year by employees and the details, including the venue, are kept a closely guarded secret until the last minute. This is an example of how the leadership team at Kiln engage with the staff and make them feel truly valued for their efforts.

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